TO THE POINTWhat’s New? The Range Rover Sport is all new for 2006, representing a smaller, less expensive, yet almost equally powerful alternative to the Range Rover Selling Points: Off-road ability, improved ergonomics, attractive styling Deal Breakers: Fuel economy, on-road handling and supercharger don’t live up to Sport-moniker expectations, rear seat comfort, price with options, some cheap interior materials
Land Rover Range Rover Sport – Mandy Ison’s Advice:
Driving the Land Rover was definitely an adventure, one that needs no repeating. Maybe I would have been more impressed with the SUV if I had taken it off-road and experienced its ability to drive through deep standing water or to traverse a hill of daunting proportions. I dare say that most of the consumers who would buy this SUV would drive it nowhere near what could possibly be construed as dirt. Ignoring the fact that it’s an eyesore, and despite how well it handled different driving conditions, the Range Rover Sport’s apparent disregard for ergonomics is puzzling and disappointing. Never have I been happier to park a car and walk away from it. Been there, done that, don’t need to do it again. Can I have something more fun to drive next time?
Land Rover Range Rover Sport – Ron Perry’s Advice:
This isn’t a vehicle I would consider if I was shopping for a luxury SUV – my cash would get put down on the Porsche Cayenne. Even though the Range Rover line is distinctive, it is aging and needs a fresh look. I also find paying for the off-road ability of the Sport to be silly. Why would you want to drive it off-road with these large rims and low profile tires? Wouldn’t you just buy the standard Range Rover for that? I guess if money is no consideration, those wanting a vehicle to show their status will love the Range Rover Sport. It will get you where you need to go and do it with style.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport – Christian Wardlaw’s Advice:
Full of brute force but possessing little finesse, the 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport aims to split the difference between a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 and a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, hoping to match the Cayenne’s performance on and off the pavement at a price closer to that of the Jeep. While I personally think either of those other two performance-oriented SUVs is more appealing, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport is one SUV that grows on you over time. It is immensely capable off-road, fun to drive on the road once you’ve assimilated to its hardware, and provides that classic Land Rover driving position and forward visibility. Fuel economy is terrible, there are several significant shortcomings, and the price tag is too high especially when you start piling on the features that make this a compelling vehicle.