Range Rover Sport SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2
While it’s expensive to buy, the Range Rover Sport is available with some efficient powertrains
The latest Range Rover Sport sits on entirely new underpinnings compared to the outgoing model, allowing Land Rover to outfit the car with a range of efficient, electrified powertrains.
Choosing a diesel engine is the cheapest way to get into the Range Rover Sport lineup; the entry-level D300 utilises 48-volt mild hybrid technology to return up to 37mpg on the combined WLTP test cycle. The more-powerful D350 model also gets mild-hybrid assistance and only suffers a small hit to fuel economy – Land Rover claims it’ll return 36.7mpg.
Those looking to minimise running costs are best off choosing one of the plug-in hybrids, badged P440e and P510e. While these are more expensive to buy than the equivalent diesel model, both plug-in hybrids are claimed to return around 330mpg, provided you keep the battery charged up.
Speaking of which, every plug-in Range Rover Sport comes fitted with a 38.2kWh battery – as large as those fitted to some small fully electric cars. This provides a class-leading range of up to 70 miles depending on specification, wheel size and how economically one drives. Plugging into a 50kW public fast charger will top up the battery to 80% in around 40 minutes, whereas it’ll take around four hours to achieve the same amount of charge when using a 7kW home wall box.
The two petrol engines are by far the least efficient models available to Range Rover Sport buyers. While mild-hybrid tech means the 3.0-litre P300 model can still return around 30mpg on the combined WLTP cycle, the range-topping P530 model should only be chosen by those to whom fuel economy is not a concern. This is said to only achieve an average of 24mpg – that is, when you’re not making the most of the twin-turbo V8 under the bonnet.
As you can expect, the Range Rover Sport isn’t cheap to insure – even the entry-level D300 model in base SE trim finds itself in insurance group 47 out of 50. As for the rest of the range, the P400 Dynamic SE petrol comes in at group 49, and all other models are in the top insurance group.
Land Rover recommends you take your Range Rover Sport in for a service every year or 16,000 miles – whichever comes first. Owners can also choose to cover five years of service using a one-off payment.
Land Rover covers all of its models for three years with an unlimited mileage warranty. While this tops the likes of Audi with its three-year 60,000-mile warranty, mainstream rivals such as the Kia Sorento boast coverage that spans seven years and 100,000 miles.