2010 range rover vs range rover sport

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2010 range rover vs range rover sport

 the Range Rover Sport receives two new engines and a number of chassis, interior, and exterior changes for 2010. Despite the many updates, the Range Rover Sport is still very much the same SUV that it was before, remaining on the same body-on-frame platform as the Land Rover LR4, previously known as the LR3. As a result, it is seriously heavy at about 5800 pounds, a level of mass seldom associated with anything resembling sportiness. But it’s that significant weight that makes the Sport that much more impressive, at least in supercharged form.

The Germans Are Still Quicker

The good news is that the Range Rover Sport is even sportier for 2010. A new direct-injection, 5.0-liter V-8 co-developed with Jaguar puts out an impressive 510 hp when supercharged and a still-impressive 375 hp in naturally aspirated form. According to our testing, the previous 390-hp Sport Supercharged accelerated from 0 to 60 in 6.7 seconds. Land Rover claims the 2010 version will hit that mark in 5.9 seconds, but we believe we can better that by a few 10ths. The new engine delivers a serious shove, and 100 mph arrives far more quickly than before. But even with 510 ponies on tap, it’s not as quick as the BMW X6 xDrive50i and is likely on par with the Mercedes-Benz ML550. Of course, should you bring up those rivals, Land Rover apologists will likely point to the Range Rover Sport’s off-road prowess, which remains intact despite the on-road bent of the Sport.

Without the supercharger, the 375-hp Range Rover Sport HSE is on the heels of last year’s supercharged model. The company claims a 0-to-60 run of 7.2 seconds, a vast improvement over the 8.7 seconds we recorded for the 300-hp Sport. Throttle response is much improved, and the naturally aspirated model now seems to have an appropriate amount of power, rather than feeling hopelessly overweight. Both versions receive larger disc brakes at all four corners, along with revised steering.

Hiding the Mass

The 2010 Range Rover Sport lineup has a number of chassis tweaks that improve its ride and handling. New adaptive shock absorbers are said to continually adjust to provide a compliant ride, as well as stiffen to minimize body roll. However, both the Sport HSE and the Supercharged still exhibit a good amount of lean when thrown into corners with verve. Supercharged versions get a new “dynamic” setting for the Terrain Response system that stiffens the adaptive shocks even more, increases the responsiveness of the throttle, and accesses a more aggressive transmission program that holds gears longer and will downshift under hard braking in an attempt to set the vehicle up for a corner. Should the driver want even more control, Supercharged models have paddle shifters behind the steering-wheel spokes.

New Duds Inside, Too

Even though the power of the new engines doesn’t quite translate into class-leading acceleration, the Range Rover Sport’s revised interior truly separates it from the competition. Anything that isn’t wood-trimmed or covered by leather is made of high-quality materials that we found ourselves mindlessly caressing. The basic design of the sweeping center console remains, but all the switchgear has been improved and modernized. The Sport’s cabin is perhaps its best and most unique feature; it’s on the same level as an Aston Martin or Rolls-Royce interior. A few minutes in the new ambience are nearly enough to forget about the Sport’s quicker competitors.

The exterior styling is quite similar to that of the previous Sport, which is a good thing because it closely mimics the handsomely traditional Range Rover. New headlights, taillights, and bumpers give the face a slightly altered appearance, but the change is subtle. You almost have to have the old Sport parked next to the new one to pick out the changes.

The new power and improved interior come at a price, though. Fortunately, the 2010 Sport is only slightly pricier than the outgoing model, with the Sport HSE ringing in at $60,495, or $1270 more than last year’s. Stepping up to the Sport Supercharged requires $74,195, or $1520 more than the less powerful and less handsome 2009 model, but we’d say the extra grunt alone makes it well worth the premium.

The 2010 Land Rover Range Rover

TheCarConnection.com’s editors drove the Range Rover to bring you their expert opinions. To bring the rest of the conversation together and help you make a smart, informed decision, TheCarConnection.com has also compiled a range of reviews from the web.

Though hordes of newcomers like the Escalade, Navigator, X5, and G-Class assault its throne, the Land Rover Range Rover is the only official off-roader of the English royal family, and it remains the ultimate luxury sport-utility vehicle for the Hollywood elite.

Major changes are afoot for the powertrain this year, but the exterior styling of the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover remains very close to the previous model; only subtle changes to the headlights, grille, and bumper set it apart. Inside, the Range Rover gets an upgraded interior that looks nicer thanks to a 12-inch screen in place of the traditional gauges, as well as enhanced materials.

