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2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review

The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has strong engine performance, balanced handling, a posh interior, and many standard features, but it rates below average for predicted reliability. This vehicle does not have an overall score or ranking because it has not been fully crash tested.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Composed ride and handling
  • Solid off-road ability
  • Luxe cabin materials
  • Distracting infotainment and climate controls
  • Below-average predicted reliability

Research & Ratings

The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is unranked in Luxury Midsize SUVs due to missing safety data. Currently, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport's overall score is not available, though its Critics' Rating, Performance score, and Interior score are based on our evaluation of 40 pieces of research and data.

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Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 6.6
Safety:
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Is the Land Rover Range Rover Sport a Good SUV?

Yes, the 2021 Range Rover Sport is a good luxury midsize SUV. The Sport offers a poised ride and well-balanced handling, both on and off road, and its brawny engine lineup enables swift acceleration and hefty towing ability. Engine options range from an eager turbocharged six-cylinder to a hybrid four-cylinder and a bombastic supercharged V8. The interior is trimmed in top-notch materials, and it’s loaded with standard features like leather upholstery, a dual touch-screen infotainment system, and forward collision warning. It’s also fairly spacious for passengers, at least in the first and second rows.

There are a few compromises though. The optional third-row seat is cramped, even for small kids. The infotainment system can be difficult to use when driving, and the SUV rates below average for predicted reliability.

Why You Can Trust Us: 40 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 40 Range Rover Sport reviews, as well as data points like reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

This 2021 Range Rover Sport review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2014.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we never accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an outside firm manages the ads on our site.

Should I Buy the Land Rover Range Rover Sport?

The Range Rover Sport does many things well, but it’s not outstanding in any one area. Before you buy, you may want to consider some of its top rivals first. The Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X5 are more practical than the Sport, a bit less expensive, and rated higher for predicted reliability. The Porsche Cayenne is sportier and more enjoyable to drive. If you’re looking to venture off road, the new Land Rover Defender is a more capable companion and far less expensive.

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2020 vs. 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: What's the Difference?

There are only two key differences between the 2020 and 2021 Range Rover Sport models. For 2021, Land Rover adds the HSE Silver Edition and SVR Carbon Edition trim levels to the lineup. The Silver Edition has silver exterior trim and gloss black wheels, and the Carbon Edition adds carbon fiber exterior accents to the SVR model.

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Here are the key changes for the Land Rover Range Rover Sport over the last few years:

  • 2017: forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning added to standard features list; gained larger infotainment screen (10 inches, up from 8)
  • 2018: refreshed interior and exterior styling; dual 10-inch touch screens replaced single-screen infotainment system
  • 2019: gained available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; plug-in-hybrid model debuted
  • 2020: turbocharged inline-six replaced supercharged V6 engine
  • 2021: HSE Silver and SVR Carbon special editions introduced

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Range Rover Sport, 2019 Range Rover Sport, and 2020 Range Rover Sport reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Land Rover Range Rover Sport Cost?

The 2021 Range Rover Sport has a $69,500 starting price, which is above average for the class. The price rises to $79,500 for diesel models and $83,000 for hybrid models. The high-performance SVR model starts at $115,500.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport Versus the Competition

Range Rover Sport vs. Range Rover Velar

The Range Rover Velar has a lot in common with the Range Rover Sport. Both of these luxury midsize SUVs offer strong engine performance, similar styling, and top-notch cabin materials. Both also come equipped with many of the same tech and safety features. There are a few big differences though. The Range Rover Sport can tow more, and it’s better suited for off-roading. It can also seat up to seven passengers in a pinch, whereas the Velar only seats five. On the other hand, the Velar’s starting price is $13,000 lower than the entry-level Sport. If you can do without the added seating space or off-road ability, the Velar may be the better option.

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Range Rover Sport vs. Range Rover

There are two major differences between the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. The first is seating space. The Range Rover is offered in five- and four-seat configurations only, while the Range Rover Sport is available in five- and seven-seat layouts. The second is price. The Range Rover starts at $92,000, while the Sport starts at $69,500. Otherwise, both of these SUVs are very similar, from their engine options and driving dynamics to their tech and safety features. We suspect most shoppers will be happier with the Sport.

