2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Interior
Despite its rough-and-tumble off-road heritage, the Range Rover Sport has a refined interior that reflects its lineage. "The cabin is typical Range Rover luxury," writes Road and Track. Praise is not universal, though, as a few reviews note shortcomings in the size, placement, and labeling of controls and buttons. Those shortcomings add up to make the Sport's interior rank in the middle of the class.
In agreement with the bulk of reviewers, Automobile Magazine contends, "Whatever your pleasure, the car will be stuffed with luxury appointments." Other reviewers also praise the interior while simultaneously voicing minor complaints. These complaints differ from one reviewer to another. Kelley Blue Book, for instance, finds that "the gauge lettering is small and difficult to read, and the black LCD readouts practically disappear when viewed through polarized lens," and MSN observes that, "gauge numbers are small, [and] power window switches are awkwardly placed at the front of the driver's high door sill." Consumer Guide also believes that "premium-class prices merit power not manual tilt/telescope steering."
The Range Rover Sport seats five and most test drivers find the seating spacious, comfortable, and quite luxurious. Up front, Car and Driver describes what it's like to sit behind the wheel: "The seats are firm and supportive, and the driving position is natural, with none of the bus-driver posture found in older Range Rovers." As for the cabin, "the finishes throughout are top-notch wood, leather, and metallic," according to the .
Road and Track evaluates the front seats and says "extra side bolstering would be welcome to hold off-roaders more snugly," but ultimately decides, "this is nitpicking as, let's face it, the biggest challenge facing the majority of Land Rover owners is traversing the speed bumps in the mall parking lot." "Infinitely adjustable, inboard arm rests in front ease long, droning interstate drives," writes New Car Test Drive. At the same time, Edmunds complains that the console is "acre-wide," but finds that legroom and headroom are nonetheless "plentiful as expected."
In the back, the seats are well-liked by most test drivers. "Rear seats offered good leg and knee room, so any adult riding back there would do so in comfort," reports The Auto Channel. New Car Test Drive adds a nit, however, pointing out that "seat bottoms could be deeper and provide more thigh support."
The Range Rover Sport is not available with third row seating.
The interior of the Range Rover Sport is chock-full of just about every convenience and technology that a luxury SUV buyer would expect for the price. "As you'd expect," writes Edmunds, "the standard equipment list reads like a what's-what of automotive gadgetry." For 2008, the Range Rover Sport gets several standard power-operated accessories, including side mirrors, an eight-way passenger's seat, and tilt/telescoping steering wheel. That list includes a touchscreen DVD-based satellite navigation system, a 14-speaker audio system, electronic cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and front and rear parking distance control.
The HSE comes standard with dual-zone climate controls, power steering, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, leather upholstery, front bucket seats, an eight-way adjustable power driver seat, heated power mirrors, power door locks, remote keyless entry, power sunroof, and more. The Supercharged gets all the features of the HSE in addition to heated front and rear seats, wood interior trim, satellite radio, and more.
An available rear seat entertainment system includes twin LCD panels in the back of each front-seat head restraint, allowing rear-seat passengers to watch DVDs from the 6-disc DVD player. Sirius satellite radio is available for additional cost.
An optional cold climate package includes two-stage heated seats, a heated front windshield, heated washer jets, and heated front and rear seats. A luxury interior package for the HSE adds cherry wood trim, finer-quality leather seating, an adaptive front lighting system, the console cooler box, and the contents of Cold Climate Package.
With a cargo volume of 71 cubic feet, the Sport has slightly less room than the regular Range Rover and significantly less than the LR3. NewCars.com contends, "The typical luxury SUV is a better choice than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport in terms of hauling capacity, especially if you often need to carry a lot of luggage or massive dogs."
The split rear bench seat folds forward to increase storage. To fold the seat, "you have to lift and stow the bottom cushion in the rear foot well, which requires the front seat back to be forward of maximum rearward adjustment," explains The Auto Channel. "However, we discovered that driving this way was not a problem." An optional cooler in the center console "can hold up to four eight-ounce plastic bottles and keeps them cool no matter what the outside temperature," according to Kelley Blue Book.
The tailgate functions well for most reviewers, as MSN notes, it "has a separate flip-up glass area and low, wide opening that allows easy access to the roomy cargo area." One drawback, according to Cars.com: "The tailgate is heavy and if you weigh less than 125 pounds you'll likely find yourself hanging from it as you attempt to pull it down."