The Range Rover Sport is slightly smaller and agiler than the regular Range Rover and offers the same luxury and cachet, but at a lower price. The Range Rover Sport is a little more expensive than the regular Range Rover. However, they are mechanically similar. All Sport models are equipped with all-wheel drive. Land Rover also offers a variety of engines, including a gasoline-powered Inline-six and a plug-in Hybrid four-cylinder. There’s also a supercharged V-8 and turbocharged diesel. The Sport handles better than the Range Rover’s larger model, but it won’t fool anyone into believing that it’s a sports sedan. Instead, opt for the more powerful and performance-oriented Supercharged or SVR Sports (reviewed separately). Land Rover’s heritage also includes impressive off-road capabilities, although we doubt most owners will take the SUV out on the trails. Range Rover Sports will continue to serve as luxurious and stylish family cruisers, but most Range Rover Sports will be used instead.
What’s new for 2021?
Land Rover has not made any changes to the mid-size Range Rover Sport in 2021. The lineup now includes the HSE Silver Edition model, which has a new in-cabin air filter. Additionally, the Premium Black Pack package for the HSE Dynamic trim is available. Standard features include a silver exterior trim and 21-inch black wheels with diamond-turned finishes. Premium Black Pack adds black exterior finishes, glossy black-painted 21 or 22-inch wheels, and gloss black-painted 22-inch wheels.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
The Range Rover Sport is available in many trim levels from Land Rover for 2021. They offer a remarkable mix of luxury, performance, and comfort. There are no duds in the group. The HST is our favorite combination. It is powered by a mild-hybrid turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-6 gas engine that produces 395 horsepower. The HST has sporty visuals, like its black roof and interior upgrades that include faux-suede wrapped steering wheel and trim. However, the HSE Silver Edition offers the best value. It is more equipped than the SE, and it costs approximately $10,000 less than HST. The 6-cylinder’s 355 horsepower version is strong.
Engine, Transmission, & Performance
The 2021 Range Rover Sport is equipped with Land Rover’s exceptional all-wheel drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The SUV is available with five engines from Land Rover, including a plug-in hybrid diesel, mild hybrid and a supercharged 8-cylinder V-8. The performance of all engines is impressive, but our favourite is the 395-hp mild-hybrid turbocharged 3.0-liter Inline-Six-cylinder gas engine in the HST model. It is extremely smooth and has a lot of power. The engine is available in three versions: the SE and HSE models have a version with 355 horsepower. This engine is excellent. Although the SE and HSE models are more fuel efficient, the diesel-powered versions of the SE or HSE have a slower acceleration than the mild hybrids or plug-in hybrids. For those looking for greater performance, the HSE Dynamic or Autobiography trims offer a supercharged V-8 of 518 horsepower and springs for the Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged/SVR variants.
Range, Charging, Battery Life
Range Rover Sports powered inline-six mild-hybrid inline six need not be plugged into or charged. However, the P400e models that feature a plug in hybrid powertrain must be plugged-in frequently in order to benefit from their gas-saving technology. The P400e’s battery pack is 13.1-kWh and can be found under the rear cargo floor. The battery can be charged fully using a 120-volt outlet but it takes approximately 14 hours to charge. The SUV can be charged faster using a 240-volt outlet, or by visiting a public charging station. According to the EPA, an all-electric range of 19 mi can be achieved on a single charge.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The Range Rover Sport’s estimated EPA fuel economy of the Range Rover Sport is a little iffy due to the many engines available. However, these numbers are still being updated. Diesel-powered models have a rating of 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Although the Range Rover SportPHEV’s fuel economy estimates are not particularly impressive, it is the only model that can be driven on electric for short periods.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The 2021 Range Rover Sport is almost identical in size to the full-size Range Rover model. The 115-inch wheelbase of both SUVs gives the Range Rover Sport much more rear-seat space that you will find in other models. The Range Rover Sport also offers a smaller, more child-friendly third row seat. This increases the vehicle’s seating capacity from five to seven, unlike the Range Rover. The plug-in hybrid models do not have the option of a third row. The front seats are supportive and firm, especially for long drives. Rear-seat air conditioning vents and controls are standard. There are heated rear seats. The build quality is excellent, with soft surfaces and controls that feel and look expensive. The Range Rover Sport has a 28-cubic-foot cargo area behind its second row. The PHEV models have 3.0 cubic feet more cargo space because the battery pack is located beneath the cargo area. This raises the SUV’s cargo floor two inches. The Rover’s second row, which reclines, folds down easily and expands the space to 59.0 cubic yards, which is the average size for midsize luxury SUVs.
Connectivity and Infotainment
Two large touchscreens, measuring 10.0-inches in size, control the climate and infotainment systems of the 2021 Range Rover Sport. It is modern and attractive. The interface is easy to use with clear graphics and intuitive menus. However, the system can be slow to respond to user inputs. Apple CarPlay integration and Android Auto integration are standard. A 12.3-inch screen is located in front of the driver and shows a fully configurable digital gauge cluster.