Range Rover Sport Interior: Form and Function
Range Rover Sport Cargo Space
The Range Rover Sport has 10.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind its optional third-row seats, 31.7 cubic feet with these seats folded, and 63.7 cubic feet with the second-row folded as well. Overall space drops by about 3 cubic feet for hybrid variants. That’s plenty of room for hauling large and bulky items, but it isn’t as much space as some luxury midsize SUVs offer, like the Mercedes-Benz GLE, Volvo XC90, and Land Rover Discovery.
How Many People Does the Range Rover Sport Seat?
The Range Rover Sport has five seats as standard. A pair of third-row seats is available, which raises the seating capacity to seven. However, this last row is awkward to access and only roomy enough for smaller kids. The front seats are supportive and provide ample headroom and legroom, even for taller occupants. The driving position is comfortable as well, and it offers a commanding view of the road ahead, though rearward visibility is somewhat limited. The second-row seats are similarly comfy, and they can fit two adults or three kids with wiggle room to spare.
Leather upholstery and 14-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Options include 16- and 22-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats with massage functions, and heated and ventilated second-row seats.
Range Rover Sport and Child Car Seats
The Range Rover Sport has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the rear middle seat.
Range Rover Sport Interior Quality
The Range Rover Sport boasts a top-notch interior. Most surfaces are trimmed with high-end materials like leather, aluminum, and soft-touch plastic. The dashboard design is crisp and uncluttered, and the cabin allows in very little wind or road noise.
Range Rover Sport Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
One of the Range Rover Sport’s biggest drawbacks is its Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which is comprised of two 10-inch touch screens. The top screen controls the audio, navigation, and drive mode functions, as well as the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps. The bottom screen and two dials adjust the air conditioning and seat settings. This system looks sleek, but it can complicate some otherwise simple functions. These displays can be slow to respond to inputs as well.
- Standard infotainment features: two 10-inch touch screens, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, HD Radio, satellite radio, an eight-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hot spot
- Available infotainment features: 8- and 10-inch rear-seat entertainment displays and 13-, 19-, and 23-speaker sound systems
- Additional standard features: keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and ambient interior lighting
- Other available features: an activity key wristband, a panoramic sunroof, tri- or quad-zone automatic climate control, and a refrigerated center console compartment
Range Rover Sport Performance: Jack of All Trades
Range Rover Sport Engine
The 2021 Range Rover Sport comes standard with a 355-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive. This inline-six engine zips the Range Rover up to speed briskly and confidently. Accelerating from zero to 60 mph takes just 6.2 seconds, and there’s muscular passing power at highway speeds, thanks in part to the prompt yet smooth shifts of the eight-speed transmission.
We suspect most drivers will be more than happy with this standard engine. That said, a variety of higher-performance engines are available, including a 395-horsepower turbocharged straight-six, a 518- or 575-horsepower supercharged V8, and a 398-horsepower plug-in-hybrid four-cylinder.
That upgraded inline-six feels a bit punchier and can trim half a second off the base model’s zero-to-60 mph sprint. The plug-in-hybrid model is hefty, weighing in at nearly 3 tons, but it’s low-end grunt and seamless blend of gas and electric power more than compensate for that mass.
The V8 engines can rocket the Range Rover up to speed like a cannon shot – zero to 60 mph takes less than five seconds – and this turn of speed is rewarded with a snarling exhaust note.
Notably, a 254-horsepower turbodiesel V6 is also available, but it dulls the SUV’s acceleration and throttle response in exchange for higher fuel economy.
Range Rover Sport Gas Mileage
The Range Rover Sport’s fuel economy varies from good to bad. The base six-cylinder model gets an EPA-rated 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, while the diesel V6 model yields 22/28 mpg city/highway. Fuel economy in models with the V8 ranges from 17/22 mpg to just 15/20 mpg.
The Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid gets 19 mpg in combined city/highway driving, and it can also travel up to 19 miles on battery power alone. Recharging its lithium-ion battery pack takes about 7.5 hours using a 120-volt household-style power outlet. Level 2 public chargers or a 240-volt home outlet can recharge the pack in about three hours.
Range Rover Sport Ride and Handling
Unlike many similarly titled SUVs, the Range Rover Sport actually deserves the Sport in its name. The SUV feels fairly stable around turns, the steering is quick and lightly weighted, and it’s relatively easy to park and maneuver for its size. All models come equipped with an adaptive air suspension, which helps to soak up bumps and dips in the road, yielding a smooth and composed ride.
Range Rover Sport Off-Road Performance
The Range Rover Sport is exceptionally capable off road. Its height-adjustable air suspension articulates gracefully over rocks and through deep ruts, and its 10.9 inches of ground clearance in its highest setting allows the SUV to protect its underside from larger obstacles.
All models come equipped with Terrain Response, which includes traction control modes for rocks, sand, snow, and mud. Many off-road upgrades are available as well, including a low-speed crawl control system, a limited-slip differential, and a transfer case with high- and low-range gearing.
Range Rover Sport Towing Capacity
The Range Rover Sport can tow up to 7,716 pounds when properly equipped. The exceptions are the SVR and plug-in-hybrid variants, which are rated to tow up to 6,613 and 5,511 pounds, respectively.