Range Rover Sport SUV - Reliability & safety
Land Rover's reputation for reliability isn't great, but the Range Rover Sport is expected to do better than previous models
Land Rover has rather an inconsistent record for owner satisfaction, but its performance has been better in recent years. Safety is also an important issue for the company and the Range Rover Sport is packed with crash-avoidance technology.
Range Rover Sport reliability
The Land Rover brand experienced its strongest result in recent years in 2018, with a seventh-place finish among 26 manufacturers represented in the survey. Unfortunately it dropped down to 22nd out of 29 brands in our 2021 results. This lowly finish was despite high scores in several categories, poor performances resulted in the brand finishing last in the MPG and running costs section of our survey too. Elsewhere, owners were generally dissatisfied with the value for money of their vehicles, and the high cost of insurance and servicing. Reliability was also another area where the brand struggled, with 30.3% of owners reporting a fault with their cars in the first year of ownership.
The Range Rover Sport has yet to be crash-tested by Euro NCAP, so it's hard to say exactly how it'll perform in the event of an accident. However, it's closely related to the bigger Range Rover, which was awarded a five-star rating, a success repeated by the Range Rover Velar in 2017. Up-to-date safety technology includes autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and an intelligent speed-limiter function.
Off-road aids comprise terrain response, gradient acceleration control, a low-range gearbox and roll stability control, as well as a Traction Launch function. This impressive feature enables maximum acceleration on challenging surfaces and is more fun than functional.