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Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

The Range Rover that’s designed to suit keen drivers

Land Rover Range Rover Sport (13 on) - rated 4.1 out of 5
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PROS

  • Luxurious and cossetting interior
  • Agile handling for such a big car
  • Lots of engine options
  • Excellent long-distance comfort

CONS

  • It's far from cheap and options are dear
  • Won’t be cheap to run in any form
  • Some reliability and quality concerns

PROS

  • Luxurious and cossetting interior
  • Agile handling for such a big car
  • Lots of engine options
  • Excellent long-distance comfort

CONS

  • It's far from cheap and options are dear
  • Won’t be cheap to run in any form
  • Some reliability and quality concerns

Land Rover Range Rover Sport rivals

Mercedes-Benz
GLE SUV
4.2 out of 5 4.2

The appeal of a Range Rover badge is stronger than ever – signalled by the fact that you can go for the full fat Range Rover, the baby Range Rover Evoque and the sleek Range Rover Velar – as well as the Range Rover Sport, the second rung down from full Range Rover-dom.

As its name suggests, the Sport is the Range Rover for keener drivers. Despite its imperious stance and high-riding nature, it feels far smaller than its sizeable exterior dimensions would have you expect, while looking just as desirable, up-to-date and modern as any other Land Rover model.

It’s shorter, lower and weighs 45kg less than the regular Range Rover, and it feels a whole lot more wieldy on the road. Compared to the old Sport, it’s up to 420kg lighter, which explains why it feels so much lighter on its feet.

There are some very impressive rivals that the Range Rover Sport needs to see off, though, not least the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5, both of which are bang up to date with modern engines and technology, and also drive extremely well for such large cars.

Range Rover Sport engines

The Range Rover Sport’s engine range is comprehensive – with a selection of petrol and diesels to suit all tastes, as well as a plug-in hybrid for more cost-conscious buyers.

The best options for most buyers will be one of the smooth diesels – there’s a choice of 3.0-litre SDV6 with 306hp or 4.4-litre SDV8 with 339hp, the latter of which is particularly powerful and strong with a great sound from the V8.

If you want a petrol Range Rover and have deep pockets to afford the running costs, there’s a 300hp 2.0-litre Si4, a 400hp 3.0-litre P400, a 5.0-litre V8 with 525hp or a searing 575hp version reserved for the top-spec SVR.

Range Rover Sport HST interior

The P400 came as part of some model updates for 2019 – replacing the old V6 petrol engines with an all-new 400hp straight-six engine. The new power unit is a development of Jaguar Land Rover's modular Ingenium engine family, and in time, all of the Ford-sourced V6s will make way for variations of this engine.

The 3.0-litre unit is a mild-hybrid running 48v electrics that will allow it to coast and run more efficiently – its power will be supplemented by an electronic supercharger. The engine delivers a claimed 30.5mpg compared with the 23mpg from the old V6 petrol. Land Rover claims a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds.

Needless to say, the 5.0-litre V8 supercharged found in the SVR model is the sporting star of the range, but the majority of buyers will be interested in the other engines. There’s also a plug-in hybrid badged P400e, using a 2.0-litre petrol engine combined with an electric motor, capable of travelling up to 30 miles on battery power alone.

There are three main trims: HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography Dynamic, while HST models are reserved for the P400 petrol. The high-performance SVR tops off the range.

Range Rover Sport: excellent on- and off-road

The Sport is fitted with a sophisticated suspension set-up that is designed to maximise its performance on- and off-road. It certainly performs off-road, handling deep wading, steep descents and gnarly, deep ruts with incredible ease - not least thanks to the Terrain Response 2 system which can automatically select the right driving mode for the conditions.

On the road the Sport impresses even more, displaying a level of agility and grip that belies its size. There is very little body roll and the car hoovers up twisty back roads with consummate ease. The Dynamic package includes such systems as Torque Vectoring Control that helps the 4x4 turn a tighter line.

Staying on the pace in terms of tech and spec

Not only is the Sport spacious inside but there’s the option of 5+2 seating with occasional ‘plus two’ seats in the boot. The electrically operated seats can be raised when required and fold flush to leave a flat boot floor when not in use. There’s also an electrically deployable tow bar, Wi-Fi hotspot within the car, a powered tailgate, four-zone climate control with independent regulation for the rear passengers.

Plus, there is a range of kit that you would expect to find on a large premium 4x4 such as keyless entry and stop/start, soft close doors, electrically heated front windscreen and rear seats that can recline, plus high-quality leather throughout, the latest Land Rover infotainment systems with large touchscreen displays and a set of crisp digital dials.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport rivals

Mercedes-Benz
GLE SUV
4.2 out of 5 4.2

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