- Luxurious interior
- Impeccable handling
- Genuine off-road ability
- More expensive than rivals
- Seven seat version isn’t worth extra expense
- Engines aren’t the most efficient
Comfortable, Luxurious Sports SUV
The Range Rover Sport when it was first introduced in its initial guise in 2005 failed to live up to its sporting name. Despite this, it was still one of the finest SUVs that money could buy. The latest second-generation Sport, introduced in 2013, is even better than the original. Competing with the BMW X5 and the Porsche Cayenne, the Sport is luxurious, stylish, practical, and is one of the few cars in the class with genuine off-road ability. Few buyers will take advantage of this however, but the Sport is just as capable on the road. All of these factors combine to make the Range Rover Sport one of the most desirable luxury SUVs on the market.
Class-leading cabin, roomy, and generously equipped
One area in which the Range Rover Sport really stands out is in its cabin. There are few cars that can match the sport for out-and-out plushness, whilst there’s plenty of storage space for family needs. There’s more kit than you could ever need as standard as well, so you’ve got no need to go anywhere near the expensive options list.
The dashboard design of the Sport follows the same path as the original Range Rover. It’s simple layout will be attractive to a lot of buyers, whilst the quality on show is undeniably upmarket. Range Rover don’t scrimp on materials, and it’s clear for all to see in the Sport. Leather adorns almost all areas, and there’s no surface that feels anything close to cheap. Rivals might be able to match the Sport for quality, but no interior is quite as special as the Range Rover Sport’s.
Storage space is also impressive in the Range Rover Sport. The 489 litre boot is plenty big enough for a full families worth of travel luggage, a full set of golf clubs, or a big family shop. The boot shape is also wide, tall, and features next to no load lip, so getting awkward shaped, heavy items in and out of the Sport is a doddle. There’s no split tailgate however, which a lot of cars offer, but this won’t be too much of an issue for most buyers. A seven seat option is available with most models, but they’re too small even for children, so aren’t worth the additional cost.
Equipment levels in the Sport are very generous, no matter which model you choose to go for. The entry-level HSE trim comes with everything most buyers will need, as it includes sat-nav, heated electric leather seats, alloy wheels, air suspension, dual-zone climate control, all-round parking sensors, a reversing camera, xenon headlights, and keyless entry. With that much kit as standard, you won’t need to even look at the expensive options list.
All in all the inside of the Range Rover Sport is one of the most impressive on offer in the luxury SUV class. It’s classy, well-built, spacious, and comes with an incredible amount of standard equipment. You certainly won’t feel short-changed with a Range Rover Sport.
Excellent handling and refinement
The Range Rover Sport is without doubt one of the best handling luxury SUVs on the market. It offers an impressive combination of comfort, refinement, and agility. When you get behind the wheel of a Sport it’ll fill you with confidence to throw it into a corner at speed, no matter how bad the weather is. That’s down to its agile steering, its grippy tyres, and its well-controlled body-roll. The Sport is also excellent off-road, with plenty of drivers aids included to make off-roading simple, even for inexperienced drivers.
Suspension and Chassis
Not only is the Sport great to drive, it’s also incredibly comfortable. The air-suspension system that comes as standard with the Sport glides over loose road surfaces, potholes, and speed bumps, without you barely noticing them. The performance SVR model features a stiffer setup, but even that’s relatively comfortable. There’s also very little in the way of road and wind noise, so you can relaxingly eat up hundreds of motorway miles without feeling like you’ve left your living room.
Gearbox options in the Sport come in only one guise. No matter which model you go for your Sport will come equipped with an impressive eight-speed automatic transmission, that’s incredibly smooth as it changes up and down through the gears. Floor the throttle and it responds almost instantly as well- it really is an impeccable feat of engineering.
A good variety of powerful petrol and diesel engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Range Rover Sport, you’ve got three options: petrol, diesel, or diesel-hybrid. There’s a superfast V8 petrol for thrillseekers, but all engines in the Sport range are punchy enough.
If it’s out-and-out power that you want from your Range Rover Sport the best option in the range is the petrol-powered supercharged 5.0 litre V8 SVR model. This engine produces a monstrous 550bhp, and will accelerate at warp-speed from 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds. In a car as big as a Range Rover Sport it feels unbelievably quick. It’s not the greenest car to say the least however, and fuel bills will be considerably bigger than with the diesel models.
Eco-friendly buyers aren’t usually the biggest fans of luxury SUVs, but Range Rover does offer a hybrid model for buyers who at least have some environmental concerns. The diesel-hybrid 3.0 SDV6 HEV model produces 164g/km of CO2. Obviously that’s not going to appeal to GreenPeace members, but it’s not bad for a car in this class. This model is also the best option for money-savers, as it features the greatest fuel efficiency in the range. With up to 45.6mpg on offer, it shouldn’t cost too much to run day-to-day.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your Sport, you’re not going to be disappointed. All models are genuinely quick, though fuel efficiency isn’t quite as impressive as in the Sport’s German rivals.
Untested by NCAP, but comes with decent standard safety kit
Unfortunately the latest Range Rover Sport hasn’t yet been tested by the boffins at NCAP. It’s pretty safe to say that it’s more than likely that it would achieve the maximum five stars, as the rest of the Range Rover range easily achieved this feat. The Sport also comes equipped as standard with a plethora of airbags, trailer stability control, cornering brake control, and electronic traction control. Modern systems such as lane departure warning and emergency braking are only available as optional extras however.
Decent value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Range Rover Sport isn’t the cheapest car in the world to run day-to-day, nor is it the cheapest in its class. Fuel efficiency is pretty standard for a luxury SUV, though the high-powered petrol is very thirsty, and equivalent BMW X5s will cost you less in fuel over the course of a year. CO2 emissions are also pretty average, with some rivals offering lower road tax bills due to better green credentials.
Insurance groups for the Range Rover Sport depend on which model you choose to go for. The range starts in group 43 for the entry-level 3.0 SDV6 HSE, and climb up towards the maximum group 50 if you go for the range-topping, supercar-challenging 5.0 V8 S/C Autobiography Dynamic (7 Seat). It’s certainly not a cheap car to insure, but then most buyers will already know this.
Depreciation is a factor with the Range Rover Sport, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent, especially as depreciation after this point is pretty impressive.
The Range Rover Sport really is an exceptional luxury SUV. It’s stylish, practical, features a sumptuous interior, and it’s also great to drive both on, and off-road. Add in some powerful engines, and a generous equipment list, and it’s easy to see why the Sport is as desirable as it is. It’s not the cheapest car to buy, or run, by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s a car that will look and feel great for years to come.
Buying a used Range Rover Sport online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Range Rover Sport for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Sport. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Range Rover Sport online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Range Rover? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Range Rover Sport, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Sport, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Range Rover to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.