2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review: A Luxury SUV For All Surfaces

Introduced in 2014, the current Range Rover Sport finds itself competing in a segment bursting with fresh talent. Both the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class are still fresh and there's also Audi's Q8 to worry about, so that's a trio of German talent to compete with. Fortunately, the Range Rover Sport has aged well and still successfully combines typical Land Rover off-road prowess with a more fun-to-drive demeanor than the regular Range Rover. The posh cabin remains a highlight and, from the 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with mild-hybrid tech to the mighty 5.0-liter supercharged V8, there is plenty of performance on offer. On the downside, the infotainment system is a touch clumsy and slow, while the cargo capacity isn't the best in this segment. The available third row of seats is also seriously cramped. But the Range Rover Sport remains a strong - and highly desirable - contender in the midsize luxury SUV bracket.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Range Rover Sport?

Fundamentally, the newest Range Rover Sport remains much the same. However, there have been a few changes to the SUV. For enhanced personalization, Land Rover has introduced several new paint colors, including eight as part of the SV Premium Paint color range. For the HSE Dynamic, a new Premium Black Pack is now offered. A new HSE Silver Edition model boasts an expanded array of features and exterior trim in Shadow Atlas. This model also gets 21-inch Gloss Black alloy wheels.

Customers looking for performance and bling in equal measure will appreciate the new SVR Carbon Edition. It combines the 567-horsepower V8 engine with an exposed carbon fiber hood center section and more carbon fiber adorning the grille, front bumper insert surrounds, and more.

Finally, an available cabin air ionization system has been introduced to improve the quality of the air inside the cabin.

Pros and Cons

  • Refined powertrains deliver brisk acceleration
  • Good mix of fun handling and composed ride
  • It's a Range Rover, so the feel-good factor is high
  • Cabin is as classy as ever
  • Outstanding off-road capability
  • Cargo capacity is merely average
  • Infotainment system could be more intuitive
  • Some driver safety aids should be standard
  • Available third row isn't suitable for adults
  • Poor predicted reliability

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2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
P360 SE
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$69,500
P360 HSE Silver
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$78,500
Td6 HSE Silver
3.0L Turbo V6 Diesel
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$79,500
P400 HST
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$84,000
V8 HSE Dynamic
5.0L Supercharged V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$87,500

Range Rover Sport Exterior

The years have been kind to the Range Rover Sport SUV. It still looks modern, expensive, and has loads of presence. All models have LED exterior lighting (with distinctive wraparound head- and taillights), headlight power washers, rain-sensing windshield wipers, auto-dimming and power-folding exterior mirrors, and follow-me-home lighting. The base model has 19-inch alloy wheels, but going up through the trims avails larger wheels, as well as a sliding panoramic roof and a powered gesture tailgate/trunk lid (as opposed to the standard single-piece power tailgate).

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Dimensions

A large vehicle, the Range Rover Sport's dimensions will require some care when navigating tight lanes. At 192.1 inches in length, the standard 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is around two inches shorter than the latest Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. With the mirrors folded, width works out to 81.6 inches, while the standard height is 71 inches. When off-roading, the height can be increased to 73.5 inches. The body conceals a wheelbase of 115.1 inches.

As an accomplished off-road vehicle, it remains far more capable than the typical crossover. The Sport has maximum approach/departure/ramp breakover angles of 33/30/26.9 degrees, respectively, although the figures differ slightly depending on trim. The ground clearance is 8.4 inches normally (up to 10.9 inches when in lifted off-roading mode) and the wading depth is 33.5 inches. Curb weight ranges from 4,755 pounds for the turbodiesel to 5,430 lbs for the plug-in hybrid model.

  • Length 192.1 in
  • Wheelbase 115.1 in
  • Height 71.0 in
  • Max Width 81.6 in
  • Front Width 66.7 in
  • Rear Width 66.3 in
  • Curb Weight 5,135.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

Land Rover has provided a generous selection of colors for customization, and there are several new shades this year. On the base model, the palette begins with the default Fuji White. After that, there are over 20 added-cost colors; the range of metallics starts at $710 each, with choices like Santorini Black, Yulong White, and Firenze Red. There are several Ultra Metallic choices like Ligurian Black, Velocity (a striking blue), Sanguinello Orange, and Petrolix Blue, but these are pricier at $4,550 each; some colors are available with a matte finish and some require adding packages. One special paint, Icy White, goes for a startling $9,200. Some other new colors that have been added this year include Constellation Blue and Sunset Gold (both part of the SV Premium Palette range) as well as Hakuba Silver and Lantau Bronze. Essentially, Range Rover Sport customers will be spoilt for choice here.

