2016 land-rover range-rover-sport Model Overview
New for 2016
Two new 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport variants include the diesel-powered Td6 and the high-performance SVR. V-8-equipped models now come with All-Terrain Progress Control while automatic access height is standard on all models. A hands-free tailgate that’s gesture operated is now available while Land Rover’s InControl Remote & Protect feature is now standard.
The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a four-wheel-drive luxury SUV that’s available as with seating for up to seven passengers.
Three engines are available in the 2016 Range Rover Sport and they’re all paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All variants of the Range Rover Sport are able to tow up to 7,716 pounds when properly equipped
Model: Range Rover Sport SE and Range Rover Sport HSE
Engine and Transmission: 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 340 hp/332 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Model: Range Rover Sport SE Td6 and Range Rover Sport HSE Td6
Engine and Transmission: 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 254 hp/440 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 21/27 mpg
Model: Range Rover Sport Supercharged, Range Rover Sport Autobiography, Range Rover Sport SVR
Engine and Transmission: 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 510 hp/461 lb-ft (Supercharged and Autobiography), 550 hp/502 lb-ft (SVR)
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 14/19 mpg
While there is an available seven-seat configuration for the Range Rover Sport, the cramped third row seats are best suited for children or for short trips. There’s a decent amount of cargo space with 17.3 cubic feet behind the third row, 27.7 cubic feet behind the second row and 62.2 cubic feet behind the front seats.
In addition to the dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 Range Rover Sport also comes with thorax and pelvis airbags for the rear passengers. Adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking are bundled together as a standalone option in lower trim levels. The Driver Assistance package adds a head-up display, lane departure warning, and perpendicular and parallel parking assist. Blind spot warning is available as part of the Climate, Comfort, and Visibility package.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard features included in the base SE trim are 19-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights with LED accents, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, leather upholstery, a rearview camera, keyless entry, interior mood lighting, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, an eight-inch infotainment screen, and a power tailgate. Optional equipment includes Land Rover’s InControl App suite, a Meridian premium audio system, a 360-degree view camera, the Terrain Response 2 system for improved off-road capability, and rear-seat entertainment. Higher trim levels come with a panoramic sunroof, perforated leather upholstery, sport seats, and larger alloy wheels ranging from 20 to 21 inches in diameter.
What We Think
For a large luxury SUV, the 2016 Range Rover is an excellent performer both on- and off-road. In a 2014 First Drive review, we said that the SUV is at home on the road as it is off the beaten path, staying stable on the highway thanks to its well-tuned suspension and lighter weight. Both V-6 and V-8 engines provide plenty of power and move the big behemoth effortlessly. In a 2015 First Drive review of the high-performance Range Rover Sport SVR, we were impressed at how well it combined on- and off-road prowess, offering size-defying track performance without sacrificing its capability off the beaten path. Additionally, the interior, like in all Range Rover Sports, is well-built and made of high-quality materials. The dated navigation system, on the other hand, is a weak point because it’s slow to respond to commands and when giving route guidance
One way to distinguish a Range Rover Sport from a conventional Range Rover is the former’s lower roofline.
- Great all-around performance
- Smooth ride on all roads
- Luxurious interior
You Won’t Like:
- Fuel economy isn’t really impressive
- Third row isn’t really that useful for adult passengers
- Dated navigation system