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Range Rover Sport review

If you can afford to run it, the Range Rover Sport is a hugely capable SUV which combines luxury, performance, and unbeaten off-road ability

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£63,390 to £99,620
  • Good to drive
  • Comfortable
  • Great diesel engines
  • Expensive to run
  • Cramped third row
  • Patchy reliability record

We are big fans of the Range Rover Sport. It’s one of the most popular premium SUVs currently available, and deservedly so: the Sport is great to drive and fully lives up to its name with strong performance and size-defying handling prowess. The seriously potent SVR version, meanwhile, is a genuine sports car on stilts, but even the SDV6 has ample power.

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It’s as luxurious as you’d expect a big car wearing the Range Rover badge to be, and although not cheap to buy, it’s such an accomplished and impressive machine that it still earns a full five-star rating. There’s little to fault and a lot to like: with owners telling us they’re equally delighted, we’re happy to recommend it.

The Range Rover Sport was first introduced in 2005 as a trendier, more accessible alternative to the full-sized Range Rover. This allowed the bigger model to move further upmarket, while the Sport competed with cars like the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5

The current model, launched in 2013, is the second generation of Range Rover Sport. While the original model was based on the same platform as the Land Rover Discovery, and was massively heavy as a result, this model is all-aluminium and significantly lighter. That pays dividends on and off-road, and the Sport is an amazingly capable vehicle wherever you take it, given its size.

Land Rover sells the Range Rover Sport in a single five-door bodystyle, with this generation introducing the option of third-row seats in the rear. That makes this the first seven-seat Range Rover, as not even its bigger brother seats more than five. The arrival of a three-row version was partly in response to customer demand.

Range Rover Sport SVR review

The range is built around Land Rover’s best-selling engine, a 3.0-litre SDV6 turbodiesel. It’s joined by a 4.4-litre SDV8 diesel, 2.0-litre, 3.0-litre four-cylinder and 5.0-litre V8 petrols and a 2.0-litre petrol-electric plug-in hybrid.

Another intriguing addition to the range is the SVR version, using a more highly tuned version of the V8 petrol motor.

There are five trim levels to choose from: HSE, HSE Dynamic, HST and Autobiography Dynamic, plus the aforementioned SVR.

The Range Rover Sport takes on the X5, Cayenne, GLE and Q7, along with left-field offerings like the Maserati Levante.

For an alternative review of the latest Range Rover Sport SUV visit our sister site carbuyer.co.uk

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    2.0 P300 HSE 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £63,390

Most Economical

  • Name
    2.0 P400e HSE 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £72,915

Fastest

  • Name
    5.0 P575 S/C SVR 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £99,620
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