Review

Range Rover Sport SUV

Price  £61,250 - £93,450

Range Rover Sport SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Luxurious interior
  • Comfortable ride
  • Good grip in corners
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 £82,650
The cheapest
3.0 SDV6 HSE 5dr £61,250
The fastest
5.0 V8 S/C 550PS SVR 5dr £93,450
Top of the range
5.0 V8 S/C 550PS SVR 5dr £93,450

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

The Range Rover Sport is a large, aggressive-looking SUV that competes with the Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7 and Mercedes M-Class. It's a big car, but not quite as big as its better-known relative, the Range Rover, which places luxury and off-road performance above everything else. The Sport is certainly more than capable off-road, but thanks to its lighter aluminium body and chassis, its handling is sharper and its straight-line performance superior.

The cheapest Range Rover Sport costs around £60,000 – or £15,000 less than the equivalent Range Rover. In turn, that makes it around £20,000 more expensive than the most basic Range Rover Evoque, the smallest SUV in the brand's line-up.

The Range Rover Sport is better to drive than all of its rivals, with the exception of the Porsche Cayenne. However, what it lacks in outright handling ability it more than makes up for with a superb ride and a luxurious interior. The cabin is expertly trimmed in leather and thick-pile carpeting, while the fit and finish of panels and controls is excellent.

There's a choice of two powerful and efficient diesel engines, an expensive yet economical diesel-electric hybrid and a choice of two supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrols for people who pay scant attention to fuel economy. Four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox are standard.

The Range Rover Sport is as well equipped as any car costing over £60,000 should be, with standard features including 20-inch alloy wheels, heated front and rear seats and DAB digital radio. There are four trim levels: HSE and HSE Dynamic (3.0-litre V6 diesel engine only), Autobiography Dynamic (3.0-litre and 4.4-litre diesels, 3.0-litre diesel-electric hybrid and 5.0-litre petrol) and SVR (reserved exclusively for the most powerful version of the 5.0-litre petrol).

Incredibly, the 2.3-tonne SVR can sprint from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds, but it manages just 22.1mpg. This compares with our pick of the range, the 306bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel, which manages a much more respectable 40.4mpg yet can still accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds – fast enough to embarrass a hot hatchback.

It's smaller than its big brother, the Range Rover, but the Sport is still a roomy car with a usefully large boot. Every version has parking aids to make slotting into tight spaces that 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 
4.328
4.3 /5 based on 25 reviews
76%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
27 Mar 2015

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