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Land Rover Range Rover Sport Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.4 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 300 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

  • It's still not the sportiest SUV in its price range, but if you want Land Rover capability and style packed into a slightly less boxy package, the 2006 Range Rover Sport is the perfect setup.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Solid road manners, off-road ability worthy of the Land Rover name, usable interior space, powerful V8 engines.

  • Cons

    Standard model still not very sporty, less interior room than the standard Range Rover.

  • What's New for 2006

    Land Rover takes a jab at performance SUVs from BMW and Porsche with its all-new Range Rover Sport.

Full 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review

What's New for 2006

Land Rover takes a jab at performance SUVs from BMW and Porsche with its all-new Range Rover Sport.


A real departure from Land Rover's singular focus on the off-road lifestyle, the Range Rover Sport is the company's first performance SUV. Even though it shares the Range Rover badge with its luxurious big brother, the Sport is actually a shortened and 450-pound-lighter version of the LR3. The exterior styling echoes the Range Rover, and the engineers placed much significance on aerodynamics and smooth lines. A shorter wheelbase and a steeply raked rear hatch give the Sport a more dynamic stance. The steering and suspension were sharpened for better on-road performance with a variable-ratio and variable-assistance ZF Servotronic steering system and monotube shocks. Two engines power the Range Rover Sport. A V8 borrowed from the Jaguar parts bin channels 300 horsepower through a six-speed automatic transmission in the HSE. The supercharged model boosts the horsepower to 390.

The Range Rover Sport's fully independent suspension utilizes air springs at each corner, and a new Dynamic Response System automatically adjusts the sway bars for maximum roll control whether you're on-road or off. Although its tires, stance and suspension are tuned for life on pavement, the Sport still carries its low-range gearing and the adaptive Terrain Response system first introduced in the LR3. Although the idea of a fast and sporty Land Rover SUV may seem like a contradiction, the 2006 Range Rover Sport has the acceleration and handling dynamics to make it a serious player in the high-performance SUV market. It also has the class-leading off-road capability you'd expect of a Land Rover.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The five-passenger Land Rover Range Rover Sport is offered in two trim levels, HSE and Supercharged. The HSE comes standard with leather upholstery, 19-inch alloys, fold-down rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 14-speaker, 600-watt Harman Kardon audio system with a six-disc CD changer. Land Rover SUV options include heated front and rear seats, adaptive headlights, premium leather seating and wood trim. The Supercharged model gets all these goodies, plus 20-inch alloy wheels and the Dynamic Response active suspension system.

Powertrains and Performance

The standard Range Rover Sport is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 that makes 300 hp and 315 lb-ft of torque. As you'd expect, the Supercharged model features a supercharged version of this engine that ups the power to 390 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. Both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shift logic that adapts to road conditions and driving styles. Likewise, they both get Land Rover's Terrain Response System that adjusts everything from throttle response, traction control, electronic stability control to varying off-road conditions. The Supercharged Sport also features active roll control to improve cornering performance on the pavement.


Safety features include four-wheel antilock Brembo brakes, traction and stability control, hill-descent control, side-impact and head curtain airbags and even an electronic parking brake. The Supercharged model includes adaptive headlights that "look" around corners and adjust up and down to counter the effects of hard braking and heavy cargo.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Range Rover Sport features a spacious cabin packed with clever storage solutions, as well as seats trimmed in English leather. A commanding driving position and elevated stadium seating give the driver and passengers alike a clear view of their surroundings. The dash has a simple, geometric look that is very similar to the elegant design employed in the Range Rover. Switches are kept to a minimum, thanks to built-in technology that minimizes the need for driver input, and every tactile surface is thickly padded, as one would expect in a vehicle of this caliber. Overall, the cabin isn't quite as luxurious or spacious as the Range Rover, but the Sport is designed to impart a more cockpitlike feel for the driver to emphasize its driver-focused intentions.

