Interior and Tech
The Range Rover Sport shines here. Its interior is an environment that soothes and cossets; its seats are plush and comfortable, while its dashboard is laid out simply, the resulting ease of operation contributing to the calm atmosphere inside. Most operations are carried out via the sat nav and media function touchscreen, with the climate control, ride height and Terrain Response controlled via buttons.
The only bugbear is the infotainment system itself, which uses software that’s been in the Jaguar Land Rover group for many years now. In isolation, it does an acceptable job, but compared to equivalent systems in any of its rivals from Audi, BMW, Porsche or Mercedes, it is inescapably old hat in its appearance and speed of operation. It doesn’t really reflect the Sport’s list price.
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With the 2017 MY Range Rover Sport comes the introduction of InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. It's an improvement over the previous-gen version, but still miles off what the competition offers. Also added is a new semi-autonomous 'Advanced Tow Assist' system. Able to automatically park the car when a trailer is attached, the system can also warn drivers if the car will jack-knife the trailer.
Lastly, a new 'low traction launch' system has been added to help you get out of unstable surfaces like snow or ice. Autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warnings now come as standard.
Aside from a gear selector borrowed from the Jaguar F-type, there are no real visual flourishes to acknowledge this Range Rover’s sporting remit inside. That’s not necessarily a criticism; everything is well appointed, the driving position feels infinitely adjustable and space is abundant, to the benefit of practicality and comfort. Four adults will have more than enough room, five if the extra occupant isn’t too tall. The Sport also trumps the standard Range Rover by offering a ‘5+2’ seven-seat option, though the rearmost pews are aimed at children.
There are multitudinous optional extras to boost the luxury inside, including cooled and heated seats front and rear, a premium 1700w audio system and on board television, which operates through the infotainment screen (‘dual view’ means it can display two things at once, allowing the front passenger to watch TV without distracting the driver) and through optional rear screens, which come with their own headphones.