The graphic rendering is not the best in its class but the system does allow full post code entry.
Comfort and Refinement
There is no doubt that the Range Rover Sport Autobiography is well appointed and pretty much has every mod-con. Our test car was finished in Ipanema Sand with Almond & Arabica interior, with Silky Oak veneer.
It was well trimmed and the build quality was very good, a lot better than we have seen before with Land Rover.
One thing the Range Rover Sport is very good at is eating up motorway miles, especially with adaptive cruise control with Forward Alert. ACC uses a radar to scan the road ahead, which when cruise control is set will match your speed to the vehicle in front, settling down behind it, adapting your speed to theirs. If they move out of the way your speed will increase back to your set cruise control limit, should they brake you will be warned to intervene.
Although we did find that after several hours behind the wheel the front seats were on the firm side.
We liked the heated steering wheel and that the steering column is linked to the seat memory – but why not link the internal rear view mirror as well, so that it adapts to the driver’s memory position like the door mirrors. We found that when using the car at night the heating elements in the front windscreen were a bit of a distraction at first which was particularly apparent on the motorway with oncoming traffic but of course not having to de-ice your windscreen in the morning is more of plus point.
The windscreen wipers are rain sensitive and the headlights can be set to automatically come on at dusk or when entering a tunnel and they can be programmed so they stay on when you switch off the engine at night to light up your path/drive way – you can also switch them on from the key fob.
Safety and Security
The Range Rover Sport has not been tested by Euro NCAP which is a shame, and we doubt it will as the new model is on the horizon.
Standard Safety equipment includes, eight airbags, two front side, front passenger and driver’s airbags plus two curtain bags each side along the side of the car.
The Range Rover Sport benefits from an Active Roll Mitigation (ARM) System, which monitors the stability of the vehicle, predicting whether a roll over is imminent by monitoring if one side becomes lighter than the other and then utilizing the braking system to stabilise the vehicle. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) monitors wheel speed and the steering angle to ensure safe cornering correcting over-steer or under-steer with the use of the braking system.
To protect the Range Rover Sport from theft it is fitted with a comprehensive array of anti-theft measures and incorporates an engine management system immobiliser. Ultrasonic volumetric detection protects the interior against smash-and-grab style break-ins, while a perimetric detection system triggers the alarm if an attempt is made to open the tailgate, bonnet or any of the doors. Additionally, deadlocks inhibit the operation of the interior door handles once the car has been locked.
Our test car was fitted with the optional 7-inch touch-screen with Dual View technology for an extra £615. Dual View allows the front seat passenger and driver to view different video images, i.e. the passenger can watch a video or TV on the move, listening back via their own headphones totally independent of what the driver is listening to, the driver can still see the navigation screen or re-tune the radio, etc.
There is now Hard Disc Navigation which includes Traffic Message Channel (TMC) and destination entry by voice. The ‘Say What You See’ voice command helps the driver learn commands with useful step-by-step screen prompts and allows the use of spoken short codes.
The graphic rendering is not the best in its class but the system does allow full post code entry. We also found the maps to be out of date with roads that have been closed for a number of years being shown as still there and petrol stations, etc.
The 825W Premium Harmon Kardon LOGIC 7 audio system audio/visual system on our test car supported DVD audio format, had a Hard Disc Drive Music server, Dual Tuner to give a seamless signal, iPod and video streaming by USB, audio streaming by Bluetooth and two USB ports located in the console lid. Our test car had the rear seat entertainment system which has been improved with WhiteFire wireless technology cordless headphones; rear seat passengers can independently choose what they want to watch or listen to.
- Audi Q7
- BMW X5
- Land Rover Discovery
- Porsche Cayenne
- Volkswagen Touareg
What We Liked
- Overall Packaging
- TDV6 Power Plant and Eight Speed Gearbox
- Much better interior finish and materials, than Sports to date
What We Disliked
- New Model on the horizon, making this model not such a wise buy now.
What We Would Like To See
- The new Range Rover Sport
Until the new Range Rover Sport is released (later in 2013) the 2012 Sport is in fierce competition with the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5 (replacement 2012). For mixed use both on and off-road the Sport is still streets ahead, if you do not wish to accommodate seven people. It is extremely well appointed and a pleasure to drive, but I do feel that the BMW X5 would be my choice to live with, if all of my driving was on-road (no off-road use). Although I am sure Land Rover has something up their sleeve to change everyone’s mind with the introduction of new Range Rover Sport.
We will keep you posted.3 December 2012
Range Rover Sport Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.5 Seconds|
|Top Speed||124 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||34.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating|
|Warranty||3 Years / unlimited Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 03/12/12)||£66,720 plus £3,505 options|