Power for the base Range Rover HSE comes from a new 5.0-liter V-8 engine replacing the 4.2-liter from last year’s model. Output jumps a healthy 70 horsepower to 375 horsepower, helping to cut 0-60 mph times to 7.2 seconds, as well as improving passing and acceleration. The Supercharged model bumps output to a whopping 510 horsepower, capable of rocketing the big SUV to 60 mph in a sports car-like 5.9 seconds. Both are also capable of towing up to 7,716 pounds.

Fuel efficiency isn’t the best, rated at 12/18 mpg for both models. But considering the Range Rover’s big power output and blocky profile, that’s to be expected. TheCarConnection.com’s editors have found real-world numbers to sit closer to the low end of that range, however.

Either Range Rover is a strong on-road performer, with a stable, solid feel. Steering is slow but progressive, balancing everyday driving with its true mission in life: off-roading. If you want something sportier but still eminently capable in the dirt, the Supercharged model might be the right choice-but don’t forget you’re driving a 6,000-pound SUV. Even if you do, the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover gets upgraded 14.2-inch brakes for more stopping power, while the Supercharged model picks up huge 15-inch stoppers. The revised Adaptive Dynamics system improves ride quality while also helping keep the vehicle stable in corners.

Off-road is where the 2010 Range Rover really shines. The Land Rover Terrain Response system has been updated to provide even better traction in sand, snow, or mud. The height-adjustable suspension allows more ground clearance, and the hill-descent control makes even a novice look good.

2010 Land Rover Range Rover 4WD 4-door HSE Angular Rear Exterior View

Upgrades to the interior materials and finishes push the new Range Rover into even more premium territory, with high-quality plastics and satin-finish real wood in abundance. A high-tech virtual instrument panel makes for a modern feel and conveys a wealth of information about the car whether on-road or off.

Spacious, comfortable seating for five is complemented by triple air conditioning with independent rear-seat controls. Without a third-row seat, there’s no chance of hauling seven people around, but it does allow for plenty of cargo space in the rear and ample legroom for the second row. Plush carpeting and leather-upholstered door pillars and door casings round out a premium cabin.

No crash testing has been conducted on the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover. Nonetheless, with its wide range of safety features, the 2010 Range Rover is sure to inspire confidence. Radar-based adaptive cruise control, an optional Surround Camera system that lets the driver see a full 360-degree view around the vehicle, a complete slate of nine airbags, a whiplash reduction system, pre-tensioning seatbelts, and side impact beams shroud occupants in a cocoon of high-tech aids.

There’s no shortage of features and options in the 2010 Land Rover Ranger Rover. From hard-drive-based navigation to the 12-inch TFT touchscreen output, there’s a wealth of tech goodies to be had. Heated front and rear seats, a power tilt-and-slide sunroof, LED interior lighting, and Bluetooth integration are also available, as are a range of wood and leather interior options.9

2010 Land Rover Range Rover

Styling

The 2010 Land Rover Range Rover offers the look and feel of true luxury inside and out.

With the perfect mix of luxury and off-road ruggedness, the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover is a favorite of reviewers throughout the realm of car critics. Major changes are afoot for the powertrain this year, but the exterior styling of the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover remains very close to the previous model with only subtle changes to the headlights, grille, and bumper to set it apart. Inside, the Range Rover gets an upgraded interior that looks nicer thanks to a 12-inch screen in place of the traditional gauges, as well as enhanced materials.

Cars.com notes the Range Rover’s “upright grille” and “downward-sloping roof line” work together to create a blocky yet smaller-than-it-is appearance. Kelley Blue Book says the overall styling offers a refined tribute to tradition “with a polish never before seen on a Land Rover product.” Edmunds agrees, calling the Land Rover Range Rover the “most elegant and distinctive utility vehicle on the market.” Reviewers make note of the large alloy wheels and front fender side vents as other attractive features.

The interior also gets praise from reviewers. Edmunds calls the cabin “a mix of traditional and modern” thanks to the blend of upright seating and high-tech displays.” The satin-finish wood trim and European leather, upgraded for 2010, are also cues that this is a thoroughly modern luxury vehicle. Cars.com finds the interior to be “generally outstanding,” but notes some aspects seem a bit dated.

