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2009 Range Rover Sport HSEHalf Jaguar XKR, half Chevy Tahoe. Brian Cooley checks the tech on the 2009 Range Rover Sport HSE.
>> What happens when you cross a Jag XJR with a Tahoe? You get this, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE. Living somewhat awkwardly at the dicey intersection of off-road and on-track. Let's go for a ride. ^M00:00:17 [ Music ] ^M00:00:23 >> Now let's talk about what moves this 5670-pounds of beast, 4.4-liter, dual overhead camp V-8, 300 horsepower, 315 foot-pounds of torque, as a result 0 to 60 is pushing 9 seconds. That's in conjunction with a one-choice only 6-speed automatic schlussbox. It's slippery and rubbery and wandery. One cure though, snap- it over here in the left side of the gait to the sport mode. It tightens up and raises the shift points makes the gearbox more decisive significant improvement. You've got permanent four-wheel drive in this vehicle and of course a key Land Rover deal is this guy, the middle silver knob here. That's what you call your Terrain Response System so you pop that knob up and then the left position that you see is pavement. Then you got all kinds of other terrain conditions you can dial in here to select basically via a Macro how to set up the vehicle's drive terrain and get the most out of its off-road abilities. Here's your electronic high and low for the transfer case, ride it high, right here you can go up and down and noticeably by the way, this thing goes up and down like -- it feels like 6 inches from top to bottom. And this big yellow button here is your descent control. We have a luxury interior package on this car that has some non-tech stuff like some fancy leather and wood. Also it gives you heated front and rear seats. I'm amazed that those were an option. Shouldn't those be standard at 60 plus thousand dollars? You've also hot a heated windshield, heated front washer jets, adaptive front light and check this out. They call it the cooler box, so I'm thinking okay, what does it get, a little bit cool. Now it gets cold. You can put sperm samples in there for a decade. Kind of a mixed bag on the cabin tech on this guy. First of all, the nav screen you see is stacked. It's standard on this Range Rover Sport, touch screen, large clear buttons. It's pretty easy to use. I didn't even have to look in the manual to get this one figured out. Once you did get your address entered, the resolution on the screen is pretty good. Not best of class, but certainly not the worst. Also, notice among the modes here, you have not just navigation, but also 4 by 4 information, an elaborate screen confirming and showing how your all-wheel drive is working and how you've got it set-up. Now the audio system, while it sounds good doesn't look good. There it is. It never shows up on the LCD. It's relegated to this ghetto of this little green and black LCD, very late '90s. It's a cramped display that has a lot of noise going on, like when I go through my tone settings, look at this nonsense. That's no way to represent a 12-speaker, 550-watt Harmon Kardon Logic7 system. I don't think. Your sources are AM, FM, six-disc built-in slot changer. Aux jack somewhere, damned if I can find it, but there's a button for it, satellite radio, Sirius, available as an option on this vehicle. No iPod adaptor, no HD radio. ^M00:03:23 [ Music ] ^M00:03:25 >> Alright folks, hang on tight and sinks down your pith helmet. This is where many brave men has died, the treacherous eastern phase of Lombard Street, crookedest in the world they said. Good time to price our Range Rover Sport, $59,000 base. Look out, hairpin ride. Tech toys are relatively limited because the nav is standard. There's a one-choice only audio system are certainly very nice Harmon Kardon rig, $3,000 for the luxury package which all I really care about is the fact that it's got a heated windshields and a very cold center fridge. ^M00:04:01 [ Music ]