Sunday, July 18, 2010;
Bottom line: In terms of utility, there is nothing in the Range Rover Sport Supercharged that trumps many less-expensive full-size sport-utility vehicles. But it beats all of them in the matter of luxury, and it gives most of them a run for the money in the field of sport.
Ride, acceleration and handling: Ride and acceleration are excellent, as is handling on long stretches with gentle curves. City handling is borderline horrendous. Caution is advised in
Head-turning quotient: Simply sumptuous. Looks and feels rich.
Body style/layout: Construction is integrated body frame using hydro-formed steel pieces. Frame is ladder type with welded steel sides. The front-engine, four-wheel-drive Range Rover Sport has four side doors and a rear hatch. It is available as the HSE and the Supercharged model driven for this column.
Engine/transmission: The standard engine is a 5-liter, 32-valve supercharged V-8 (510 horsepower, 461 foot-pounds of torque). The transmission is a six-speed automatic than can be shifted manually.
Capacities: There is comfortable seating for four adults. A fifth person can be squeezed into the center of the rear seat for short trips. Maximum cargo capacity is 71 cubic feet. Maximum payload, the weight of what can be carried onboard, is 1,219 pounds. The Range Rover Sport Supercharged can be equipped to carry a trailer weighing 7,716 pounds. The fuel tank holds 23.3 gallons of gasoline (premium required).
Mileage: Bring lots of money . . . and avoid city traffic. This thing swills fuel at the real-world combined rate of 13 miles per gallon.
Safety: Standard equipment includes front and rear ventilated disc brakes, electronic stability and traction control, four-wheel anti-lock protection, emergency braking assistance, side and head air bags, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, adaptive (swivels in turns) headlights, and front and rear proximity warning parking sensors.
Price: The 2010 Range Rover Supercharged has a base price of $73,345. The dealer's invoice price on that model is $66,744. Price as tested is $80,495, including $6,300 in options (Windsor leather, straight-grain walnut veneer, rear-seat audiovisual entertainment system, active cruise control and backup cameras. Add an $850 destination charge. Dealer's price as tested is $73,327.