  • Lantau Bronze Metallic
  • Hakuba Silver Metallic
  • Santorini Black Metallic
  • Yulong White Metallic
  • Eiger Grey Metallic
  • Firenze Red Metallic
  • Portofino Blue Metallic
  • Byron Blue Metallic
  • Estoril Blue Metallic
  • Carpathian Grey Premium Metallic
  • Silicon Silver Premium Metallic
  • Ligurian Black
  • Ethereal Frost Silver
  • Velocity Blue
  • Fuji White
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Range Rover Sport Performance

Four main powertrains are used within the Range Rover Sport lineup and all provide impressive performance. The 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel is the slowest of the bunch, but it'll still manage 0-60 in a respectable 7.2 seconds, thanks to outputs of 254 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Like every other model in the range, permanent four-wheel-drive is standard, as is an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The next step up comes from the 3.0-liter mild-hybrid powertrain, combining a turbocharged engine with electric boost to provide 355 hp/365 lb-ft or 395 hp/406 lb-ft in its higher state of tune, with the latter being able to run to 60 in just 5.6 seconds. The plug-in hybrid produces 398 hp and can reach 60 in 6.3 seconds, along with a top speed of 85 mph in electric mode.

After that, it's all brawny V8 power, topped by the SVR version's 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that makes 567 hp (575 PS)/516 lb-ft; this model will fly to 60 in only 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 176 mph. It's exceptionally quick, and yet, the performance versions of the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5 are even faster, dipping below four seconds for the benchmark sprint. If you want to tow, the Range Rover Sport has a competitive rating of 7,716 lbs for all versions besides the SVR and the plug-in hybrid; these two models have a towing capacity of 6,613 lbs and 5,511 lbs respectively.

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Engine and Transmission

In 2019, Land Rover introduced a new mild-hybrid powertrain for the Range Rover Sport, providing a good middle ground between the sensible turbodiesel and the venomous V8s at the top of the range. The newest powertrain pairs a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with an electric supercharger, which provides an immediate burst of power at lower engine speeds. A tiny 0.23-kWh lithium-ion battery and a 48-volt electrical system are employed. The powertrain is offered in two states of tune: a 355 hp/365 lb-ft version in the SE and HSE, and a 395 hp/406 lb-ft version in the HST. In both cases, the electrified powertrain delivers responsive performance from a standing start and good passing power on the move. However, although it gets going smoothly, there is a brief delay before the turbo kicks in, where power delivery is a bit muted; when the turbo announces itself, you can suddenly go from having too little power to too much.

At the lower end of the range, the 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel has 254 hp and 443 lb-ft at its disposal. It's slower than the MHEV, but power delivery is more predictable. The most uncharacteristic powertrain, at least for a Land Rover, is the plug-in hybrid. It pairs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with a permanent magnet motor to produce a combined 398 hp and 472 lb-ft. For really potent performance, the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 is the one to get. It generates 518 hp and 461 lb-ft, or 567 hp/516 lb-ft in the SVR; in both cases, it makes a lovely noise and feels incredibly strong, with vicious passing power (50-75 mph takes only 2.8 seconds in the SVR). The eight-speed automatic gearbox blends well with every engine option, with smooth and unruffled gearshifts, but it'll speed up when you need it to.

  • Engines
    3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas, 3.0L Turbo V6 Diesel, 5.0L Supercharged V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    4X4

Handling and Driving Impressions

Engineered to be a more fun-to-drive alternative to the regular Range Rover, the Sport delivers on that promise. Considering its weight, the Range Rover Sport's electric power steering provides accurate placement of the large SUV, even if you are always aware of its size. It exhibits good body control through the twisties, but doesn't scale the same heights as the Porsche Cayenne (to be fair, almost no other SUV does). At parking speeds, the light steering assists in making it a bit easier to get into and out of tight spots.

The Sport's ride is even better, though. It feels rock-solid on the highway, with minimal noise intrusion and a nonchalant smothering of bumps before they can disturb the peace inside the cabin. When the asphalt turns to gravel, the Sport doesn't shy away like some other luxury SUVs do. With the standard Terrain Response system and features like hill descent control and gradient release control, it's a great choice for novice off-roaders who want the vehicle to do much of the work. That being said, the regular Range Rover has superior wheel articulation, but this isn't surprising considering that the Sport focuses a bit more on on-road performance.

