Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy a Range Rover Sport?

If you enjoy driving and appreciate great off-road performance, the Range Rover Sport should still be near the top of your list. There’s an impressive range of abilities with this SUV considering it’s now an older model than its Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5 rivals. What sets the Sport apart is the way it drives – forget its size, because it's agile and steers with far more composure than the larger and more luxurious Range Rover, and does so while remaining comfortable.

We'd fight shy of unreservedly recommending it, though, as there are some quality and reliability concerns that continue to dog the Sport. And some of the infotainment functions are off the pace. But overall, this likeable SUV still has lots to like about it – even if it's far from being the logical choice in this market sector. It's impressive nevertheless, and still manages to make the driver feel special even on the shortest run.

If you’re lucky enough to consider a Range Rover as a company car, head straight for the P400e with more favourable BIK costs than any other Sport model. If you’re all about the performance, the rumbling V8 of the SVR is hard to ignore. It’s fast, ferocious and luxurious, with supercar-baiting performance.

You won’t get a low-cost Range Rover Sport, but your best option for keeping costs down once you’ve bought the car is the P400e plug-in hybrid. At least on paper. If you make full use of the electric motor you can waft around silently and cost-free (almost) for short periods of time, making sense for town and city dwellers. If, however, you won’t charge it, you’re better off with the SDV6 diesel and its 30mpg fuel economy figure.

In fact, the pick of the bunch is the SDV6 diesel due to its strong performance and high level of availability across the range of trim levels. It’s also one of the most inexpensive engines to buy and run. In terms of trim levels, HSE comes with all the kit you could want, but the extra kerb appeal of the HSE Dynamic is worth a look as it could be more desirable for buyers down the line.

Options worth considering include the two third row seats if you regularly carry more than five passengers (although they’re small), while less confident parkers may want self-parking or surround-view cameras.

You might not get much in the way of a discount - such is the lure of the Range Rover badge – whether paying cash or purchasing on PCP finance, but still, it’s always worth a try.

Range Rover Sport rear, P400e