The Range Rover Sport has many new changes for the 2010 model year with fresh styling, new engines, chassis refinements, a redesigned interior, and technology upgrades, making the already capable vehicle even better. It comes with an impressive amount of standard equipment, newer upscale styling, and a luxurious approach to a vehicle designed to go anywhere.
The 2010 Range Rover Sport, which starts at $59,645, gets new styling on the outside including a new hood, larger fenders, relocated lower air intakes, and new LED lamps front and rear. All this results in a more aerodynamically efficient package.
Inside, every panel, every gauge and every switch has been redesigned to be more aesthetically pleasing and more user-friendly. All the major elements, including the dashboard, instrument panel, door panels and seats, have been redesigned and upgraded. Many of the switches have been done away with since they are now transferred to a touch screen at the top of the instrument panel.
The newest technology advancement for 2010 is the optional surround camera system for $800. It uses five cameras, two facing forward, one on either side facing down, and one at the rear of the vehicle to give a 360-degree view of your surroundings. Camera views can be selected from the main navigation screen, and the view can be zoomed in closer if necessary. This feature was developed to assist drivers in trailer hookups and trailer maneuvering, as well as for checking clearances and terrain when driving off-road. It shows live high-resolution video as you go, giving the driver the ability to see obstacles under the water and steer around them.
Another new technology added to the menu is the Terrain Response system that has a new Dynamic Response program added. This tunes the suspension for high-performance road use. The body is essentially lowered and the shocks stiffened when this mode is selected. It decreases the amount of body roll for such a big vehicle that rides high off the ground and has a high center of gravity. The air suspension system also yields a quiet, smooth ride even in off-road conditions. There are additional settings in the system for rock crawling and sand driving, and modifications to the front suspension have made the steering response crisper.
Under the hood, still more changes have been made for the 2010 Range Rover Sport. The vehicle comes powered by a new 5.0-liter 32-valve V-8 that is also used in the Range Rover. The engine is rated at 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque in the HSE model, and 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque in the Supercharged model. The Range Rover Sport also uses a ZF six-speed automatic transmission, and the drive system features a pushbutton low range for pulling through rough terrain. The 375 horsepower variant of the V-8 engine will hurl the 5,500 pound SUV from 0-60 mph in only 7.2 seconds, virtually the same performance as the old 4.2 liter supercharged engine.
Range Rover shares the same engine with Jaguar and it has been modified from the Jaguar design for off-road use. Changes include a deeper oil pan to keep lubrication continuous, even at extreme body angles when off road. All of the electrical components, pulleys and bearings under the hood, and air conditioning compressor, have been completely waterproofed, enabling travel in up to 27 inches of water.
Overall, the Range Rover Sport has a very good combination of power, relatively good fuel economy (13/18 mpg city/highway for the HSE and 12/17 mpg city/highway for the Supercharged), interior space, and luxury touches. It’s just as impressive on the highway as it is by its world-class off-road capabilities--and to top it all off, it has great looks on the outside to go along with all the new technology underneath.