2010 Land Rover Range Rover 4WD 4-door HSE Angular Rear Exterior View

Kelley Blue Book describes the Range Rover as having “one of the most handsome interiors ever to grace an SUV,” and deems the dash “automotive art.” The upgrades for the 2010 model year only enhance its appeal. Car and Driver goes so far as to call it an “off-road Rolls-Royce.”Review continues below

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Performance

On-road and off, the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover is a capable, strong vehicle.

Power for the base Range Rover HSE comes from a new 5.0-liter V-8 engine replacing the 4.2-liter from last year’s model. Output jumps a healthy 70 horsepower to 375 horsepower, helping to cut 0-60 mph times to 7.2 seconds, as well as improving passing and acceleration. The Supercharged model bumps output to a whopping 510 horsepower, capable of rocketing the big SUV to 60 mph in a sports car-like 5.9 seconds. Both are also capable of towing up to 7,716 pounds.

The Range Rover has the ability to “whisk the aristocracy away from most any uprising,” says Car and Driver, and Autoblog reports there’s “plenty of grunt” on tap. The new 375-horsepower base engine should overcome complaints about the last-gen car’s 305-horsepower engine. Automobile calls the new 375-horsepower base engine and 510-horsepower supercharged unit “big upgrades over the aging 4.2-liter V-8” found in the previous model. ConsumerGuide agrees, noting the Range Rover provides “ample power for daily driving.”

The Supercharged model in particular impresses with its speed and power. Car and Driver notes that the 510 horsepower is enough to make the Range Rover Supercharged “rear up onto its back tires under full throttle.” Electronically controlled shocks work continuously to keep body motion in check, however, both in a straight line and around corners, and on all new 2010 Range Rovers.

2010 Land Rover Range Rover 4WD 4-door HSE Angular Front Exterior View

Fuel efficiency isn’t the best, rated at 12/18 mpg for both models. But considering the Range Rover’s big power output and blocky profile, that’s to be expected. TheCarConnection.com’s editors find real-world numbers to sit closer to the low end of that range, however.

Either Range Rover is a strong on-road performer, with a stable, solid feel. Steering is slow but progressive, balancing everyday driving with its true mission in life: off-roading. If you want something sportier but still eminently capable in the dirt, the Supercharged model might be the right choice-but don’t forget you’re driving a 6,000-pound SUV. Even if you do, the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover gets upgraded 14.2-inch brakes for more stopping power, while the Supercharged model picks up huge 15-inch stoppers. The revised Adaptive Dynamics system improves ride quality while also helping keep the vehicle stable in corners.

Off-road is where the 2010 Range Rover really shines. The Land Rover Terrain Response system has been updated to provide even better traction in sand, snow, or mud. The height-adjustable suspension allows more ground clearance, and the hill-descent control makes even a novice look good.

Whether crawling the hillsides or roaming the highways, ConsumerGuide points out that you can choose to shift your own gears with the six-speed automatic transmission standard across the range.

2010 Land Rover Range Rover

The high-tech gearboxes, computers, and differentials at work in the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover turn it into what ConsumerGuide calls a “mountain goat off-road” without ruining its “carlike on-road” feel. The Range Rover does have a tendency to lean due to its tall height, however. Kelley Blue Book says the Range Rover is fitted with “one of the finest off-road systems ever designed.” Aiding this symphony of drivetrain technology is a computer-controlled suspension system that raises the vehicle for extra ground clearance when needed. Edmunds praises the driver-selectable “powertrain, suspension and electronic system” controls, which help the vehicle meet the conditions, whatever they may be.Review continues below

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Comfort & Quality

The 2010 Land Rover Range Rover is an opulent, comfortable all-terrain cruiser for five adults.

The 2010 Land Rover Range Rover earns a perfect 10 for comfort and interior quality from TheCarConnection.com. Upgrades to the interior materials and finishes push the new Range Rover into even more premium territory, with high-quality plastics and satin-finish real wood in abundance. A high-tech virtual instrument panel makes for a modern feel and conveys a wealth of information about the car whether on-road or off.

Spacious, comfortable seating for five is complemented by triple air conditioning with independent rear-seat controls. Without a third-row seat, there’s no chance of hauling seven people around, but it does allow for plenty of cargo space in the rear and ample legroom for the second row. Plush carpeting and leather-upholstered door pillars and door casings round out a premium cabin.

