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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Electronics also are a bit nervous...interface doesn't do anything easily
the Rover couldn't handle my kids' booster seats
shortened wheelbase means slightly less passenger and cargo capacity
Kelley Blue Book
Head clearance is adequate, but larger passengers lack wiggle room
The small size of the 2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport’s cabin is compensated by its overall comfort.
ConsumerGuide says that the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2009 "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."
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. ConsumerGuide 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."
Although the 2009 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 2009 isn't especially child-friendly; according to MotherProof, "the Rover couldn't handle...kids' booster seats." Cars.com reports that the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2009 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."
ConsumerGuide also 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." 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."
Noise and cheap plastics are noticeable, and the cabin is a bit tight, but the 2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is nicely appointed.