The Low Down
As the Calendar year winds down and the pumpkin pie on our plates piles up, this time of year seems harder than ever to stay active. Luckily, Range Rover’s got us covered with the 2017 Range Rover Sport. Extra composed handling, a powerful supercharged V8–It’s the Rover but athletic!
Go ahead–plenty of Room! But keep in mind while the front and second row are extra spacious, the third row is specifically designed for kids!
Let’s break this down. You’ve got six trim levels: SE, HSE, Supercharged, Supercharged Dynamic, Autobiography and SVR.
SE: The basics include 19-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED running lights and taillights, power-folding heated mirrors, a hands-free power liftgate, rear privacy glass and keyless ignition and entry.
HSE: same but with 20-inch wheels, foglights, a panoramic sunroof, perforated leather upholstery, heated front seats and upgraded interior trim.
Supercharged: throw in a V8 engine, a more sophisticated four-wheel-drive system, adaptive terrain-sensing drive settings and roll stabilization.
Supercharged Dynamic: Take it up a notch with 21-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, a flat-screen virtual instrument cluster, unique interior trim and higher top speed.
Autobiography: adds unique 21-inch wheels, adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a 19-speaker Meridian sound system and a heated steering wheel. May your hands never be cold again.
SVR: Finally, the highest performance option. You can add or sub SVR-specific 21-inch wheels and bumpers, sport-tuned suspension and steering, sportier transmission programming, front sport seats, rear sport seats. Sports. Sports sports sports. All the sports.
Keep in mind you can usually customize and add on a higher trims’ standard features to a lower trim! You do you!
All about choices here with four different engines to pick from.
SE and HSE models come with a 3.0-liter gasoline V6 rated for 340 hp or add on a 3.0 liter turbodiesel producing 254 hp
Supercharged and Autobiography versions come with a 5.0-liter V8 for 510 hp
And the SVR gets a big boost with V8 for 550 hp! This model went 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds! V sporty! V fun!
Plus all new Crawl control maintaining a preset speed up to 20 mph on rough roads. EPA fuel economy estimates 17 city/23 highway with the supercharged V8 at 16 mpg combined 14 city/19 highway ⛽
THE FUTURE IS NOW! Amazing self-parking system for both parallel and perpendicular is available to add on, plus cruise control with automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and lane-departure warning. Each Rover comes standard with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. As far as braking goes the Rover is pretty average stopping from 60 mph in 124 feet.
This Rover’s interior was absolutely made with millennials in mind featuring ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery and 15-way power front seats. Yes, there apparently are 15 different ways to adjust a seat. The sport sits a little lower than the average rover but don’t worry, you won’t lose any visibility! Comes with a standard 8-inch touchscreen that’s kinda like Karen from mean girls. Pretty, but slow. Also standard is the InControl Apps system, integrating both iphone and Android apps to show them exactly how they appear on your phone!
Starting at $64,950
Why this Car?
The stability and confidence this Rover possesses is extremely impressive considering how heavy it is (went hard in the turkey 🍗). While we do agree the regular Rover handles better on tough terrain, the sport can go from rustic backroad to Rodeo Drive without a brake.