Not all reviewers find the five-seat layout entirely satisfactory. Kelley Blue Book warns that it “has excellent room for four passengers, though it is designed to hold five.” Cars.com points out the materials quality, noting the leather on the seats “would befit any six-figure car.” The raised stitching does “dig into” the reviewer’s back at times, however. Autoblog lauds the Land Rover Range Rover’s “supportive seats” that make easy work of “staring down long stretches of bitumen.” Eschewing the third row of seating allows for “excellent legroom and headroom,” according to Edmunds. They remark that the “seating position is notably upright,” however.

2010 Land Rover Range Rover spy shot

Even skipping the third-row seat, the “overall cargo volume is tight for its class,” says ConsumerGuide. Edmunds blames the small cargo space on a “high load floor,” though Cars.com points out it’s still only able to hold 74.2 cubic feet of material.

Interior quality was a strength in the previous version, but it’s even better in the 2010 Range Rover. Car and Driver calls the interior “opulent” and makes special note of the “Gorgeous brown leather seats are trimmed in fat, beige piping.” AutoWeek asserts the Range Rover is “barely rattled by anything the back roads can dish out.” ConsumerGuide finds the interior to be “premium all the way.” Kelley Blue Book says the interior “fit and finish…lead[s] one to believe it was handcrafted.”

ConsumerGuide goes on to remark that the V-8 engine churns out a “refined snarl during acceleration,” but otherwise makes no noise. Not even the wind or the road intrudes much, with “virtually no coarse-surface tire thrum.”Review continues below

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2010 Land Rover Range Rover

Safety

The 2010 Land Rover Range Rover’s safety features live up to its reputation for security.

No crash testing has been conducted on the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover. Nonetheless, with its wide range of safety features, the 2010 Range Rover is sure to inspire confidence. Radar-based adaptive cruise control, an optional Surround Camera system that lets the driver see a full 360-degree view around the vehicle, a complete slate of nine airbags, a whiplash reduction system, pre-tensioning seatbelts, and side impact beams shroud occupants in a cocoon of high-tech aids.

ConsumerGuide points out the hill descent control, which is “designed to limit speed on steep descents,” is also standard on the 2010 Range Rover. They go on to note the rearview camera and front and rear obstacle sensors, which aid in parking and maneuvering the vehicle. In TheCarConnection.com’s research, all sources remark positively on the 2010 Range Rover’s standard airbag complement. In combination with all of the safety equipment above, the Range Rover inspires a lot of confidence.

Cars.com notes that despite the Ranger Rover’s size, “tall windows and a mildly raked windshield” add up to “excellent” forward visibility. However, ConsumerGuide cautions that visibility to the sides and rear is blocked by “thick headrests and roof pillars,” making use of the obstacle detection and rearview camera systems “necessary.” Cars.com agrees, noting that the large head restraints in particular “can reduce side and rear visibility a bit.”8

2010 Land Rover Range Rover

Features

Despite a wide range of standard and optional luxury and high-tech features, the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover could be more user-friendly.

The 2010 Land Rover Range Rover features a range of useful but temperamental gadgets. TheCarConnection.com’s editors warn that the Range Rover’s controls and displays look great but aren’t as straightforward as they could be in execution. Still, there’s no shortage of features and options in the 2010 Land Rover Ranger Rover. From hard-drive-based navigation to the 12-inch TFT touchscreen output, there’s a wealth of tech goodies to be had. Heated front and rear seats, a power tilt-and-slide sunroof, LED interior lighting, and Bluetooth integration are also available, as are a range of wood and leather interior options.

For 2010 the standard Land Rover Range Rover is the HSE, while the Supercharged adds a host of features to the more powerful engine. Neither should be confused with the Range Rover Sport, which is actually an entirely different model.

Cars.com reports that many features that are optional on other luxury SUVs, like “heated leather front and rear seats and a navigation system,” are standard equipment on the Range Rover. Optional upgrades include a dual-screen DVD rear-seat entertainment system. AutoWeek points out that the standard navigation touchscreen “doesn’t do anything quite completely or easily,” however. That’s a common theme throughout the Range Rover’s selection of high-tech equipment.

2010 Paris Auto Show: Juliette Lewis at the Range Rover Evoque event

For instance, ConsumerGuide says the 2010 Range Rover’s instrumentation is “small and hard to read in certain light conditions.” Edmunds also points out that the control interface is “very button-heavy” and that figuring everything out can be “a tad befuddling.” Other features are easy to use, however, like the radar-based adaptive cruise control noted by Cars.com.

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