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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Overall, it is an enjoyable and luxurious vehicle to look at
vehicle appears as if it is moving quickly, even when at rest
Kelley Blue Book
trimmed with simulated metal pieces, but real wood trim is also available
The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport manages to retain its genetic good looks outside, but its interior is less perfect.
The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport cuts a mean profile with its chiseled shape and tall greenhouse (the windows). The shape recalls classic Range Rovers that came along well before the Sport's 2006 introduction, all with elegantly thin roof pillars and a purposeful presence that looked like it was ready to tackle forest trails or desert sands. Cars.com provides an excellent description: It “features an upright grille that's flanked by standard high-intensity-discharge headlights. Other design features include a downward-sloping roofline, side vents in the front fenders, rocker panel moldings and standard 19-inch alloy wheels with low-profile tires." Kelley Blue Book goes into more detail: It “manages to combine Range Rover's familiar cubist styling with a raked windscreen and a tapered roofline that makes the vehicle appear as if it is moving quickly, even when at rest." Edmunds reviewers are rather enamored of the Range Rover Sport profile as well: "Overall, it is an enjoyable and luxurious vehicle to drive as well as look at."
The high degree of style continues inside, where characteristically British woods, leathers, and wools (in the carpets) make for a pleasingly rich experience. However, the interior is rather snug, and inexpensive bits and pieces of trim seem to have snuck in the Range Rover Sport. Cars.com notes that the 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport interior "is trimmed with simulated metal pieces, but real wood trim is also available." Kelley Blue Book reports "the gauge lettering is small and difficult to read, and the black-lettered LCD readouts practically disappear when viewed through polarized lenses." ConsumerGuide suggests that "a larger typeface would enhance the legibility of the gauges" of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2008 and contends that "climate dials are big and obvious, but effort is required to sort out the multitude of other buttons and knobs," and "setting Terrain Response, hill-descent control, and other off-road gear puzzles the uninitiated."
You’ll experience the design heritage up close with the 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, but make sure to order the wood trim inside for the full treatment.