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the Range Rover Sport has a lot of optional gadgets
fog lamps, eight-way power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control
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new for 2010 is the inclusion of a towing assist system that works in conjunction with the optional surround camera
A wealth of technology lies just beneath the surface of the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, accessible through the 5-inch TFT instrument panel and dash-mounted touch screen. Most of it is dedicated to managing the Range Rover Sport's impressive Adaptive Dynamics System and Terrain Response System, which allow the vehicle to perform its on-road and off-road feats by tuning the response of the adjustable dampers, and enhanced steering feel allows the driver to better sense what the chassis is doing. All of this is shown in real time on the display screen.
Automobile points out that all this technology isn't just for show, noting that the "surround-view camera system is very helpful during off-road excursions," as well as "during parking maneuvers to keep those big wheels free of scuffs." Edmunds also likes this system, and remarks that it "displays the predicted path of a towed trailer when backing up." In addition, Cars.com praises the vehicle's adaptable air suspension technology that "adjusts automatically to the road under its wheels."
Aside from the powertrain, the primary differences between the 2010 Range Rover HSE and Supercharged versions lie in the features; most of what is optional on the HSE comes standard on the Supercharged. Both models receive significant improvements for 2010, including more extensive use of leather and soft-touch materials. Available options include a beverage cooler, a rear-seat entertainment system, and much more.
According to Cars.com, the 2010 Range Rover Sport features "a new hard drive navigation system that is faster than the previous version in the Range Rover Sport." AOL Autos also notes that standard equipment in the 2010 Range Rover Sport HSE includes a "power sunroof, 19-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, leather upholstery and genuine wood trim details," while the Supercharged adds "20-inch wheels, an adaptive front lighting system with automatic high beam assistant, heated front and rear seats and satellite radio."
The instrument panel also displays a host of information and is itself a digital display that reconfigures to show the most relevant information depending on the driving mode selected by the center console-mounted knob. All-new for the Supercharged for 2010 is the Dynamic program, which maximizes performance on-road-and it's a noticeable transformation when you change on the fly.
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 2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport near the front of the segment, but beware the quickly mounting price.