The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport earns a below average Total Car Score for the Luxury SUVs & Crossovers segment.
Unlike its LR4 sibling, the Range Rover Sport is fun to drive on the pavement. Its suspension sticks to curvy roads, while both its V8 engines deliver plenty of power. The Sport’s chassis is biased towards on-road performance, but it hasn’t lost the 4x4 capability that has made the Land Rover legend.
Sure, there are purer 4WD machines in the Land Rover stable, but the Sport can easily tackle what its buyers will ask of it when the pavement ends. Plus the Sport coddles its occupants in the high-end interior appointments expected of a Range Rover.
The Sport did receive a few complaints about its snug interior room, lack of cargo space, mediocre fuel economy and steep price. But it would be hard to find a vehicle that balanced luxury, road-holding and off-road ability better than the Range Rover Sport.
Land Rover put the Sport through an extensive freshening two years ago, so the 2012 Range Rover Sport receives some minor styling changes and upgrades to its audio and infotainment systems.
The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a four-door, five-passenger SUV available in four trim levels and with a choice of two engines.
The base HSE model is outfitted with 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery, pushbutton start, automatic climate controls and a sunroof. The HSE LUX package brings 20-inch wheels, premium leather upholstery, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and a center console with a cooler box. The Supercharged model not only adds the more powerful V8 engine but also a different grille and headlamp design, paddle shifters and Range Rover’s Adaptive Dynamic suspension. The top-shelf Autobiography edition also has a unique looking grille, interior design “themes” and an 825-watt, 17-speaker premium sound system.
Two 5.0-liter V8 engines are available for the Range Rover Sport. The naturally aspirated version produces 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque, while the supercharged version generates 510 hp and 461 lb-ft. Both are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions and fulltime 4WD systems.
The EPA has rated the naturally aspirated 2012 Range Rover Sport at 13 mpg city, 18 highway and 15 combined. The supercharged version earned 12/17/14 ratings.
The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is rated to tow a maximum of 7,716 pounds.
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