A few months ago I got to spend a few days behind the wheel of my neighbor's 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE. I'm used to smaller cars like my BRZ, so I wasn't expecting much out of the big SUV. However, I was really impressed with how the Range Rover Sport handled.
Are you a Snowbelt driver that's happy with his or her Range Rover Sport but concerned how it will fare in snow? The Range Rover Sport's heavy weight, sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, traction control and ground clearance make it capable in the snow, but dedicated winter / snow tires will make you unstoppable.
Winter /Snow Tire Category
If you haven't already done so, take a look at our winter / snow tire overview. Unless you're a very spirited driver, the optimal ice and packed snow grip of the Studless Ice & Snow category will serve you best. As for tire sizing, you'll need a tire narrow enough to slice through deeper snow yet wide enough for ice, packed snow and dry roads. Given the Ranger Rover Sport's 5,540 lbs. curb weight, though, using the Original Equipment sizes of 255/50R19 and 275/40R20 will be effective.
Land Rover equipped the 2006-2013 Ranger Sport with both 19" and 20" wheels from the factory. There may be slight variances in offset among the different styles, but the standard 19" O.E. wheels are 9" wide with a 57 mm offset and the standard 20" O.E. wheels are 9.5" wide with a 53 mm offset. Ideally, you should stay close to the factory offset to keep track and overall handling comparable to stock.
Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package
Taking the above factors into consideration as well the availability of 19" and 20" winter wheels, the best way to go is the 255/50R19 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 on either bright silver or titanium gunmetal 19x8.5 ET 50 Sport Edition WX5.
255/50R19 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2
Bright Silver Sport Edition
Titanium Gunmetal Sport Edition WX5
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