Although we may have pointed out the MHEV's sometimes flawed power delivery, the electric assistance does help in making the stop-start system pleasantly smooth. If you're the type of driver who often finds these systems annoying, chances are you'll be able to live with the one in the mild-hybrid Range Rover Sport. The quietest model is the PHEV which can reach a top speed of 85 mph without the need of the gas engine.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Gas Mileage

The most fuel-efficient model in the range is the turbodiesel with EPA-rated estimates of 22/28/24 mpg across the city/highway/combined cycles. That is, of course, if you disregard the PHEV's 42 MPGe figure; running on gas alone, the PHEV achieves a combined 19 mpg.

This is followed by the mild-hybrid variant with figures of 19/24/21 mpg. Unsurprisingly, the supercharged V8 places a bigger burden on the pocket, returning 17/22/19 mpg, with the SVR performance model even worse at 15/20/16 mpg. Overall, though, the Range Rover Sport is marginally more efficient than the BMW X5 range. The turbodiesel uses a 22.7-gallon gas tank, equating to a combined cruising range of around 545 miles. All other gas-only versions have a 27.6-gallon gas tank, with the MHEV managing the furthest distance between visits to the gas station at about 580 miles. The SVR's range drops to 441 miles. The PHEV has a 24.1-gallon gas tank, an overall range of close to 480 miles, and can travel for 19 miles on electric power alone. A wall box can see the 13.1 kWh battery being fully charged in under three hours, but a regular 120-volt charging point will require a charging time of 14 hours.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    27.6 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 19/24 mpg
* 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Turbo i6 MHEV SE

2021 Range Rover Sport Interior

In our Range Rover Sport review, we found that the SUV still possesses a lovely cabin with beautiful materials and a clean, modern design. Tasteful wood and leathers cover almost all surfaces, while the infotainment system certainly looks the part, even if it isn't the easiest system in the world to wrap your head around. Space for occupants in the first two rows is plentiful, but the opposite is true for those consigned to the available third row. All models are generously equipped, with even the base version benefitting from amenities like power-adjustable front seats with memory, ambient interior lighting, and a power-adjustable steering column. The driver also has access to lane keep assist and front/rear parking aids, the latter being a useful inclusion in a large SUV.

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Seating and Interior Space

As standard, the Range Rover Sport seats five occupants in two rows, although a third row is available to increase overall seating capacity to seven. In the first two rows, headroom and legroom are excellent for even taller occupants, and the seats themselves are well-padded yet also supportive. Larger-framed individuals may find the prominent side bolstering a bit confining, though. For the driver, both the seat and steering column can be electrically adjusted with enough range to settle on a suitable driving position. The optional third row of seats are much less comfortable, though, as space is severely restricted. We'd leave this box unticked or shop around for a better seven-seater if that is the kind of car you must have. In terms of visibility, large B-pillars produce annoying blind spots, so the available blind-spot monitoring is a system that feels essential. Ingress and egress are okay, but the Ranger Rover Sport isn't a car so the higher step-in height does require a bit more effort, but that isn't unusual for an SUV.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 39.5 in
  • Front Head Room 39.5 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.1 in

Interior Colors and Materials

Smart grained leather upholstery is standard, with the base SE having a choice of Ebony or Espresso/Almond colors. This trim has Dark Satin Brushed Aluminum trim, with available Dark Grey Oak or Shadow Zebrano veneers at an added cost. On the HSE, more luxurious Windsor leather is fitted with the additional color choice of Ebony/Ivory. Grand Black veneer finishers are also availed at this level. Higher trims offer sporty color options like Ebony/Pimento and Ebony/Eclipse, along with carbon fiber trim. The new SVR Carbon Edition On pricier models, either more luxurious semi-aniline leather or Windsor leather is used. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard, while higher trims have Aluminum treadplates. In general, the use of materials is in line with the Range Rover Sport's premium price and it's nice to know that you can see where your money has gone.

