2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE SUV

MSRP $78,500

Ranked #24 in Midsize Suv

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2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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If you’re looking for an SUV that’s as capable and luxurious as the Range Rover but do not quite have the budget for one and do not need a vehicle as large as the RR, well then, Land Rover has a solution for you - the Range Rover Sport HSE. The 2021 Range Rover Sport HSE is more or less like a smaller LR but is capable of doing and offering what the RR does.

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Pros

Plenty of creature comfort equipment is offered as standard.

Decent fuel economy numbers.

Composed ride and handling

Cons

Dull and dated cabin design.

Confusing infotainment setup.

What's New?

Carried over unchanged from the previous model year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$78500

bodystyle

dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

355 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

365 lb.-ft.. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic w/overdrive and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

15/14.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

62.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

7716 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.2 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Silver Editon$78,500 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE SUV in Narvik Black color
Narvik Black

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The 2021 Range Rover Sport HSE is priced at around $80,000 and is a bit more expensive than all its rivals. There are quite a lot of SUVs around this price point but the ones that compare closest in specifications and price to the Land Rover are the Porsche Cayenne, Maserati Levante, and the Audi Q8. In this review, we shall also be comparing the Range Rover Sport HSE to its rivals as we walk you through the SUV.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE SUV Features

The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE is offered in two trim levels – HSE Silver Edition and HSE Dynamic. The HSE Silver Edition gets a 3 liter, turbo 6 cylinder engine while the HSE Dynamic comes equipped with a 5 liter, supercharged V8. Prices for the HSE Silver Edition start at about $79,850 while the HSE Dynamic is priced at around $87,500.

Models

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Silver Edition

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic

MSRP

$79,850

$87,500

Key features

21-inch, 5 split-spoke, gloss black, diamond-turned finish aluminum-alloy wheels.

Adds/upgrades to the previous trim-

 

Powered liftgate.

21-inch, 5 split-spoke silver finish aluminum-alloy wheels.

 

Auto on/off projector-beam headlights with LED DRLs.

Red brake calipers.

 

16-way power-adjustable, heated and ventilated front seats.

Power gesture tailgate.

 

Perforated Windsor leather upholstery.

Leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver bezel and satin chrome gearshift paddles.

 

Touch Pro Duo 10-inch touchscreen dual infotainment displays.

Dark engine-turned aluminum interior trim finish.

 

825 watt, 19-speaker Meridian surround sound system.

Traffic sign recognition and adaptive speed limiter.

 

Driver drowsiness monitor.

 

Automatic emergency braking.

 

360-degree camera.

Which Trim should you buy?

The 2021 Range Rover Sport HSE Silver Edition comes with all the bells and whistles that you’d ever need and hence that’s the more sensible trim level. If you need the extra power and extra opulence, you may shell out more money and get the HSE Dynamic trim.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE SUV Engine and Performance

The 2021 Range Rover Sport HSE with its base spec Silver Edition comes equipped with a turbocharged 3.0L inline-6 along with a 48V electric starter/generator motor. The power plant is capable of churning out a healthy 355 horses and 365 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and power is split between the four wheels.

The Range Rover Sport HSE is fairly quick off the straight line. The SUV can go from a standstill to 60 MPH in about 6.2 seconds while it can cover the quarter-mile distance in about 14.5 seconds. The engine doesn’t quite have the rush to build pace and it is a rather sedate unit. It’s not dull but it isn’t punchy either; it’s something between the two. 

Step on the gas you’ll find the engine churning up gradually at a steady rate with no urgency whatsoever. The gearbox is also quick-shifting but it isn’t as slick as you’d like it to be. Again, the gearbox too has no sense of urgency, no haste, and just works in its own manner but ensures that you don’t run out of power and torque. For those who want that extra power, speed, and punch, Land Rover has offered a more powerful engine with the Range Rover Sport HSE’s Dynamic trim level.

