The Range Rover Sport is the kind of car you’ll remember in terms of gadgets, albeit following both positive and negative experiences. We’ll mention the parts we liked first and we’re referring to the new elements here.
You can fit your Range Rover Sport with a head-up display that relies on laser technology. Joining a list of other carmakers that offer such a safety feature, Land Rover offers a Traffic Sign Recognition system, a toy you'll never want to let go after experiencing it.
Having covered the open road area with the aforementioned goodies, the Range Rover Sport also takes care of the city bits. The vehicle now has six parking sensors instead of four, with these being used for the new Flank Guard system. This warns the driver about potential side impacts in tight areas. It only does this when you’re heading towards them, ignoring objects that are just close. When you’re leaving the shopping mall with its miniature spaces, you’ll be really thankful for this.
Then there’s the updated Park Assist, which now also allows the car to park itself using perpendicular maneuvers, not just parallel ones.
Being a Range Rover, it also had to throw some new tech at the offloading sections and here’s where the Wade Sensing
comes into play. Relying on sensors placed in the door mirrors, this offers visual and audible alerts as the water around the car climbs.
As for the unpleasant side of this story, this comes in the form of the infotainment system. Land Rover and Jaguar’s models currently share this issue, with their systems simply not managing to impress. For example, the satnav had a delay that meant we had to spend a few seconds typing each letter of a city’s name.
Fortunately, their British spirit meant they used a smooth feminine voice for the navigation. We really would’ve liked to give her an audio book.
Our tester had a three-zone climate control system, but the controls in the rear led one to believe that there are actually two zones over there. To see two rear passengers playing Ping-Pong with the temperature controls was a pretty sinister joke.
Fortunately, the audio system is quite a thrill. In the Range Rover Sport, you can choose between three Meridian systems. The best one offers 1,700W through 23 speakers. This provides an enchanting clarity at everyday volume. The automotive audio industry has turned to some sort of patriotic pathway lately. To stick to this pattern, we’ll tell you that Meridian’s crown jewels are up there with one the best effort of the Germans, the Burmester system on the Porsche Cayenne. However, we can’t help but mention that both are a bit below what Bang & Olufsen have to offer. Continue reading