2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography

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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: May 6, 2020
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Rishabh Mehra

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The Range Rover Sport is the ultimate king of luxury SUVs right now. On the inside its a cocoon of plush materials and looks absolutely macho on the outside. From buttery smooth asphalt to the harsh wilderness, the Range Rover Sport would sail effortlessly when the going gets rough.

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Pros

Superior off-road potential

Comfortable and luxurious Interiors

Cons

Glitchy infotainment system

Average On-road Driving Dynamics

What's New?

New plug-in hybrid option available

Apple Carplay and Android auto are now part of the standard features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$86500

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

305 cu.in.

horsepower

518 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

461 lbs.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/active anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/active anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

115.1 in.

length

192.1 in.

width

78.1 in.

height

71 in.

curb weight

5121 lbs.

ground clearance

10.4 in.

capacity

cargo volume

59.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

7716 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/19/22 mpg

ev range

469.2 mi.

highway range

607.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography in British Racing Green Metallic color 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography in Meribel White color 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography in Yulong White Metallic color
British Racing Green Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

3.0

Interior

10

Exterior

9.0

Final Verdict

7.8

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography SE

SE

power
355 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium Unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$68,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
P360 SE 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $68,650 MSRP (19/) 355 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, Inline 6, Premium Unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography HSE

HSE

power
518 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium Unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$74,250 - $86,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
P360 HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $74,250 MSRP (19/) 355 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, Inline 6, Premium Unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5
P525 HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A) Starting at $86,500 MSRP (19/) 518 hp @ 6000 rpm, 5 L, V-8, Premium Unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography HST

HST

power
395 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium Unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$82,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
P400 HST 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Twincharger 8A) Starting at $82,950 MSRP (19/) 395 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, Inline 6, Premium Unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography Autobiography

Autobiography

power
518 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium Unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$97,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
P525 Autobiography 4dr SUV 4WD (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A) Starting at $97,500 MSRP (19/) 518 hp @ 6000 rpm, 5 L, V-8, Premium Unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.8

Overall Rating


The Range Rover Sport sits between the big fat Range Rover and the uber-sexy Velar. It’s a massive hit in its home country where JLR managed to sell more of these than VW managed to roll out the Passat. Here, in the US, the Range Rover Sport is as desirable. The Sport comes in six trims, engines ranging from a hybridized four-cylinder petrol to a full-blown thunderous supercharged 5.0L V8 which hauls this 5000lbs behemoth at an unimaginable pace.

The Range Rover Sport as the name suggests has a bit of a sporty edge when compared to the big daddy, Range Rover. They both share the chassis and some of the mechanicals but the Range Rover Sport is a bit shorter in terms of length and stands head to head with the likes of Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5 and Audi Q8.

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV Font View
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

10/10
Interior

 

9.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 

7.8/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography Features

8.0/10

The Range Rover Sport is a premium mid-size SUV and starts from $66,750. The feature list, as expected is expansive and is packed to the brim. The Range Rover Sport also features a 5+2 seating capacity which boosts the practicality. The 2020 model retains the 2018 dual-screen infotainment setup doing away with the buttons even for climate control.

Trims

SE

HSE

HSE Dynamic

Supercharged Dynamic

Autobiography

MSRP (4WD)

$68,650

$72,350

$82,150

$85,550

$96,650

Key Features

19-inch wheels

Adds/upgrades over SE

adds/upgrades over HSE

Adds/upgrades over HSE Dynamic

Adds/upgrades over Supercharged dynamic

 

A self-levelling air suspension with automatic height adjustment for loading and unloading

20-inch wheels

21-inch wheels

 

power-closing doors

 

LED headlights

front foglights

automatic high beams

 

a 360-degree parking camera

 

Rear foglights

a fixed panoramic sunroof

sporty visual upgrades

 

 

 

power-folding and auto-dimming heated mirrors

perforated leather upholstery

a heated steering wheel with wheel-mounted shift paddles

 

 

 

puddle lamps

an 11-speaker stereo system

additional leather interior trim

 

 

 

hands-free liftgate

 

16-way heated front seats

configurable ambient lighting

 

 

 

keyless ignition and entry

upgraded interior

better front seats

 

 

What do we recommend?

Range Rover HSE proves to be a sweet package. It comes with a 3.0L inline six-cylinder turbocharged engine with a mild-hybrid configuration. Its got plenty of performance and plush interiors packed with a plethora of creature comforts. If fuel efficiency is the deciding factor, then the P400e would do the trick.

