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2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Utility

4WD 4dr SC

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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Utility

The 2009 Land Rover's flagship Range Rover has few peers and stands as one of the most luxurious and off-road-capable sport utility vehicles at any price. A proven platform, powerful engine choices, and well-equipped interior combine to form one of the most attractive true trail warriors available.

What's new for 2009?

For 2009, Land Rover's Range Rover receives new leather dashboard trim. The entry-level HSE model now rides on revised 7-spoke alloy wheels.

Model Strengths

  • Off-road ability
  • acceleration (SC)
  • Terrain Response system
  • versatile ride
  • interior comfort.

Model Review

The 2009 Range Rover comes in two luxurious variants, the V8-powered HSE, with a 305-horsepower 4.4L engine, and the SC model, with its 400-horsepower 4.2L supercharged V8. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sport and CommandShift modes.

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I used to wonder why there was a luxury SUV market. If you wanted luxury, I thought, wouldn't you just drive a luxury car? If you wanted an SUV, I thought, wouldn't you want something tough and rugged?

Shows what I know.

The luxury SUV market has become a strong segment, with offerings such as the Porsche Cayenne (which we reviewed recently), Audi Q7 and Q5 (which we also drove recently) and Infiniti FX35 among the top presences in the field.

Land Rover is one of the more venerable brands of this group, and if I had paid attention to the steady success it has had over the years, I probably wouldn't have been so quick to dismiss the prospects of luxury SUVs.

Land Rover's products are known for being classy, yet rugged enough to handle serious off-roading. The 2009 Range Rover Sport can certainly be described that way. The Range Rover Sport is a few inches shorter in length and height than a regular Range Rover, and its overall styling is a bit more sleek.

But otherwise, it is very similar in appearance to the Range Rover, including its large windows and front-end styling. On the inside, high-quality leather, rich carpeting and pleasant wood trim let you know that Land Rover takes luxury seriously. Comfortable seating, a very good sound system and other amenities also make the Range Rover Sport experience a pleasurable one for passengers and driver. Practicality isn't something you have to sacrifice to enjoy the luxury.

For instance, when you fold down the 60/40 split rear seat, you get a huge cargo area. Also, with the large windows, visibility is terrific. You don't have to crane your neck every which way if you are trying to squeeze into a parking space that might be a little snug. The driving experience is solidly SUV-like, to be sure. Some of the other competitors in the field can lay claim to being a bit more car-like in how they drive.

But that's not to say the Range Rover Sport is unpleasant. The braking is steady and assured and steering is precise. The suspension is pretty middle of the road; you'll for the most part have a smooth, luxury-like ride, but you'll also be able to feel some of the contour of the surface you're traveling, especially at higher speeds.

The V-8 engine is adequately powerful, even if at times it gets a little noisy. That engine gets a little thirsty, too, with its fuel economy being pegged at 12 mpg city, 18 highway by EPA. The Range Rover Sport takes premium fuel, too, which will take a little bit more out of your wallet at the pump.

If you plan to go off road, you'll appreciate Land Rover's Terrain Response system, which adjusts the suspension, brakes and throttle to more appropriately fit with the type of surface you're driving on, such as mud, sand, snow or regular paved roads. It's a smart system that can recognize the conditions on its own.

The Range Rover Sport comes in trim levels that include the HSE version and the Supercharged. Features such as heated rear seats, cornering lights and adaptive headlights that swivel when you turn are standard on the higher trim Supercharged, but come as options on the HSE.

Other features include the navigation system and front and rear parking sensors, available on both HSE and Supercharged. There is an auxiliary jack for MP3 players and other gear, but it is placed, somewhat illogically, behind the center console. I suppose Land Rover thought the main users of the jack would be people who normally sit in the back seat.

Also, if you plan to put some stuff in that huge cargo area, you'll appreciate the rear cargo door, which is split so that it can be lifted in its entirety or so that just the glass window portion will open. The pricing bandwidth for the Range Rover Sport is as wide as the ocean.

You can get an HSE for around $57,750, but if you choose the Supercharged version, you can go as high as nearly $96,000. So choose your options and packages wisely. But overall, this luxury rock climber has a lot to offer.

Luxury SUVs? Of course, it all makes perfect sense now.

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Land Rover Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

6-Year / 100,000-Mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty - calculated from the original in-service date and zero miles.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Less than 5-years old and less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 150-Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program 3 day exchange
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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