Range Rover Sport SUV
Price £61,950 - £95,150
- Good grip in corners
- Luxurious interior
- Comfortable ride
- Expensive to run
- Uncertain reliability
- Less boot space than the old model
At a glance
"The Range Rover Sport is comfortable, luxurious and great to drive, but running costs are high."
The Range Rover Sport is the second largest car to wear a Land Rover badge. It's an aggressive-looking SUV that rivals the Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes GLE and Audi Q7. The Sport is only beaten in size by its well-known relative, the Range Rover, which places luxury and off-road performance higher than anything else.
This version of the Range Rover Sport is certainly more capable off-road than its predecessor, but thanks to aluminium being used extensively in the SUV's construction, it's markedly lighter too. That means the Range Rover Sport has sharper handling and improved straight-line performance. The cheapest Range Rover Sport costs around £60,000 – or roughly £15,000 less than the equivalent full-size Range Rover.
The Sport is better to drive than all of its rivals, bar the Porsche Cayenne. What it might lack in outright handling ability, it more thank makes for with impeccable comfort and ride quality. The interior is trimmed with high-quality materials, while the fit and finish of the dashboard and controls is excellent.
You can pick from a choice of two powerful and efficient diesel engines, an expensive yet economical diesel-electric hybrid or a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol for those who don’t pay much attention to fuel costs. All are equipped with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel-drive.
The Range Rover Sport is as well-equipped as any car costing more than £60,000 should be, so all models feature 20-inch alloy wheels, heated front and rear seats, satellite navigation, DAB radio and a reversing camera. There are four trim levels: HSE, HSE Dynamic, Autobiography Dynamic and SVR. Certain engines are limited to certain trims, like the diesel-electric hybrid model only being available in Autobiography Dynamic trim, for example.
Incredibly, the 2.3-tonne SVR can sprint from 0-62mph in 4.7 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 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.
Fuel and tax bills will be high for all versions of the Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover Sport is fast and handles well, but it’s still a big, heavy 4x4
The Ranger Rover Sport has a firmer ride than the conventional Range Rover, but it’s still very comfortable
The Range Rover Sport SUV’s boot is big and the rear seats are fairly spacious
Land Rover's reputation for reliability isn't great, but the Range Rover Sport is expected to do better than previous models