The Range Rover Sport is like a 3/4-scale Range Rover: a little sleeker, a little shorter and a lot more maneuverable. It’s also the perfect offering for the younger, less traditional luxury SUV buyer.

Pricing and Equipment

The Range Rover Sport starts at $64,000 and has a grand total of six trims. Most are powered by six-cylinder engines, both diesel or gas. Then there is the V8 model and a lavishly equipped Autobiography model.

The entry level SE comes equipped with:

  • Nineteen-inch wheels
  • Sixteen-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Terrain Response System
  • Gradient Acceleration Control

We tested a mid-range HSE with a supercharged 3-liter V6. It came with a Driver Assistance package ($2,900) that included a head-up display, lane departure warning and a useful parking assist.

Performance Pros

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Blue

No one will mistake the 340-horsepower six-cylinder for the optional 510-horsepower V8, but we were pleasantly surprised by its performance.

  • The ZF eight-speed automatic transmission shifts beautifully, and offer manual functionality with paddle shifters.
  • The air suspension, torque vectoring, and adaptive dynamics combine to give unparalleled handling and control.

Performance Cons

It is almost impossible to find performance cons in a vehicle like the Range Rover Sport. If anything, the steering could give a little more feedback.

Interior Pros

  • The cabin feels sleek and high tech with very few dials and switches. Most of the vehicle’s command and control functionality is smartly located in the touch screen system.
  • We love nearly every inch of an interior that's awash in wood trim or leather.
  • To our surprise, it handles off-road as well as the flagship Range Rover model.

Interior Cons

  • The beautiful instrument panel makes the touchscreen readout next to it look a bit dated by comparison. But this is nothing a firmware can't fix.
  • As with many SUVs, the "+2" seating is suitable only for kids.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

We were left speechless by the sheer performance of the Sport. The combination of raw power and athletic handling is stunning.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The jump in price from base models to the top-spec Autobiography model is staggering, but the Autobiography is incredible.

The Bottom Line

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Interior

From a performance standpoint, the Range Rover Sport is a masterpiece. You just don’t find this level of pure power and refined handling in an ordinary vehicle, SUV or not. We were equally pleased with the stately, serene cabin. It feels every bit as well-appointed as any Land Rover we’ve ever been in. If we had just one wish for this test model it would be that we could’ve kept it for a bit longer.