Range Rover Sport Trunk and Cargo Space

The Range Rover Sport isn't as capacious in the cargo area as some other SUVs in this segment, with 27.5 cubic feet of space behind the 60/40-split-folding second row of seats (24.8 cubes for the PHEV) and 59.5 cubes (56.8 for the PHEV) when the second row is folded flat. By comparison, the Mercedes-Benz GLE offers 33.3/74.9 cubic feet of space. If you go for the seven-seater version, there is a mere 7.8 cubes of space behind the third row. Fortunately, the trunk is well-shaped and there is no load lip, so the area is practically designed. The base SE has a powered single-piece tailgate, whereas the HSE adds a powered gesture tailgate/trunk lid.

Interior storage space gets the thumbs up, though, thanks to two gloveboxes (a regular-sized one at the bottom and a smaller one on top), a center console that is well-sized, and large cupholders front and rear. However, the protruding door armrests do restrict access to the door bins.

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New Range Rover Sport Infotainment and Features

Features

On the base SE, standard equipment includes 14-way power-adjustable front seats with memory, a power-adjustable steering column, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient interior lighting, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Convenience items like keyless entry, a garage door opener, push-button ignition, and a powered single-piece tailgate make the Range Rover Sport easier to live with. The driver assistance features that are common to all variants include emergency braking, a front/rear parking aid, lane keep assist, and a rearview camera. Progressing through the range introduces items like blind-spot monitoring, a 360-degree parking aid, heated front seats, 22-way heated/cooled front seats, three-zone climate control, and soft-closing doors. A sliding panoramic roof is also equipped as standard on higher-spec models.

Infotainment

Dubbed Touch Pro Duo, the Range Rover Sport's infotainment system utilizes two ten-inch touchscreens positioned in the center of the dashboard. In theory, you can use the navigation screen on the top screen while simultaneously controlling other functions on the lower screen. In practice, the human brain can only do so much when it is also tasked with keeping over 4,000 lbs of SUV safety pointed in the right direction, so the Range Rover's setup isn't the most user-friendly. The screens look slick, though, with attractive graphics that make it pleasant to use when you're standing still. The high-tech approach continues with the interactive driver display sporting a 12.3-inch high-definition screen.

Default infotainment features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth connectivity, HD Radio, and SiriusXM satellite radio. The base model has an eight-speaker enhanced audio system, while a Meridian unit with 13 speakers is equipped to higher trims. Above this is a 19-speaker Meridian surround sound system with 825 watts of punch. Finally, a Meridian signature sound system with 23 speakers is available, although it adds over $4,500 to the base price. A rear-seat entertainment system with dual eight-inch screens (or two ten-inch touchscreens) can be ordered.

Range Rover Sport Problems and Reliability

J.D. Power's rating gives shoppers an idea of what to expect when shortlisting new vehicles, so it's not good news here for the Range Rover Sport, which has an overall rating of 70 out of 100. This is far below its German rivals, which rank around the 85/100 mark in some cases. Most concerning is a quality and reliability rating of just 65/100.

There have been two recalls for the 2021 model so far, including faulty tire pressure monitoring software and incorrect tire pressure labels. These issues also applied to the 2020 models which were additionally afflicted by high beams that could be mistakenly activated, reducing visibility for oncoming traffic.

Every new Land Rover is covered by a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty that includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The same coverage applies to the powertrain, but complimentary scheduled maintenance isn't included.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles

Range Rover Sport Safety

Owing to its status as a luxury vehicle with an accompanying high price, local authorities (that only tend to test cheaper vehicles), have not crash-tested the new Range Rover Sport. It's possible that crash reviews from the NHTSA and IIHS may never be published for this vehicle.

Key Safety Features

Equipped with six airbags (including curtain airbags), the Range Rover Sport additionally has electronic traction control, cornering brake control, roll stability control, trailer stability assist, emergency brake assist, and LED headlights. For safer off-roading, hill descent control and gradient release control are among the standard features.

The driver assistance suite leaves something to be desired, though, considering the Sport's price. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a 360-degree parking aid, a clear exit monitor, a driving condition monitor, and traffic sign recognition are only equipped to higher-spec models - these features are absent from the SE. The base model does at least have a rearview camera, cruise control with a speed limiter, lane keep assist, and a front/rear parking aid, though. Blind-spot assist and adaptive cruise control are available as added-cost options.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport a good SUV?