Models

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE 

2021 Porsche Cayenne

2021 Maserati Levante

2021 Audi Q8 Premium 55 TFSI

MSRP

$79,850

$68,850

$75,985

$69,295

Engine 

Turbocharged 3.0L inline-6 + 48-volt electric starter/generator motor

Turbocharged 3.0L inline-6 

Turbocharged 3.0L inline-6 

Turbocharged 3.0L inline-6 + 48-volt electric starter/generator motor

Drivetrain

4WD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power 

355 hp @ 5500 RPM

335 hp @ 5300 RPM

345 hp @ 5750 RPM

335 hp @ 5700 RPM

Torque

365 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM

332 lb-ft @ 1340 RPM

369 lb-ft @ 1750 RPM

369 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.2

5.9

5.8

5.6

Quarter mile (sec)

14.5

14.3

14.2

14.2

Top Speed (MPH)

145

152

156

130

In its standard guise, the Range Rover Sport HSE Silver Edition is the slowest SUV in the competition. Its power and torque numbers are better than a few rivals but credit to the excess weight and u-aerodynamic body shape, the SUV isn’t all that quick. The Audi Q8 is the quickest of the lot despite the power deficit and is followed by the Maserati Levante and the Porsche Cayenne, with all three SUVs remaining just under the 6-second mark when sprinting to the 60mph mark.

How well does the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE handle?

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a smaller Range Rover and hence it drives just like one. The SUV is pretty agile and feels quite composed even when you’re driving at high speeds. As we said earlier, power delivery is linear and steady and builds up gradually. Body control is good and the SUV stays planted on the road at all times. You cannot call the SUV nimble but it isn’t wallowy as some SUVs are.

The steering is a little bit light and we would have liked it if it was a little heavier and offered a little bit more feedback. But otherwise, it is pretty precise and you never really feel vague while driving. The suspensions are well balanced, neither too hard, nor too soft, just apt for a vehicle of its size and shape. The plus side of this RR over all its rivals is that it can go off-roading while all its rivals aren't all that off-road capable. 

Even if the RR might not feel as supple as some other vehicles in the competition, other SUVs are built to be driven on the paved roads, while this thing can go anywhere and everywhere.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Braking Performance

The brakes on the 2021 Range Rover Sport HSE aren’t very aggressive as such but they’re not numb either. The pedal has a nice, gradual travel but some of you might just prefer a more aggressive bite. Nonetheless, the nature of the brakes does not dent your confidence and the brakes indeed react to your inputs pretty well. This is a mild hybrid and hence the motor of the SUV harnesses electrical energy and that aids in enhancing the fuel economy.

Models

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE 

2021 Porsche Cayenne

2021 Maserati Levante

2021 Audi Q8 Premium 55 TFSI

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

14.3

13.8

13.6

14.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.8

13

13

13.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5135

4582

4994

4960

60-0 MPH (feet)

NA

121

NA

NA

The Land Rover is the heaviest SUV in the competition and thus gets the largest set of brakes in the competition. The Porsche, Audi, and the Maserati all weigh less than 5,000 lbs and hence they get a rather smaller set of brakes. The Porsche Cayenne has that performance SUV character and it is the one that has a very strong bite and its brakes bring it to a full stop at a distance of just 121 feet when the brakes are hit at 60 MPH.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE SUV Fuel Economy

The 2021 Range Rover Sport HSE might not be the fastest and the most powerful of the lot but it does deliver the best fuel economy numbers in the competition. In the city, the RR can go for about 19 miles on a gallon while on the highway it can cruise up to 24 miles. It gets an EPA rating of 21 MPG combined which is quite good for a vehicle of its size and shape. Plus, it gets a large tank of 27.6 gallons which ensures that you don’t have to make frequent pit stops for refueling.

