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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

The cabin of the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport incorporates materials of the highest quality – high-grade leather, wood, metal, and carbon fiber are among the options – and the design underscores its simple elegance. The infotainment system comes with a larger, more responsive screen than last year's model, though this isn't a class-leading interface. Interior room is liberal for first- and second-row passengers, average for travelers in the optional third row, and very limited in the cargo area.

  • "Inside the cabin, the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport offers a stylish space with an especially sleek look, thanks in part to the new oversize center-mounted touchscreen. The quality of the materials is excellent, including supple leather upholstery and available wood trim. While you're in motion, road and tire noise is also subdued, something that not every large SUV can deliver." -- Edmunds
  • "Not only are the interior materials and assembly first-rate in the 2017 Range Rover Sport, there are enough variations in materials that you can virtually customize your interior. Almost everything is swathed in premium leather; what isn't is either wood, carbon fiber, metallic trim, or plastics of a high enough quality that you'll hardly notice they're plastic. The simplicity of the design is part of its success. The simple layout makes the Range Rover Sport feel less hectic inside, while still offering all the phone and audio connectivity you could want in a modern luxury SUV." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Range Rover Sport offers a luxurious interior that features soft-touch materials, leather upholstery, a sport-inspired steering wheel with a small diameter and aluminum trim on the dashboard as well as on the door panels." -- Left Lane News

Seating

You can seat five people inside the 2017 Range Rover Sport, with the ability to bring along two extra passengers if you add on the third-row seat option. With its supple seats and quiet interior, taking a ride in the Range Rover Sport is relaxing and comfortable. There is plenty of passenger space in the first two rows, and while the third row is best suited for smaller travelers, the Range Rover Sport offers an average amount of legroom for a luxury 3-row SUV.

Standard features include grained leather upholstery, a leather steering wheel, and 16-way power-adjustable front seats. Upgrades include Oxford perforated leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

For installing child safety seats, the Range Rover Sport comes with two sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors in the second row. The hardware isn't very user-friendly; it calls on extra elbow grease from caregivers to install both forward- and rear-facing car seats.

  • "The standard front seats are comfortable, and the available 16-way sport seats are even more supportive. The seating position is low relative to that of other Land Rover models for a more sporty impression, yet visibility is still good all around. Rear seats are adult-friendly in the outboard positions; as is often the case the center portion is considerably less accommodating. The available power-folding third-row seat is useful for young children, just as with third-row seats everywhere." -- Edmunds
  • "All was not sunshine and roses on this test-drive, however. The third-row seat option is useless for carrying adults, and even kids will end up with cramps after an hour or two. We also had a problem with the rather large B-pillar next to the driver's head (it creates a huge blind spot) and the odd placement of the upward-facing power window switches, which allowed rain to soak the panel every time we lowered the window." -- Autotrader
  • "Those 600-plus-miles would certainly be pleasant ones. An acoustic windshield, double-paned side glass, unique engine mounts, and a new firewall design muffle the clatter endemic to diesels. From the driver's seat, there's simply no audible clue that the engine is transforming compression ignition into propulsion." -- Car and Driver (2016)

Interior Features

The Range Rover Sport for 2017 receives a crisp, more modern 10.2-inch touch screen – an increase from last year's 8-inch display. It quickly responds to your requests and understands smartphonelike gestures such as swiping and pinching. The infotainment system is still a bit quirky, though, and the units inside many competing models are faster and easier to use.

In addition to the 10.2-inch screen, standard features in the 2017 Range Rover Sport consist of navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, enhanced smartphone integration, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, brake assist, and autonomous emergency braking. Among the optional features is a panoramic moonroof with a power shade, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 19-speaker Meridian surround sound system, a cooler inside the front console, a surround-view camera system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, driver drowsiness monitoring, and traffic sign recognition with intelligent speed limiter (which, when activated, reads speed limit signs and prevents you from going too fast).

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  • "That new standard 10.2-inch touchscreen responds to smartphone-like gestures, including swipe and pinch-to-zoom, and it also features crisp graphics and rapid response times that make for easier access to settings and controls. We like the ability of the InControl App system to integrate Apple and Android-based smartphone apps right into the display." -- Edmunds
  • The infotainment system is still not as strong as others on the market for both ease of use and responsiveness, but it's workable." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
  • "Land Rover's navigation system takes far too long to power up, its voice recognition abilities are sketchy at best, and we couldn't get our iPod to connect to the system via the USB hub." -- Autotrader (2016)

Cargo

You don't have very much hauling room inside the 2017 Range Rover Sport. There's 27.7 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats, and 62.2 cubic feet with the rear and middle rows folded. Both of these measurements are below average for a luxury midsize SUV. The Range Rover Sport comes standard with a hands-free power liftgate, which makes loading stuff much easier when your arms are full. A number of small cubbies are also located throughout the interior, and there's an optional cooler for the front console.

  • The Range Rover Sport is shorter overall than a standard Range Rover in order to make it more responsive during driving, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that it offers 27.7 cubic feet of stowage behind the second-row seats. Fold all the rear seats down and you end up with 62.2 cubic feet of space, which is less room than in some compact crossovers but on par with the space in competitors such as the Porsche Cayenne. The foot-operated power tailgate makes it easy to load cargo even with your hands full." -- Edmunds
  • "Designed for children and teenagers, the optional third row of seats eats up most of the SUV's cargo capacity when in use but conveniently folds flat into the trunk floor when not needed." -- Left Lane News
  • "[T]he Range Rover provides loads of useful storage, including an optional cool box in the center console." -- Popular Mechanics (2014)

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