2009 Range Rover Sport | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

2009 Range Rover Sport

The is a ubiquitous sign of good taste and wealth in these parts, but it’s rather big, isn’t it?

If only there were a slightly smaller version that combined all the luxury of the Range with a slightly more sporty image, a bit more youthful pizazz?

That’s more than likely the musings that echoed around HQ at the start of the Noughties, and resulted in the arrival of the Range Rover Sport in 2005. Immediately identifiable as a Range, it’s nevertheless different in many ways, chiefly size, based as it is on a modified version of the chassis on the LR3.

As the car is intended to be more driver-focused than the regular Range Rover, it sports a subtle rear spoiler and a few aerodynamic features, although it does still perform – it is a Land Rover, after all. Hill Descent Control and electronic differential let you twist a dial in the cockpit to change the car’s settings to suit a variety of surfaces, from tarmac to sand.

2009 Range Rover Sport

Two versions of the 2009 Range Rover Sport are available in this region – the HSE and the Sport. Does that make the Sport version the Range Rover Sport Sport? We don’t know…

Anyway, the HSE version gets the larger, but the less powerful of two engines available in the range. The 4.4-litre V8 puts out 305bhp through a six-speed automatic. It might be the less well-specified car, but it still comes very well equipped. As standard, the 2–0 Range Rover Sport HSE comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights and air suspension, as well as an electric sunroof and LED rear lights.

Inside, it includes cruise control, voice-activated controls that let you literally tell the car what to do and power windows. The steering wheels also adjusts electrically, as does a rear sunblind. There are manually-operated sunblinds on the side windows.

The dash is finished in wood, and the seats are upholstered in leather. Automatic climate control lets driver and front passenger bask in differing temperatures if they so wish.

2009 Range Rover Sport terrain selector image

The more powerful Sport model comes with 20-inch wheels and a supercharged 4.2-litre engine with 390bhp, also attached to a six-speed auto ‘box. It comes with the same exterior features as the HSE, but with the addition of high-performance Brembo brakes behind the front wheels, to provide stopping power for the extra horses under the bonnet.

It’s slightly less well appointed interior, with no electrical adjustment of the steering wheel or sunblinds, but it does get a high-spec audio system and electric seats.

Both versions of the 2009 Range Rover Sport get a raft of safety equipment, including front head airbags, ABS and front and rear parking sensors.

A mildly facelifted version of the 2009 Range Rover Sport is expected to be unveiled later in the year, in time for the 2010 model year. New engines are rumoured to be introduced, as well as some exterior tweaks. But an all new vehicle is not expected until around 2014, so there’s plenty of life in the Range Rover Sport yet.

Specification

 

Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
SUV4.4305425A
4.2390550A

 

Price (AED): 294,000 – 389,000

 

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