The 2019 Range Rover Sport combines two opposing elements: uncompromising luxury and strong off-road abilities. Unlike many luxury SUVs, the Range Rover Sport avoids the low roofline and sloping rear end in favor of the traditional British box shape. As such, the Range Rover Sport offers exceptional interior space, along with a strong presence wherever it goes. Unlike the BMW X5 and Audi A7, this luxury Land Rover can actually explore some of the most unforgiving terrains on the planet without breaking a sweat. And to help keep this iconic SUV up to date, there is a new plug-in hybrid version.
The 2019 Range Rover Sport offers a choice of four engines, all of them either turbocharged or supercharged. At the bottom end is a 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6, which is also available in a more powerful 380-horsepower version. The 254-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6 produce a whopping 440 lb-ft of torque, nearly as much as the V8 engines. The new plug-in hybrid P400e employs a turbocharged 4-cylinder combined with a powerful electric motor between the gasoline engine and 8-speed automatic. The system is backed by a 13.1-kWh battery capable of taking the P400e 31 miles solely on electric power. At the top, a 518-horsepower 5.0-liter V8, or a high-performance version that puts out 575 horsepower in the Range Rover Sport SVR. All of the engines come with come standard with 4-wheel drive and excellent 8-speed automatic transmission. While the V8 engines obviously win on power, the V6 versions actually offer plenty of power. Most Range Rover Sports can tow up to an impressive 7,716 pounds. The SVR drops to a respectable 6,613 pounds, while the hybrid can tow up to 5,511 pounds.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (P400e)
296 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
296 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,000 rpm
85-kWh electric motor
Combined output: 398 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm, 472 lb-ft of torque at 1,500-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A
3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6 (SE, HSE)
254 horsepower @ 4,000 rpm
440 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-2,250 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 7.6 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 21.7 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.9 sec @ 88 mph
Top speed: 134 mph
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 mpg
3.0-liter supercharged V6 (SE, HSE)
340 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
332 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500-5,000 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 5.9 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 15.4 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.5 sec @ 97
Top speed: 130 mph
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 mpg
3.0-liter supercharged V6 (HSE Dynamic)
380 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
340 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 mpg
5.0-liter supercharged V8 (Supercharged, Autobiography)
518 horsepower @ 6,000-6,500 rpm
461 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/22 mpg
5.0-liter supercharged V8 (SVR)
575 horsepower @ 6,000-6,500 rpm
502 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-5,500 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 4.2 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 10.3 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 12.7 sec
Top speed: 176 mph
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20 mpg
While some luxury brands pick colors and features for you, the 2019 Range Rover Sport gives great freedom to those writing the check, allowing customers to choose from a variety of colors, materials and trim. The fit and finish are excellent and the fittings top-notch. High-quality materials abound, whether leather, wood, metal, or plastic. If it looks like wood, it is wood. If it looks like metal, it’s metal. They all look great and feel good. Even the cargo area is attractively finished.
In front it feels just like the Range Rover, with a big view of the road, but the Sport’s seats are a bit more cockpit-like. The second row isn’t wide, so two passengers are more comfortable than three there. The outboard seats are sculpted and supportive. There’s a good 37 inches of legroom.
The two big touchscreens with the Touch Pro Duo system are canted toward the driver. Lo and behold there are dials, two of them that control different functions for the menu selected. There is also a volume knob. The top screen does infotainment, while the bottom screen handles the terrain management system. Chassis/drivetrain/engine modes are sport, comfort and eco; and off-road modes are snow, sand, mud, and rock or crawling. Each mode appears as an icon on the screen with its own beautiful tableau that allows deeper configuration, into the optional air suspension.
Both rows of seats are comfortable, and the cargo area is large: 27.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 62.2 cubic feet with it folded. Optional third row is cramped as expected.
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2019 Range Rover Sport is a midsize luxury SUV offered in six main trim levels: SE, HSE, HSE Dynamic (replaced by the HST), Supercharged Dynamic, Autobiography and SVR. Five-passenger seating is standard, but an optional power-folding third-row increases capacity to seven.
Standard features on the Range Rover Sport SE include 19-inch wheels, a self-leveling air suspension with automatic height adjustment for loading and unloading, LED headlights, rear foglights, power-folding and auto-dimming heated mirrors, puddle lamps, a hands-free liftgate, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, driver memory settings, ambient interior lighting, a power-adjustable steering wheel, navigation system, a 10-inch touchscreen, and an eight-speaker sound system with satellite and HD radio and USB connectivity. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning and forward collision warning with low-speed automatic emergency braking.
There are two optional packages for the SE. The Drive package adds a blind-spot monitor, a driver-condition monitoring system and traffic sign recognition. The Park package adds 360-degree parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert.
The HSE includes both packages, but also adds 20-inch wheels, front foglights, a fixed panoramic sunroof, perforated leather upholstery, an 11-speaker stereo system, 16-way heated front seats, and upgraded interior trim.
The HSE Dynamic (now called the HST) include the contents of the Off-Road package, 21-inch wheels, automatic high beams, sporty visual upgrades, a heated steering wheel with wheel-mounted shift paddles, additional leather interior trim, configurable ambient lighting, upgrade front seats (22 adjustments plus ventilation and airline-style headrests), heated rear seats, tri-zone climate control, a power-sliding sunroof and the 19-speaker audio system.
The Supercharged Dynamic reverts to the HSE but includes the HSE Dynamic 21-inch wheels, the Off-Road package, trim upgrades and paddle shifters. The Autobiography adds the HSE Dynamic’s luxury features, along with power-closing doors and a 360-degree parking camera. The 2019 Range Rover Sport SVR adds unique wheels, sport-tuned suspension and steering, sportier transmission programming, special interior and exterior styling and trim details, and sport seats.
Many of the above options can be ordered on lower trims, though some packages are available on most levels. These include Drive Pro (blind-spot monitor, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and high-speed automatic emergency braking), Park Pro (automatic parallel and perpendicular parking) and Climate Comfort (a refrigerated box in the front console, a heated steering wheel, and, for non-SE models, a sliding sunroof and four-zone climate control).
Stand-alone options include 22-inch wheels, a head-up display, a 23-speaker audio system, front-seat massage functions, ventilated rear seats, a dual-screen rear entertainment system, and the Wade Sensing system, which requires a 360-degree camera and blind-spot monitor and alerts drivers when the Range Rover Sport approaches its maximum wading depth. A third row of seating, for a maximum of seven passengers, is available on all trims except the P400e plug-in and SVR models. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not standard but are part of a no-cost option package called the Smartphone Pack.
The 2019 Range Rover Sport has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a base-model SE starting at $67,745 mark; extra $2,000 if you want a diesel engine. The P400e starts at $79,295. At the top, the Range Rover Sport SVR starts at more than $114,500, and with options the price can climb to more than $130,000.