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New Lexus NX vs used Range Rover Sport: verdict

Two plug-in hybrid SUVs battle it out: the brand new Lexus NX and the hugely prestigious Range Rover Sport, which is available for similar money if you buy used...

New Lexus NX vs used Range Rover Sport

Our verdict

With its luxurious interior, fantastic driving position and strong resale values, the Range Rover Sport has plenty of substance to back up its undoubted style. However, it has an Achilles heel: reliability.

By contrast, Lexus excels in this area, plus the NX 450h+ has a superior hybrid set-up – both in terms of the electric range it offers and how smoothly it operates – and is still a classy and practical choice. In short, it's the better all-rounder and the more sensible buy.

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1st – Lexus NX

Lexus NX 450h nose

For Longer electric range; larger boot; cheaper to buy; stellar reliability 
Against Unsettled high-speed ride; engine isn't particularly refined

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Range Rover Sport

Range Rover Sport nose

For Strong residual values; amazing driving position and visibility; sweet steering
Against High running costs; limited grip; poor reliability record

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Lexus NX 450h+ F Sport

Lexus NX 450h badge

Power 305bhp (combined)
0-60mph 6.3sec
Top speed 124mph
Test electric range 31 miles
Official electric range 42 miles
Test fuel economy 36.7mpg (battery depleted)
Official fuel economy 256.7mpg (WLTP)
CO2 emissions 25g/km

Used Range Rover Sport P400e HSE Dynamic

Range Rover Sport badge

Power 398bhp (combined) 
0-60mph 6.0sec
Top speed 157mph
Test electric range 18 miles
Official electric range 31 miles
Test fuel economy 27.6mpg (battery depleted)
Official fuel economy 91.1mpg (NEDC)
CO2 emissions 71g/km

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