The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport lineup grows even larger with two new special editions. Aside from new colors and an improved cabin ionization filter, the model is a carryover.
Choosing Your Land Rover Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover Sport comes in five trim levels: SE, HSE, HST, Autobiography, and SVR. Pricing starts at $70,850 including destination for the base SE and tops out at $116,850 for the SVR.
The HSE is available in two sub-trims, Dynamic and the new Silver Edition. The SVR is also available in a brand-new Carbon Edition.
Take a deep breath — the journey through the Range Rover Sport’s powertrain options is a long one. Regardless of engine, every model uses an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is also standard, and every trim except the bottom two get a two-speed transfer case for off-roading.
|Engine Type||Trim Level||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|P360 3.0L 6-Cylinder||SE, HSE||355 hp||365 lb-ft||21 mpg|
|P400 3.0L Turbo 6-Cylinder||HST||395 hp||406 lb-ft||21 mpg|
|3.0L Turbodiesel V6||HSE||254 hp||405 lb-ft||20 mpg|
|P400e 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder Plug-In Hybrid||HSE, Autobiography||398 hp||472 lb-ft||42 mpg|
|5.0L Supercharged V8||HSE, Autobiography||518 hp||461 lb-ft||19 mpg|
|5.0L Supercharged V8||SVR||575 hp||516 lb-ft||16 mpg|
The plug-in hybrid is an efficiency champ, and it can travel up to an EPA-estimated 19 miles on electric power alone. The next most efficient engine, the turbodiesel, is only available on the HSE this year.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Range Rover Sport is smaller than the flagship Range Rover, but not by much. Five adults are comfortable inside, with 37 inches of rear leg room. Some models can add a third row for a total capacity of seven, but the additional seats are best for children.
Most Sport models get 31.7 cubic feet behind the second row. With the seats folded down, cargo capacity expands to 63.7 cubic feet. With the third row in place, there's only 10.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Plug-in hybrid models only feature 29.4 cubic feet behind the second row and 61.3 cubic feet with it folded down.
As a luxury vehicle, the Range Rover Sport is unlikely to see crash testing anytime soon. It does come with an encouraging set of safety features that includes automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and front and rear parking sensors.
Moving up to the HSE trim level brings safety extras like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a safe exit warning system, and a surround-view camera.
The available Drive Pro Pack ($2,170) bundles adaptive cruise control, high-speed automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, and a driver condition monitor.
Land Rover calls the Sport’s infotainment Touch Pro Duo, named for the two 10-inch touchscreens decorating the dashboard. The lower screen controls climate control and vehicle functions, while the top one handles navigation and media. The system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while wi-fi capability is also standard.
Extras like a head-up display ($1,325) are on the options menu.
Despite being the baby of the Range Rover Sport lineup, the SE trim is a luxury experience. The exterior is decorated with LED headlights, 19-inch wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated and power-folding side mirrors, and a power tailgate.
Inside, upholstery is grained leather, front seats over 14-way power and memory functionality, and dual-zone automatic climate control comes standard. Keyless entry and push button start offer convenience.
Because the SE is only powered by the base engine, it doesn't come with the two-speed transfer case that's standard throughout the rest of the lineup. The missing transfer case is available in the Off-Road Pack ($1,800), which also includes a terrain response system and adaptive damping.
For a taste of opulence, the Climate Comfort Pack ($1,400) heats up the steering wheel and installs a thin refrigerator in the center console.
The HSE can be had in Silver Edition with the base engine, diesel engine, or the plug-in hybrid powertrain, while the HSE Dynamic comes with the 518-horsepower V8.
The HSE Silver adds several useful features over the base model, including blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view camera, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, four-zone automatic climate control, 16-way power front seats, and a 19-speaker Meridian audio system. Exterior features include 21-inch wheels, automatic high beams, front fog lights, a hands-free tailgate, and a panoramic roof.
Opting for the HSE Dynamic brings the supercharged V8 engine and perforated leather, but reverts the interior to just two-zone automatic climate control. The HSE Dynamic unlocks an exclusive Premium Black Pack ($1,560), which includes black interior trim and surround sound.
The HST trim is mostly an aesthetic choice: it blacks out the exterior accents and adds red brake calipers. The interior sees extra leather and chrome, gets three-zone climate control, and the steering wheel is wrapped in suedecloth.
The Autobiography is all about luxury, with 22-way front seats swathed in semi-aniline leather. Surround sound is included along with soft-close doors.
SVR trims get the top engine option, a V8 making 575 hp. An electronic air suspension helps handle all that power, assisted by upgraded brakes and an active quad exhaust.
Inside, the seats are performance buckets and the steering wheel wears SVR badging. Many of the safety features and parking sensors are included, but adaptive cruise control is still hidden away in packages.
The SVR Carbon Edition substitutes carbon fiber panels on the roof, hood, and engine cover. The interior gets carbon fiber trim, and the wheels are exclusive 22-inch alloys.
Trims and options quickly send the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport’s price into the stratosphere, so we'd recommend the HSE Silver Edition for most buyers. If you can afford the premium, the V8 (in either form) is our favorite powertrain.