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography Engine and Performance

9.0/10

For the 2020 model, Range Rover Sport comes with 5 different engines. The base 3.0L i-6 engine comes in two states of tune. On the SE and HSE, it puts out 355 HP. For a base engine, its got enough punch. Its a smooth and tractable motor and performs incredibly well out on the highway. For full-on offroading, a V6 diesel can be specced which offers oodles and oodles of torque.

Models

Range Rover Sport HSE

Porsche Cayenne

Maserati Levante

Audi Q8

Jaguar F-pace S

BMW X5 xDrive 40i

MSRP

$68,650

$65,700

$75,980

$67,400

$61,500

$60,700

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6 3.0L Turbo V6 3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 3.0L TFSI V6 3.0L Supercharged V6 3.0L Twin-Turbo Inline-6
Drivetrain 4WD AWD AWD AWD AWD AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

355hp@5,500rpm

340hp@5,300rpm

345hp@5,750rpm

335hp@5,000rpm

380hp@6,500rpm

335hp@5,500rpm

Torque

365lb-ft@2,000rpm

331lb-ft@1,340rpm

369lb-ft@1750rpm

369lb-ft@1,370rpm

332lb-ft@4,500rpm

330lb-ft@1,500rpm

Jaguar F Pace is the only SUV which is powered by a supercharged engine in this day and age when emission laws are stringent than ever. As this motor is supercharged, it feels like the liveliest of the bunch. The throttle response is immediate and there’s no lag whatsoever, unlike the turbocharged engines under the hood of its competitors.

What’s the transmission like?

The transmission doing the duty in the Range Rover Sport is the 8-speed torque convertor sourced from ZF. The gearbox is quick and smooth to operate. The shifts are seamless and out on the road, it behaves impeccably. The gearbox is tuned perfectly with the 4X4 system and the terrain management of from the offroad wizards at Land Rover HQ.

How fast is it?

Range Rover Sport comes with a variety of engines under the hood. We tested the base straight-six gasoline engine with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. For a base engine, it performs amazingly well. The engine has a decent amount of low-end torque as its a turbocharged motor but it comes alive somewhere in the middle of the rev range. Off the line, the acceleration feels brisk as the power is neatly spread to all four wheels maintaining traction at all times and in the hairiest of the situations.

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV hits 0-60 in just 6.8 sec

Model

Range Rover Sport HSE

Porsche Cayenne

Maserati Levante

Audi Q8

Jaguar F-pace S

BMW X5 xDrive 40i

0-60 MPH

6.8 sec

5.9 sec

5.8 sec

5.6 sec

5.1 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

N/A

14.4 sec

N/A

N/A N/A N/A
Top Speed N/A 177 MPH 187 MPH 189 MPH 176 MPH 177 MPH

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6 3.0L Turbo V6 3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 3.0L TFSI V6 3.0L Supercharged V6 3.0L Twin-Turbo Inline-6

A 0-60mph dash of 6.8 seconds is not bad considering the heft and its a base engine but in front of the competition, the English brute falls short of firepower and loses out to its sibling, the F-Pace, by a huge margin. Talking about the weight, Audi Q8 is the heaviest of the lot but still manages to outrun the Range Rover Sport.

What is it like on the road?

The “Sport” in the name Range Rover Sport is not justified, at least in the base spec model. For the new model, Land Rover has made use of Aluminium in its construction and managed to get cut the weight by almost 1000 lbs. Even after this strict diet, the Range Rover Sport still tips the scale at around 4800 lbs. Drive it enthusiastically and everything starts to wobble around. It manages its heft cleverly using adaptive air suspension, which is an option and stiffened anti-roll bars. But, you can’t run away from physics, can you? Even with the stiff sport settings on, the SUV rolls around. Driven sedately and it shows its true colours. The ride out on the highway is absolutely sublime and super comfy. Its a mile muncher and doing long distances won’t be an issue.

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV drive sedately and it shows its true colours

Think of Range Rover and one immediately expects world-class offroading credentials. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t disappoint at all. When the going gets rough, the Range Rover Sport absolutely flies. The terrain management system would even disconnect the rear anti-roll bars for increased axle articulation so that the tyres maintain no matter what. The torque vectoring system calculates and sends the power as per the requirement to the wheel with the most traction and the Range Rover Sport claws out of sticky and muddy situations with ease.

What about the Braking performance?

The Range Rover Sport weighs in excess of 4800 lbs and for all that mass to resist motion some pretty big and competent brakes are required. The Sport fares well in the braking department and under heavy braking, it maintains composure and remains stable. On the SVR model, Land Rover gives an option of some gigantic Carbon Ceramic rotors too.

