I collected the car in a blizzard 2 weeks ago. Since then, I've only done a couple of hundred miles including a 100 mile round trip yesterday. Car is light years ahead of the previous model. I was a little skeptical of buying the V6 due to the power drop over the normally aspirated V8 of the previous RRS, but the car feels much stronger than the figures portray and I don't regret not getting the V8. Design and finish are way ahead of last gen, as is the ride quality on standard 20" wheels. Capability in the snow and ice has been excellent as well. Interior space, particularly in the back, is way up on the previous model.
The Range Rover Sport is not cheap; with the V8 engine and top-end Meridian audio, mine was all but $100k on the road. But you get what you pay for - stunning performance, great handling, the best driving position of any car I've owned, and a luxurious ride that can go anywhere ... and I'm getting 18 mpg in stop-start motoring.
Quite and amazing vehicle. Literally 5/5 in all categories with the exception of the infotainment system. This is about 5 years behind leading competitors like Audi. Fortunately I predominantly use my iPhone for music/GPS so it's not a huge problem for me. The 510 hp is absolutely insane. I highly recommend this to anyone who can afford this.
After the initial love affair is over she'll bleed you to death
written on 08-10-2014
The Range Rover sport is in my view an over priced V6 powered ego trip. The poorly designed interior layout coupled with the least intuitive gps and entertainment system out there should give anyone pause. And why does the gps system point upward into to the sun? The small screen is hard enough to deal with, let alone the excessive sun light! Additionally you'll find that although Land Rover claims there SUV as being the best off road vehicles in the world, it's interesting why there tires only offer about 3/16 to 1/4" clearance for the rim. The best drivers will still curb the rims. When it's time for breaks, 30k miles. Expect to pay 1000 dollars per axle. Oh, oil and tire rotate, 300
I like cars. I've owned some nice ones. I'm particularly fond of Rover since my grandfather owned the British Leland franchise in Victoria, Australia. But I've completely divorced myself of Land Rover after two very unfortunate experiences with an LR4 and a Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged Dynamic. Here's my summary of main issues with the RRS; I Won't even start with my LR4 needing a new fuel injection system and transmission at 54K miles: The RRS is FAST!!! Like scary fast. And I don't mean that in a good way because the car is scary to drive fast. Edmunds track tested my vehicle at 4.2 seconds 0-60. But what good is a car that can't break quickly, feels like it's ripping itself apart, and can't handle around mild corners while accelerating or going fast. When accelerating in mine, it felt amazing, but I never felt confident that I could turn, swerve or break quickly if needed. So anxiety ensued with most of my opportunities to accelerate during daily driving. Second, the car's build quality is horrible for the price point. My vehicle rattled at the glove box, at the center console, in the driver and passenger seats, at the A pillar of the driver door, in the ceiling somewhere, and worst of all it rattled badly if I turned up the premium stereo. If you like luxury, you'll love how the RRS looks. But take it for a 10 minute drive and you'll be bothered that your nephews Toyota Carolla is quieter and doesn't rattle. Third issues was the breaks squeaked the day I bought the car and through a set of break pads (my wife's LR4 did the same through 3 sets of pads). Near $100K for a vehicle that sounds embarrassing pulling up at a stoplight. Not cool with me. Fourth and maybe most important, the myriad of issues I had with the car were well overshadowed by the HORRIBLE service experience at Land Rover Seattle. I could call about issues and they'd sometimes never follow up. I would complain about issues at multiple meetings and be promised follow up only to have nobody contact me. To be fair, the staff was pleasant. But when I purchase a $70K and a $95K+ vehicle from the same dealership I expect exceptional loyalty and customer service in return and that most certainly did not happen. In the end, I sold both my Rovers in the same month and took a massive loss on the RRS. Then I bought a Model S Tesla. And that car... well let's just say every issue I've pointed out is no longer and issue and I'll never own another vehicle but a Tesla.