- New turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 engine
- InControl Remote smartphone control and emergency Protect systems are now standard
- Newly available All-Terrain Progress Control
The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a mid-size luxury SUV with a maximum towing capacity of 7,716 pounds. It is the smaller, lighter, more agile counterpart to the full-size Range Rover. It competes with the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, and Porsche Cayenne.
Six trims are available: the SE, HSE, Supercharged, Supercharged Dynamic, Autobiography, and SVR.
The Range Rover Sport has a leaner, more aerodynamic appearance than the opulent Range Rover. It features fully automatic, geometric-shaped headlights, a rugged underbody, and Land Rover’s signature mesh pattern along the front grille and front quarter-panel vents. The rooftop slopes back at steeper angle, and it is supported by blacked-out A, B, C, and D pillars. The SVR trim comes with even more aggressive body styling. Standard features include power/heated side mirrors, a power liftgate, skid plates, and a dual-pipe exhaust system. Fog lights, automatic dimming side mirrors, power retractable side rails, a panoramic moonroof, and a trailer hitch receiver are also available.
Powering the Range Rover Sport is a standard 340-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. A 254-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 is also available for the SE and HSE trims. The Supercharged, Supercharged Dynamic, and Autobiography trims come with a 510-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. The SVR trim utilizes the same engine, and it is tuned to make 550-hp.
Fuel efficiency for the Range Rover Sport with the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 is an EPA-estimated 17/23 mpg city/highway. With the turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6, the rating improves to 22/29 mpg. It drops to a 14/19 mpg rating for trims with the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8.
Inside, the Range Rover Sport has an upscale, yet minimalistic interior. It has seating for 5 passengers, but additional third row bench seating is available for total of 7. The standard multimedia system features an 8-inch touchscreen, an integrated navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, and 8 audio speakers. Using the standard InControl Remote Control smartphone app, the driver can lock/unlock doors, preheat/precool the interior, start the engine, and locate their vehicle in a parking lot. Full leather upholstery, an automatic tilt-away steering wheel and a memory seat also come standard. Optional features include genuine wood trim, heated/ventilated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, rear HVAC, soft door close, a center console cooler compartment, and a Meridian premium audio system.
Optional safety features include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control, and autonomous braking. The newly available All-Terrain Progress Control is essentially an off-road cruise control mode that allows the driver to concentrate on steering. For roadside and emergency assistance, the InControl Protect emergency communication system comes standard.