Model

Range Rover Sport HSE

Porsche Cayenne

Maserati Levante

Audi Q8

Jaguar F-pace S

BMW X5 xDrive 40i

Brake Rotors Front

14.2"

13.7"

14.9"

14.8"

N/A

N/A

Brake Rotors Rear

13.7"

12.9"

12.9"

13.8"

N/A

N/A

Curb Weight

4,839 lbs

4,377 lbs

4,649 lbs

4,938 lbs

4,090 lbs

4,813 lbs

60-0 MPH

124 ft

N/A

118 ft

N/A

121 ft

N/A

All of these lifestyle premium sporty SUVs in this competition employ massive brakes to resist motion and come to a halt in a jiffy.

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography Fuel Economy

3.0/10

Fuel economy and SUVs don’t really see eye to eye. The massive frontal area because of raised hood and a flat-ish front fascia restricts the movement of the air cleanly and the fuel economy goes down. That being said, Land Rover offers a plug-in hybrid version of the Range Rover Sport which can even cover up to 20 all-electric miles.

Model

Range Rover Sport HSE

Porsche Cayenne

Maserati Levante

Audi Q8

Jaguar F-pace S

BMW X5 xDrive 40i

MPG (City)

17

25*

16.2*

17

18

20

MPG (Highway)

23

35*

24*

22

23

26

MPG (Combined)

19

30*

20.2*

19

20

22

Fuel Capacity 27.6 gallons 23.7 gallons 21.1 gallons 22.5 gallons 21.7 gallons 21.9 gallons
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 524/690/524 miles 450/545/711 miles 317/443/426 miles 383/473/427 miles 391/499/434 miles 438/569/481 miles

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

 *The fuel consumption shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval.

The straight-six turbocharged motor, although is assisted by a mild-hybrid system performs poorly in this test. The Porsche Cayenne is leaps and bounds ahead of rest of the SUVs in its competition.

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography Interior

10/10

Like every other Range Rover, the design on the inside is following a minimalistic approach. The designers played safe by not experimenting with the design a lot which was a good decision after all. The dashboard sits low and the seating position feels high, even in its lowest setting. It feels like you sit on it rather than in it. The visibility in the front is great, thanks to the high mounted flat bonnet, which makes it easy to manoeuvre in the city and offroading too.

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV Front Seating

The material used on the inside drip luxury from every corner. Everything is covered in leather and soft-touch plastics. The new white colour scheme for the interiors look refreshing and uplifts the mood of the cabin.

The seats are nice and large. Supportive and easy-adjust, thanks to electric adjustments and memory functions. The second row offers an ample amount of legroom and can easily fit 3adults. The roominess is heightened by the massive panoramic glass roof which gets a hand gesture function for easy accessibility.

Model

Range Rover Sport HSE

Porsche Cayenne

Maserati Levante

Audi Q8

Jaguar F-pace S

BMW X5 xDrive 40i

Seating Capacity

5+2

5

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.7/NA/42.2

N/A

N/A

N/A

37.8/57.7/40.3

40/60/39.8

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39/NA/36.9

N/A

N/A

N/A

37.5/55.8/37.2

40/58.1/37.4

Range Rover seems to have an upper hand in terms of practicality as it is the only SUV in this competition to offer a 5+2 seating configuration. With that said, the seats lack in the legroom department and are quite a snug fit so its best for children.

How good is the Infotainment system?

The new Range Rover Sport gets the updated dual-screen setup on the dashboard which house each and every control of the car, right from navigation to climate controls along with the terrain management system. The setup looks absolutely beautiful but is a fingerprint magnet. The upper display gets a feature to alter the viewing angle.

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV Infotainment Screen

The infotainment system is not the best that we have tested so far. It lags and is never in a hurry to complete the task. It can get super irritating at times.

  • 8 Total Speakers
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control \t
  • Satellite Radio Satellite Radio
  • USB Connection
  • 250 Watts Stereo Output

Some of the notable interior features are listed down below:

  • Cruise Control
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Electrochromatic Inside Front And Rear CupholdersRearview Mirror
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Rear View CameraTilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
  • Interior Air Filtration

How much cargo can the Range Rover Spor carry?

Range Rover Sport has a traditional SUV design that means its roofline runs straight and doesn’t taper down as compared to SUV coupe design language of some of the cars here. Upright roof translates to more room on the inside. The boot on the Sport has a proper square opening which makes loading the cargo in and out easy. Air suspension controls are handy which can be used to lower the SUV for even better convenience.

