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For the first time, the Sport can also be specified with seven seats but even Land Rover describes it as a 5+2 with the rear seats best left to children. They are cleverly engineered, though, and fold flat into the trunk floor at the touch of a button.
The coolest feature we won't get in the States is the company's wade depth sensors, which uses sensors placed around the vehicle to tell you if you're getting too close to the three-foot wading maximum.
It’s a user-unfriendly, graphically confusing touch screen that doesn’t belong in a vehicle this polished.
Car and Driver
here in the U.S., we’re apparently not worthy of the glorious full faux-suede headliner. Pity. It’s gorgeous.
Road & Track
Four variations of the 2014 Range Rover Sport will be offered in the U.S.: the base $63,495 SE, with a 3.0-liter supercharged 340-horsepower V-6; the $68,495 HSE with the same engine but upgraded features; the $79,995 Range Rover Sport Supercharged, with a 510-horsepower 5.0-liter supercharged V-8; and the $93,295 Range Rover Sport Autobiography, with the same engine as the Supercharged model, but with even more equipment and its own distinctive color and trim combination.
All versions come with the usual passel of luxury and functional features, from automatic climate control to power windows, locks, and mirrors; 14-way power front heated seats; cruise control; leather upholstery; wood trim; 19-inch wheels; a power tailgate; and an AM/FM/CD player as part of an audio system with Meridian sound. That Meridian system can be optioned up to a 1,700-watt soundbath, but concessions are made: its Signature version only has 23 speakers in the Sport, versus 29 in the Range Rover.
To that, the Range Rover Sport adds standard Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, voice commands, and a USB port. A rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones is an option, as are satellite and HD radio and a panoramic sunroof. Wheels can be upgraded to 22-inchers, and to off-road tires.
The audio system, phone, the standard navigation system, and other ancillary functions can be controlled on the Range Rover Sport's 8.0-inch touchscreen display on the dash, paired with a 5.0-inch display tucked between the gauges or, on some versions, a full 12.3-inch high-resolution display that replaces the gauges entirely.
The options list is more extensive when you consider the Sport's palette of paint colors and leather trims. Options on some versions include a cooler built into the center console; ambient LED lighting with colors you can choose by mood; and a package of heating controls for the windshield, steering wheel, and seats. There's also a +2 seating package, which we discuss more in the Quality section.
If we could, we'd lobby the NHTSA and Land Rover for two options we're not allowed in the U.S. The first--a dual-view touchscreen that lets drivers see controls while passengers watch a movie--and the second, a set of sonar sensors that show how deep the Sport is fording--and triggers the air suspension to its extended height when it detects water deeper than its maximum 33.5-inch rating.
Excellent Meridian sound systems and rear jump seats aren't overshadowed by the Range Rover Sport's flawed infotainment system.