The rear exterior of a black Range Rover Sport

Range Rover Sport review (2013-2022)

The Range Rover Sport excels on the road with great control, a smooth ride and space for up to seven. It's comfortable and luxurious, and it's excellent off-road, too.

Pros

  • Superb on and off-road drive
  • Beautiful and spacious interior
  • Very comfortable

Cons

  • Expensive to buy and run
  • Thirsty on fuel
  • Reliability is a concern

Summary

“If there’s a car that can do everything, it’s the Range Rover Sport.”

If there’s a car that can do everything, it’s the Range Rover Sport. It can drive like a sports hatch, cruise like a luxury saloon and wade through a river like a top 4x4, all while carrying the family and their luggage. It's got huge presence on the road and a commanding driving position.

If a luxurious interior is what you’re after, you won’t be disappointed. There’s also loads of space for keeping comfortable on the school run or for carrying golf bags.

Downsides? It's not cheap to run, supping fuel very quickly. It's also not proved the most reliable of cars, making it more important than ever to ensure you find one that's been well looked after.

We're looking here at the second-generation Range Rover Sport, sold new from 2013 to 2022. An all-new version was introduced in 2022.

What's the interior like?

“The sweeping centre console is reminiscent of a sports car, while the high driving position gives you excellent visibility.”

The Range Rover is all about luxury inside. The sweeping centre console is reminiscent of a sports car, while the high driving position gives you excellent visibility of the road up ahead.

The materials are mostly high-quality, although not quite as luxurious as the Audi Q7. New owners will have had a massive choice of trim options, so keep an eye out for used models with lots of extras.

Space for those in the back is excellent and the boot space is huge with 780 litres. You’ll be able to fit in everything from several suitcases to a baby buggy or the family dog. The boot can also be expanded to 1,686 litres if you fold down the middle seats. This is reduced when the third row of seats is up, or in the plug-in hybrid (which doesn’t come with seven seats). If you do need that many seats, just bear in mind the Sport’s rear seats are really only for occasional use by children.

An 2018 update introduced a new Touch Pro Duo dual-screen infotainment system. It's not the most intuitive or responsive system, and the lower screen for climate control and driving modes is a bit too low for easy adjustment on the move. That said, it's better than the system in the earlier models.

What's it like to drive?

“The Range Rover Sport is brilliantly comfortable, nimble and great fun to drive.”

The Range Rover Sport is brilliantly comfortable on a long journey while being nimble and great fun for out of town driving. The clever active air suspension helps to keep things remarkably level and the engines deliver their power effortlessly. It's not quite as pin-sharp as a Porsche Cayenne or a BMW X5, but it's far in advance of most other rivals.

Even when you go off-road, things are still very comfortable. It tackles tricky terrain, charges through mud and crosses rivers with great style. It'll tow up to 3500kg too.

Supercharged and high-performance SVR models make some serious noise when you want them to, which adds to the engaging drive. Alternatively, you can glide through town in silence in the P400e plug-in hybrid for up to 26 miles, which is perfect if you live in a town or city.

Is it cost-efficient to buy and run?

“The Range Rover Sport is not cheap to run or particularly environmentally friendly.”

The Range Rover Sport is not cheap to run or particularly environmentally friendly. Although this version has been replaced by an all-new one, you’re still going to pay a fair amount of money for it.

The P400e claims an average consumption of up to 84mpg according to official figures, but the real-world fuel economy will depend on how you use it. Maximuse your time on the electric motor and you should save a lot of fuel, but once the battery's empty the economy will worsen. The diesels should get you around 45 mpg if driven carefully, while the petrols are going to be in the lower 20s. You should also expect to pay a lot for insurance and tax as well.

Reliability has not been a strong point for the Range Rover Sport, and repair bills can be hefty. Watch out particularly for issues with the air suspension system.

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Which one is best for you?

All the engines in the Range Rover Sport are strong performers, and which one is best for you depends on your priorities. For long distances, stick with a diesel. The D250 and D300 models are particularly popular, but the D350 adds extra oomph, making it serously quick. The petrol engines have lots of power, but they'll drink fuel – particularly the very fast, very powerful V8 found in the top-spec Range Rover Sport SVR.

For trim-levels, no Range Rover Sport is spartan but you'll want to keep an eye on any optional extras added by the original owner. There are numerous base trims to choose from, starting at the base-level HSE through to the very swanky Autobiography. Dynamic models focus more on sporty driving, up to the powerful, thirsty and expensive SVR model.