Range Rover Sport (2013-present)

The Range Rover Sport is one of the best SUVs to drive both on the road and in the mud

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Fantastic off-road ability
Luxurious interior
Attractive image

Weaknesses 

Expensive to buy and run
Dated dashboard software
Third row of seats best suited to children

The Range Rover Sport is a luxury off-roader that is a little shorter and lower than the bigger Range Rover. It comes with five seats, but a further two seats are an option that turns the Range Rover Sport into a seven seater.

Unless you park it next to the larger Range Rover, the Sport version looks just as imposing. It's a similar story inside too, because the Range Rover Sport looks and feels very luxurious. The dashboard is made from upmarket materials including leather, brushed metal, wood and gloss black, depending on what you like. Despite the high driving position that’ll appeal to many, the centre console is raised up and feels more car-like than many other 4x4s.

There’s space for all of the family, too. The Sport comes with five seats as standard, with plenty of room in the back for even the tallest passengers, while the boot is huge, at 784 litres. You can also opt for a seven-seat option if you’ve got a larger family, although the two rearmost seats are best suited to children because there isn’t much room back there. They’re easy to move, though, and are electrically operated from the boot. They fold into the floor and leave you with a flat load space like you would in any other SUV. When they’re up, boot space decreases to 489 litres.

For context, the Range Rover Sport goes up against the likes of the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE Coupe - all large SUVs that major on their premium image and car-like driving experience. The BMW X5 matches the Range Rover Sport for interior practicality - it’s also available with seven seats, while the Porsche Cayenne is the one to go for if you want the sportiest driving experience. There’s also the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe, which are large SUVs but look like coupes with sloping rooflines and a sporty-looking profile. These are far less practical in terms of boot space, but they’re very fashionable and are likely to be equally as appealing as the Range Rover Sport to some buyers.

On the road, the Range Rover Sport doesn’t feel as big as it looks. Thanks to clever electronics, the Range Rover Sport feels remarkably sporty when going around corners and inspires the driver with confidence. The tall driving position will appeal to many drivers as well, because it can make you feel safer. It is equally impressive off-road, too. It has plenty of ground clearance, as well as Land Rover’s off-road system called Terrain Response, which adapts the car to what you’re driving on, be it snow, sand, rocks or mud.

There’s a choice of diesel and petrol models, as well as a diesel-electric hybrid which is the most efficient model but much more expensive to buy than the diesel models, which is likely to cancel out any fuel savings.

The Range Rover Sport should be a safe car to own. While Euro NCAP hasn’t actually tested it yet, the larger Range Rover achieved a five-star rating when it was tested, and the Sport comes with plenty of modern safety equipment and lots of airbags as standard. You can add options to boost the car’s safety credentials, too, including blind-spot monitors, parking aids and a lane-departure warning system.

Last Updated 

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 11:30

Key facts 

Warranty: 
3 years, unlimited miles
Boot size: 
784 litres (5-seat configuration)
Width: 
2073mm
Length: 
4850mm
Height: 
1780mm
Tax (min to max): 
£225-£505 per year

Best Land Rover Range Rover Sport for... 

Range Rover Sport SDV6 HEV Autobiography Dynamic
The diesel-hybrid Range Rover Sport returns a claimed 44mpg and CO2 emissions of 169g/km, meaning road tax will be £205 per year. But the lower running costs will take a long time to pay for themselves: the car costs over £6,000 more than the standard version.
Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSE 7-seat
Seven seats are an optional extra on the Range Rover Sport, and the entry-level SDV6 HSE is all a family could need. It’ll do 40mpg and costs £225 per year to tax, while the two rearmost seats fold up and down at the touch of a button, as does the bootlid. Ideal for busy families who want an easy life.
Range Rover Sport SVR
The Range Rover Sport is powered by a 542bhp supercharged 5.0 V8 petrol engine. It sounds fantastic and is incredibly fast for such a big car. It’s expensive to run, but this is unlikely to be a concern if you’re contemplating a car that’s this expensive and has such impressive performance - it’ll do 162mph and goes from 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds.
Range Rover Sport 5.0 V8 Autobiography Dynamic
The 5.0 V8 supercharged engine is less powerful than the SVR in Autobiography Dynamic trim, but will still be wallet-bustingly expensive to run, with fuel economy of around 20mpg a realistic figure even in gentle driving.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport History 

March 2013 Range Rover Sport first revealed - 7 seats available as an option for the first time
September 2013 Range Rover Sport SDV6 HEV diesel-electric hybrid added to the range
June 2014 HSE Dynamic and Autobiography Dynamic models available with Stealth Pack, which adds black alloy wheels and gloss black trim on the grille, window surrounds, mirror caps and trim on the tailgate and vents.
July 2014 Slight trim tweaks to the range for the 2015 model year, including new paint choices and a panoramic sunroof with power blinds

Understanding Land Rover Range Rover Sport car names 

  • Range Rover Sport
  • 3.0 SDV6
    Engine
  • Trim
    HSE
  • 3.0 SDV6
    You'll see the engine's size given in litres, followed by a code that gives you more information. SD indicates that the engine is diesel-powered, while the V6 tells you that it is the six-cylinder, rather than eight-cylinder version. Petrol engines are simply badged V8. Power and efficiency is boosted by supercharging, which you may see written as S/C. The diesel-electric hybrid is called HEV.
  • Trim
    This lets you know the level of equipment included as standard. The entry-level, and cheapest version is HSE, followed by HSE Dynamic, Autobiography Dynamic and, finally, SVR.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Engines 

Diesel - 3.0 SDV6, 4.4 SDV8; Petrol - 5.0 V8; Hybrid - 3.0 SDV6 HEV

There are two diesel engines to choose from in the Range Rover Sport. The entry-level 3.0 SDV6 has 302bhp and goes from 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds, which is good for such a large car. It’s linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox - every engine is - and it’s very smooth and quiet at all times.

