Range Rover Sport PHEV interior & comfort
The Range Rover Sport PHEV is every bit as luxurious as you'd expect of a car from the company
The Range Rover name suggests a certain level of quality and luxury, and the Sport PHEV doesn’t disappoint. There are swathes of leather all over the place and metal trim that’s cool to the touch.
Better still, it’s as comfortable as it is stylish and very little noise reaches the interior. That makes it a very relaxing place to spend time, especially as the suspension does a fine job of smoothing out any bumps in the road and the seats themselves are very comfortable.
Last, but not least, a facelift in 2018 introduced the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, with two 10-inch screens stacked on top of each other. It’s not the best system, but it does give the interior a really modern look and feel, while there’s no shortage of equipment available on the car.
Range Rover Sport PHEV dashboard
Of all the improvements to the Sport in 2018, perhaps the most significant was the introduction of a two-tier Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. Inspired by the one in the smaller Range Rover Velar, it combines a 10-inch touchscreen on the top of the dashboard that handles media, communications and navigation duties, with a second screen of the same size mounted below it.
This lower screen looks after comfort and convenience features (such as the climate control), as well as other vehicle settings, while the system also incorporates an on-board wi-fi hotspot.
The result is a superb dashboard that’s smart, stylish and easy to use in equal measure. It gives the Sport's interior just the kind of modern feel you’d want in a car like this, as well as being well put together, covered in leather and with half as many buttons as the first-generation Range Rover Sport.
Equipment, options and accessories
It’s quite common for manufacturers to sell just one version of their hybrid models, but there’s a wide choice of trim levels available for the plug-in hybrid Range Rover Sport.
Even the most basic HSE has xenon headlamps, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control, alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, sat nav and Bluetooth connectivity. In fact, there’s so much kit on this version that we don’t see a point in spending any more.
If you must, though, HSE Dynamic trim gives you 21-inch alloy wheels and a series of enhanced driving aids. And if you go for the range-topping Autobiography, the front seats are cooled as well as heated and the climate control becomes a three-zone system, while adaptive cruise control and an upgraded Meridian stereo system are also fitted.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
The only real drawbacks are that you can sometimes struggle to see things on the screen because of reflections. These are crystal-clear and look great, with the top display taking care of sat nav and media, while the bottom screen is used for vehicle settings.
Two 10-inch touchscreens mounted in the centre console are the link between you and Land Rover’s latest InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. It can be rather confusing at first sight, but things make more sense the longer you get to play with the system. However, there’s no getting away from the fact that it takes a while to master, while it’s equally obvious that the two screens are real magnets for fingerprints.
What’s also a bit disappointing is that neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto is supported. Instead, you have to use Land Rover’s InControl apps, which you can operate through the touchscreen. In addition, the Connect Pro service gives you access to a host of extra services.
These include Real Time Traffic information and the ability to plan your journey from your smartphone and send details to your car. Finally, the Remote Premium service allows you to remotely check on the charge of the battery and even adjust how and when the car charges
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Range Rover Sport PHEV has many of the strengths of the larger Range Rover PHEV, but is a fair bit cheaper to buy
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Range Rover Sport PHEV's 26-mile electric range is impressive, and the battery can be recharged in less than three hours
- 3Running costsIf you can keep the batteries topped up and rarely travel more than 25 miles at once, the Range Rover Sport PHEV makes a lot of financial sense
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Range Rover Sport PHEV is certainly a quick car, but the engine’s whine can be annoying
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingThe Range Rover Sport PHEV is every bit as luxurious as you'd expect of a car from the company
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Range Rover Sport PHEV doesn’t demand too many sacrifices in space for its good economy and low running costs
- 7Reliability & safetyWorries about poor reliability seem to be a thing of the past, and we expect good things of the Range Rover Sport PHEV