Models

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE 

2021 Porsche Cayenne

2021 Maserati Levante

2021 Audi Q8 Premium 55 TFSI

MPG (City)

19

19

16

18

MPG (Highway)

24

23

22

23

MPG (Combined)

21

20

18

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

27.6

23.7

21.1

22.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

524/662/579

450/545/474

337/464/379

405/517/450

The Maserati has the lowest fuel economy numbers and delivers just about 18 MPG combined. The Porsche and the Audi both pose similar fuel economy numbers of 20 MPG combined. But the RR Sport HSE has the largest fuel tank among them all which results in an excellent range of 579 miles, precisely 200 miles more than what the 2021 Levante has to offer.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE SUV Interior

The interior of the 2021 Range Rover Sport HSE is a mixed bag. The overall design of the cabin feels a touch bit outdated and somehow lacks the opulence that you’d want inside an SUV of this segment. However, it still is pretty comfortable and luxurious and it certainly will pamper you while you’re riding inside. At the front, you have a rather bland-looking rectangular dashboard with rectangular air-con vents mounted on it. The air-con vents look a bit cheap flimsy, and plasticky and that’s a bit disappointing. 

The dashboard as standard gets a piano black plastic trim which again doesn’t look as premium as one would like in this segment. Land Rover does offer multiple interior trim and color options ranging from leather to carbon fiber but you need to pay extra to get those. The Range Rover Sport HSE doesn’t disappoint when it comes to passenger space and comfort. 

The seats at the front are pretty snug, have good bolstering around, and hold you well in place. The front seats can be power adjusted in 16 different ways and are wrapped in very premium perforated Windsor leather as standard. Same story at the back. The rear seats are scooped out and the outboard passengers have a very comfortable seating posture. The passenger in the center won’t be all that comfortable though but you still can have 3 passengers at the back. 

Models

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE 

2021 Porsche Cayenne

2021 Maserati Levante

2021 Audi Q8 Premium 55 TFSI

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

38.7/60.7/39.5

NA

NA

37.1/59.5/41.6

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

39.1/59.5/37

NA

NA

38.1/58.5/40.2

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

27.5

27.1

20.5

30.5

The Range Rover Sport HSE and the Audi Q8 both offer similar kinds of passenger space but the Audi feels much more upscale than the RR. The Audi also gets you a larger cargo volume and that’s yet another plus of the Q8’s interior. The RR Sport offers 27.5 cubic feet of cargo storage area as standard while flipping the second row down opens up about 62.2 cubic feet of the luggage area.

Standout Interior Features-

  • 16-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats.
  • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel.
  • Dual-zone climate control.
  • Perforated Windsor leather upholstery.
  • Full Morzine cloth headliner.
  • Configurable ambient lighting.

What’s there to keep you entertained in the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE?

The 2021 Range Rover Sport comes with a Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. The system consists of two 10-inch touchscreen displays- one sits at the top, in the center of the dash and the other sits right below and floats above the center console. The screen at the top is dedicated to audio and vehicle settings while the one at the bottom is exclusively for climate control and seat position and temperature settings. 

The split-screen setup is a bit confusing and takes a while to get used to. You have to remember which screen has a menu for which setting and at times you do end up searching for a setting on the wrong screen. There’s also a very crisp 825-watt Meridian surround sound system on offer.

Standout Infotainment features:

  • Touch Pro Duo 10-inch dual touchscreen infotainment display.
  • 825-watt, 9-speaker Meridian surround sound system.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
  • Real-time traffic display.
  • HD radio.
  • AM/FM radio.
  • Voice activation.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE SUV Exterior

The 2021 Range Rover Sport HSE retains the classic Range Rover proportions. It gets a nice, tall hood at the front and those large 21-inch wheels give it a very sporty and commanding stance. The rectangular headlights look striking, again classic Range Rover, and the large sculpted bumper give the SUV a clean yet aggressive face.

In a world full of curvaceous SUVs, the Range Rover Sport HSE still retains the classic boxy shape. Then there’s that trademark Range Rover overhang at the back that looks really cool. The SUV boasts a ground clearance of 8.4 inches which is good enough if you ever decide to take it off-roading. At the back, there’s a large skid plate along with dual exhaust tips at the bottom. 

