2021 Range Rover Sport New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport brims with extravagance. Between its performance, opulence, and sheer presence, there's not much that this luxury SUV leaves off the menu.
Land Rover honed its Range Rover formula decades ago, so changes to styling and creature comforts are scant for 2020. The big news is in the powertrain department, where a new plug-in hybrid and a pair of mild-hybrid inline-6 engines have joined the roster.
The new engines lengthen an already-long list of powertrain choices. The standard 3.0-liter inline-6 will likely be the most common engine and is available in both 355- and 395-hppower iterations. A 518-hp supercharged V-8 fills the engine bay of the pricier models, while the top-spec SVR gets an exclusive high-output version making 575 hp.
The diesel and hybrid aren't found standard on any trim but are available for extra charge in the middle of the Range Rover Sport lineup. The turbodiesel is a 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 254 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. The 398-hp hybrid pairs two electric motors with a 2.0-liter inline-4; its 472 lb-ft of torque bests every other engine here save the SVR's V-8.
Fuel economy for much of the range remains TBD, but we do know that the V-8 is rated for 17 mpg city, 22 highway, 19 combined. Expect only 15/20/16 mpg from the high-output SVR V-8. The EPA rates the turbodiesel at 22/28/24 mpg, making it the thriftiest choice until the new plug-in hybrid and inline-6s are rated.
All engines are paired to an 8-speed automatic and come with all-wheel drive and an electronic air suspension.
Just as diverse as the powertrain choices are the available trim levels. It's a long climb up to the priciest SVR, and the journey requires passing over the SE, HSE, HST, and Autobiography trims. Pricing begins at about $70,000 for an SE and can more than double for a loaded SVR.
The government and IIHS haven't crash-tested the Range Rover Sport.
Every Range Rover Sport comes standard with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and parking sensors. HSE trims and higher get a surround-view camera system, blind-spot monitors, and a traffic sign recognition system.
All prices include a $1,295 destination charge.
The SE ($69,945) is the most basic Range Rover Sport and is powered by the 355-hp 3.0-liter inline-6. Standard features include leather upholstery, 14-way power front seats, eight-speaker audio, keyless entry, and 19-inch wheels. The turbodiesel is optional.
HSE models ($75,545) use the same engine as the SE. Additional standard equipment includes Windsor leather, a panoramic roof, and 16-way heated front seats. An 11-speaker audio is standard unless the optional hybrid engine is ordered, in which case a 19-speaker system is installed. The turbodiesel is again optional.
Moving into an HST model ($84,245) sees the 355-hp inline-6 get swapped out for the 395-hp version. Standard features include 21-inch wheels, cooled seats, and the 19-speaker audio system.
HSE Dynamic ($87,795) is the cheapest way into V-8 power in the Range Rover Sport line. Besides the big engine, there's extra performance hardware like brake-based torque vectoring, multiple terrain modes, and an off-road cruise control system for better speed control on the trail. Standard features otherwise mirror what's found on the ordinary HSE.
Autobiography Dynamic ($90,285) is the only trim that the plug-in hybrid comes standard, though the HSE's V-8 is optional. Besides the engine, there's 22-way seats with heating and cooling functionality, semi-aniline leather upholstery, tri-zone climate control, and a heated steering wheel.
At the top of the lineup is the SVR ($115,795). This model is powered by the high-output 575-hp V-8 and gets a host of performance gear to handle its prodigious power. SVT branding and other special touches abound.