Land Rover gave its Range Rover model a serious update for the 2010 model year, and included the Sport version in the process.
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The Sport version of the Range Rover is designed for better on-road performance that its stablemates. As such, it has lower ground clearance.
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The Range Rover line gets new engines for the 2010 model year. The Supercharged Sport version gets a supercharged direct injection V-8, the same engine that powers the Jaguar XFR.
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The Range Rover holds five comfortably, with plenty of cargo room in the back. There are no third-row seats, however.
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Along with its four-wheel-drive system, the Range Rover Sport rides on an adaptive air suspension. It can be raised or lowered at the touch of a button.
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The rear cargo area is ample, befitting a full-size SUV.
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Land Rover updated the luxury inside the cabin, replacing ugly plastics with wood, leather, and other quality trim elements.
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Four-way buttons on the spokes of the steering wheel control stereo volume and other aspects of the cabin tech.
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The six-speed automatic transmission has a very aggressive sport program, yet can handle low-range off-road work when needed.
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The Terrain Response system adjusts the suspension and traction control for different surfaces. A Dynamic mode is new for 2010.
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The adjustments to the Terrain Response system are reflected in this instrument cluster display.
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The LCD shows off-road information that can be helpful when rock crawling.
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The Range Rover Sport's navigation system is very basic, lacking features such as traffic.
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Off-road navigation shows a compass and GPS coordinates.
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The Bluetooth phone system downloads a paired phone's contact list, letting you dial by selecting a name on screen or inputting numbers.
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The radio includes HD stations and satellite.
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The iPod interface offers the usual options for browsing albums and artists, but we found this interface difficult to use while driving.
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A rear-seat entertainment system was included in our car, with screens set into the backs of the headrests.
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