2021 Range Rover Sport - Excellent SUV!

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2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Highs Plenty of powertrain choices, upscale exterior styling, luxurious interior trappings.
Lows Tight third-row passenger space, buggy infotainment system seems, not a fuel-efficient choice.
Verdict The Range Rover Sport offers a upscale experience plus serious off-road capability, but several of its rivals simply offer more well-rounded packages.

What's New for 2021?
Land Rover has made few changes to its mid-size Range Rover Sport for 2021. Besides a revised in-cabin air ionizer, the HSE Silver Edition model joins the lineup and the Premium Black Pack appearance package is now available on the HSE Dynamic trim. The HSE Silver Edition model comes standard with silver exterior trim and unique 21-inch black wheels with a diamond-turned finish. The Premium Black Pack package adds black exterior finishes and glossy black-painted 21- or 22-inch wheels.

Pricing and Which One to Buy
SE: $70,850
HSE Silver Edition: $79,850
HST: $85,350
HSE Dynamic: $88,850
Autobiography: $91,350

Land Rover offers the Range Rover Sport in a wide variety of trim levels for 2021. All offer an impressive mix of luxury and performance. There isn't a dud in the bunch. However, our favorite combination is the HST, which is powered by the brand's mild-hybrid turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six gas engine tuned to produce 395 horsepower. We also appreciate the HST's sporty visual touches, such as its black roof and its interior upgrades, which include a faux-suede-wrapped steering wheel and seat trim. The HSE Silver Edition is the best value, however. It's much better equipped than the SE and costs about $10,000 less than the HST. Its 355-hp version of the six-cylinder is plenty strong.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Every 2021 Range Rover Sport comes with Land Rover's excellent all-wheel-drive system and an exceptional eight-speed automatic transmission. Land Rover does, however, offer the SUV with four different engines, including a diesel, plug-in hybrid, and a mild hybrid. All offer impressive performance; however, our favorite is the stronger 395-hp version of the brand's mild-hybrid turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder gas engine found in the HST model. It's exceptionally smooth and packs plenty of muscle. SE and HSE models get a 355-hp version of this engine, which is also excellent. The diesel-powered variants of the SE and HSE get better fuel mileage, but they aren't as quick as the mild hybrid or the plug-in hybrid models. Those looking for more performance should check out the Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged/SVR variants. We review them separately.

Range, Charging, and Battery Life

Range Rover Sports powered by the mild-hybrid inline-six never have to be plugged in or charged, but the P400e models, which feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain, do have to be plugged in frequently to take advantage of their gas-saving technology. The P400e is powered by a 13.1-kWh battery pack located under the rear cargo floor. It can charge fully on a 120-volt outlet, but it takes up to 14 hours. A 240-volt outlet or trips to a public charging station can charge the SUV more rapidly. Land Rover says it delivers up to 31 miles of electric driving range per charge.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
With so many different available engines, the Range Rover Sport's EPA estimated fuel economy is a bit spotty, as the numbers are still being updated. Diesel-powered models are rated at 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Fuel-economy estimates for the Range Rover Sport PHEV aren't particularly fuel efficient, but it's the only model that can be driven solely on electricity for short periods.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, the 2021 Range Rover Sport has almost the same dimensions as the full-size Range Rover model. Both SUVs share the same 115-inch wheelbase, which gives the Range Rover Sport more rear seat space than you'll find in many of its competitors. Unlike the Range Rover, the Range Rover Sport is also available with a small kid-friendly third-row seat, which takes its seating capacity from five to seven. However, the third row is not offered in the plug-in hybrid models. Its front seats are firm and supportive, especially on long drives, and rear-seat air-conditioning vents and controls are standard. Heated rear seats are available. Build quality is superior, with soft surfaces and controls that look and feel expensive. Behind the Range Rover Sport's second row is a generous 28 cubic feet of cargo space. PHEV models offer 3.0 cubic feet less because their battery pack is stored beneath the cargo area, raising the SUV's cargo floor by two inches.
Read More https://www.caranddriver.com/land-rover/range-rover-sport

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