Model

Range Rover Sport HSE

Porsche Cayenne

Maserati Levante

Audi Q8

Jaguar F-pace S

BMW X5 xDrive 40i

Cargo Capacity

27.68 cu.ft.

27.1 cu.ft.

20.48 cu.ft.

21.36 cu.ft.

22.95 cu.ft.

22.95 cu.ft.

The Range Rover Sport and the Porsche Cayenne totally nail their competitors in terms of outright boot space on offer. The third row, if specced in the Sport, folds flat and doesn’t hamper the cargo space.

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV
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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV Interior
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV Interior
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV Interior
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV Interior

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography Exterior

9.0/10

The Range Rover Sport takes its inspiration from its big brother, the full-fat Range Rover. The chassis and some of the mechanicals underneath the extremely macho looking surface are the same. The front end of the sport is it’s most striking design feature. It looks mean and butch and looks like it bullies small hatchbacks just for some fun. It has that smug look on its face which makes it look like the king of the road.

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV 3 Quarter View

On the side, a strong shoulder line stretches from the headlamps right up to the tail lamps which gives it a strong character. The rear is dominated by the classic Range Rover badging and some fat chrome exhaust tips giving it that sporty appeal.

Model

Range Rover Sport HSE

Porsche Cayenne

Maserati Levante

Audi Q8

Jaguar F-pace S

BMW X5 xDrive 40i

Curb Weight

4,839 lbs

4,377 lbs

4,649 lbs

4,938 lbs

4,090 lbs

4,813 lbs

Length

192.1"

193.7"

197"

196.6"

186.3"

194.3"

Width

87.4"

86.4"

85"

86.2"

81.5"

78.9"

Height

71"

66.8"

66.1"

67.2"

65"

69"

Ground Clearance

8.3"

8.2"

N/A

5.75"

8.4"

N/A

Wheelbase

115.1"

114"

118.3"

117.9"

113.1"

N/A

The Range Rover Sport carries the traditional Land Rover design language and has that macho appeal to it which makes it stand out of the crowd and even after 7 years, it still manages to attract buyers.

What are the drool-worthy exterior features?

Range Rover Sport packs in a host of exterior features which makes it desirable. For enhanced sporty appeal, Land Rover offers a Carbon Fiber package which introduces a host of Carbon fibre panels which look really cool.

  • Tow Hitch Receiver
  • Black Roof Rails
  • SVO Ultra Metallic Gloss Finish Paint
  • 20" Full-Size Spare Wheel
  • Deployable Side Steps
  • Styling Accent Pack
  • Soft Door Close
  • SVO Ultra Metallic Satin Finish Paint
  • Deployable Side Steps (7 Seat)
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV Exterior
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV Exterior
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV Exterior
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV Exterior
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV Exterior
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV Exterior

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography Safety

Range Rover Sport has a heavy safety net. On top of that, it’s built like a tank and comes with several driver-assist features.

  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Auto-Levelling Headlights
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Cross-Traffic Alert

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography Competition

Range Rover Sport vs Jaguar F Pace

The Jaguar F Pace is a decent alternative to the Range Rover Sport. They both come from the same manufacturer and some of the parts are shared too. The Range Rover seems to be a tad bit more luxurious on the inside and it gets a superior offroad package which the Jag lacks.

2020 Jaguar F Pace

Range Rover Sport vs Audi Q8

The Audi Q8 feels a generation younger than the Range Rover, which it is. Its been on the market for a year now which means it’s packing the latest tech offered by Audi. the chassis construction seems to be more advanced and it’s lighter too which makes it a better on-road performer. The Range Rover Sport has an upper hand with better practicality and exceptional offroad ability.

2020 Audi Q8

Range Rover Sport vs BMW X5

The BMW X5 is a drivers car. Its driving dynamics feel a notch or two ahead of the Range Rover Sport. On the inside, the iDrive infotainment system knocks down the touch pro duo system of Land Rover. In terms of practicality, its right up there with the Sport and proves to be a great alternative.

2020 BMW X5

Range Rover Sport vs Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne is the ultimate “sporty” SUV in this battle. It feels much more athletic and eager to change directions when you throw some corners at it. Its got a better infotainment system too but it lags behind in terms of offroad artillery.

2020 Porsche Cayenne

 

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography Final Verdict

7.8/10

The Range Rover Sport has been on the market for almost eight years now and still manages to give such strong competition to its new and updated rivals. It’s packing a lot of punch, especially in its SVR avatar. It’s good on-road and amazingly well offroad and has Land Rover history backing up which makes it a well worth buy.