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

The Range Rover Sport sits between the Range Rover Evoque and the standard Range Rover SUV in the range, and starts at about £20,000 less than the bigger and more lavish traditional Range Rover. In terms of styling, the Sport looks a bit slimmer and more aggressive, but it's still a big car and it's easy to tell it's related to the normal Range Rover.

As the Sport name implies, the car is designed to have good handling as well as a smooth ride and a luxurious cabin, and it balances these aspects very well. It's not as good to drive as its main rival, the Porsche Cayenne, but it's certainly more comfortable. It's also a lot more fun than other luxury 4x4 competitors such as the Audi Q7 and Mercedes M-Class.

One of the Range Rover's many fortes is its interior, which is covered in thick carpets and plush leather. It's extremely well built and a lovely place to sit. Being as pricey as it is, the Sport comes with a lot of equipment as standard, but you can still spend plenty more on options. Like its Land Rover and Range Rover siblings, it's also very capable off-road and has various driving aids to help you travel over rough or slippery surfaces.

The Range Rover Sport comes with a choice of powerful diesel engines plus a 5.0-litre petrol V8 – there's also a hybrid version, which has impressive running costs when you consider the size of the car, but it's quite a bit more expensive to buy than the standard diesels. The model's trim levels consist of HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography Dynamic.

For the best blend of performance and reasonable fuel economy, we recommend the SDV6 model, which is also the most affordable to buy (although you still wouldn’t call it cheap). It's fast enough to reach 62mph from rest in 7.2 seconds, which is very quick for a big diesel 4x4, and it returns 40.4mpg. The V8 petrol model is seriously powerful and very fast, but also extremely expensive to run.

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 
4.3416666666667
4.3 /5 based on 24 reviews
75%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
19 Dec 2014

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