Overtaken by the competition.
While I can appreciate Land Rover keeping the same design on the outside, it was a tad disappointing to see that inside things haven’t changed much. The seats and the main dashboard look much the same, although we do have some minor upgrades. Let’s have a closer look.
The center console now crowns a 7-inch touchscreen LCD with the same OS running as the Jaguar XFR, except it’s not as good looking as the one in XFR (due to a lower resolution screen). There’s a very slight interface change on the Home menu, in that all we see now are three tabs: Audio, Navigation and Phone (via Bluetooth). Underneath that you have some of the basic control buttons for navigating the menus and a nicely sized analog clock in the center.
Below that you’ll find the climate control buttons, following which are the gearbox and Terrain Selection controls. The area near the climate control seems rather sparsely populated, I’m not really sure why but I just expected more buttons there. In fact, that’s the feeling I’m getting inside the 2012 Range Rover Sports, that it feels empty, too simple.
Don’t get me wrong, everything feels comfortable and solid, but there’s nothing that makes you feel like you’re sitting inside something special. Nothing Fancy or eye-catching. During the night time the control panel is lit up by an old school green glow, further adding to the outdated feel of the interior.
Thankfully the Harman Kardon LOGIC 7 sound system with its 825 watts 17 speakers do an incredible job of keeping you entertained inside the Range Rover Sports. The LOGIC 7 setting is especially impressive because no matter what position you sit in, the vocals sound like they’re centered in, giving a nice overall stereo effect to the music.
Behind the steering is a confident feel of being in control, not only of the car but of the entertainment system as well, which is what we all ultimately want. The LCD panel between the speedometer and RPM meter doesn’t show any other info except for the trip computer giving basic car information in real-time.