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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport features a quiet, stylish interior and plenty of premium materials. It may not be as decadent as its big brother the Range Rover, but the Sport leaves little room for complaint.

The seats are generally roomy, except for the cramped optional third row. The cargo hold is small for the class. There are plenty of features, but the infotainment system is more difficult to use than rival systems.

  • "Lined with padded high-quality materials, the Range Rover Sport's interior is plush and welcoming. What might seem like forests of real wood and foundries of metallic trim line the cabin. A sliding wood door covers cup holders, and control knobs have grippy knurled edges. Even the carpet is super thick and soft. Overall, it's not quite as decadent as a full-boat Range Rover interior -- but it's still pretty nice." -- Consumer Reports
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Seating

In its standard configuration, the Range Rover Sport seats five. You can add a third-row seat that increases capacity to seven. Standard features include leather upholstery, a leather steering wheel, and power-adjustable front seats. Premium leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, front seats with added power adjustability, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The front seats are comfortable and remain supportive on long drives, but they also have ample side bolstering that may be slightly uncomfortable for some wide-bodied folks. Forward visibility is great, but the rear sightlines aren't as clear. The second-row seats have plenty of space for two adult passengers, but three might be a stretch. The optional third-row seats are cramped, and adults are unlikely to fit in them.

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.

  • Chairlike front seats are comfortable and accommodating, with a wide range of power adjustments. Large bolsters offer plenty of lateral support, but bigger drivers might find them somewhat confining. There is ample rear-seat room, with firm, well-shaped cushions that provide good support. The optional third row can hold two kids, but it's cramped and a chore to access." -- Consumer Reports
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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

Standard features in the Range Rover Sport include dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with dual 10-inch touch screens, navigation, and smartphone app integration. Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, tri- and quad-zone automatic climate control, an 11- or 19-speaker Meridian audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, and Land Rover's activity key, which is a wristband you can use to lock and unlock the vehicle. Available driver assistance features include a surround-view camera, a head-up display, driver drowsiness monitoring, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, blind spot assist, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

The Range Rover Sport offers plenty of features, and it has a nice array of active safety tech. However, the central touch screen controls many functions, and while it's plenty big, it's also frustrating. It's a long reach from the driver's seat, and adjusting some settings requires several steps. The interface is less intuitive than with some rivals' systems, and it responds slowly to some inputs. The shifter also creates frustration because it's easy to accidentally end up in the wrong gear.

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  • "The second is the car's central touch screen, used to control many audio and climate functions. Shared among various Land Rover and Jaguar vehicles, this clumsy system feels outdated and outclassed. Fonts are easy enough to read, but it's a long reach to the screen. Navigating the screen isn't always intuitive. For example, adjusting the seat heaters takes several steps, even if you take the poorly labeled shortcut button to the appropriate menu. In addition, the screen is often slow to respond or update, such as when adjusting the volume." -- Consumer Reports
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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

This Land Rover is well behind the class leaders in terms of cargo space. You get 24.8 cubic feet of room behind the second-row seats and 56.8 cubic feet behind the first-row seats. On the bright side, a hands-free power liftgate comes standard, making it easy to open the hatch, even with full hands. There's a decent amount of small-item storage space throughout the interior, and a refrigerated cooler is optional.

  • With the second row up and in their rear-most position and the third-row seatback folded into the floor, we could fit three large upright suitcases and a duffel bag in the rear cargo area. The powered third row folds easily into the cargo floor using controls just inside the liftgate. The second-row seatbacks fold using a release lever on the side of the seat cushions, but they do not fold flat. The second-row center seatback folds down to create a pass-through for long items. The standard powered liftgate is activated by controls inside the car, the key fob, or by using the exterior touchpad." -- Consumer Reports
  • 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 (2017)
  • 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 (2017)

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