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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review

The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a proficient off-roader with a ritzy cabin and plenty of powerful engines. However, its lack of cargo room and frustrating infotainment controls sink it to the middle of the luxury midsize SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Premium cabin
  • Capable off-roader
  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Below-average fuel economy with gas engines
  • Frustrating infotainment controls
  • Small cargo hold

Is the Land Rover Range Rover Sport a Good SUV?

The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a good luxury midsize SUV. It has a high-end cabin, several energetic powertrains, a decent towing capacity, and lively handling. It’s also one of the best off-roaders in the class. However, shoppers looking for lots of cargo space and good fuel economy will want to look elsewhere.

Should I Buy the Land Rover Range Rover Sport?

Before buying the Range Rover Sport, it’s a good idea to do a little comparison shopping. Most of its perks – a powerful engine lineup, stellar off-road capability, and a refined cabin – can be found in other Land Rovers for less money, including the smaller Land Rover Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Discovery. However, if you want something with those traits plus more passenger space, and you don’t mind spending more money, you might consider the flagship Land Rover Range Rover

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Should I Buy a New or Used Land Rover Range Rover Sport?

The 2019 Range Rover Sport belongs to a generation that debuted for the 2014 model year, and Land Rover has consistently updated this SUV since then. Satellite and HD Radio became standard features for 2015, and the performance-oriented SVR model also launched that year. The 2016 model gained a turbodiesel engine option and a standard hands-free liftgate. For the 2017, all Range Rover Sports gained more standard features, including a 10.2-inch touch screen and several safety tech such as blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. Models from 2018 offer revised exterior and interior styling and a slightly stronger V8 engine.

The Range Rover Sport gains a new plug-in hybrid model for 2019, and some features were shuffled between trims. If these recent changes aren’t important to you, consider saving some money with an older model.

To learn more about older models, read our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport. If you decide one of them is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles. 

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How Much Does the Land Rover Range Rover Sport Cost?

With a starting MSRP just north of $67,000 for the base Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE, this vehicle has one of the highest retail prices in the class. The all-new Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Plug-In Hybrid costs $78,600. Prices rise as high as $113,900 for the SVR, which makes it one of the more expensive top trims in the class.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Land Rover Range Rover Sport or Land Rover Range Rover Velar?

The Land Rover Range Rover Velar is a good choice in the luxury midsize SUV class. Both vehicles have upscale cabins and similar features lists. However, the Velar has a smoother ride than the Sport, as well as higher fuel economy estimates and more cargo space. The Velar is also more affordable, with its lower starting price (by almost $18,000). Even the high-end Velar R-Dynamic HSE only costs about $7,000 more than the base Sport. On the other hand, the Sport offers a brawny V8 engine that you can’t find in any Velar. Both are decent off-roaders, but the Sport has an edge here as well. It also has a higher maximum towing capacity. At the end of the day, choosing between these two Land Rovers is a matter of personal taste.

Which Is Better: Land Rover Range Rover Sport or BMW X5?

The BMW X5 was fully redesigned for 2019. Like the Range Rover Sport, the X5 has several standard tech features, including a large touch screen, a navigation system, and an optional third row. Both vehicles feel agile and have standard all-wheel drive. The BMW has more cargo room and better fuel economy estimates, while the Land Rover has more engine options, including a turbocharged diesel engine and a plug-in-hybrid powertrain. However, the BMW will save you around $6,300 compared to the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE. It has more standard safety features too. Unless you want the Land Rover’s superior off-roading ability or unique powertrains, the BMW is a better pick overall.

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Range Rover Sport Interior

How Many People Does the Range Rover Sport Seat?

In its base configuration, this Land Rover seats five people on leather upholstery. A third row can be added to boost the Sport’s seating capacity to seven. Options include ventilated and heated front seats, front seats with added power adjustability, heated rear seats, upgraded leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the second row has enough space to seat two adults comfortably. The third-row seats are cramped and best left to kids, but even the little ones might feel too confined on longer trips.

Range Rover Sport and Car Seats

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport has two full sets of LATCH connections for securing child car seats, though attaching the straps to the lower anchors requires a lot of force.

Range Rover Sport Interior Quality

As you’d expect from a luxury SUV, this Land Rover has a quality cabin. It’s attractive, modern, quiet, and filled with soft-touch surfaces.

