Flash Drive: 2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
This 2009 review is representative of model years 2006 to 2013.
By Staff of MSN Autos
The Range Rover Sport is very ostentatious. It's blatantly indulgent and thoroughly expensive, and achieved only 12.2 mpg during my test drive. Yet from the driver's seat it seems worth all the money. After a day at work, that driver's seat feels more like a royal throne than a normal car seat. The engine has plenty of power and moves the big SUV without sounding taxed. It has a great view of the road ahead and a solid, planted feel as it corners smoothly and flatly. The whole car feels relaxed, and so was I when I arrived home. Maybe it's not so pretentious. – Paul Hagger
The Range Rover Sport tries to be sporty, but there's only so much you can do with a big, boxy SUV, especially without losing any of that legendary Land Rover off-road capability. It has impressive power under the hood, and the sound of a roaring V8 combined with a supercharger whine is quite pleasing. But even 390 horses will have trouble moving almost 3 tons of sheet metal with any haste, and fuel economy is not even worth discussing. But the big Land Rover rides smoothly and looks good in the garage or at the country club, and if you ever find yourself in deep mud or climbing rocks, you'll be happy to have all its off-road gadgetry, including a dial in the center console that presets suspension, electronics and drive system for whatever terrain you choose. The air suspension is especially cool. It can lower the vehicle for easy access or raise it for better ground clearance — a pretty neat trick. – Perry Stern
The Range Rover Sport Supercharged is packaged as the ultimate road-going Land Rover that doesn't lose any of the brand's legendary off-road capability. Powered by a 390-horsepower supercharged 4.2-liter V8 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive, the Ranger Rover Sport Supercharged is as quick as a nearly 3-ton vehicle can be, with the signature supercharger whine on tap with each dip into the throttle. While not exactly nimble, the Range Rover Sport Supercharged is tuned for the street, with electronic air suspension, Brembo front brake calipers and 20-inch wheels and tires. The interior features all the luxury expected from a Land Rover, with leather sport seats, Harman Kardon Logic7 surround sound, heated windshield and heated front and rear seats. – Mike Meredith