Review: Land Rover Range Rover Sport (2013)
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.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport (2013): At A Glance
- New prices start from £61,645, brokers can source from £52,800
- Contract hire deals from £590.75 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 43–50
- On average it achieves 79% 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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Land Rover Range Rover Sport (2013): What's It Like Inside?
In the first instance, the Range Rover Sport's interior has more of a wow factor than many rivals. While the Audi Q8's cabin is extremely high quality, for example, it's also rather predictable. Even several years since its launch, the Range Rover Sport manages to impress thanks to its unusual colour combinations and high quality materials.
You sit higher in the Range Rover Sport than many rivals - although not as upright as the Range Rover itself. This provides a commanding view, putting you at eye level with Transit van drivers. The seats are superb, providing plenty of support and unlikely to cause any aches or pains even after many hours in the car.
Things aren't quite so positive when it comes to doing things like starting the engine. The start button is mounted high on the dash, and that's just a taste of things to come. Nothing seems to be in a logical place, and the additional touchscreen for things like the heater controls just makes simple tasks needlessly complicated.
Land Rover's Touch Pro Duo infotainment system features a 10-inch screen which looks smart but is slow to use. It provides access to Land Rover's InControl system, which allows you to connect your phone to make calls and access apps like Spotify. It's similar to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, without being as good. Starting it seems to take an age - frustrating when you're sat on your driveway waiting to set off - and once it's running you're limited with what you can do. There's no Google Maps or Waze for navigation, and doing simple things like making a phone call can be a bit of a faff.
With 780 litres of boot space, there's plenty of room for carrying cargo, and you can press a button to lower the suspension and make access easier. For an extra £1700 you can add a pair of electrically-operated rear seats mounted in the boot. These aren't suited to regular use but, for occasionally transporting children, they're fine.
HSE features 20-inch alloys, reduced section alloy spare wheel (except P400e), Terrain Response, Matrix LED headlights with signature DRL and animated directional indicators, front fog lights, power fold heated door mirrors with memory and approach lights, perforated Windsor leather 16-way heated memory front seats with heated rear seats, Connect Pro, Touch Pro Duo with Meridian sound system, secure tracker, rear camera, powered gesture tailgate, heated windscreen, climate control, cruise control, aluminium treadplates, ambient interior lighting, keyless entry, 60:40 rear seats.
HSE Dynamic adds 21-inch alloy wheels, twin-speed transfer box, Terrain Response 2, leather steering wheel with chrome bezel, illuminated metal treadplates with brand-name script, body-coloured side sills and bumper corners, bright metal pedals, satin chrome gearshift paddles, extended leather pack.
Autobiography Dynamic features 22-inch alloys (21-inch on P400e), auto-dimming power fold heated door mirrors with memory and approach lights, heated leather steering wheel with chrome bezel, leather 22-way heated and cooled memory front seats with winged headrests and heated rear seats, suedecloth headlining, Touch Pro Duo with Meridian surround sound system, traffic sign recognition and adaptive speed limiter, blind spot monitor, clear exit monitor, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, driver condition monitor, 360-degree parking aid, rear rtraffic monitor, sliding panoramic roof, front centre console cooler compartment, 60:40 load through rear seats, three-zone climate control, ambient interior lighting, premium carpet mats.
SVR comes with 21-inch alloy wheels, Pixel LED headlights with signature DRL and animated directional indicators, body coloured carbonfibre bonnet with integrated air vents, Windsor leather SVR heated performance seats, red brake calipers, metallic paint, actuve exhaust system, SVR sports suspension, SVR heated leather steering wheel, extended satin brushed aluminium trim finisher, aluminium gearshift paddles.
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What's the Land Rover Range Rover Sport (2013) like to drive?
What becomes evident very quickly is that with its excellent ride quality and comfortable seats, the Sport is a car that's painless to spend time in. In the city, the driving position works very much in your favour, affording a great view over the roofs of cars around you - and appreciably higher up than the rival Germans.
Visibility is very good, with refreshingly slim and unobtrusive windscreen pillars. Parking cameras and large door mirrors, combined with the boxy shape, make the bulky Sport easy to park. Steering is light at low speeds too, but there's absolutely no vagueness, so threading it through tight gaps is nice and simple.
With 575PS and an incredible soundtrack, the SVR is an easy car to love - but it's hard to justify in the UK, due to its prodigious appetite for petrol. The standard 525PS supercharged petrol model also feels incredibly quick and surprisingly capable on challenging roads, doing a commendable job of hiding its 2100kg bulk. Although you can't get away from the fact that this is a big SUV, it handles very well.
New for 2019 is a 3.0-litre straight-six petrol with 400PS. Despite being down on power compared to the supercharged V8s, it offers plentiful performance and sounds the part in Dynamic mode.
The diesels provide less drama but, understandably, will be the choice for many Sport buyers. During a week with the SDV6 model we saw an average of around 31mpg on the trip computer, while Real MPG drivers average close to 34mpg - somewhat less than Land Rover's official 40.4mpg. That's a bit disappointing for a diesel SUV, even one as big and dynamically impressive as the Range Rover Sport.
For the majority of people, the SDV6 will be plenty quick enough, reaching 62mph in 7.3 seconds. Even left in comfort mode, it'll happily accelerate forwards at a pace quick enough to justify evil looks from your passengers. It sounds the part, too - although we suspect the fake noise piped into the cabin might become frustrating after a while.
Other engine options include a four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol engine producing 300PS, while a plug-in hybrid version is surprisingly good to drive and makes a lot of sense if you have a short commute.
As accomplished as the Sport is on the road, it should never be forgotten that it's a Land Rover at heart - and the company won't let you forget this. What that means is that it's incomparable off-road. You can leave it in Auto mode and as the going gets more arduous, the more the Sport's electronic systems intervene and compensate.
The All Terrain Response system allocates torque to the wheel with the most traction, allowing the car to continue moving, even if three wheels are spinning. Then there's the air suspension with its huge amount of travel, which under central control, will drop into the deepest ruts in order to maintain contact with the ground.
Equally as impressive is its ability to climb the steepest, most slippery gradients. Basically as a driver, you plant the throttle going up and the electronics pull you up. Going down the other side, take your feet off and let the latest version of Hill Descent Control take you down without having to do anything but steer.
|2.0 SD4||46 mpg||8.3 s||164 g/km|
|3.0 SDV6||38–46 mpg||6.8–7.2 s||164–199 g/km|
|3.0 SDV6 Hybrid||44–46 mpg||6.4 s||164–169 g/km|
|3.0 Supercharged||27 mpg||7.2 s||243 g/km|
|3.0 TDV6||39 mpg||-||194 g/km|
|4.4 SDV8||30–34 mpg||6.9 s||229 g/km|
|5.0 V8 Supercharged||21–22 mpg||4.5–6.2 s||294–298 g/km|
|P300||30 mpg||7.3 s||211–214 g/km|
|P400e||88 mpg||6.7 s||64 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Land Rover Range Rover Sport (2013)
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