The Range Rover Sport is in its second generation, and remains as popular as ever. It offers an all-round blend of excellent road manners, peerless off-road ability and a luxuriously appointed interior that little else on the market can match.
It’s certainly a big machine, though, so it’s worth bearing in mind how big it is if you, like many Range Rover owners, intend to frequently venture into a busy city.
Range Rover Sport exterior dimensions
Owners of the previous generation Sport should note that the latest version is both longer and wider than before. In each case there is an increase of approximately 70mm. If squeezing beneath the garage door was previously a buttock-clencher, you’ll be pleased to hear the new model stands 4mm lower than before.
With such generous dimensions, it won’t be the easiest car to park in a tight space. For that reason, the £583 optional surround-view camera might well be a worthy investment. It allows the driver to look at the extremities of the car more closely, or even see a virtual bird’s-eye-view of the whole vehicle.
Range Rover Sport interior dimensions
Although there isn’t quite as much cabin space as the full-size Range Rover, you’re unlikely to ever find people wanting for space in the Range Rover Sport. Unless, that is, passengers find themselves in the optional third row seats, which are only really suitable for short journeys. Otherwise, it’s a very comfortable place to sit four or five adults, even if they’re all over six-foot tall.
|Front Headroom||1,002mm (with panoramic roof)|
Range Rover Sport luggage capacity
As a five-seat car, the Range Rover Sport offers one of the largest boot capacities in its class. With 784 litres at its disposal, it’s hard to think of many situations where you’d need more room. Fold the three-seat bench away, however, and that expands to 1,652 litres. For comparison, the BMW X5 offers 650 and 1,870 litres, while the mammoth Audi Q7 matches the Sport in five seat configuration with 775 litres, but expands to a van-like 2,035 litres if necessary.
With the optional sixth and seventh seats in place, Land Rover don’t quote a boot figure, so it’s best to assume that there isn’t any of note.
|Five seats up||784 litres|
|Seats down||1,652 litres|
Range Rover Sport turning circle and fuel tank capacity
As you’d expect from such a large car, the turning circle isn’t going to be fantastic, though it isn’t awful either. A figure of 12.3 meters means that it requires a little over a metre more space to turn around than a Mercedes C-Class.
A huge 85-litre fuel tank bestows the 3.0-litre TDV6 with a potential range of 755 miles, assuming you’re able to match the claimed 40.4mpg fuel economy figure.
|Turning circle||12.3 metres|
|Fuel tank capacity||85 litres|
Range Rover Sport weight
When the latest Range Rover Sport appeared in 2013, engineers emphasised the effort that had gone into reducing the portly stats of the outgoing model. Thanks to an all new chassis which makes the most of lightweight aluminium, a whopping 400 kilos has been shed from the equivalent previous generation model. It’s still by no means a light car (the lightest 3.0-litre TDV6 still weighs comfortably over two tonnes) but the diet has had a massive benefit in terms of acceleration, braking, cornering and fuel efficiency.
|2,115kg (SDV6)||2,398kg (SDV8)|
Range Rover Sport off-roading and towing
While the overwhelming majority of Range Rover Sports will hardly ever see terrain more challenging than a high kerb, that isn’t to say that it isn’t capable of far more. If necessary, it’ll happily wade through up to 850mm of water without trouble, and if you feel the need to tackle any steep inclines, an approach angle of 33.0° should mean that very little will stand in your way.
What is perhaps more reasonable to assume for a car of this size is that at some point someone might be hoping to hitch a trailer to the back. For this purpose, the Range Rover Sport makes an ideal tow car. Regular models can tow up to 3,500kilos, while the sportiest SVR can handle a slightly more modest 3000.
|Towing weight||3,500kg (3,000kg for SVR)|
If you have your eye on a Range Rover Sport don’t forget to check out its main rivals the Audi Q7, Mercedes GL, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Volvo XC90 and BMW X5. Head over to our car deals page to see the latest offers on new cars or check out our car configurator to see how much you could save on your next car.