2020 Nissan Rogue Sport Interior Review
Rogue Sport: the very name suggests a playfulness superimposed on the character of a bad boy. Nissan introduced the Rogue Sport in the United States for the 2017 model year. It is sandwiched between the larger Nissan Rogue and the entry-level Nissan Kicks. The Spunky Kicks has only been available in North America since 2018, and the much improved third-generation Rogue 2021 will arrive this fall.
This makes the Rogue Sport, available in the United States since the 2017 model year, the oldest of the trio and a bit of wallflower in comparison. We spent time in a 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport SL AWD to see if just sitting behind the wheel gives us the kind of atmosphere that the bad name of the bad boy implies.
Top trim and additional options
Our lender had a base price of $ 30,895 and had an option of up to $ 33,860 with the addition of top quality paint – in this case, Scarlet Ember Tint. This included for the floor mats with cargo space protector and first aid kit ($ 290) and the Premium package ($ 2,280) which adds the electric sliding sunroof, LED headlights, fog lights , power front passenger seat, driver’s seat and mirrors with memory and Bose audio system.
Rogue Sport – or Qashqai as it is called in Europe and Canada – is not a powerful beast. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque, and power is distributed to the front wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission. It is perfect for nervous parents who choose a new car for a first time buyer.
The Rogue Sport has the characteristics of a small crossover. It has black plastic on the dashboard, but at least it is textured, and the scope is broken with a trim designed to look like carbon fiber and give it a bit of an industrial feel.
It’s all about connectivity
The younger demographic that buys a subcompact crossover will immediately check out the infotainment system. The 7-inch touchscreen is small by today’s standards, but it’s fully integrated into the dashboard for a clean look, unlike those glued in place that look like an afterthought. Buyers of all ages will appreciate the hard buttons for volume and setting.
The Rogue Sport is equipped with NissanConnect (Nissan smartphone infotainment and integration system) with navigation, HD radio and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The USB and auxiliary port, as well as a power outlet, are conveniently located at the front and easy to access. Another USB socket is located in the central armrest covered in leather. All are surrounded by a glossy black trim which also surrounds the cup holders side by side; the provision which avoids any confusion as to which drink belongs to whom.
In front of the driver is a conventional screen with two large groups of instruments flanking a small information screen. All of this is very familiar. It has a traditional leather-wrapped shift button.
The steering wheel comes from the Nissan parts tray, with the usual plethora of buttons for controlling infotainment functions when engaged with ProPilot Assist, Nissan’s partially automated cruise control. Buyers in colder climates will appreciate the leather-wrapped steering wheel being heated. It also tilts and is telescopic, features that aren’t always available in traditional subcompacts.
Sensitive cabin layout
The layout of the cabin facilitates navigation in the most used commands. The heated steering wheel button is located on the dashboard to the left of the steering wheel, which is easy to find and use. It is in a command bank that includes the button to activate the steering assistance, activate the sporty driving mode and the AWD lock.
The camera offers a view of the area in front of the car to enter a garage and a bird’s-eye view to assess how far you have parked in the lines. Unfortunately, the picture isn’t as sharp as the competition – or even the new Nissans.
The seats can make or break a long journey. The Rogue Sport has seats upholstered in black leather with contrasting stitching. The driver has an eight-way electric seat with lumbar support and the front seats are heated. There is hard black plastic on the top of the door, but it turns into softer leather on the armrest. To brighten up the look, there are more trims inspired by carbon fiber and a few pieces of polished metal to break up the black expanse.
Tight in second row but seats fold flat
Technically it’s a five-seater, but the second row center seat is best used as a fold-down armrest and a cup holder. And the legroom is tight in the second row if tall adults are involved. Nissan could have left the hard plastic files, but instead, they are made of leather materials and have a storage pocket.
The second row seats split 60-40 fold flat, which is more than some of its competitors can say, and it improves the space available in the rear. Folding the seats is a manual operation, carried out from the second row; there are no buttons or latches to do this from the loading area. There are air vents for second row passengers to direct the air flow in a vehicle with dual zone automatic temperature controls at the front. There is no USB port for rear passengers.
The doors have a solid sound and feel when they are opened and closed – no disconcerting tiny noises.
Smart charging panels
Open the manual tailgate to admire the large cargo space. The Nissan Divide-N-Hide loading system and lid are a clever use of two main rooms that can be used as a flat loading floor or shelves of different heights. You can also use one to create a divider and the other as a cover to block any view of the contents inside. There are small plastic storage sinks on each side, and the carpeted cargo floor has textured slats that are for appearance, not for traction.
Rogue Sport doesn’t feel cheap or chintzy, but it also doesn’t offer many things that stand out as too impressive or distinctive. In a segment that stretches its legs in terms of design, the Rogue Sport is neither cute nor raw, original or elegant. It is familiar, what you would expect from a small crossover, like a pair of worn slippers. Not as sexy as stilettos, nor practical as Wellies, but slipping into it seems comfortable and familiar.