Adaptable to any driving condition, whether it be to a play date or an offroad adventure, the 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE represents the starter version of this small and sporty SUV. A 300-hp, 4.4-liter DOHC V8 sits under the hood, putting out 310 lb-ft of torque at 4000 RPM and rating 12/17 mpg on the road. It is matched to a 6-speed shiftable automatic and can tow up to 7700 pounds. Riding on 19-inch alloy wheels, the SUV features two rows of seats with ample legroom. Rear seats split-fold 65/35 and come with cupholders. The cargo area expands from 33.8 to 71 cubic feet, with a liftgate that opens separately from the rear window. A roof rack is also standard.
For transporting families, the 2008 Range Rover Sport HSE packs a ton of safety features, including 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, dual front-side and side curtain airbags for both rows, Hill Descent Control, traction and stability control, and front and rear parking sensors. Also included are a tire monitor, foglights, automatic headlights with xenon HID lamps, rain-sensing wipers, and headlamp washers.
The full-time 4WD system features high and low-range gearing for on and offroad performance. It is accompanied by a double wishbone front and rear suspension and an adaptable air suspension. An electronic locking center differential is standard, with a rear locking differential optional. It combines with the Terrain Response System, where the driver can select five different settings to adjust the transmission, ride height, and throttle control. The Dynamic Response System, which helps prevent rollovers, is optional, paired with larger Brembo brakes.
Built for rugged work, the 2008 Range Rover Sport HSE doesn't skimp on luxury. 8-way power front seats, full power features, remote entry, a security system, memory settings for three drivers, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, leather upholstery and trim, a sunroof, and a navigation system are all standard. Power tilt and telescopic steering, power folding mirrors, heated mirrors, dual-zone climate control, a trip computer, and a compass and temperature display are also handy. For entertainment, there's a Harmon Kardon 6-CD player with MP3 audio input and surround sound. You can upgrade to the Supercharged amenities, by adding optional 20-inch alloy wheels, heated seats, a DVD player, and heated washer fluid.