Sold a TD 4 Freelander which I had for 5 years with very little problems and went 'upmarket' to a BMW X3. After 12 months of creaking windows and about a dozen trips back to the BMW dealer in Aberdeen, who could not fix them, I think they gave up (an apparent design flaw with X3's), I decided to return to Land Rover.
In summary the Range Rover Sport is first class, excellent, can't fault it. I should have stayed with Land Rover.
Only negative with owning a Sport is don't believe the quoted miles/gal. I get at best 27mpg on a motorway in cruse control and about 20 around town. If you are thinking of a 4 x 4 in this cost bracket go for a Sport.
I have recently driven this car with a view to comparing directly to the Mercedes ML 280 or 320 CDi. The HSE model is by far the most popular which in real terms is much better value for money compared to the Merc 320CDi which costs £47,820.00 when speced up the same as the Range Rover Sport.
If you specify the smaller engine Merc 280 CDi you save £1,850.00 over the larger 320 CDi engine. On a short twelve mile test drive around central London with the trip computer reset I was alarmed to see the average MPG readout showing 13.8!
The quality of the dashboard switchgear is not as good as the Mercedes which definately has a much upmarket components. The cabin are for the driver and front passenger are quite cramped this is also the same for rear seat passengers, when sitting in the Merc the rear seat passengesr had more room when the drivers seat was adjusted to my ideal position. Overall the cabin fealt quite cramped for such a big car.
One last point the servicing costs on the RangeRover are double what they are on the Merc, you have been warned!
I have had the Sport for seven months. Nothing has dropped off and it hasn't yet had a breakdown.
I get around 30mpg. I came back to Land Rover after five years with Subarus. I am happy with what Ford has done with the Land Rover brand, I don't think anyone else could have saved them.
Dealerships could do better - after Subaru, it's like a cold shower, but when you drive the Range Rover Sport, who cares?
Hi, Bought the wife a 54 plate range rover sport for her 46 birthday from Wolloston BMW in Northampton, we only had it 6 days as the gear boxes broke on a weekly shopping trip to Morrison’s, I called up Wolloston BMW that evening only to hear that it is a common fault with the 2.7 TDV6 HSE series,
My only advise to people thinking of purchasing a range rover sport is to check the mileage, mine had over 23k on the clock but as my wife only travels 20 miles a week I knew that it would be along time till the mileage increased, also check the gear box for signs of jamming as this will lead to gear box failure.
they are not a bad car good running costs etc, i currently have a Peugeot 407 Coupe 3.0 V6 GT and i am thinking about getting a new range rover in september but only the big normal one and not the sport!!! i could got on but as my fingers are now starting to hurt and i need to be in a business meeting in half an hour i better be going... i do hope that you dont experience the same problems that i did... many thanks for reading... best regards Paul
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