£52,835 - £89,305 Price range
5 - 7 Seats
22 - 45 MPG
The outgoing Range Rover Sport is still well-worth considering if you’re looking for a stylish and hugely spacious SUV. It’s not quite as fun to drive as a Porsche Cayenne but it’s more comfortable.
This is partly thanks to its roomy and very well-appointed cabin. Almost everything in sight comes with a plush leather, wood or metal finish and all the controls feel sturdy enough to outlast the pyramids.
Unfortunately, the outgoing model’s infotainment system isn’t a patch on the triple-screen setup you’ll find in the latest Range Rover Sport. Even the top-spec 10-inch display looks a little low-res compared to what you’ll find in a Porsche Cayenne or Audi Q7 and you can’t get it with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring systems.
It might not come with such modern kit, but the outgoing Sport’s just as spacious as the latest model. The back seats are soft and supportive and there’s absolutely masses of head, leg and knee room for tall passengers to stretch out. There’s easily enough space for three adults to side side by side without bumping shoulders, too.
You can even get it with a third row of seats in the boot for an extra £1,590, turning it into a seven-seater. Unfortunately, it’s tricky to squeeze past the middle row to get to them and there’s only enough head and legroom for kids to get comfortable.
Without these extra seats folded down you can cram an impressive 489 litres of luggage in the boot – that’s enough space for a few sets of golf clubs or a large baby buggy and some bulky soft bags. Flip but the front seats down and the Sport’s boot grows to 1,761 litres. Its flat floor and wide boot opening make it easy to load but both the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7 can carry bigger, bulkier loads.
You can get the Range Rover Sport with a wide selection of petrol and diesel engines ranging from a 2.0-litre diesel to a 550hp petrol V8 lifted from the Jaguar F-Type sports car. There’s even a hybrid model that’ll return 44mpg – or so Land Rover claims – but the pick of the range is the 3.0-litre V6 diesel.
It’s smoother and punchier than the 2.0-litre version and has no trouble blasting past slow-moving traffic. It’ll even return around 30mpg in normal driving conditions compared to Land Rover’s claimed 40mpg.
Whichever model you pick, the Range Rover Sport is fantastically comfortable to drive. It comes with air suspension as standard, which separates you from pockmarked roads with a cushion of pressurised air. It does a great job of ironing out potholes and stops the Sport’s high-riding body from leaning too much in tight corners. You’ll hear barely any wind or tyre noise at speed either which helps make the Sport relaxing to drive.
Also helping to put your mind at rest are the Sport’s advanced safety systems. You get a stability control system to help make sure it doesn’t slide in slippery conditions and adaptive cruise control that’ll maintain a safe distance to cars in front before returning to a preset speed when the road’s clear.
Euro NCAP hasn’t crash tested the outgoing Range Rover Sport but these features help make it one of the safest large SUVs on sale and well worth considering if you prefer your luxury family cars comfortable rather than sporty.