Range Rover Sport review - Reliability and Safety
Land Rover has a poor reputation for reliability, but the Range Rover Sport is disproving this. Safety is strong, too
Land Rover doesn’t have the best reputation for reliability; it finished in 20th place out of 30 manufacturers in our 2019 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, with 35.7 per cent of owners reporting having experienced an issue with their car. However, owners rated their cars’ comfort, practicality and ride and handling. Build quality wasn’t considered to be great, however. It’s worth noting that Land Rover finished ahead of BMW (25th) and Mercedes (26th) in the survey.
The Range Rover Sport hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP, but its larger sibling, the Range Rover, was tested by the safety body in 2012, where it scored a full five-star rating. Adult occupant protection was, as you’d expect, a very impressive 91%, while child occupant protection scored 84%. It wasn’t as bad as you may fear for pedestrians, either, scoring 63%, with safety assist systems rated at 86%.
As the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport share so much fundamental architecture beneath the surface, we’d expect a similarly strong score from the Sport.
Land Rover also offers a suite of cameras to help further enhance the panoramic visibility of the high, commanding driving position – and an autonomous cruise control system was introduced in 2015 to make high-speed driving safer and more relaxing.
All Land Rovers come with a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty from new.
Many owners choose accessories such as towbars with the Range Rover Sport: these are covered by the same new vehicle warranty as well, provided they’re fitted by an official Land Rover Approved Service Centre within one month or 1,000 miles.
Land Rover offers a suite of extended warranties – and the firm makes it easy to extend the regular three-year new car warranty as it approaches its third year, provided it hasn’t already expired. If you buy a new Range Rover Sport and plan on keeping it beyond three years, it’s a worthwhile extra spend Land Rover dealers will be happy to advise you on.
Land Rover offers a host of fixed-price and flexible-payment servicing options for its cars – great for spreading the cost of maintenance during your ownership. The balance of service plans can be transferred to a new model or refunded come changeover time.
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 CostsThe V6 diesel isn’t bad on fuel economy, in contrast to the thirsty petrols. Running costs will still be high, though – 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 Safety - currently readingLand Rover has a poor reputation for reliability, but the Range Rover Sport is disproving this. Safety is strong, too