The Range Rover Sport’s interior has more leather and wood than the stud pen at a cattle farm, but the sat-nav’s almost as crude compared to the systems other expensive SUVs get
The Range Rover Sport has an interior that feels expensive and makes you feel special.
It has loads of clever technology, but thankfully the dashboard has very few buttons because most of the Range Rover’s systems are controlled via a large infotainment screen.
The only conventional buttons and knobs are reserved for things such as the car’s ventilation system, so they’re easy to feel for as you drive down the road, and they have a solid action that makes them feel like they’ll last the life of the car.
Leather is pretty much everywhere you look and the two-tone colour options help brighten up the cabin. Where there isn’t leather, you’ll find trim pieces that look and feel expensive, although the shiny black plastics used for the centre console do show up greasy finger marks.
Entry-level HSE models come with soft leather seats, have cold-to-the-touch aluminium trim pieces and cool mood lighting that gives the cabin a warm glow.
Go for the top-of-the-range Autobiography Dynamic and you get even softer aniline leather and slabs of wood veneer that give the Range Rover’s interior the air of a study in a posh country house.
The Range Rover Sport’s interior is just a log fire and a gun rack away from being like the drawing room in a large country house
All Range Rover Sports come with Land Rover’s top-of-the-range Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. It is basically two 10-inch high-resolution screens stacked on top of each other.
The top display is used for the car’s satellite navigation that’s controlled entirely via the touchscreen. It is quick and easy to enter postcodes into, although it’s a little trickier to use on the move than the fixed-wheel controller you get in models such as the BMW X5 or the Audi Q7. That said, the Range Rover’s system understands smartphone style finger gestures such as pinch and swipe, and its powerful processor means it calculates requests quickly.
Land Rover’s Connect Pro system is also fitted, so the sat-nav gets real-time traffic updates, can search for places of interest online and (with the InControl app downloaded on your phone) pass directions to your phone when you park up and need to walk to your destination. On top of that, the Connect Pro system adds a 4G wifi hotspot for you and your passengers.
That leaves the bottom screen to deal with a variety of other systems. Primarily it’s used to fine-tune the ventilation system, but swiping from left to right brings up a plethora of other menus such as the Range Rover’s Terrain Response off-road system. Although the bottom screen looks great, it can be a fiddle to use when you’re driving – especially because it’s sunk fairly low in the cabin.
In addition to those two central screens, you get another 12.3-inch display that takes the place of conventional dials in the car’s instrument binnacle. It can provide phone and media information, and give you a large sat-nav display right in your eye line. It’s such as good system there is little point in forking out £1,060 for the heads-up display.