Range Rover Sport Cargo Space

The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has 24.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, and there’s a total of 56.8 cubic feet with them folded down. That’s less space than many other luxury midsize SUVs, including the BMW X5, Audi Q7, and Land Rover Discovery. Even the Jaguar F-Pace, a luxury compact SUV, has more cargo space overall. A hands-free power liftgate comes standard.

Range Rover Sport Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Touch Pro Duo infotainment system comes standard in the Range Rover Sport. It features two 10-inch touch screens, eight speakers, a navigation system, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, and HD Radio. While this system is a step up from the old InControl interface, it’s less responsive than some competing systems, and the touch screen can be hard to reach while driving.

An 11- or 19-speaker Meridian sound system is available, as are Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a panoramic sunroof, tri- and quad-zone automatic climate control, and the Land Rover activity key. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Range Rover Sport Performance

Range Rover Sport Engine: A Wide Range of Power

This vehicle has a powertrain for just about any occasion. Standard in the base SE and HSE is a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine that makes 340 horsepower. Additionally, these trims are the only ones to offer a 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine, which is rated at 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE is also available as a plug-in hybrid. This setup pairs a four-cylinder engine with an electric motor to produce 398 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque.

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic reverts back to the gas-powered V6, but with a 380-horsepower rating. A 518-horsepower 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine comes in the Supercharged Dynamic and Autobiography Dynamic trims. This same engine makes 575 horsepower in the high-performance SVR.

Each engine has ample power for most driving situations. The V8 provides better acceleration and hauls this large vehicle and a load of people or cargo more easily. Regardless of the powertrain, you’ll get an eight-speed automatic transmission in the Range Rover Sport. 

Range Rover Sport Gas Mileage: Low, Except the Diesel

This 2019 Land Rover gets an EPA estimated 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway with its supercharged V6 engine. Both estimates are subpar for the class. Nonhybrid rivals such as the BMW X5, Audi Q7, and even Land Rover’s own Velar cost less at the pump. The Sport’s diesel engine fares better, earning 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

The EPA has not evaluated the 2019 plug-in hybrid HSE as of this writing, but Land Rover estimates that it has 31 miles of all-electric range.

Range Rover Sport Ride and Handling: Mostly Agile

The all-wheel-drive Range Rover Sport is not as agile as the Jaguar F-Pace or BMW X5, but it tackles turns confidently. Its ride quality is generally good.

Range Rover Sport Off-Road Performance

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport may have good on-road composure, but it really shines off-road. Aside from other Land Rovers, few class rivals can match its prowess on the trails. Hill descent control, an all-wheel-drive system, a single speed transfer case, and a Terrain Response system are standard. Upgrades include Rock Crawl mode, an adaptive air suspension for adjusting ground clearance, and Terrain Response 2, which automatically adapts to varying landscapes. The Range Rover Sport has a wading depth of 29.5 inches.

Range Rover Sport Towing Capacity

This vehicle can tow up to 7,716 pounds when properly equipped.

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Range Rover Sport Reliability

Is the Land Rover Range Rover Sport Reliable?

The 2019 Range Rover Sport belongs to a generation that typically receives below-average predicted reliability ratings of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Warranty

Land Rover covers the 2019 Range Rover Sport with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty. That’s the same coverage offered with many other luxury vehicles.

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Range Rover Sport Safety

Range Rover Sport Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2019 Range Rover Sport.

Range Rover Sport Safety Features

The 2019 Range Rover Sport has a handful of standard driver aids, such as automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and a rearview camera.

Optional features include high-speed automatic braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera with parking sensors, parallel and perpendicular park assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, a driver condition monitor, and a head-up display.  

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Which Land Rover Range Rover Sport Model Is Right for Me?

Land Rover provides the 2019 Rover Sport in six trim levels: SE, HSE, HSE Dynamic, Supercharged Dynamic, Autobiography Dynamic, and SVR. Land Rover offers many packages and options throughout the lineup, so you won't have to step up to the high-end SVR or Dynamic trims to get most available features. However, you will need to move to higher trims to get stronger engines and more horsepower.

