How do you call a $70,000 vehicle a “bargain”?
Perhaps it’s simply a matter of what’s delivered vs. what’s expected.
And with our Range Rover Sport HSE, the first surprise was that virtually everything was delivered for that 70K list price. No ten-thousand in add-on packages as is so common with high-end European or Japanese vehicles.
For a mere $5,000 more than the entry-level Range Rover Sport, the HSE brings 20’s, heated, perforated leather, and a huge sunroof.
A supercharged 340 HP V6 is standard, along with an 8-speed auto, full-time 4 WHD, Range Rover’s air suspension, lane-departure warning, and a 7,700 towing capability.
Want more than the standard 332 ft lbs of torque? Ante up an additional $2,000 and go with the optional supercharged diesel and its’ 443 ft lbs of twist.
Mileage is rated at 17 city and 23 Hwy for the gas version and a bladder-stretching 22 – 28 with the diesel.
Your 0 – 60 acceleration will be on either side of 7 seconds….with the gas person being just a little quicker.
And unlike the seemingly mandatory black interiors found all too often in high-end European imports, Range Rover offers you a choice of 6 more colors in addition to your basic black.
This is strictly a two-row SUV….roughly a foot shorter than a Chevy Tahoe, for example….making it fairly easy to whip around in traffic and parking garages.
You’ll have almost 28 cu ft of room behind the rear seats….over 62 with the rear seats folded…..and five real people can fit quite nicely.
But those are just numbers. Range Rover’s Sport is not about numbers. It’s all about capability, presence, image….seeming universal desirability…..and yes, luxury.
This is one of the most beefy, angular and squared-off vehicles on the road today since the demise of the Hummer. And while totally masculine in appearance, its’ appeal embraces all sexes. The HSE just oozes “Can Do” and “Can Cuddle You”…all at the same time.
And therein lies it’s appeal. Rand Rover’s Range Rover Sport HSE brings Australian Outback “Creds” to Peachtree Street and Phipps Plaza.
Need more? As you’d imagine, Land Rover will be pleased to accommodate you with supercharged 5 liter V-8’s pumping out 500+ HP, with 0 – 60 times that the NHRA’s John Force would have been proud of not too long ago….and prices that’ll straddle both sides of six figures.
But, frankly, outside of out-doing your friends or staring in an MTV video, there’s no real reason to go beyond the Range Rover Sport HSE. It’s darn near got it all.