Land Rover Range Rover vs. Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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, Automotive Editor - May 24, 2022

Since 2006, Land Rover has been selling the Range Rover Sport alongside the Range Rover. A smaller, more performance-oriented model, the Range Rover Sport has been fully redesigned for the 2023 model year. It follows in the footsteps of the Range Rover, which was redesigned in 2022.

With both SUVs having a similar design, being close to one another in size, and having similar engines, choosing between the two SUVs can be difficult. We’ll compare both of Land Rover’s SUVs to name the better option for the majority of consumers.

What the Range Rover Sport Gets Right

As the smaller SUV of the two, the Range Rover Sport is the more affordable model. Pricing for the Range Rover Sport starts at $84,350 (with destination), while the Range Rover costs $105,850. That’s a massive $21,500 difference between the two SUVs.

The Range Rover Sport and Range Rover share similar engines, but the Sport model is available with an extra engine that’s not offered on the Range Rover. Land Rover offers the base Range Rover Sport with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that makes 355 horsepower. The larger Range Rover is equipped with a mild-hybrid version of the engine that makes 395 hp. While official fuel economy figures for the Range Rover Sport aren’t available yet, we expect the Range Rover Sport to be the more efficient of the two.

Both SUVs are incredibly capable off-road, but the Range Rover Sport’s smaller dimensions make it the better choice for shoppers that want to tackle rough terrain in their pricey SUVs. On roads that aren’t paved, the Range Rover Sport’s rear-wheel-steering system and new air suspension make it more maneuverable on tight trails. The SUV also has Land Rover’s Terrain Response controller system with a new off-road cruise control system and a Wade Mode to ford through water.

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What the Range Rover Gets Right

For consumers seeking an SUV with a more spacious cabin, the Range Rover stands out as the clear choice. The standard-wheelbase model is 198.9 inches long, while the long-wheelbase model is 207 inches long. With a longer body, the Range Rover offers more rear legroom than the Range Rover Sport with the extended wheelbase model having 10.2 inches more second-row legroom. Unlike the Range Rover Sport, the long-wheelbase Range Rover is available with a third row.

As the more expensive SUV, the Range Rover comes with more standard features than the Range Rover Sport, which is to be expected. The Range Rover comes with a standard sliding panoramic roof, automatic high-beam assist, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 14-speaker Meridian audio system, soft close doors, rear HVAC controls, and a hands-free liftgate.

On the high-end of the scale, the Range Rover feels far more upscale than the Range Rover Sport. The available Range Rover SV trim comes with a rear entertainment system with two 13.1-inch touchscreens, Windsor leather upholstery, exclusive graphics, Ash burr veneer, Gloss White ceramic controls, bespoke 22-inch wheels, and special SV badges.

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Don’t Want Seating For Seven?

While the Range Rover Sport is our choice in this comparison, the Range Rover offers something the Sport doesn’t – seating for up to seven. For consumers that need three rows of available seating, the Range Rover is the only SUV of the two with the option. Beyond that, the Range Rover’s main selling point over the Sport is its more spacious cabin and more upscale touches.

Our Verdict

For most people, the midsize Land Rover Range Rover Sport is the better choice over the larger and more expensive Range Rover. It has similar powertrains, tech features, performance, and features at a much more affordable price.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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