Despite Land Rover's revered reputation for off-road excellence, the majority of these SUVs will be used for road trips, the school run, and drives to and from the office. Considering that, the Range Rover Sport remains a superb contender within Land Rover's portfolio, with most of the off-roading capability of other Land Rovers but sportier, more assertive manners on the road, where it will be used most of the time. The range of engines offers something for everyone, from the reasonably frugal turbodiesel or the four-cylinder PHEV to the potent supercharged V8, and the cabin is as comfortable and luxurious as ever. The latest BMW X5/Mercedes-Benz GLE both have greater cargo capacities, though, are generally even quicker, and each has implemented its infotainment system in a more user-friendly fashion. Not only that, but they are also cheaper than the Range Rover Sport. But if you want a mix of on-road comfort and performance with the ability to tackle the rough stuff, the Sport is still one of the best.

🚘What's the Price of the 2021 Range Rover Sport?

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport lineup starts with the SE MHEV at an MSRP of $69,500. It's followed by the HSE Silver Edition MHEV at $78,500 and the HSE Silver Edition TDV6 at $79,500. The cheapest PHEV variant is the P400e HSE Silver Edition at $83,000. After this is the HST (with the more powerful MHEV powertrain) at $84,000, the HSE Dynamic (with the V8) at $87,500, and the P400e Autobiography at $90,000. The V8-powered Autobiography goes for $98,500. Finally, the most powerful derivatives are the SVR at $115,500 and the new SVR Carbon Edition at $130,000. The 2021 Range Rover Sport price for every trim excludes tax, licensing, registration, and a destination charge of $1,350. The Range Rover Sport will cost well over $150,000 when fully kitted out with options and, in general, commands a premium over other German SUVs for sale or for lease in the US. Then again, it's a lot more affordable vs the Range Rover.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Models

The 2021 Range Rover Sport lineup is comprised of ten unique models: SE MHEV, HSE Silver Edition MHEV, HSE Silver Edition TDV6, P400e HSE Silver Edition, HST, HSE Dynamic, P400e Autobiography, Autobiography, SVR, and SVR Carbon Edition. Common to the entire lineup is an eight-speed automatic transmission and a permanent four-wheel-drive system. MHEV versions of the SE and HSE Silver Edition make 355 hp from the 3.0-liter turbo-six engine and have a 48-volt electric system, while the HST has the same powertrain tuned to make a healthier 395 hp. The P400e plug-in hybrid pairs a 2.0-liter turbo-four with an electric motor to make 398 hp. Finally, there are the supercharged 5.0-liter V8s - the Autobiography has 518 hp but both SVRs turn up the heat with 567 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

The SE MHEV may be the most affordable model in the range, but it still has 19-inch alloy wheels, premium LED headlights, 14-way power front seats, and an eight-speaker audio system.

Next is the HSE Silver Edition. It has the same powertrain as the base model but adds 21-inch gloss black wheels, 16-way heated/cooled front seats, a 19-speaker Meridian sound system, and a 360-degree parking aid.

The HSE Silver Edition TDV6 shares the HSE Silver Edition MHEV's specifications but replaces the mild-hybrid powertrain with the 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine.

The P400e HSE Silver Edition gets similar features to the previous two trims but introduces the more powerful 398-hp PHEV powertrain. It features an EV driving mode and can reach a top speed of 85 mph without the assistance of the gas engine.

Moving up to the HST MHEV introduces the more powerful version of the mild-hybrid powertrain. This model also has a black contrast sliding panoramic roof, 21-inch gloss black wheels, bespoke HST seats in Windsor leather, red brake calipers, and a 19-speaker Meridian sound system.

The first V8-powered model is the HSE Dynamic. It has 21-inch wheels with a silver finish, a sliding panoramic roof, an extended leather package, an 11-speaker Meridian audio system, and a 360-degree parking aid.

The lavish Autobiography in P400e PHEV guise reverts back to the turbo-four with an electric motor but gets a black contrast sliding panoramic roof, 21-inch wheels with a diamond turned finish, 22-way heated/cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, and three-zone climate control.

The Autobiography shares the prior trim's features but uses the 518-hp version of the 5.0-liter V8 engine.

The SVR has the most powerful version of the supercharged V8 engine. It also gets an SVR four-corner electronic air suspension, heated front/rear performance seats, red SV brake calipers, and an SVR-branded steering wheel.

Last but not least is the new SVR Carbon Edition. It uses the SVR's potent V8 but boasts an aggressive exposed carbon fiber hood center section, and numerous other carbon fiber bits added to the cabin and even the engine cover.

