Review

Range Rover Sport SUV

Price  £62,700 - £95,900

Range Rover Sport SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Good grip in corners
  • Luxurious interior
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • Expensive to run
  • Uncertain reliability
  • Less boot space than the old model

At a glance

The greenest
3.0 SDV6 HEV Autobiography Dynamic 5dr £85,100
The cheapest
3.0 SDV6 HSE 5dr £62,700
The fastest
5.0 V8 S/C 550PS SVR 5dr £95,900
Top of the range
5.0 V8 S/C 550PS SVR 5dr £95,900

"The Range Rover Sport is comfortable, luxurious and great to drive, but running costs are high."

The Range Rover Sport sits underneath the flagship Range Rover in the brand's line-up and is a smaller, more muscular SUV to rival the Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7 and Mercedes GLE.

The latest Range Rover Sport is a better performer off-road than the previous model and is also much lighter thanks to the extensive use of aluminium in its construction, which makes it quicker and more agile on road. The entry-level Range Rover Sport costs around £60,000, which is around £15,000 less than a basic Range Rover.

Only the Porsche Cayenne is better to drive than the Range Rover Sport in its class and although it may not be top dog, the Sport also boasts an excellent suspension setup that makes it supremely comfortable. High-quality materials abound inside the car, while the fit and finish is also excellent.

Four engine options are available; two diesels, a diesel-electric hybrid and one petrol. The diesels are both powerful and reasonably efficient, the hybrid is economical but expensive to buy and the large petrol engine is expensive to buy and expensive to run. All Range Rover Sport models are equipped with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive.

As you’d expect of a car costing more than £60,000, the Range Rover Sport comes with plenty of equipment as standard, including 20-inch alloy wheels, sat-nav, heated front and rear seats, DAB radio and a reversing camera. There are four trim levels called HSE, HSE Dynamic, Autobiography Dynamic and SVR. Not all of the engines are available in all trim levels; the hybrid model can only be had in Autobiogrpahy Dynamic form, for example.

For a car that weights well over two tons, the fact the SVR model can sprint from 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds is quite remarkable. Sadly, an official economy figure of 22.1mpg shows just how much fuel it uses to deliver such performance. Because of this, our favourite model in the range is the 306bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel, which can reach 62mph from a standstill in a very respectable 6.8 seconds, but also manages 40.4mpg.

It might be smaller than the Range Rover, but the Sport still has loads of room inside and a usefully large boot. Every version has parking aids to make manoeuvres that little bit easier. The Range Rover achieved five stars in its Euro NCAP crash tests, but the Sport hasn’t yet been tested. However, its bulk and range of safety equipment bodes well for passenger safety. Historically, Range Rover reliability has been only average but the fact that the Sport is an all-new design and its fit and finish are impressive should provide some reassurance.

MPG, running costs & CO2

2.8 / 5

Fuel and tax bills will be high for all versions of the Range Rover Sport

Engines, drive & performance

4.5 / 5

The Range Rover Sport is fast and handles well, but it’s still a big, heavy 4x4

Interior & comfort

4.8 / 5

The Ranger Rover Sport has a firmer ride than the conventional Range Rover, but it’s still very comfortable

Practicality & boot space

4.4 / 5

The Range Rover Sport SUV’s boot is big and the rear seats are fairly spacious

Reliability & safety

3.5 / 5

Land Rover's reputation for reliability isn't great, but the Range Rover Sport is expected to do better than previous models

What the others say

4.8 / 5
based on 3 reviews
5 / 5
“The latest Range Rover Sport is more luxurious, more efficient and better to drive than ever before”
5 / 5
“Some rivals are faster and more fun to drive, but none is as comfortable or refined as the Range Rover Sport.” 
9 / 10
“The Sport is a brilliantly executed contradiction: improbably fast and a fine long-distance GT.”
What owners say 
3.7
3.7 /5 based on 10 reviews
60%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
21 Apr 2016
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