Range Rover Sport review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Mild and plug-in hybrid tech helps improve efficiency, but running costs will still be high – it is a Range Rover, after all.
First-generation Range Rover Sport models were very thirsty and this was accepted by owners as a price they had to pay. Things have moved on, though - the P400e plug-in hybrid is the most efficient choice. It emits just 75g/km of CO2 and offers a claimed economy of up to 85.0mpg on a combined cycle. You'll need to spend a lot of time in town and be able to keep the battery charged if you want to get anywhere close to that claimed economy in everyday use.
The P400 petrol returns up to 27.0mpg on average and emits 237g/km of CO2 – it’s marginally more efficient than the less powerful P300 petrol with its 2.0-litre engine.
The D300 delivers 33.8mpg, with CO2 emissions of 220g/km, while the more powerful D350 takes an efficiency hit with a maximum 29.4mpg and 252g/km of CO2.
Predictably, the petrol V8 engines are the worst performers, with the top-spec SVR averaging just 19.3mpg. CO2 emissions sit at 331g/km.
Naturally, V8 Range Rover Sports will be expensive to run, but the six-cylinder models won’t be far behind. Tyres, brakes, general servicing – this big SUV has a thirst for all of them and you should budget accordingly, because it’s certainly in another ballpark compared to similarly priced executive saloons.
Insurance is another significant expense for the Range Rover Sport. It’s a premium, in-demand, highly sought-after machine that’s constructed from aluminium and trimmed to the highest standards: repairing it after an accident won’t be cheap, and insurance premiums reflect this.
Ratings start expensive and become yet more expensive as you move up the range. The P300 HSE sits in group 45, while unsurprisingly the SVR model is in the top group 50.
The D300 diesel in HSE trim is in group 46, while Autobiography Dynamic-spec bumps it up to group 48.
The Range Rover Sport remains an in-demand machine and, as such, it’s highly prized on the used market. Residual values reflect this, with an average of 55% of its original value retained over three years and 36,000 miles.
In this review
- 1Range Rover Sport reviewIf you can afford to run it, the Range Rover Sport is a hugely capable SUV which combines luxury, performance, and unbeaten off-road ability
- 2Engines, performance and driveSerious performance despite its size, plus a seriously capable drive that is sporty, comfortable and peerless off-road
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingMild and plug-in hybrid tech helps improve efficiency, but running costs will still be high – it is a Range Rover, after all.
- 4Interior, design and technologyA wonderful interior, more than worthy of the Range Rover badge, that's packed with technology - although it's not quite latest-generation stuff
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceA roomy, well-planned interior is very comfortable and feel-good; the boot's flexible and handy too
- 6Reliability and SafetyLand Rover has a poor reputation for reliability, but the Range Rover Sport is disproving this. Safety is strong, too