The full-size Range Rover is usually out of reach of many buyers. However, the automaker offers a less expensive alternative that still offers the highest level of performance. The model is the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport. For the 2016 model year, the automaker has tweaked the model to offer an improved performance, convenience and comfort levels.
The model will feature a new turbo-diesel engine as well as a V-6 powered trim dubbed the HST. The exterior look is borrowed from the Evoque and the current full-size Range Rover. The model is based on the Range Rover unibody platform. Read along to find out more:
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Exterior
As said in the introduction, the model features both the Evoque and full-size Range Rover features. The front looks slim with a black grille which is adopted form the Evoque. The grille is flanked by winged headlights which are also adopted from the Evoque. The roofline is also similar to that of the Evoque. The model is offered in six trim levels which are SE, HSE, Supercharged, Supercharged Dynamic, Autobiography and SVR. A new HST trim has been added for the 2016 model year.
The HST features front and rear lights that are tinted compared to the other trims. Its grilles, roof, pillars, and rear spoiler feature a Santorini Black finish. It also features 21-inch satin grey wheels and an option for 21-inch Stealth alloy wheels. The HST badge is also used on a number of surfaces to differentiate it from the others.
Back to the regular trims, the SE features 19-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED taillights and DRLs, and heated and power-folding mirrors.
The HSE features a panoramic sunroof, fog lights and 20-inch wheels while the Supercharged and the Supercharged Dynamic add 21-inch, 5-spoke alloy wheels and red brake calipers. The Autobiography on the other hand adds adaptive headlights with auto high beams. The range topping SVR comes with 21-inch wheels and a sport-tuned suspension.
There is a host of other features offered as standalone options including 22-inch wheels.
All models feature a new fully-independent air suspension. The suspension helps the models to trample the harsh terrains without much resistance. It features new air springs which are pneumatically cross-linked to simulate articulation previously only offered with solid axles.
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Interior
Sliding inside to its spacious interior, you will meet a cabin that offers premium luxury, comfort, convenience and all the space you need. While the exterior borrows much from the Evoque, the cabin is all Range Rover. The cabin is full of soft-touch materials with leather being the standard upholstery material.
The model accommodates five passengers but you can opt for a third row seat to increase capacity to seven. The base model features 14-way power seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel and a dual-zone climate control. Its steering wheel is also sport-inspired and features a small diameter. Aluminum is used on the dash and door panels.
The model is fitted with an 8.0-inch touch-screen that integrates navigation, entertainment and connectivity functions like Bluetooth and voice command. You can also control the infotainment system via knobs and buttons. There are several 12-volt power sockets to ensure your devices are always running. The model also offers three USB ports to keep you and your passengers connected.
The instrument cluster features two round-shaped analogue gauges with a 5-inch TFT in between them. The TFT displays a wide range of information about the vehicle.
The third row of seats takes up most of the vehicle’s cargo space. The third row is tight in terms of legroom and is only suitable for the young ones. When not needed, the third row folds flat to increase cargo space. Without the third row seat, the vehicle offers 27.7 cubic feet of cargo space which expands to 62.2 cubic feet upon folding of the 2nd row seats.
The cabin gets more exquisite and exotic as you climb up the ladder to the top-of-the range SVR.
Engine Specs and performance
The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is offered in 3 different drive-trains. The first engine is a 3.0 L supercharged V-6. This engine produces 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. The mill is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine is fitted on the base SE and HSE trims where it is EPA rated to return 17 mpg in city and 23 mpg on highway drives. The engine accelerates to 60 mph from standstill in 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph.
The second engine is a 3.0 L turbodiesel V-6 which is new for 2016. This engine produces 254 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. This engine powers the SE Td6 and HSE Td6. The engine is also paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. It is rated at 21 mpg city and 27 mpg on highway. The HST trim is equipped with a similar V-6 engine which is tweaked to produce 380 hp and helps the model to reach 60 mph from standstill in 6.9 seconds.
The last engine is a supercharged 5.0 L, V-8 which is good for a whopping 510 horses and 461 lb-ft of torque. The engine powers the Supercharged and the Autobiography trims. It powers the models to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds and reach a top speed of 140 mph. I must say this is quite impressive for a vehicle its size. However, this is not the most powerful or fastest Land Rover Range Rover Sport. The engine is further tweaked on the range-topping SVR where it runs from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds which is an amazing speed for an SUV and attains a top speed of 162 mph. The engine is rated at 14 mpg in city and 19 mpg on highway. Like the others, this engine is also hooked up with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
According to the automaker, all models can tow as much as 7,700 pounds when they are well equipped.
Price and release date
The base SE trim has a starting price of 4 around $65,000; the HSE attracts around $ 70,000. The Supercharged trim on the other hand starts at around $80,000, adding a Dynamic package to the Supercharged trim hikes the price to $ 83,000. The Autobiography will set you back $93,300 while the performance-focused SVR attracts a whopping $111,000.
The model comes with a host of packages and optional features depending on the trim level. They include a third row of seats which will cost you between $ 2,000 and $2,750 depending on the trim. A Tow Package costs between $600 and $900. A rear entertainment package is worth $ 2,000.
For the audiophiles, a 19-speaker Meridian sound system will set you back $ 1,100 while a 23-speaker system will set you back as much as $6,300, a price that can almost get you a brand new mini-car in some parts of Asia like in India.
The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has a number of rivals. The rival models include the BMW X5, Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and Audi Q7. The Porsche Cayenne S, Infiniti QX80 and Lincoln MKX will also pose some rivalry.
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