Driving Impressions

With 390 horsepower on tap, the supercharged Range Rover Sport lives up to the performance moniker. Combined with its sophisticated four-wheel-drive system and the adaptive six-speed transmission, there is always plenty of power and traction available underfoot. If you're looking for serious capability on the pavement, go with the Supercharged model or at least an HSE equipped with the active roll control suspension as the standard setup is much less capable than a comparably priced X5 or Cayenne.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

Ignore what people think about

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Vehicle: 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (4.4L 8cyl 6A)

I bought my Rover Sport HSE 2006 at around 40,000 miles, and now over 40,000 miles later, I can say this has been the most reliable car I have ever owned. I still haven't changed the brakes (and they've got a good amount of life left), transmission shifts very smoothly. Never had a check engine or any issues. Remember, don't go cheap on your gas quality, and use synthetic oil. change differential fluid every 75,000 miles. Something very important to me is the fact it is chain driven, so no timing belt change is needed! tough suspension for offroading means very little problems regardless how many potholes you go through (youll feel every bump, but it's made tough). Gold

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Dreams can come true!!!

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Vehicle: 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged 4dr SUV 4WD (4.2L 8cyl S/C 6A)

I purchased this very at a very high mileage and this is significant because it speaks directly to its reliability. Mine has a 73K (highway mileage)when purchased and people ask me if this was a 2010 model. It was customized by previous owner that some of its current features are incorporated in the 2010 models I saw for sale. Awesome SUV in and out. Great sound system, handling and lots of POWER. Quick stopping brakes. Needless to say its a head turner. If you gonna get one get supercharged, that's when you can feel the punch more. Previous owner had no major issues and vehicle is in excellent condition. One problem I have a couple of days ago is tire air sensor is bad. Good resale value.

Rrs s/c 4 me!!

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Vehicle: 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged 4dr SUV 4WD (4.2L 8cyl S/C 6A)

Fast,nimble,handles like a sports car with true off road ability that few other SUVs can match. Chose the RRS S/C over the Cayenne and could not be happier. SIRIUS,Bluetooth,NAV,active HID headlights,headrest monitors with DVD changer,heated seats - completely loaded. Gas mileage needs improvement but I didn't buy it for gas mileage.

Fun in the snow

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Vehicle: 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged 4dr SUV 4WD (4.2L 8cyl S/C 6A)

Bought this car new in Feb '06 primarily to drive from LA to Mammoth Mtn and ski (300 miles each eay). Only problems involved a leak from the front differential after 6000 miles. Dealer replaced 3-times under warranty. Brakes are expensive to replace, but love the stopping power. RRS is great vehicle in the snow, traction and handling are great. I use a different set of wheels and snow/ice tires for the winter. Great heated seats. Back seat is not very comfortable, should be able to recline.

5 of 14 people found this review helpful

Rover sport-totally unreliable

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Vehicle: 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged 4dr SUV 4WD (4.2L 8cyl S/C 6A)

Bought the RR Sport Brand new in April 2006. This vehicle has been in for service for major issues. Has been towed 3-4 times, major service problems 5-6 times. If you buy a RR Sport be prepared to trade it after the warranty is up. I have been driving for 30 years and owned several different vehicles both domestic and foreign. I have never had problems like I have encountered with the Range Rover Sport. I was warned but didn't listen.

Emphasize sport in suv

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Vehicle: 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (4.4L 8cyl 6A)

This is a great SUV that's fun to drive. This heavy vehicle is a bit thirsty for fuel, about 16.5 avg. It is a very quality built machine that moves well in sport mode, and even better in the well positioned manual mode. I've driven several vehicles in manual mode and this vehicle is the easiest and ergo thoughtful of all of them, less vehicles with paddle shifters. The interior is classy and with the real wood trim, looks great. With the weight of this vehicle, be prepared to replace brakes every 30k or so, depending on driving habits. The brakes will run about $1,400 at the dealership. Only issue is the rear tailgate struts went out, otherwise, great Sport UV. JG

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Gas Mileage


  • 12
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  • 18
  • highway
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