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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Head clearance is adequate, but larger passengers lack wiggle room
shortened wheelbase means slightly less passenger and cargo capacity
Kelley Blue Book
the Rover couldn't handle my kids' booster seats
Electronics also are a bit nervous...interface doesn't do anything easily
The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is lavishly trimmed, but interior room is a little snug.
This is the conclusion that most reviews seen by TheCarConnection.com have reached. Cars.com reports that the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2008 has a "five-person interior"; ConsumerGuide says that "head clearance is adequate, but larger passengers lack wiggle room in the footwell, which is pinched by a wide center console and the low dashboard housing." Although the 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport's "shortened wheelbase means slightly less passenger and cargo capacity," Kelley Blue Book remarks "snug but comfortable seating offers good thigh support in the front bucket seats and roomy rear seat." Unfortunately, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2008 isn't especially child-friendly; according to Mother Proof, "the Rover couldn't handle...kids' booster seats."
Storage and cargo space appears adequate; Cars.com reports "interior cargo room measures 33.8 cubic feet but grows to 71 cubic feet when the 65/35-split rear bench seat is folded." ConsumerGuide notes "the two-step rear-seat folding process creates a relatively long and flat load floor," while a "double-tier glovebox and multiple console bins contribute to good small-item storage space."
Materials and assembly seem decent, but "electronics also are a bit nervous--the touch screen combined with the hard-button interface doesn't do anything quite completely or easily," according to AutoWeek. Consumer Guide remarks "richly padded cabin surfaces are abundant, but some materials disappoint for the price and the metal-look trim should be aluminum, not painted plastic." They also note that one of their test vehicles "suffered from myriad squeaks and a small leak from the sunroof after a heavy rainfall."
ConsumerGuide also says that the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2008 "doesn't suppress wind and road noise at highway speeds as well as its premium midsize rivals...around town, though, it fares better," while "the supercharger whines in fast acceleration, but it never annoys."
The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport sports a cozy cabin trimmed with some high-quality materials, but noise and plastics are an issue in this very expensive vehicle.