Distinct, Elegant, Modern, Plush: The 2023 Range Rover Sport Evolves

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This is the essence of luxury.

Luxury is defined by timeless design and updated with subtle changes. Details are intuitive and light years ahead of the competition. It knows what you want before you want it, and delivers with delight.

That’s the idea behind the 2023 Range Rover Sport. The approach is “Sartorial Restraint,” according to Range Rover chief of design Gerry McGovern.

On the outside, there are slim lights, flat door handles, and a new rear-end signature of slim tail lights. The Range Rover name is spelled out demurely in black on black across the tailgate.

The interior is even more elegant and functional. It has a new media screen and a refined, less busy cockpit. Plus, Range Rover uses sustainable leather-like materials or semi-aniline leather.

This upgraded sibling to the recently introduced 2023 Range Rover maintains its 5-passenger size and its sporty feel. The third generation of the Sport edition—the last redesign was in 2013—is more modern and elegant. It’s easy to see why it’s the brand’s most popular model and a hit with their youngest buyers.

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The interior is simply cloud-like in the 2023 Range Rover Sport. Photo: Range Rover

The Cloud Sofa on Wheels?

Restoration Hardware had a huge hit with the Cloud Sofa — a fluffy, floating nest of loveliness. Now, you can get that experience in the Range Rover Sport. Climb into the cabin. Pull the door closed with a soft click, and suddenly you’re in a haven.

The white interior in the model we toured (though there’s a less interesting dark interior) is plush and comfortable, with soft gray microsuede lining the ceiling and pillars. There are soft dark carpets hiding any dirt on the floor and fabric covers on the Meridian speakers to both quiet the cabin and enhance the acoustics of the sound system. Inside, the rest of the world melts away to a lush silence. It’s sublime. 

To make the interior still feel crisp and modern, Range Rover used the two-tone approach with the seats. The rear outboard seats are white while the center seat is black, giving the feel of individual space even while accommodating 5 passengers.

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I can’t wait to actually drive this: The 2023 Range Rover Sport. Photo: Range Rover

This Refined Front Cabin Has a More Elegant Look and Feel

The dashboard and front cabin have been refined even more. Nicely, it has fewer dials and controls that add up to a less cluttered look.

There’s a new 13” curved glass screen at the center. This controls the Pivi Pro multimedia system, a customizable system that allows you to organize the apps however you’d like.

Additionally, you can even set your own wake word to access the voice assistant (“Hey, Gracie” would be my choice). You can also log into your Alexa account, rather than port it from your phone, for music, shopping and more. 

Range Rover added wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a wireless phone charge pad that sits right under the touch screen. Also, there is a customizable cup holder, deep-welled center console and a gear selector that feels really nice in your hand.

Ultimately, the most novel details are the climate and function dials that light up when you touch them. They are on both the front dash and on the rear console for back seat passengers. When in use, they light up so you can see them. However, they fade into the console to be barely noticed when you don’t need them.

 Door Handles 2023 Range Rover Sport

Door handles on the 2023 Range Rover Sport are flush and pop out when the car is unlocked. Photo: Range Rover

Novel Ways to Enhance Luxury: By Listening 

Quiet is one of the central tenets of luxury. The Range Rover Sport takes that idea to new heights. There is a plug-in hybrid electric option with 48 miles of all-electric, mostly silent driving. There are microphones in the wheel wells to measure and cancel out noise from the road, the wheels and other sources.

Then, there are air vents in the tailgate area that whisk air out of the cabin as passengers close the doors; this makes the process quieter and reduces any ear-plugging wind rush or air pressure. A cabin air purifier keeps the airflow crisp and clean. 

The Rear Of The 2023 Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover name on the 2023 Range Rover Sport is elegant and subtle, with black lettering on a black background. Photo: Range Rover

What This Car Costs 

A luxury car at heart, the Range Rover sport is more than just a pretty face. There are two models with a mild hybrid motor, which both increases power and uses less fuel. MPG is estimated at about 22MPG.

There are standard or enhanced 4-wheel drive systems. Owners will be able to ford up to 35” of water and climb a grade of up to 45%, or both at the same time if you’re so inclined (though, seriously, never drive through moving water). 

  • The entry model is the P360 SE with a mild hybrid 6-cylinder turbo engine. It has 355 horsepower and a starting price of $83,000.
  • The upgraded P400 Dynamic SE model also has a mild hybrid 6-cylinder turbo and 395 horsepower starting at $90,000.
  • The P440e plug-in hybrid $104,200 has 48 miles of range on a single charge and generates 434 HP. It can charge to 80% in 30 minutes at a level 2 charger or overnight at a standard household charger. 
  • The P 530 First Edition starts at $121,500 and comes with a unique dynamic air suspension system that delivers even more powerful off-road capability, delivering up to 1,000 lb.-ft of torque to each axle
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A view of the front of the 2023 Range Rover Sport. Photo: Range Rover

All that capability is a luxury, too. Just imagine driving past the fray of the city, through the woods and across a creek and plugging in your Range Rover Sport each night, never needing to worry about gas. It’s like Range Rover read our minds. But isn’t that the true essence of luxury?

Disclosure: I was Range Rover’s guest for this product presentation; travel and accommodations were provided. However, I hope to drive the Range Rover Sport soon to truly test it out. 

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