Range Rover Sport review

If you’re after a large premium SUV that offers strong performance, superb comfort and an engaging drive, then the Range Rover Sport is hard to beat

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£83,810 to £171,255
  • Excellent comfort levels
  • Impressive infotainment system
  • Rear-wheel steering option
  • Expensive to buy
  • Running costs
  • Size
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​The third-generation Range Rover Sport delivers exactly what luxury SUV buyers are looking for. Smarter styling, improved onboard technology, along with a raft of developments in the way the Sport drives mean that it remains as sophisticated as ever, while maintaining a dynamic edge over its bigger Range Rover sibling.

A strong choice of petrol, diesel and efficient plug-in hybrid engines will please private and business users alike, as will the sumptuous levels of comfort and refinement. Yes, prices have inevitably risen, but the Range Rover Sport is one of the best premium SUVs you can buy – so much so that we’ve named it Large Premium SUV of the Year at the 2023 Auto Express New Car Awards.

About the Range Rover Sport

In 2001 Land Rover launched its (L322) Range Rover model – a new, more upmarket Rangie that felt like a true luxury car that just happened to be a supreme off-roader, too. The problem was that cunning German manufacturers such as BMW and Porsche were taking advantage of the market Land Rover had left behind; sporting SUVs such as the X5 and Cayenne models were appealing to buyers who wanted a premium 4x4 that was also good to drive.

Land Rover had to respond and did so in 2005 with its Range Rover Sport. Originally based on the heavy underpinnings of its Discovery sibling, the Sport moved onto an all-aluminium body in its second generation and set a high bar for handling prowess and performance – all while keeping up supreme levels of luxury, refinement and, of course, its famed off-road ability. 

The latest Sport model, launched in 2022, utilises the same MLA-Flex platform as the all-new Range Rover – architecture which can be used to accommodate all-electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid powertrains.

Up against rivals such as the aforementioned X5 and Cayenne SUVs, along with the Mercedes GLEAudi Q7 and even the Maserati Levante, the new Range Rover Sport needs to be at the forefront of design and technology to win over buyers. Has it succeeded?

Its minimalist exterior styling and sumptuous cabin certainly set the right tone, while onboard infotainment is the best yet and tech advances such as rear-wheel steering help the Sport’s manoeuvrability and ease of use. A range of mild-hybrid petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines add to its appeal, while an all-electric model is set to be introduced in 2024.

Entry into the Range Rover Sport lineup starts with the 296bhp D300 3.0-litre diesel, followed by the D350 which bumps power up to 345bhp. The P400 3.0-litre petrol model offers a healthy 394bhp, although the more efficient P460e and P510e PHEVs pack more of a punch with 454bhp and 503bhp respectively. The 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine found in the P530 provides a whopping 523bhp and a 0-62mph sprint time of 4.3 seconds. All models use an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The high-performance SV version uses a twin-turbocharged V8 that produces a whopping 627bhp. This propels this large SUV from 0-60mph in just 3.6 seconds. 

Available trim levels include the SE, Dynamic SE and Autobiography, with a standalone Edition One specification offered in combination with the SV model. The SE is generously equipped, although for around an extra £3,000 the Dynamic upgrade adds a styling kit, a Satin Dark Grey finish for the alloy wheels and interior chrome accents. The Autobiography is a slightly different proposition as it adds a further £15,000 over a base SE model.

Frequently Asked Questions
Although parent company JLR is currently tarnished with a reputation for questionable reliability, both Land Rover and Jaguar placed 14th and 10th respectively in our 2023 Driver Power best brands poll. The Range Rover Sport is yet to make an appearance in our best car to own rankings, though.

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

Shane is responsible for looking after the day-to-day running of the Auto Express website and social media channels. Prior to joining Auto Express in 2021, he worked as a radio producer and presenter for outlets such as the BBC.

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