What a fantastic car! Picked it up in April brand new after trading in my fourth Freelander 2 HSE - the Freelander has now become exceptionally dated and far too normal, even cheap.
The MY12 RRS Supercharged however is a completely different matter. Whilst fuel costs are relatively high with the 5.0litre V8 engine, the performance is fantastic and really does the car's superbly sporty looks justice. With this Jag unit, the Rangey finally competes with offers from Porsche, BMW and Mercedes. However, it leads the way in 4x4 technology, as well as design, and most of all, interior quality and comfort.
The Sport feels exceptionally premium inside, and the latest models are absolutely packed with technology. Of course, this is no Vogue! However, the exterior styling of the Sport more than makes up for its lacking in fullsize-only interior comforts. I didn't get the Autobiography Sport because I prefer the styling of the S/C HSE model, however the interior of the A/B is even better and offers more colour choices.
Overall the Sport in my opinion is a more stylish Rangey, aimed at slightly younger audiences than the fullsize. I'm now 23 and it fits my life perfectly - it looks just as fantastic in the country when I'm visiting my parents as when I drive it around London's more exclusive areas.
Anyone still in Cayennes, X5s or MLs should seriously consider switching to the RRS - even the image of Range Rovers has now far overtaken that of Porsches, BMWs and Mercs!
I bought the 3.6 TDi in Nov. 07. Great car, not as practical as the Discovery (the boot is small) but great to drive, lots of torque and will eat the miles without much effort. Comfortable, smooth, quick and easy to drive. BUT, the front suspension makes a knocking noise and despite four attempts by Land Rover, it still knocks. The repairs usually last a few thousand miles and the front suspension knocking then returns. Land Rover advised at 7,000 miles that by 15,000 miles they would have designed and tested a rectification. Yesterday, at 23,000 miles they fitted a suspension upgrade and then called me today to advise that it “might” fix the problem but they now had another upgrade. They offered me the option of booking the car in again…..
Update (March 09). Since my original review in January 09, my car has now been collected by Land Rover UK and they have left me with an identical loan car. I am pleased to say that the loan car drives so much better than mine. I am told that my car is being investigated by Land Rover engineering department. My wife drives a Freelander 2, this has broken down for the third time and is back at the dealers. Land Rover has supplied a replacement hire car, a Vauxhall Insignia - what a nice car that is.... Land Rover customer service is very good, hopefully the reliability will improve.
I acquired the car on lease 3July 2008 on 6 July after 314 miles the anti tilt light glowed orange. The local dealer told me to come in Monday but it was probably only the light. The light then turned red which means "call LR for assistance". The engineer found that oil had leaked so the car was uplifted to local dealer. To cut an extremely long and boring story short the same fault has occured 5 times. I have now rejected the car. a replacement vehicle is on order. Whilst LR have provided a series of courtesy cars they refuse to make any substantial goodwill payment, even though I have had the car 7 weeks out 16. Great car if you don't have to deal with Land Rover!
Yesterday,(Saturday) my wife anD I visited a Landrover dealer to potentialy buy a RangeRover Sport. To my amazment, in the current climate, we were met by the most abrupt and protencious salesman I have experienced. The fact being that the showroom was deserted, he looked at us as if we could not afford one of these cars. I think you should train your salesmen manners and not to judge a book by its cover. With another LandRover Dealer in the city we will take our buisness there.
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