Range Rover Sport review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Driving

Range Rover Sport rear cornering
  • Range Rover Sport front cornering
  • Range Rover Sport rear cornering
  • Range Rover Sport interior dashboard
  • Range Rover Sport interior rear seats
  • Range Rover Sport infotainment
  • Range Rover Sport right tracking
  • Range Rover Sport front right tracking
  • Range Rover Sport rear cornering
  • Range Rover Sport right static
  • Range Rover Sport headlight detail
  • Range Rover Sport alloy wheel detail
  • Range Rover Sport badge detail
  • Range Rover Sport interior front seats
  • Range Rover Sport interior steering wheel detail
  • Range Rover Sport interior detail
  • Range Rover Sport interior detail
  • Range Rover Sport boot open
  • Range Rover Sport front cornering
  • Range Rover Sport rear cornering
  • Range Rover Sport interior dashboard
  • Range Rover Sport interior rear seats
  • Range Rover Sport infotainment
  • Range Rover Sport right tracking
  • Range Rover Sport front right tracking
  • Range Rover Sport rear cornering
  • Range Rover Sport right static
  • Range Rover Sport headlight detail
  • Range Rover Sport alloy wheel detail
  • Range Rover Sport badge detail
  • Range Rover Sport interior front seats
  • Range Rover Sport interior steering wheel detail
  • Range Rover Sport interior detail
  • Range Rover Sport interior detail
  • Range Rover Sport boot open
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

Most engine options in the Range Rover Sport are 3.0-litre six-cylinder units, including the P400 petrol and the D300 and D350 diesels. The D300 produces 296bhp and will cover 0-60mph in 6.3sec, so even though it’s the slowest accelerating engine in the line-up, it feels plenty strong enough to haul along this heavyweight luxury SUV at speed. The D350 diesel brings the 0-62mph sprint down to 5.6sec but we’re not convinced it’s worth the extra outlay.

The P400 is the entry-level petrol option, offering smooth and punchy acceleration (0-60mph takes just 5.4sec) but if it’s pace you’re after you’ll be interested in the 4.4-litre V8 in the P530. That can cover the same sprint in just 4.3sec. 

Suspension and ride comfort

No matter which version you go for, the Sport impresses on the road. The standard fit air suspension is a little firmer than on the Range Rover – you’re a bit more aware of bumps in the road as they pass beneath you – but thanks to tighter control, those obstacles are dealt with quickly with very little pronounced aftershock.

We’ve sampled the Sport on 22in and 23in alloy wheels, but we’re convinced the ride would be even more supple on the free-to-option 20in ones. It's also worth noting that all of the Sport’s rivals are less comfortable on big alloys, including the generally smooth X5.

Range Rover Sport rear cornering

Handling

New car deals
Target Price from £80,325
or from £874pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £67,495
Leasing deals
From £899pm