The 4.4 SDV8 is more powerful with 334bhp and is faster from 0-62mph, but it’s not really worth going for over the SDV6 because the boost in power isn’t that noticeable when you’re driving around town. You’ll save more money buying and running the SDV6, too.

The only petrol option is a supercharged 5.0 V8 engine. It makes a brilliant sound and feels incredibly fast, especially in 542bhp SVR form (the standard model has 503bhp). It’ll cost a fortune to run, though, so be prepared for frequent visits to the petrol station if you go for one of these.

There’s also a diesel-electric hybrid available. It uses the 3.0 SDV6 diesel engine, combined with an electric motor to make 346bhp. It’s faster and more efficient than the regular diesels, but not by enough of a margin to justify its much higher purchase price. It will appeal to those using the car in the city in stop-start traffic, as well as company car users whose tax is based on the car’s emissions.

Mpg

Bhp

0 - 62mph

top speed

3.0 SDV6

40mpg

302bhp

7.2 secs

130mph

4.4 SDV8

34mpg

334bhp

6.9 secs

135mph

3.0 SDV6 HEV (Hybrid)

46mpg

346bhp

6.7 secs

140mph

5.0 V8

22mpg

503bhp

5.3 secs

155mph

5.0 V8 SVR

22mpg

542bhp

4.7 secs

162mph

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Trims 

HSE, HSE Dynamic, Autobiography Dynamic, SVR

The Range Rover Sport is luxurious and expensive. All models come with a very generous equipment list, so you’re unlikely to be wanting for more in any model.

Kicking things off is the HSE. It comes with bright xenon headlights, automatic lights and wipers, 20-inch alloy wheels, fully electric heated leather seats, sat-nav, parking sensors and cameras and dual-zone climate control, which alows each front passenger to set the temperature of their side of the car.

For £5,700, you can step up to HSE Dynamic for a sportier look with 21-inch alloy wheels and - importantly - advanced cornering systems that keep the car from leaning and swaying in corners. It might be an expensive upgrade, but it's effective, offering passengers a much more comfortable journey.

The price spirals out of control with the Autobiography Dynamic versions, which are £11,500 more than HSE Dynamic cars. These have seats that are both heated and ventilated - so you can cool yourself down on a hot day, triple-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control that controls the accelerator and brake to maintain a set distance from the car in front, a high-end sound system made by Meridian and a panoramic glass sunroof. The V8 diesel engine is only available with this trim level. Autobiography Dynamic is also the cheapest trim available with the V8 petrol engine.

Range Rover Sport SVR models are focused on performance, so there’s a very sporty looking bodykit, big 22-inch alloy wheels and sports seats in both the front and rear of the car.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Reliability and warranty 

Reliability has been a bit of a concern with Land Rovers for quite a few years, and the Range Rover Sport was too new to feature in the 2014 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, but made its debut in the 2015 survey and came an impressive 22nd place out of 200 cars. Owners love the car’s ride quality, seat comfort and road handling, while it did pretty well for reliability, too, coming 20th. Land Rover came an average 19th place out of 32 manufacturers, and the dealers fared even worse - coming 28th out of 32.

Buyers can be reassured by a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, though, which will cover you for any serious issues that may crop up. The Range Rover Sport is a new model that’s built in a state-of-the-art factory in the Midlands, so reliability might not be as big a concern as with older Land Rover models.

Used Land Rover Range Rover Sport 

The Range Rover Sport is a very desirable car, and this means it’s a car that holds its value very well. It’s expensive to buy new, so that means used values will be high, as well. It’s good news if you plan on keeping the car for a long time, though, and might be worth laying out the extra in the first place. As mentioned in the rest of this review, all models come well equipped, so you won’t feel short-changed going for an ‘entry-level’ model.

Despite its off-road ability, it’s unlikely many Range Rover Sports will have ventured too far from a tarmac road. Even so, check for any damage underneath the car before you buy. It’s a big car and will be expensive to service, while parts will be pricey, too, so check how much tread is on the big tyres and that the brakes aren’t too worn. Replacing a full set of both of these will be quite costly.

Prices below show typical BuyaCar discounts for our pick of new and used models. Scroll down further for the very latest new Range Rover Sport deals or search for all new and used Range Rover Sport offers.

List price

BuyaCar new

1 year old

2 years old

3 years old

Best for performance

Range Rover Sport SVR

Price

£95,900

£94,295

£85,280

£77,360

N/A

Save

1%

11%

19%

N/A

Best for families

Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSE (7-seat)

Price

£62,700

£61,749

£60,760

£57,040

£53,500

Save

1%

3%

9%

15%

Best for economy

Range Rover Sport SDV6 HEV Autobiography Dynamic

Price

£85,100

£83,703

£77,795

£70,535

N/A

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2%

9%

17%

N/A

Prices correct at time of publication