Land Rover Range Rover Sport (2013) Review

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport (2013) At A Glance


+Bigger and more economical than the old model. Great to drive on-road but with typical Land Rover off road ability. Fantastic traction and ability in the worst conditions.

-Expensive, especially if you option it up. No spare wheel on seven-seater versions. Continued question marks over reliability.

New prices start from £51,550, brokers can source from £61,845
Insurance Groups are between 43–50
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

The SUV market has come a long way since the original Range Rover Sport was launched in 2005. The premium German manufacturers have expanded their ranges to cater for every niche, while uber premium SUVs like the Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Lamborghini Urus have also come onto the scene.

Even Land Rover itself has increased its offering in the sporty SUV segment, launching the Range Rover Velar in 2017 and pushing the Sport further upmarket (while also being in danger of making it last year's must-have fashion accessory).

Visually, even in a world that now contains the Audi Q8, we reckon the Range Rover Sport still looks the part. It might be the bling 21-inch alloys fitted to our test car, but it attracts glances (admiring or otherwise) everywhere it goes.

Inside, the Sport feels closer to a 'proper' Range Rover than rivals. That's largely thanks to the high seating position giving you a feeling of superiority - great for cruising along the motorway or bimbling through town.

As well as a high seating position, the interior is suitably luxurious, with 2018-onwards models featuring a second touchscreen replacing conventional buttons. It looks good but it's not particularly intuitive to use - fortunately there are rotary controllers for adjusting the temperature, but more advanced actions require navigating menus. It's something you'll get used to over time, but it's not as simple as a similar system used in the Audi Q8.

While things are good up front, the same can't quite be said for the rear. It's roomy enough, but isn't exactly plush. It's definitely an SUV that puts the focus on driving rather than being driven in.

As such, it's pretty good to drive no matter which engine you opt for. Land Rover offers a range of engines depending on how fast (and thirsty) you'd like your Sport, including four-, six- and eight-cylinder petrols and diesels, as well as a plug-in hybrid.

Admittedly the Sport isn't as sharp as the Porsche Cayenne, but it'll still take corners with gusto without making your passengers feel seasick. Where the Sport really shines is off road - few will ever venture off tarmac, but if you do, it can tackle much more challenging obstacles than any similar SUV on sale.

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Real MPG average for a Land Rover Range Rover Sport (2013)


Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

15–53 mpg

MPGs submitted


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Is It possible to buy a hybrid SUV that can tow a 2000kg caravan?
"Is It possible to buy a hybrid SUV that can tow a 2000kg caravan?"
Yes - the Lexus RX450h has a towing capacity of 2000kg. Also consider plug-in hybrids like the Volvo XC90 T8 and Range Rover Sport PHEV - both of which will comfortably tow a 2000kg caravan. They're not cheap choices, however.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Why won't the dealer give us details of the service history of a car we bought?
"My daughter bought a 2015 Range Rover Sport in March this year with 40K miles from an approved Land Rover dealer. The car broke down on a recent journey resulting in missing a ferry crossing. She has since been told that the engine has blown up apparently the extended warranty will cover the repair. She has asked for a full record of the service history of the vehicle and has received the following response, 'I can confirm your car has a full-service history. I am unable to send you any technician notes as the car didn't belong to you at the time they were completed but I can see that each service was straightforward with the standard oil and filter change. I hope this is acceptable' I would appreciate your views on this response and what rights does she have to ask for the car to be replaced?"
No rights to ask for the car to be replaced. Every right for the engine to be replaced to her entire satisfaction. The email refers to GDPR rules that forbid the dissemination of personal details and can be used to prevent car buyers from checking a car's history.
Answered by Honest John
Why did the airbags in my car not deploy in an accident?
"My 21-month-old Range Rover Sport was involved in a head-on motorway accident last December, with no other vehicle involved, and was subsequently written off by the insurers as beyond repair at reasonable cost. No air bags deployed. I am under continuing medical treatment and JLR now claim the insurers are at fault in not bringing the facts to their attention, even though they were advised by me. Do I have a right to expect that equipment fitted to a vehicle will be fit for purpose in protecting the occupants?"
Air bags do not necessarily work in all crash situations. The triggers have to be balanced so the bags are not going off every time you hit a pothole, but do go off in a severe impact. Some types of impact are too "soft" to trigger them.
Answered by Honest John
The turbo on my Range Rover Sport failed after 20,000 miles - is that normal?
"A turbo replacement was required on my 2014 Range Rover Sport after only 20,000 miles. Should this happen?"
The turbos get very hot nestled in the V of the V6 engine, so what happens if you switch off when they are too hot is the oil in the turbo bearing oil supply and oil return pipes carbonises, restricting the flow and that eventually leads to failure of the turbo bearings. Make sure these pipes were replaced along with the turbo, and idle your engine for a minute or two after towing, after long ascents and after driving on the motorway before switching off.
Answered by Honest John

What does a Land Rover Range Rover Sport (2013) cost?

Buy new from £61,845 (list price from £71,265)