2020 Range Rover Sport Review – Automakers typically redesign their vehicles every five to six years. But push the life cycle further and they risk having an overly dated product. Land Rover has not fully redesigned its Range Rover sport since the 2014 model year. Compared to some newer luxury SUVs (including some even in Land Rover’s own lineup), the sport may come across as a bit dated. Fortunately, there have been enough recent updates to keep the 2020 Range Rover sport a viable pick.
2020 Range Rover Sport Review
The sport may be an old-timer, but it looks as fresh as the brand’s newer SUVs. Credit is partly due to a significant update in 2018 that updated the interior with a new infotainment system, a secondary touch screen for climate controls and more. And late last year, Land Rover changed the former Supercharged V6 engine to a new Turbocharged inline-six engine. This engine, thanks to a mild hybrid system, is more fuel efficient while retaining a robust amount of power.
For 2020, a new four-cylinder plug-in hybrid Powertrain Control (Land Rover calls it PHEV or P400e) is available. It produces about 400 horsepower, and Land Rover says it can travel 22 miles in EV mode before the gas engine kicks in. It should be an exciting pick for potential owners who do more city driving than adventure off-road.
While Range Rover sports still feel spry, the segment has gotten more competitive recently. The BMW x5 was redesigned last year and the Mercedes-Benz GLE and Audi Q8 are brand new. You may even want to check out Land Rover’s sleek new Velar. But overall, we think the Range Rover sport manages to be pretty compelling against this fresh batch of rivals.
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Although packed with desirable features, SE does not offer much in the way of customization. Available feature packs and standalone settings are limited for this Basic model. We think it is worth paying a little extra for the HSE. It comes with two of the SE packages, plus a few more features that luxury buyers should expect. It also opens the door to a couple of alternative powertrains — the P400e plug-in hybrid and the P525 Supercharged V8, along with an expanded list of optional features.
Land Rover Range Rover sports models
The 2020 Land Rover Range Rover sport is a midsize luxury SUV offered in five main trim levels: SE, HSE, HST, autobiography and SVR. Five-passenger seats are standard, and a Power-Folding third row that boosts up to seven passengers is available on all trims except HST, models with plug-in hybrid Powertrain Control and SVR.
Range Rover sports are available with a wide range of Powertrain Control options; all are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and feature four-wheel drive. The most common is a turbocharged inline-six with an additional compressor powered by a 48-volt electrical system. Power stands at 355 horsepower and 365 lb-ft on SE and HSE models (Land Rover calls this the P360 Engine) and 395 HP and 406 LB-ft on HST trim (this engine is dubbed P400). A fuel-sipping, diesel-powered 3.0-liter V6 (254 hp, 443 lb-ft) is available on SE and HSE trims.
The new plug-in hybrid Powertrain Control (which Land Rover calls PHEV or P400e) is available in HSE and autobiography trims. It uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and a 105-kW electric motor to develop a whopping 398 HP and 472 lb-ft of torque. The Land Rover estimates the plug-in hybrid will achieve 22 miles of all-electric range before the gasoline engine kicks on. According to Land Rover, charging the 12.4-kWh battery takes 2.75 hours using a 220-volt power supply. Hiring a conventional 110-volt household-style outlet will significantly increase charging times.
The most potent Powertrain Control is a super charged 5.0-liter V8. In HSE and autobiography trims, it produces 518 HP and 461 lb-ft (P525). In the SVR trim, it pumps a whopping 575 HP and 516 lb-ft (P575).
The Base Range Rover sport SE is packed with features including a self-leveling air suspension with automatic height adjustment, LED headlights with washers, heated mirrors with driver-side automatic attenuation, off-road traction control settings, a power liftgate and keyless ignition and entry.
In the cabin you will find leather upholstery, 14-way Power adjustable front seats, 60/40 split rear folding, an Auto-dimming mirror, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot and an eight-speaker audio system with satellite and HD Radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connectivity. Safety features include a rear-view mirror camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning and low-speed automatic emergency braking warning.
Two solution packages are exclusive to SE. The drive package adds a blind-spot monitor, a driver-conditioning monitoring system and traffic sign recognition. The park package adds 360-degree parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert.
The HSE includes both of the above packages as well as a fixed panoramic sunroof, a hands-free Lift port, upgraded leather, a 13-speaker stereo system, heated front seats and upgraded interior trim. Selecting the P400e Powertrain Control tacks on a 19-speaker audio system and the off-road package (optional on SE and HSE), which includes a Low-Range transmission case and additional terrain modes. The P525 also has the off-road package, plus 21-inch wheels, extra leather trim, and an Aero kit, but retains the 13-speaker audio system.
HST is powered exclusively by the P400 engine. Additional features include off-road package contents, black-painted exterior trim, a black-painted roof, a panoramic sunroof, wheel-mounted Shift paddles, more leather interior trim, sports front seats, heated rear seats, imitation suede seat trim, Tri-zone climate control and the 19-speaker sound system.
Autobiography – available in P400e and P525 powertrains – builds the HSE P400e and adds most of the HST equipment as well as a heated steering wheel with paddle changers, 22-way adjustable front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, more leather interior trim, Power-closing doors and a 360 -grade parking camera.
At the top of the Range Rover sports lineup is the high octane SVR. It pairs the autobiography upgrades and the P575 Engine, then adds a sport-tuned suspension, Sport seats, and special interior and exterior styling and trim details. Summer performance tires are offered as a no-cost option.
Many of the options listed above can be ordered at lower trims, although some packages are available at most levels. These include Drive Pro (Adaptive Cruise Control, Fast Auto Emergency Braking, and a Blind-Spot Monitor with Lane Keeping Assistance if you try to get into a lane with a car that is in your blind spot) and Park Pro (Auto Parallel and perpendicular parking).
Stand-alone options include a 23-speaker audio system, front-seat massage features, ventilated rear seats, and Wade sensing system, which requires a 360-degree camera and blind-spot Monitor and alerts drivers as Range Rover sports approaches its maximum wade depth.