Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The Range Rover Sport is an expensive car, and no amount of adjusting for standard equipment or balancing out ownership costs will mitigate that fact. It’s a good 10-20% pricier in the showroom than many like-for-like rivals. 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 premium. Like all Land Rovers, you’ll find it holds its value against depreciation better than rivals, outperforming the BMW X5 and even the Porsche Cayenne.
Real-world fuel economy is closer to that of its rivals, but the Range Rover Sport’s official CO2 emissions figures aren’t as competitive. The D300 diesel emits slightly more CO2 than the equivalent 50 TDI engine in the Audi Q7, for example. Meanwhile, Land Rover claims economy figures for the P400 petrol that virtually match its BMW X5 40i rival.
Equipment, options and extras
Range Rover Sport trims are split into HSE, HSE Silver, HSE Dynamic, HSE Dynamic Black and Autobiography Dynamic, with SVR at the top of the range, with a sporty-looking HST trim that’s only available with the D350 and P400 engine.
We’d recommend HSE, not least because the car is expensive enough in entry-level trim and higher trims don’t really add enough to justify the added expense. The HSE is pretty well equipped, anyway – it has 20in alloy wheels, air suspension, electrically adjustable leather seats, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and an electrically operated tailgate along with all the other goodies we’ve mentioned.