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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

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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.

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Range Rover Sport Reliability

Is the Land Rover Range Rover Sport Reliable?

The 2021 Range Rover Sport has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Warranty

Land Rover covers the Range Rover Sport with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

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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 2021 Range Rover Sport. This is common for high-end luxury vehicles.

Range Rover Sport Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist

Available advanced safety features:

  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Hands-free park assist
  • Head-up display
  • Adaptive cruise control

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Range Rover Sport Dimensions and Weight

The Range Rover Sport is 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,755 to 5,430 pounds.

Where Is the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Built?

Land Rover builds the 2021 Range Rover Sport in the United Kingdom.

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

The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport comes in seven trim levels. The base model Range Rover Sport SE is a good starting point for most shoppers. It’s well-equipped with standard convenience and safety features, and it offers strong engine performance. That said, you should upgrade to one of the higher trims if you’re looking for a wider variety of engine options or luxe amenities like massaging seats, soft-closing doors, or a rear-seat entertainment system.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE

The entry-level Range Rover Sport SE has a five-seat layout and a $69,500 starting price, and it’s outfitted with a 355-horsepower turbocharged inline-six engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive.

Standard features include a digital gauge cluster, a pair of 10-inch touch screens, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, Bluetooth, USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, eight speakers, a Wi-Fi hot spot, keyless entry, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, an air suspension, 19-inch wheels, and off-road traction control modes. Standard safety features include front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and LED headlights.

A number of options are available, including heated front and rear seats, third-row seats (seven-seat layout), a heated steering wheel, a refrigerated center console, an activity key wristband, a panoramic sunroof, a hands-free power liftgate, power soft-close doors, 13- and 19-speaker sound systems, a two-speed transfer case, low-speed crawl control, a tow package, and 20- and 21-inch wheels. Safety features such as a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, driver drowsiness monitoring, and automatic high-beam headlights are also available. These options can range in price from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Silver Edition

The Range Rover Sport HSE Silver Edition starts at $78,500. This trim adds a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, quad-zone automatic climate control, a refrigerated center console, 19 speakers, a panoramic sunroof, a hands-free power liftgate, 21-inch wheels, a surround-view parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, driver drowsiness monitoring, and automatic high-beam headlights. The 355-horsepower inline-six engine comes standard. A 254-horsepower turbodiesel V6 and a 398-horsepower plug-in hybrid are available for an extra $1,000 and $4,500, respectively.

In addition to the previously mentioned options, the Silver Edition is available with ventilated rear seats, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 23-speaker sound system, hands-free park assist, 22-inch wheels, and a Black Pack (black exterior accents).

Land Rover Range Rover Sport HST

The Range Rover Sport HST has a starting price of $84,000, and it features a 395-horsepower inline-six engine plus the contents of the Black Pack. All options carry over unchanged.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic

The Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic trim is priced at $87,500, and it adds a 518-horsepower supercharged V8 engine, a two-speed transfer case, a limited-slip differential, and additional off-road drive modes. Again, most options carry over unchanged.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography Dynamic

The Range Rover Sport Autobiography Dynamic trim starts at $90,000, and it gains tri-zone automatic climate control, 22-way adjustable front seats with winged headrests, and power soft-close doors. The plug-in-hybrid powertrain comes standard, though the 518-horsepower V8 engine is available for an extra $8,500. All options carry over.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The Range Rover Sport SVR starts at $115,500, and it adds a 575-horsepower supercharged V8 engine, a stiffer sport-tuned suspension, and bolstered performance front seats.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR Carbon Edition

The Range Rover Sport SVR Carbon Edition is priced at $130,000, and it adds 22-inch wheels and exterior carbon fiber accents.

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The Final Call

The Range Rover Sport has a lot going for it. It pairs a comfortable and posh interior with well-balanced handling and sizzling engine performance. It’s equipped with many standard tech and safety features as well, and it boasts off-road capability that few other luxury midsize SUVs can match. But a bargain it is not. There are more practical, more luxurious, and far less expensive SUVs in this class. You may want to shop around first.

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

  • "The Range Rover Sport offers a upscale experience plus serious off-road capability, but several of its rivals simply offer more well-rounded packages." -- Car and Driver
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)
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