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 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.
Those who can make use of the P400e plug-in hybrid’s all-electric range (you’ll need to keep its battery pack charged up to do so) can unlock seriously cheap running costs. Company car users will also enjoy its low rate of Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax, although the X5 45e and the Mercedes-Benz GLE 300de occupy even lower company car tax brackets. When the battery is too flat for the electric motor to function, you should expect no more than about 25mpg at best. If you make relatively few slow urban journeys and cover lots of motorway miles, a diesel engine makes far more sense.
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.
We’d also add the on/off-road pack, 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 Range Rover Sport received a pretty poor rating from owners in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing bottom out of nine luxury SUVs scrutinised. The Land Rover brand as a whole achieved below-average marks to finish 31st out of the 31 manufacturers tested.
The standard three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty should provide some peace of mind, especially as it covers the car for towing as well as normal usage. After it expires, you can continue cover with an extended warranty for 10 years, but a 100,000-mile limit applies.
You get three years' breakdown cover, 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, and a five-year servicing plan is available to keep your Sport in the best possible shape.
Safety and security
Every model has front, side and curtain airbags, automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning and a sophisticated stability control system that includes trailer stability assistance. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are standard on HST trim and above.
An emergency SOS feature is standard. It notifies the emergency services of your location if sensors detect a crash or the airbags are deployed. The Range Rover Sport hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP, but all other models in the Range Rover line-up gained the full five stars. Most come with a space-saver spare wheel, so we’d add the optional full-sized one. The P400e's battery pack occupies the space where a spare wheel would usually go so you get a tyre repair kit instead.
There is an alarm and engine immobiliser to fend off thieves. If your Range Rover Sport is stolen, a feature called Incontrol Secure tracks it to increase the chances of a speedy recovery. Security experts Thatcham Research awarded the car top marks for resisting being driven away and four out of five for guarding against being broken into.
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