The base SE is a good choice. It’s well-equipped, and Land Rover offers several packages to give it more convenience and tech features, such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and several safety features. The base V6 makes ample power, and this is one of two trims offered with the turbodiesel engine option.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE

The base Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE retails for $67,050. It features the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with two 10-inch touch screens, a navigation system, eight-speaker stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and satellite radio. The base model also comes with a 340-horsepower supercharged V6, an electronic air suspension, automatic headlights, a hands-free liftgate, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. You'll also get a few safety features, such as front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and lane departure warning.

Getting the 254-horsepower turbodiesel engine costs $2,000. There are also several option packages. The Climate Comfort package adds a heated steering wheel for $920. And for $2,170, the Drive Pro package gives you lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, high-speed emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

At a cost of $1,530, the Park Pro package adds parallel park assist. A smartphone package with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is available for no extra cost. The Driver Assist package costs $4,915 and adds many of the same safety features from the other packages, in addition to a surround-view parking camera. The Vision Assist package costs $1,490 and adds a head-up display and automatic high beams.

You could also opt for an Off-Road package for $1,785 and gain a two-speed transfer case and Terrain Response 2, which automatically adapts to various types of terrain.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE

Starting at $72,650, the Range Rover Sport HSE adds a panoramic roof, larger alloy wheels, 360-degree parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, a driver attention monitor, traffic sign recognition, upgraded leather upholstery, heated front seats with additional power-adjustment settings, and an 11-speaker Meridian sound system.

The HSE is the last trim to offer the diesel engine. Like in the SE, it’s a $2,000 upgrade. Many of the same packages are available too, though pricing and features are slightly different. For example, the Climate package costs $1,385 for the HSE trim, and it adds quad-zone automatic climate control and a panoramic sunroof.

The HSE is also the only trim to offer the new plug-in hybrid powertrain. This variant uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor to produce 398 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. With an MSRP of $78,600, this model has the same features as the HSE, except it bumps up the number of speakers from 11 to 19. Land Rover estimates the plug-in hybrid HSE has 31 miles of all-electric range.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic

The HSE Dynamic ($82,450) features an upgraded V6 engine that makes 380 horsepower. It also has semi-aniline leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, and automatic high beams.

The Driver Assist, Drive Pro, Park Pro, and Smartphone packages remain available.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged Dynamic

The Rover Sport Supercharged Dynamic has a base price of $85,850. It has a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine rated at 518 horsepower. This model has the same standard features list as the HSE, and all of the available packages are the same.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography Dynamic

The Rover Sport Autobiography Dynamic ($96,950) has the same 5.0-liter supercharged engine and features list as the HSE Dynamic. It has the same packages too, as well as a Climate Comfort package ($765) with quad-zone climate control and a front console refrigerator compartment.

Land Rover Range Rover SVR

The high-end Rover Sport SVR has an MSRP of $113,900. It takes the same supercharged engine as the Supercharged and Autobiography Dynamic trims but squeezes 575 horsepower from it. It also has an electronic air suspension and sporty styling enhancements, as well as the available features as the Autobiography. 

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The Final Call

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a great vehicle for travelling off-road. With its sporty handling and long lineup of potent engines, it’s decent on the road as well. On top of that, its cabin is awash in luxury. However, it’s worth shopping around in this competitive class. Several rivals have roomier cargo bays, better fuel economy, and more intuitive tech features.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport offers impressive luxury and off-road credentials in a premium SUV as bold as it is beautiful." -- Autotrader
  • "It's hard to find an area the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport doesn't excel in. Like many of its competitors, the Range Rover Sport offers a luxuriously appointed cabin, a comfortable ride and sprightly acceleration. But it also boasts unrivaled off-road performance if you decide to escape the sprawl of suburbia and literally head for the hills.” -- Edmunds
  • "The interior marries wood, leather and other high-quality materials in a way that could only be British, resulting in passenger coddling that perfectly justifies the high price tag against competitors like the Audi Q7 or BMW X5. Yet even though most Range Rover Sports will never set a tire off pavement, if the going does in fact get rough, this luxury SUV is one of the best off-road vehicles in the world." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

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Last Updated: January 17, 2019

Improving Sales: Sales of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport ranked in the bottom half of the luxury midsize SUV class last year, but they climbed almost 26.8 percent relative to 2017. Jaguar Land Rover experienced an overall increase in sales of about 27 percent last month.

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