2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport [w/video] First Drive – Autoblog

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2014 Land Rover Rover Sport [w/video]

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Tough as it no was to engineer the new-for-2013 Land Range Rover. I’m to bet that the company’s engineers a little harder over the of this 2014 Range Sport. After all, the is Land Rover’s unlikely leader it accounted for nearly 38 of the company’s US sales in 2012.

But that, the Sport has to embody all of the off-road attributes of anything a Range Rover badge at the same time, being the on-road dynamics flagship.

So it came time to put its new all-star to the Land Rover invited me The Pond where I drove the Range Rover Sport pavement and rocks and through mud and To say it handled everything off-road aplomb would be an understatement. And to say it’s a dynamic joy on-road give enough credit credit is due.

But to say that the new Rover Sport is the best Rover and maybe the best SUV that money can buy. now we’re onto something.

The is bereft of over 800 pounds the old version, while riding on a a full seven inches

With the Big Daddy non-Sport Rover, Land Rover had a simple task: Make it but don’t screw it up. In other keep it a Range Rover, but add a bit of improve the fuel economy, what the hell, throw a line or two into its design. The end we found, stays true to all of the Range Rover values being, you know, better.

mission accomplished.

That’s news for the Sport, too. the previous generation, which was on the chassis that underpins the LR4 the new Sport is the Eve to the Range Rover’s benefitting from its stronger, aluminum bones. In fact, the new Range Rover is some 700 lighter than the model it the Sport is bereft of over 800 versus the old version, while on a wheelbase a full seven longer than before.

Elsewhere, the 2014 Sport is similar to the 2013 model has actually decreased slightly and the overall height has been by one-tenth of an inch but the in-person certainly do make the Sport more well-rounded and robust before.

This new SUV is a handsome, thing.

Basically, it no longer like a Range Rover been left in the dryer for too And while it’s no secret much of the Range Rover design DNA has been inspired by the Evoque. this new SUV is a handsome, thing, with front and fascias that won’t be for anything but a Land Rover. LED lamps are found up front in the design as the Range Rover, and out small, squared-off taillamps a very clean, short

From the profile, Evoque is the most apparent, with a roofline that can be had in either body color or contrasting like gray or the black of test car. Combine it the privacy glass that Range Rover Sport will come standard and the black-on-whatever color scheme no doubt be a favorite.

A number of options are available, starting 19-inch rollers on the low end and moving up to 22-inch alloys. My top-trim was fitted with the attractive, five-spoke wheels you see here, in 275/45-series Pierlli Scorpion all-terrain tires. Behind reside beefy Brembo with vented rotors at all corners 15-inchers up front, 14s out

0-60 mph times fall by one full second versus the 2013 model.

Those stoppers are important, the fact that the Autobiography also comes with the potent Range Rover available: a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 pumps out 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of I spent some time this engine in the Jaguar XFR last year and pretty fell in love. Here, an additional 700 pounds to lug around that shapely four-door, the still provides more enough power with all the and pizzazz you’d expect.

this supercharged V8 is a bombshell of an able to move the nearly all-wheel-drive Range Rover to 60 mph in five seconds flat. a decrease of nearly one full versus the heavier 2013 which uses this engine in its Supercharged trim. is indeed meaner and more too.

According to Land the supercharged V8’s fuel has improved, though our friends at will still balk at its 14 mpg 19 mpg highway, 16 mpg combined rating. At that’s better than the 14 mpg number from last

Gone is the naturally aspirated V8 from the Range Rover replaced instead by a supercharged V6 that also finds a under the hood of the Jaguar XF. XJ and good for 19 mpg combined here. I managed to get the keys to a V6-powered Rover during my time in the UK, but folks who drove it described it as perfectly pleasant, though not as engaging as the larger V8.

Makes to me, and while the six-cylinder engine may end up the volume choice when the Rover Sport goes on in the US later this summer, a whole lot of sweetness to be had with supercharged V8.

You’re rewarded quick, crisp shifts are almost dual-clutch-like in their

Beyond the straight-line acceleration, thing was absolutely on-point at all during my drive, largely to the smooth and precise operator is the new, ZF-sourced eight-speed transmission. Unless you’re hammering the Range Rover you won’t even know the transmission is doing its job shifts are smooth.

And should you choose to plunk the selector into Sport and play with the steering paddles and you should you’ll be with quick, crisp that are almost dual-clutch-like in responsiveness while going up and down through the gears. In of transmission engagement, the Range Sport is far better than I had expected, and more enjoyable to use other vehicles in its class, perhaps a BMW X5 M. And while blasting the backroads of England and Wales, I opted for the paddle setup long stretches of back-and-forth But even when left to its own the eight-speed unit is a trusty that will always you exactly where you need to be in the rev every time.

