The Land Rover Range Rover Sport may have a longer name than the Range Rover, but it's actually a smaller, less-expensive vehicle. Land Rover presents it as a lower-priced version of its flagship model. The current, second-generation model has been around since 2014.
What's New / Key Changes from Last Year
While it can be hard to keep a vehicle fresh after seven years on the market, Land Rover is doing a fine with job the Range Rover Sport. This year, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport gains a new mild hybrid (MHEV) inline six-cylinder engine. That follows last year's addition of a plug-in hybrid powertrain as Land Rover works toward offering at least one electrified option in each of its model lines. The MHEV takes the place of a supercharged V6 that served as last year's entry-level gasoline engine.
For 2020, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport also gets the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration platforms as standard.
Land Rover offers the Range Rover Sport in SE, HSE, HST, HSE Dynamic, Autobiography Dynamic and SVR trims.
The MHEV comes in SE, HSE and HST trims and the turbodiesel can be optioned into SE and HSE.
Land Rover offers the PHEV in HSE and Autobiography Dynamic.
HSE Dynamic and Autobiography Dynamic share a supercharged V8, and the SVR uses a more potent version of that engine.
All powertrains have an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive.
SE trim comes with 19-inch wheels, Terrain Response, air suspension, panoramic sunroof, LED headlights with signature lighting, heated front and rear seats, grained leather upholstery, ambient interior lighting, two-zone climate control, the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, an eight-speaker stereo, rear fog lights, 14-way front seats with memory, electric steering column adjustment, heated steering wheel, navigation, passive keyless entry, electric tailgate, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, speed limiter, lane keep assist and front and rear parking aids.
HSE adds 20-inch wheels, front fog lights, 16-way front seats, blind spot monitoring, 360-degree camera system, driver condition monitor, rear traffic and clear exit alerts, traffic sign recognition and an adaptive speed limiter.
Adding the V8 to the HSE trim brings low-range 4WD gearing, dynamic response air suspension, active differential, chrome shift paddles and a 12-speaker stereo.
HST gets 21-inch wheels, a contrasting black roof treatment, automatic high beam assist, red brake calipers, extended Windsor leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, three-zone climate control and Drive and Park packages. HST models with the diesel and MHEV engines get an 11-speaker stereo, while the PHEV adds a 19-speaker setup.
Autobiography Dynamic brings automatic high beams, 22-way seats, soft-close doors, a 19-speaker stereo and Grand Black veneer.
Finally, SVR gets unique 21-inch wheels, a four-corner air suspension, SVR sport seats and steering wheel and a 19-speaker sound system.
Among the Range Rover Sports optional extras are a solar-attenuating windshield (all trims), heated rear seats (SE and HSE), automatic high beams (Autobiography Dynamic) and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats (HST).
As we write this, Land Rover has yet to publish its 2020 fuel consumption estimates for the Range Rover Sport. Therefore, we can't tell you whether the MHEV motor is more efficient than the supercharged V6 it replaces. We also don't yet know how the PHEV performs in terms of energy consumption. That leaves the diesel and V8 models, whose ratings should be similar to those for the 2019 Range Rover Sport. Those figures are 10.7/8.3 L/100 km (city/highway) with the diesel, 14.1/10.7 for the 5.0L V8 in Autobiography Dynamic trim and 17.9/12.7 in the SVR.
Though its competition is not as rarefied as the pricier Range Rover, the Range Rover Sport still goes up against some formidable opponents. Those include the Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q8 and Maserati Levante.
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