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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
The touch screen is small and awkwardly angled, making operation and navigation programming more difficult than it should be.
The Supercharged model also features a Dynamic Mode, tailoring the chassis and powertrain for more sporty and responsive on-road driving.
In one important way we like this navigation system's interface better than that in the Jaguar XFR; there are buttons below the LCD that give quick access to the map, along with the phone and the stereo systems.
The surround-view camera system is very helpful during off-road excursions, though Range Rover Sport owners would be wise to use it during parking maneuvers to keep those big wheels free of scuffs.
Another change I could live without is the keyless entry transmitter, which is remarkably large.
The 5-inch TFT instrument panel and dash-mounted touch screen provide access and interface to the wealth of technology under the skin of the Range Rover Sport. The most detailed and useful bit is dedicated to the Adaptive Dynamics System and Terrain Response System, which lets the driver access and display the settings that help the Sport perform its off- and on-road feats, showing what's happening at the differentials and wheels in real time.
The instrument panel shows its own set of information, and can be reconfigured to show a range of trip, speed, and other information. The Dynamic program, completely reworked last year, features a center-console knob that lets the driver choose the drivetrain setting that best suits the conditions.
The primary differences between the HSE and Supercharged trims, apart from the powertrain, are the options: most of what's standard on the Supercharged is available as an option on the HSE. Available options on either model include a beverage cooler, rear-seat entertainment system, and individualized interior treatments.
An adaptable air suspension system adjust dynamically to driving and road conditions, while a surround-view camera system makes it as easy to park as to navigate a narrow trail.For the HSE, 19-inch wheels are standard, while Supercharged models step up to 20-inch alloys. An Autobiography Limited Edition package adds duo-tone leather, embossed headrests, exclusive exterior colors, and a number of other features, including 20-inch alloy wheels and a unique mesh grille.
Added features put the 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport near the front of the segment, but beware the quickly mounting price.