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Land Rover Range Rover Sport (2013–)

Last updated 2 November 2018

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.
Updated 15 June 2018

Report of 54,000 miles from a set of Pirelli Scorpion tyres on a Range Rover Sport, still with 4mm tread remaining after being swapped back to front once.

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Introduction

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.

Range Rover Sport P400e PHEV 2018 Road Test

 

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