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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Anything that isn’t wood-trimmed or covered by leather is made of high-quality materials that we found ourselves mindlessly caressing.
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The Sport has much more front and rear legroom than the larger Range Rover, and no sacrifice in rear headroom.
Additionally, the entire infotainment system is much more intuitive and half of its buttons have been eliminated.
For a vehicle that leads its class on several counts, the Range Rover Sport rates only average in cargo capacity with 71 cubic feet available.
Naturally, the Sport's cabin design is extra-special -- including a unique center console and extra helpings of wood.
When it was revamped in the 2010 model year, the Range Rover Sport's cabin received new, richer finishes for its somewhat tight accommodations. It's carried over again, almost intact, for the 2013 model year save for a new choice of a lighter-colored interior.
The cabin's a success, from a luxury point of view. With fewer buttons and switches cluttering the center console, the upgraded materials shine through in a way they couldn't in the original Range Rover Sport, back in 2007. It's truly a luxury SUV, thanks to ample leather and wood trim, and attention to detail.
However, the Sport's cabin is on the small side, and even the front bucket seats can feel somewhat confined for drivers used to very big SUVs, even the bigger Range Rover. Head and shoulder room are fine, but knee and leg room are on the slim side, thanks to a wide center console and a shorter wheelbase than on the longer Range Rover and the Sport's mechanical sibling, the Land Rover LR4. Medium-sized passengers will have no problem finding a comfortable seat, though, and the multi-adjustable front buckets have the snug fit and feel of a luxury sport sedan.
The exterior size of the Sport doesn't quite translate into interior volume in the cargo area. The cargo floor sits high, too. The rear seats fold down nearly flat, though, and the Sport has plenty of small-item storage within reach of the driver and other passengers.
Wind, road, and engine noise is minimal, though they rise as the speed does, becoming truly noticeable only at extra-legal speeds. As with any vehicle, particularly those with wide tires, some road surfaces can induce tire noise as well.
The Range Rover Sport's cabin's painstakingly finished, but it's also somewhat cramped.