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Additional Packages

Land Rover provides a massive range of upgrades, with packages called 'packs' and several standalone features. On the base SE, the Drive Pack costs $410 and packages together blind-spot monitoring, a driver condition monitor, and traffic sign recognition. The $750 Park Pack introduces a 360-degree parking aid, a clear exit monitor, and rear cross-traffic monitoring. The Off-Road Pack goes for $1,800 and adds a two-speed transfer box, adaptive dynamics, and All Terrain Progress Control. There are 14 additional packs adding features like deployable side steps, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, and a heated steering wheel. At SE level, standalone items include a front center console refrigerator ($725), soft-closing doors ($625), and blind-spot assist ($500).

The HSE Silver has a similar range of options such as the Driver Assist Pack at $4,000, which adds blind-spot assist, adaptive cruise control, a surround-camera system, and park assist. It's a bit disappointing that a head-up display isn't even standard on the pricey Autobiography model, with this option adding $1,325 to the base price. Even the SVR has access to upgrades that can send the price soaring towards $150,000, with options like the SVR Carbon Fiber Exterior Pack with an exposed carbon fiber hood costing a jaw-dropping $7,200, and the Meridian signature sound system going for $4,550.

3rd-row seating is an available upgrade on all models besides the HST, both SVRs, and models with the PHEV powertrain. However, selecting this seven-seater option requires also adding 20-inch wheels (on trims not already equipped with them) and other extras that, on the base SE, amounts to a total of $3,900 added to the base price.

🚗What Land Rover Range Rover Sport Model Should I Buy?

There isn't a bad buy in the range, to be honest. The base SE versions aren't so barebones that they'll disappoint, while saving you thousands of dollars over pricier versions, although the topline SVR will blow you away with its power. We'll go for the HST MHEV as it uses the more potent version of the mild-hybrid powertrain, while adding welcome upgrades like the sliding panoramic roof, the 19-speaker Meridian sound system, and a variety of sporty touches that set it apart from other trims. The options we'd add are the Drive Pro Pack (with blind-spot assist, adaptive cruise control, and high-speed emergency braking) and the head-up display. Together, these take the HST's price to $88,645 including destination.

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2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Comparisons

Porsche Cayenne Porsche
BMW X5 BMW
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Land Rover Range Rover Sport355 hp19/24 mpg$69,500
Porsche Cayenne 335 hp19/23 mpg$67,500
BMW X5 335 hp21/26 mpg$59,400

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs Porsche Cayenne

Rightly viewed as the benchmark for driving dynamics in this segment, the Porsche Cayenne excels on-road by blending a comfortable ride with cornering prowess that belies its weight and size. The Cayenne is also an especially strong performer; even the base model can hit 60 mph in as quickly as 5.6 seconds thanks to its powerful turbocharged V6 engine. At $67,500, it starts at a lower price than the Range Rover Sport, too. With performance specs that include a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds, the Cayenne S is almost as quick as the Range Rover SVR - and at under $90,000. Both SUVs are similarly practical, seating five occupants in comfort and with almost identically sized trunks behind the second row. The Range Rover's cabin feels a bit warmer, while the Cayenne's is more technical and modern in appearance. The Range Rover Sport is better for off-road use, though, with superior approach/departure angles, a better wading depth, and better ground clearance. Overall, we'd say that the Cayenne's better performance and more involving driving dynamics swing it the way of the German.

See Porsche Cayenne Review

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs BMW X5

The current BMW X5 was introduced more recently than the Range Rover Sport, and it feels that way. Although loaded with the latest tech, the X5 makes it more accessible via its excellent iDrive system, whereas the Range Rover's dual-screen system can be tricky to fathom. Starting at under $60,000, the X5 also comes in at a cheaper price, yet even this base model is really quick, hitting 60 in 5.3 seconds thanks to a silky smooth turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The BMW is more fun to drive, feeling just a bit more buttoned down through curves than the Range Rover, while remaining very comfortable. The latest X5's build quality also approaches perfection and it's predicted to be more reliable than the British SUV. At the top of the range, the X5 M will leave the Range Rover Sport SVR for dead in a straight line despite costing less. Finally, the X5 also has a bigger trunk. For some shoppers, the Range Rover Sport's effortlessly cool demeanor will still win the day, but the BMW X5 is a superior luxury SUV.

See BMW X5 Review

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