The Range Rover Sport provides generously for long-legged people up front. There’s plenty of elbow room, too. Less impressive is the car’s outright head room, which isn’t in the same league as that in the standard Range Rover – or as generous as in key rivals. It’s not so scant that it’ll affect most drivers, but if you’re particularly tall, you’ll be better off in a BMW X5.
Two cupholders are located on the centre console, and can be neatly covered by a sliding lid; they’re both big enough for larger paper cups and 1.0-litre bottles. The glovebox and centre cubby are also a good size, although the door pockets are quite slim.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport rear space
The Range Rover Sport isn’t the most commodious car in its class for back-seat passengers – but it’s certainly big. There’s good head and knee room, for example, so a couple of six-footers are unlikely to feel cramped. A middle passenger might do, though. The two outer seats are sculpted, which means the middle one is relatively narrow and uncomfortable. It’s fine for children or smaller adults on short hops, but if you want a car to regularly seat five adults for any moderate length of time, shop elsewhere.
On this front, the SVR makes the situation worse; by exaggerating the bolsters of the outer seats, the middle seat is made even less comfortable.
The Sport is a five-seater as standard, but you can pay extra to have two additional seats that fit in the boot. These are nowhere near as useable as the ones you’ll find in the back of a Land Rover Discovery or Mercedes GL, for example; access is a slightly awkward clamber through a narrow gap, and space is sufficient for children and small adults only. Still, having up to seven seats will be useful for some people, and is something that not many large SUVs offer.
Just as they are in the front, the rear door pockets are quite small, but they will swallow a 1.0-litre bottle. There are, however, few other places to transfer the contents of your pockets to, other than small nets on the front seatbacks.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport seating flexibility
Broadly speaking, the Range Rover Sport does well to make the most of what it’s got. The second-row seats slide forwards and backwards as well as reclining to several positions, but the access they grant to the optional third row isn’t great. The two outer seats slide and tilt forward to allow just enough space to plant a foot or a knee on your way into row three – but nothing more. The tilted second-row seats also don’t revert to their original position afterwards, stopping instead in their forward-most setting; annoying if you’re an adult getting into row two.
The third-row seats raise and lower individually via electric motors. This can be done via buttons at both rear doors or just inside the boot opening. It takes a while for the electric motors to get the seats up or down, and they don’t save you from manual handling entirely, since there’s still a load bay cover to remove and replace (at least it is relatively light and easy to do so).
Depending on the trim level you choose, the front passenger seat gets either 16- or 18-way electric adjustment, although it’s disappointing that adjustable lumbar support is included only on high-end Autobiography Dynamic versions (it’s an optional extra on cheaper models).
Land Rover Range Rover Sport boot space
Here, too, the Range Rover Sport has a good but not outstanding hand to play. While some rivals offer split tailgates or separate-opening rear windows, the Sport has neither – and so accessing a fully loaded boot without disturbing its contents may not always be easy.
The boot itself is wide and fairly tall. Straight sides and a broad opening grant easy access and make loading bulky items simple, and the boot’s generous capacity means you can fit a lot in. The boots in several rivals are longer, though, plus there’s no additional underfloor storage space if you go for a seven-seat version; the two extra seats it gets sit under the boot floor when not in use.
There are lashing points in all four corners of the boot, while load space stowage rails with divider bars are on the options list.
If you need to carry particularly big loads, dropping the rear seats reveals a huge load area that’ll take practically anything you throw at it. The standard hands-free electrically controlled tailgate is another neat touch.