The Range Rover Sport is a high-end sport utility vehicle priced between $60,045 and $75,245. Car insurance estimates for the Range Rover (according to Motor Trend Magazine) place annual premiums at $2,148 for the HSE Sport Utility vehicle and $2,526 for the Supercharged Sport Utility model.

This is a marked increase in auto insurance rates from 2011, the previous model year. In 2011, annual insurance estimates were $1,775 for the HSE model and $2,087 for the Supercharged Sport model. This represents a premium increase of 21% for 2012!

For a new 2010 Range Rover Sport, the Motor Trend estimates were $1,713 and $1,885 for the HHS and Supercharged models respectively. For the Supercharged Sport model, that’s an increase of 34% in just the last two years!

What sets Range Rover apart?

Since the 1970s, Britain’s Land Rover Company has produced the all-terrain Range Rover for discerning customers around the globe. Range Rover owners are looking for both utility and luxury in a vehicle that can thrive in any kind of driving environment, on the road or off.

At a base price of around $80,000 for 2012, Range Rover’s slogan, “Luxury that’s more than a luxury,” hits home. While some early Range Rovers did find their way onto U.S. soil, it wasn’t until 1987 that the U.S. market was officially opened to this unique vehicle.

As you might imagine, initial sales were brisk, as Americans’ desire for off-road vehicles and SUVs was just ramping up as the United States prepared for the new millennium. However, it wasn’t until 2005 that Land Rover decided to actively pursue the American SUV market, by introducing the smaller, lighter and sportier Land Rover Sport to the American driving public.

What is the Range Rover Sport?

The Range Rover Sport is a luxury SUV with an exceptional off-road pedigree. While the sport version sold in the United States today is primarily a gentrified city dweller, it still wears the solid underpinnings of its all terrain heritage including Full time 4 wheel drive, A two speed transfer case, Descent and ascent controls, Locking electronic rear differential and more.

While a Range Rover Sport owner may only intend to drive his vehicle on the road, the opportunity is always there to change course and share an off-road adventure off with this solidly engineered SUV.

What is the difference between the HSE Sport and Supercharged Sport Range Rover models?

HSE stands for high specification edition, an indication that this is a lower or basic Sport model. Still, the list of standard features on this model is impressive. The HSE Sport comes a 5-liter 375 horsepower DOHC V8 engine, 4-wheel drive, stability and traction control and a 349-mile range on a 23.3-gallon gas tank (13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway).

The main difference in the 2012 Range Rover Supercharged Sport is power! The massive supercharged 5 liter, DOHC V8 engine cranks out an impressive 510 horsepower, more than enough get-up-and-go, to go just about anywhere!

For all that power, the supercharged edition does give away a bit of gas mileage, averaging only 12 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. Those numbers would certainly change if you were to use your powerful Range Rover off-road.

The interior of both new Range Rovers features dozens and dozens of standard luxury appointments. The cab is designed for both the comfort and convenience of the driver and passengers.

Is the Range Rover a safe vehicle?

Very much so! The official National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety ratings in 2010 gave the Range Rover Sport eight stars in every crash test category. The Range Rover body is rigid and features a low center of gravity along with energy absorbing crumple zones.

Cornering is safer with dynamic stability control that monitors the steering angle and wheel speed. There are of course four-channel anti locking brakes and anti-roll stability control is automatic as well. Six airbags provide extra security to passengers.

The driver is always in complete control in the command position with a clear panoramic view of the terrain ahead. Additional security features include remote control locks, electronic assist braking, easily visible rears stop light and a perimetric alarm system that senses the car being lifted as well as touched or opened

What is the Range Rover warranty?

Range Rover was a subsidiary of BMW until 2000 and similar to the BMW warranty package, most systems and parts are warranted for four years or 50,000 miles whichever comes sooner. This includes the basic warranty and the drivetrain. Roadside assistance coverage is also provided by Land Rover for the first four years or 50,000 miles, with rust protection extending to six years with no mileage limitation.

The Range Rover Sport utility vehicle is very well made, safe and reliable, though definitely expensive to maintain. Motor Trend estimates a five-year cost of ownership of just over $73,000, a bit lower than similar vehicles. A review by the Edmonds Group gives high marks to the HSE Sport for its refined manners on the road, powerful engine and its iconic styling, plus the Range Rover name and quality.