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2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport OVERVIEW
The scion of Land Rover’s legendary Range Rover, the midsize Range Rover Sport remains faithful to the brand’s reputation for uncompromising luxury and off-road capability. What's not so expected is the Sport's energetic handling on pavement and blistering acceleration with the available supercharged V8.
What's New For 2015
All models get minor equipment upgrades, but the big news is the arrival of the high-performance SVR variant.
Choosing Your Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Every Range Rover Sport gets full-time four-wheel drive with hill descent control and hill start assist, plus Land Rover's Terrain Response system, which adjusts performance for different surface conditions. A self-leveling air suspension assures a smooth ride in everyday driving.
The standard supercharged 3-liter V6 makes a strong 340 horsepower and helps the Sport achieve 19 mpg in combined driving. The optional supercharged 5-liter V8 lays down 510 or 550 horsepower depending on the trim level. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Available on most models is a power-folding third row that boosts seating capacity to seven.
The Range Rover Sport lineup now encompasses five trim levels:
Available on all trim levels is the Driver Assistance package with lane departure warning system, a self-parking system and 360-degree parking sensors. Individual options include a rear entertainment system, adaptive cruise control with automatic braking and a towing package.
The price difference between trim levels grows exponentially as you move up. The V6 models and even the Supercharged are priced within the midsize luxury SUV class, but the exclusive Autobiography and SVR are in a whole other ballpark.