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2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review
Luxurious off-road experience
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The 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a five-passenger luxury SUV that is a full eight inches shorter than the Range Rover model. Designed to appeal to more urban drivers who aren’t going to want to go off-road too much, but still want the prestige of owning a Range Rover, it offers lower ground clearance and less cargo space than its larger companion vehicle. It does, however, still offer fulltime 4WD and all of the other off-road features that the larger Range Rover affords.
Models: HSE, Supercharged
Driving modes: Normal, Sport, Manual
Engine: 5.0-liter V-8, Supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine
Not many modifications occurred in the 2011 editions, mainly because 2010 saw big changes for its model year. A center console and door panels became standard in HSE Lux and Supercharged vehicles while leather and contrast stitching can be provided. The audio systems were upgraded, and an optional Vision Assist Package is also available.
Standard equipment on the base HSE model includes 19-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers, privacy glass, rear defogger, rear window wiper, power rear sunroof, remote power door locks, power windows, power heated mirrors with reverse tilt, cruise control, fog lights, dusk-sensing Xenon HID (High-Intensity Discharge) headlights with high pressure washers, stability control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, post-collision safety system, and tire pressure monitoring.Exterior options include 20-inch stormer alloy wheels and and electronic rear differential lock.
Interior features include speed-proportional power steering, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, manual flip-up liftgate window, rear liftgate door, cargo tie downs, mechanical center differential, center locking differential, and descent control. And the list continues with electronic hi-lo gear selection, four-wheel independent double wishbone front and rear suspensions, four-wheel ABS (Antilock Braking System), front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted curtain airbags, remote anti-theft alarm system, emergency braking assist, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, engine immobilizer, eight-way power driver and passenger seats with height adjustment, and power adjustable lumbar support on driver seat.
Leather upholstery is also available with split-folding rear seat back, rear ventilation ducts, universal remote transmitter, rear view camera, air filtration, dual-zone climate control, leather and wood interior trim, alloy interior trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel, self-dimming rearview mirror, memory settings for three drivers, tachometer, trip computer, external temperature display, compass, and Harman Kardon premium 240-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3/USB/iPod audio system with nine speakers and separate rear audio. A hard-drive-based navigation system with display and voice activation allows for cell phone/Bluetooth connectivity.
Interior options for the 2011 Range Rover Sport include black lacquer or anigre wood trim, satellite/HD radio, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, heated windshield, heated washer jets, heated seats, premium leather upholstery, cooler box, and walnut wood trim.
Performance & Handling
The Range Rover Sport is equipped with a 5.0-liter 375 hp V-8 engine and a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission.
In addition to the base HSE model, the 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is also available in a Supercharged model. It is equipped with a supercharged 5.0-liter 510 hp V-8 engine and six-speed shiftable automatic transmission.
The towing package allows RV or boating enthusiasts to take advantage of the 7716 pounds of maximum towing capacity.
The collision avoidance system also uses the radar sensors to determine when your Range Rover is getting too close to the vehicle in front of you. If it senses a collision is imminent, it pre-charges the brakes and decreases stopping distance when the driver presses the brake pedal.
Terrain Response lets you select how the suspension reacts to varying road and ground conditions. It is available on both the HSE and Supercharged models. Dynamic Mode, available on the Supercharged model, offers a sportier and responsive driving when on-road.
Adaptive cruise control, which is standard on the Supercharged model, uses sensors to detect when traffic in front of you is slowing; it decreases the cruise control speed to maintain a safe driving distance. When traffic has cleared, the vehicle accelerates to assume the preset cruise control speed.
EPA Fuel Economy
Supercharged: 12/17 mpg city/highway
- Towing capacity
- Terrain Response
- Ample standard features
You Won't Like
- Reducecd headroom for back-seat passengers
- Reduced cargo space
- Dull performance while towing
Luxurious off-road experience
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