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2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review

Reviewers said the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport offers quick acceleration and solid performance both on- and off-road, but it gets poor fuel economy and critics said its navigation system works slowly.

Pros & Cons

  • Quick acceleration
  • Impressive off-road capability
  • Lackluster fuel economy
  • Finicky navigation controls




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Overview

Equipped with the standard V8 engine, reviewers said the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport accelerates quickly, and they added that models with the available supercharged V8 are even faster. All Range Rover Sport models come with a six-speed automatic that test drivers said makes good use of the engine’s power. The base 2012 Range Rover Sport gets an EPA-estimated 13/18 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for a V8-powered SUV. The Range Rover Sport has standard full-time four-wheel drive and Land Rover's Terrain Response system, which has selectable drive modes for different types of terrain. Test drivers noted that the Range Rover Sport is extremely capable off-road. On pavement, they said it has impressive composure around corners and a comfortable ride, even on bumpy roads.

Test drivers praised the 2012 Range Rover Sport’s interior for its upscale materials and good build quality. They said the front seats offer a good view of the road and are supportive. The rear seats offer adequate head- and legroom, they said. The Range Rover Sport has 71 cubic feet of cargo space, which is a good amount compared to that of rival two-row luxury SUVs. The 2012 Range Rover Sport comes standard with a power tailgate, Bluetooth, a USB port, navigation, a rearview camera, parking sensors, power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control and an 11-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Available features include a heated windshield, heated front and rear seats, a cooler box, adaptive cruise control, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 360-degree camera system, a 17-speaker audio system and a rear-seat entertainment system. Test drivers said the climate controls are easy to use, but some found the navigation system slow to respond to inputs and said the touch screen is too small.

Other SUVs to Consider

Reviewers said the 2012 BMW X6 has ample power with either of its two available engines and it gets better fuel economy than the Range Rover Sport. The X6 delivers sportscar-like handling thanks to its responsive steering and agility through corners, test drivers noted.

Crisp steering and sporty handling make the 2012 Acura MDX a very fun-to-drive SUV, test drivers said. Unlike the Range Rover Sport, the Acura MDX has a third row of seats, and it offers more overall cargo space as well.

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