The 2020 Range Rover Sport is available in six trim levels: SE, HSE, HST, HSE Dynamic, Autobiography Dynamic and SVR. SE and HSE come standard with a 355-horsepower 6-cylinder engine, while a 3.0L turbocharged diesel V6 is optional, which makes 254 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque.
New for 2020, is a plug-in hybrid model, dubbed the P400e. It uses a 4-cylinder engine in conjunction with a battery and electric motor to provide 398 hp. In addition, the P400e is a plug-in hybrid, meaning its able to operate on battery power only for up to 19 miles, before the gasoline engine kicks in. This means that if the 2020 Range Rover Sport Hybrid is only driven on short trips, owners will almost never have to put gasoline in the vehicle.
The HST is powered by Range Rover's mild-hybrid turbocharged 3.0L 6-cylinder engine that produces 395-horsepower. This year, the HSE Dynamic steps it up from a 6-cylinder engine, to the powerful 518-horsepower supercharged V8 engine option, which also comes standard on the Autobiography Dynamic.
The SVR version gets an even more powerful, 575-horsepower version of the supercharged V8 engine. Power is delivered through an 8-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration with any of these models is very quick -- just 6.2 seconds to 60 mph for the inline-6-cylinder gasoline engine. All models come with 4-wheel drive standard and multi-mode selectable terrain response, while a 4-corner air suspension provides a comfortable ride.
The Range Rover Sport SE comes well equipped with a long list of standard luxury, safety and performance features. Interior luxury begins with leather upholstery, power front seats with memory settings, navigation and an 8-speaker audio system. The Touch Pro Duo infotainment system brings technology to one's fingertips, with audio, navigation and various vehicle controls displayed on the dual 10-inch touchscreens. Exterior features include performance tires on 19-inch wheels, LED auto-leveling headlights, and a sleek new grille. Keyless entry and ignition, power liftgate and front and rear parking sensors provide added convenience for owners.
The HSE adds to the standard equipment with an upgraded leather interior, 20-inch wheels, a 13-speaker premium audio system, a panoramic glass roof and heated front seats. Added safety features include blind spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert. The HSE Dynamic trim steps up in power with the V8 supercharged engine while also adding 21-inch wheels, heated and cooled front seats, a 19-speaker premium audio system and upgraded interior trim.
The Supercharged Dynamic and Autobiography trim levels introduce the Range Rover Sport to the 5.0L V8 engine making 518 horsepower. The Supercharged trim features are comparable to the HSE, but also includes a power sunroof and steering wheel paddle shifters. The Autobiography adds to the standard equipment with features such as 21-inch wheels on performance tires, soft-closing doors, multi-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.
The top-of-the-line, high-performance SVR trim brings even more power, with its 575 horsepower 5.0L V8 engine. Other performance highlights on the SVR include a sport-tuned air suspension, sportier transmission programming, 21-inch wheels and upgraded brakes. Exterior styling includes custom SVR accents and trim, while the interior gets special styling and sport seats.
Five can fit in the Range Rover Sport, although on both the SE and Supercharged models, there's a third-row seating option that expands total capacity to seven; the setup doesn't sacrifice any cargo space as it folds completely flat into the floor when not in use.
Safety features in the Range Rover Sport include front, side curtain and thorax airbags, plus active front seat belts. A number of active-safety features are available in the Range Rover Sport and they might help avoid an accident entirely. Examples include Lane Blind Spot Monitoring, Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Automatic High Beam Assist, Closing Vehicle Sensing, Reverse Traffic Detection, Driver Condition Monitor and Emergency Braking. Adaptive cruise control is also available, and it will brake automatically if it anticipates a collision.
Other noteworthy options include a rear-seat entertainment system, quad-zone climate control and a 7700-lb tow package.
Unique Style Inside And Out
Quiet And Comfortable, Luxurious Cabin
Seating For Up To Seven
Sporty On-road Performance
Wide Range Of Standard Safety Features
For 2020, the Ranger Rover Sport has a new four-cylinder plug-in hybrid model called the P400e, which will allow owners to charge their car in at their houses and then use the car as an electric vehicle for short trips. Take the hybrid on a longer trip and the gasoline engine will kick in, at that point replicating the drivetrain of a more conventional hybrid vehicle. Mild hybrid-, gas-, and diesel-powered engines are still offered. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration is now standard on all models.
Compared to the Range Rover on which it's based, the Range Rover Sport is about five inches shorter in length and two inches lower. As the name indicates, the Sport puts more of an emphasis on handling and on-road performance, while keeping a quiet and comfortable interior. It does, however, retain an impressive level of off-road prowess.
The Range Rover Sport is a fast and agile performer, thanks to its lightweight all-aluminum construction and supercharged or turbocharged engine options. Compared to other models in its class, the Range Rover Sport doesn't make as much of a sacrifice in ride quality for handling and off-road prowess, while its feature set and luxurious cabin appointments are a step above some in the same price range. Key rivals include the BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes GLE and Infiniti QX70.