Models

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE 

2021 Porsche Cayenne

2021 Maserati Levante

2021 Audi Q8 Premium 55 TFSI

Curb weight (lbs)

5135

4582

4994

4960

Length (inches)

192.1

193.7

197

196.6

Width (Inches)

81.5

78.1

77.5

78.5

Height (Inches)

71

66.8

66.1

67.2

Ground clearance (inches)

8.4

NA

8

NA

Wheelbase (inches)

115.1

114

118.3

117.9

All the vehicles in the competition are equally good looking but the Range Rover Sport HSE has the proper SUV dimension and looks rugged and butch. The looks of the Porsche Cayenne SUV, on the other hand, have been inspired from its sports car and thus it has a sporty appeal. The RR is also the tallest vehicle of the lot and also boasts the highest ground clearance. The Maserati Levante and Audi Q8 do have larger wheelbases of 118.3 and 117.9 inches, which does translate into better space on the inside. 

Some standout exterior features include:

  • 21-inch 5 split-spoke gloss black diamond turned finish aluminum wheels.
  • Sunroof with power sunshade.
  • Power folding, heated, auto-dimming outside rear-view mirrors.
  • Wing spoiler.
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Powered liftgate.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE SUV Safety

The Range Rover Sport hasn’t been tested and rated by the NHTSA and the IIHS, so there’s nothing for us to talk about scores and ratings. However, the Range Rover Sport HSE does come with a good number of standard safety features and that just highlights that Land Rover hasn’t compromised anywhere in terms of safety. 

Some standout safety features of 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE include:

  • Lane keep assist with lane departure warning
  • Forward collision mitigation
  • Front and rear parking sensors and a 360-degree camera
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rear-cross traffic alert
  • Driver drowsiness monitor and alert

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE SUV Competition

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE vs. 2021 Porsche Cayenne

The key difference between both the SUVs is that the Land Rover is a rugged, off-road-ready luxury SUV while the Porsche is a glitzy, luxury SUV. You can take the Land Rover on bad roads and it will glide over them with no problem at all. The Porsche on the other hand is built to deliver sports car-like driving dynamics and performance with the practicality and creature comfort of an SUV. The Porsche is priced quite less than the RR and offers better performance. Moreover, the Porsche’s interiors have a fresher design and feel upscale than the RR's. So if you need a luxury SUV with an old-school charm that can also go off-roading then the Land Rover is the one you should go for.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE vs. 2021 Maserati Levante

The Maserati Levante is yet another beautiful luxury SUV. Now, in terms of performance, the Levante is better than the RR and you’d also find the Levante’s interior design better. Again, the Levante is built for the paved roads and cannot handle the undulated surfaces well and it’s the RR that outperforms the Levante in this area. So, if you want a vehicle that would help you stand out in the crowd, opt for the Levante but if you need an off-road capable machine, then the Land Rover is the one where you should be putting your money on.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE vs. 2021 Audi Q8 55 TFSI Premium

The Audi Q8’s engine makes slightly less power but it is quicker than the RR off the straight line. The Audi also costs you about $10,000 less than the Land Rover. The interiors of the Audi Q8 feature a better design and the cabin has a very plush appeal. Yes, it might not be as off-road capable as the Land Rover but it still can handle mildly bad surfaces. So, our pick in this competition would be the Q8 because it does everything better than the Land Rover at a lower price tag.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE SUV Final Verdict

The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE is a good SUV but there are plenty of downsides. For one, it is priced a little on the higher side and for its price point, there are many SUVs that deliver more power and performance. Secondly, its interior design feels dated and dull and that’s a deal-breaker for many in this segment. The only reason for you to consider the Land Rover is if you plan to take your SUV off-roading; otherwise, there are plenty of better options available on the market.