The body is now stiffer, which aids in roll during cornering, there’s still noticeable pitch during takeoff and stops, and the air suspension will flex a bit when you’re cornering. (You can stiffen a all you want, but with a high of gravity, roll is still to happen.) Supercharged and Autobiography come standard with Rover’s Terrain Response 2 and a 50/50 torque split, and in to all of the off-road capability that within, there’s a new Dynamic with active torque Base-level SE and HSE models with the V6 make do with a standard front/rear torque split in Response 1, with no active though the more robust Response system is available as a option.

But don’t think the Sport is just a slightly handling version of the larger Rover. It may use many of the same but the suspension and chassis components been specifically tuned for application. In fact, the Range Sport perhaps does the ride/handling balance better its classmates, even the Porsche

Sporting SUVs are usually only on smooth surfaces, but the air suspension of the Range Rover is set up to make instant adjustments coarse road surfaces. willing to bet it’ll be just as to drive back home in as it was across The Pond.

The Sport the same off-road capability as the Range Rover, in a smaller, to maneuver package.

The vast of Range Rover Sport will never see anything but pavement and maybe maybe the dirt road leading up to a getaway home. But there are who actually use these things for full range of capability, and in where your wheels are placed on dirt, mud, snow, or even underwater, the delivers the same off-road as the larger Range Rover, in a easier to maneuver package.

my test route included a at the Land Rover Experience, the company has built a full of off-road courses to showcase its capabilities. I happily pointed the Rover Sport’s nose two-track mud trails, up steep and through deep, muddy with not a single gripe or to move forward from the

The coolest feature we won’t get in the is the company’s wade depth which uses sensors around the vehicle to tell you if getting too close to the three-foot maximum. But no matter, if you do decide to the wagon and ford the river, the Rover will be just Do what I did, and instead of the river, make a right and drive upstream for a little It can handle it.

I promise.

And while wading in muddy waters, that you’re still inside a comfortable, well-appointed There’s something oddly about trudging through mud and and being able to adjust the of your seat heater at the time, but this is exactly makes the whole Range package so special.

It is at once an impeccable off-road and a superb luxury cruiser, of the latest tech and high-quality

Land Rover is still too far the competition in terms of onboard

That said, we still qualms with a few of the Range Sport’s interior points, they’re largely housed the touchscreen infotainment interface. put, Land Rover and for that matter is still too far the competition in terms of infotainment

It’s not that the functionality there, it’s just the whole system isn’t driver-intuitive, and even with the response times of the touchscreen, it lags in a MyFord Touch manner. Land Rover to being behind the times in department, and considering the fact its engineers have created a that’s capable of climbing one minute and then hugging on canyon roads the next, willing to cut them some

But otherwise, the Range Rover cabin is a warm, inviting with plenty of different combinations for the seats (including brothel-spec red and black), dashboard and console panels. Leather is all around, with nice and other trim surfaces or piano black) accenting the and control stack.

Land is now offering an optional third row of in the Sport.

Nothing inside is substantially better than the Range Rover Sport, and fine everything is still and stylish, like it always Where massive improvements been made, however, are in the Because of the longer wheelbase, seat ingress and egress has improved substantially, as has rear

What’s more, Land is now offering an optional third row of in the Sport something my test car fitted with, and something I have a chance to experience time around. I don’t it getting much use, but nice to know it’s Curiously, Land Rover doesn’t offer a third row on the Range Rover, but spy shots a long-wheelbase model is coming and it may remedy the issue.

Pricing for the Sport starts at $63,495 for the SE with a 3.0-liter V6, and goes as as $93,295 for the Autobiography with the 5.0-liter V8. Decked out with all the trimmings, the test car you see here for just over $100,000, all in.

It everything the larger Range can do with a better focus on and dynamics at a lower price

Considering that the full-strength Rover Supercharged starts at and the Autobiography model commands an $30,000 on top of that, I’m pressed to find a single why you’d actually want to own the of the two. In fact, these Land Rover tells us proper Range Rover don’t turn their up at Sport buyers, and that owners have one of each in garage. (If you have the means, by all means.)

But really, you only one, and for my money, it’d be the Rover Sport, without It does everything the larger Rover can do with a better on handling and dynamics at a lower point. You really don’t anything by buying the Sport, maybe a little bit of interior and some very, very off-road capability. And what you is a whole new level of on-road prowess that the Land brand has not seen before.

isn’t just the best Rover Sport yet it’s the Range Rover. Period.

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