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STYLING | 8 out of 10
an abundance of soft-touch plastics, softer leather, and wood trim
vehicle appears as if it is moving quickly, even when at rest
Kelley Blue Book
Overall, it is an enjoyable and luxurious vehicle to look at
tasteful and understated cabin
The 2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport melds a sleeker, more defined profile than its bigger brother the Range Rover with a chassis tuned for on-road performance over hard-core off-roading. That's not to say it isn't ready for woodsy trails or dusty deserts, and it looks the part, too, recalling the silhouette of earlier Range Rovers with its thin roof pillars and upright, bold presence.
Kelley Blue Book sums up the 2010 Range Rover Sport's styling, praising the way it blends the upright styling of the standards Range Rover with a more aggressive profile to "appear as if it is moving quickly, even when at rest." Edmunds also likes the Range Rover Sport's exterior appearance, calling it "an enjoyable and luxurious vehicle to drive as well as look at." Motor Trend agrees, describing the SUV as having "posh good looks."
Criticism of previous models for cheap trim pieces is gone with the revised interior for 2010. Major interior revisions improve the look and feel throughout the cabin.
Among the changes is a simpler, cleaner dash. As Edmunds notes, "the multitude of buttons and switches have been reduced by half." Car and Driver likewise praises the improvements to the interior, saying "anything that isn't wood-trimmed or covered by leather is made of high-quality materials." The same reviewers even go so far as to assert it's "on the same level as an Aston Martin or Rolls-Royce interior"-high praise indeed.
Complaints about previous models' hard-to-read gauges are likewise gone, thanks to the 5-inch TFT display that replaces previous analog gauges. ConsumerGuide states, "[g]auges are clearly marked and easy to read." Cars.com notes, however, that "the screen catches glare badly and can sometimes be difficult to see." There remains some complexity due to the high-tech nature of the 2010 Range Rover Sport's features, too. ConsumerGuide reports that "setting Terrain Response, hill-descent control, and other off-road gear puzzles the uninitiated."
Well styled outside and much improved inside, the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is the best yet.