The Range Rover Sport is an expensive car, and no amount of adjusting for standard equipment or balancing out ownership costs will mitigate for that fact. It’s a good 10 to 20% pricier in the showroom than many like-for-like rivals – and that turns out to be a good rule of thumb for other costs, too, with contract hire and monthly PCP bills all putting the car at a similar relative premium.
Real-world fuel economy is closer to that of the Sport’s rivals, however. Our True MPG testers recorded 31.5mpg for the SDV6, which is virtually the same as the figure achieved by the equivalent Porsche Cayenne, if a little adrift of what the Audi Q7 and BMW X5 managed.
Good resale values help to offset some of the car’s initial expensiveness. SDV6 versions fare particularly well, and will retain more of their original value than the majority of large SUVs. Private buyers should avoid the SDV6 Hybrid and V6 Supercharged petrol models, though – these have worse resale values than the rest of the range bar the range-topping SVR.
Land Rover offers a five-year/50,000-mile servicing package for the car. It’s decent value and will make privately owned examples easier to sell on.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport equipment
Range Rover Sport models are split into HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography Dynamic trim levels, with SVR versions at the top of the range.
We’d recommend an HSE, not least because the car is expensive enough in entry-level trim, but also because it’s well equipped. HSEs get 20in alloy wheels, air suspension, electrically adjustable leather seats, sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, heated front and rear seats, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, xenon headlights, keyless entry and an electrically operated tailgate.
To that we’d add the On/Off-road pack, adaptive xenon headlights, body-coloured side sills and bumper corners, and the Meridian Surround sound system (for optimal resale values, as much as anything). Adding the adaptive cruise control would help make long-distance cruising that bit easier, too.
The HSE Dynamic trim level comes with some of that equipment, but also plenty of stuff we’d happily live without – such as 21in wheels, sports pedals and illuminated interior sills.
Even if you pay the extra for an Autobiography Dynamic version – and it’s a lot extra compared with even an SDV6 HSE Dynamic – you could still easily spend another £15,000 on optional extras if you’re not careful, so beware the lure of the options list.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport reliability
This generation of Range Rover Sport was too new to feature in our latest customer satisfaction survey. Range Rover as a brand got below-average marks for reliability, though, so the omens could be better.
The standard three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty should provide some peace of mind, especially because it covers the car for towing as well as normal usage. Extended warranties are available, which cover the Range Rover Sport for up to five years, although the mileage limit is 75,000 miles.
Three years of breakdown cover also comes with the car, including the cost of recovery to the nearest Land Rover dealer and onward transport or overnight accommodation. That, too, can be extended at extra cost.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport safety & security
Every car comes with front, side and curtain airbags, along with a sophisticated stability control system that includes trailer stability assist. However, automatic emergency braking is fitted to Autobiography Dynamic and SVR versions only; it’s an optional extra on HSE and HSE Dynamic models. No matter which version of Range Rover Sport you go for, you’ll still have to pay extra for blindspot monitoring, lane departure warning and cross traffic alert, which warns you if there’s traffic driving behind the car while you’re reversing.
An emergency SOS feature is standard, which notifies the emergency services of your location should you be unfortunate enough to have a big crash.
Most models come with a space-saver spare wheel, so we’d add the full-size spare, especially if you plan to use your car to tow or drive off-road. The SVR makes do with a tyre repair kit as standard, with the space-saver spare wheel available as a no-cost optional extra.
An alarm and an engine immobiliser are on hand to fend off thieves. However, if your Sport is stolen, a feature called Incontrol Secure tracks the car to increase the chances of a speedy recovery. Security experts Thatcham awarded the car top marks for resisting being driven away, and four out of five for guarding against being broken in to.
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This entry-level trim keeps the price from getting too silly and comes with lots of equipment, so it’s the one we’d go for. Electrically adjustable leather seats, dual-zone climate control, a reversing camera, all-round parking sensors, a touchscreen sat-nav system, heated front and rear seats, an electrically operated tailgate and 20in alloy wheels are all standard. There’s still a lot of desirable equipment left on the options list, mind you, so factor in even higher monthly bills once you’ve added a few choice extras.
As you’d expect given the name, this trim level comes with uprated underpinnings to make the Range Rover Sport handle better on road and be even more capable off it. 21in wheels are also fitted, as are sporty touches such as steel pedals and gloss black exterior trim. The standard HSE is more comfortable and cheaper, though, so that’s what we recommend.
This high-end trim level is the only one offered with the SDV6 Hybrid, SDV8 and V8 Supercharged engines. It comes with a panoramic glass roof, three-zone climate control, cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel and adaptive cruise control. It also gets an upgraded sound system.
It’s all about the performance treatment here. The SVR comes with a bodykit, specially tuned suspension and brakes, figure-hugging sports seats, quad exhaust pipes and bespoke 21in wheels. As if to prove its on-road credentials, the SVR is available with 22in wheels with high-performance road tyres.