Land Rover Range Rover Sport 4x4 running costs
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 – 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 premium.
Real-world fuel economy is closer to that of the Range Rover Sport’s rivals, however. Driven carefully, you should be able to average just over 30mpg for the SDV6 model; that’s pretty decent for such a large car, if a little adrift of what the Audi Q7 and BMW X5 can manage.
The P400e will offer seriously cheap running costs if you maintain its charge (it'll do about 20 miles electric driving in the real world), but expect about 25mpg at best from the petrol engine once the batteries are depleted.
Therefore, if you do lots of motorway miles, a diesel still makes far more sense, although company car drivers' interest may be piqued by the P400e's 16% benefit-in-kind tax band. You won't need to pay the London Congestion Charge, either.
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 luxury SUVs. Private buyers should avoid the V6 petrol models, though; these have worse resale values than the rest of the range, apart from the range-topping SVR variant.
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 4x4 equipment
Range Rover Sport trims are split into HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography Dynamic, with SVR at the top of the range.
We’d recommend HSE, not least because the car is expensive enough in entry-level trim, but also because it’s well equipped. HSE gets 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, adaptive LED headlights, keyless entry and an electrically operated tailgate.
To that, we’d 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.
HSE Dynamic trim comes with plenty of stuff we’d happily live without – such as 21in wheels, sports pedals and illuminated interior sills.
Even if you pay extra for Autobiography Dynamic – and it’s a lot extra compared with even HSE Dynamic – you could still easily spend another £15,000 on optional extras, so beware the lure of the options list.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport 4x4 reliability
The Range Rover Sport got a pretty poor vote by you in our latest reliability survey; 167 faults per 100 vehicles is the worst score for a luxury SUV. It's no better for the Range Rover brand, either; it achieved below-average marks to finish 31st out of the 32 manufacturers tested.
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 that cover the Range Rover Sport for up to five years, although the mileage limit is 75,000 miles.
Three years' worth 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 4x4 safety and security
Every car comes with front, side and curtain airbags, automatic emergency braking and a sophisticated stability control system that includes trailer stability assist. No matter which version 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 behind the car when you’re reversing.
An emergency SOS feature is standard. This 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-sized one, especially if you plan to use your car to tow or drive off road. The SVR model makes do with a tyre repair kit as standard, with the space-saver spare wheel available as a no-cost optional extra. Because of the P400e's battery pack, you get a tyre repair kit with no option of a spare.
An alarm and an engine immobiliser are on hand to fend off thieves. However, if your Range Rover Sport is stolen, a feature called Incontrol Secure tracks the car to increase the chances of a speedy recovery. Security expert Thatcham Research awarded the car top marks for resisting being driven away and four out of five for guarding against being broken into.