2009 Range Rover Sport- Car Pro Review

It is not a secret I am a Range Rover lover from way back and this Rover Sport was certainly an enjoyable vehicle for me. Although I wish it were the supercharged version, the 4.4 liter V8 which produces 300 horses was actually quite ample.

It’s a fact that no manufacturer does 4-wheel drive like Rover, but for those of us that don’t use it a lot, the 2009 Range Rover Sport makes a terrific driving vehicle. Handling is terrific, and in typical Rover fashion, the interior is spectacular. Everything is well laid out and easy to use, navigation system is one of the best in the industry, and the sound system by Harmon Kardon is nothing short of fabulous.

Let’s face it, you don’t drive one of these for fuel economy, but I actually got 20 on the road to Granbury. There is something about a Rover that is just special, it’s hard to describe. The Sport is not as large as the regular Rover, but drives just as well and may be a little easier to park and maneuver.

At a little over $60,000 it is not for everyone, I realize that. And although VERY different, I might opt for a new Escalade given the current incentives. But for a vehicle that is unique and that you won’t see on every corner, I can make the case that this vehicle is worth every penny. YES, I loved it.

4 Comments
  1. robin gravlin 4 years ago

    I would like to purchase a Range Rover, but with the expensive price tag for the new, which years would you recommend and on the flip side, “Stay Clear Off”!?

    • Author
      Michele Sanders 4 years ago

      Rover’s have been really good for a while now, I would concentrate on mileage more than age for that reason. I would try to find something under 50,000 miles with maintenance records available, and you should be fine. THANKS for listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  2. Miguel 2 years ago

    In the $12-16k price range there are LR3 and Range Rovers available in the 2004-2007 model years, mostly with 100k miles or more. What is the longevity of these vehicles and any particular years to favor or avoid based on the corporate sale? For the money, these vehicles look like a potentially interesting option. Do you have any advice regarding potential reliability or longevity for major items?

    • Author
      Michele Sanders 2 years ago

      I think those are a big risk. Rover is making some great vehicles today, but 8-10 years ago, past 100,000 miles, lots can go wrong and they are expensive to work on. I just think there are better choices.

      Wish I had better news.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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