The Range Rover Sport is a contemporary icon of luxurious motoring. Much like its bigger brother, driving a Range Rover is a bit totally different to driving a BMW, Audi, and even Mercedes-Benz SUV.

It’s not essentially higher or worse, however a Range Rover is a Range Rover, and in some ways, like Porsche, the Indian-owned British model has managed to keep up its attract and status by not producing many cheaper autos sporting the identical badge, one thing that may’t be mentioned about its German rivals.

This aware choice to maintain Range Rover premium has paid dividends with the attract and status of Land Rover’s premium model remaining at an all-time excessive. After all, a Range Rover on the highway is a standing image that’s the envy of many.

The query is whether or not a Sport is a actual Range Rover. The full-sized mannequin we reviewed not too long ago stays the head of luxurious SUV motoring, rivalling the Bentley Bentayga or Rolls-Royce Cullinan, whereas the Sport is for many who maybe don’t want such a big SUV with seven seats, and wish one thing with a bit extra dynamic prowess and functionality.

The new-generation Range Rover Sport is constructed on the identical platform as the large daddy and shares a major loads of elements, expertise, engines, and design traits. In different phrases, the Range Rover Sport is genuinely a barely smaller model of the full-sized automobile at an enormous low cost.

The Range Rover Sport really appears like an excellent deal – with costs beginning at $139,160 – when in comparison with the full-sized mannequin, however remains to be a good bit costlier than it has ever been. It’s additionally costly in comparison with rivals such because the BMW X5 (from $109,900), Audi Q7 (from $107,523), and Mercedes-Benz GLE (from $114,204).

There is rather a lot to know concerning the new Range Rover Sport; from the truth that it presents tried-and-tested diesel and petrol engines, that it’s accessible with a BMW-sourced twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8, and the actual fact there’s a brand new plug-in hybrid that truly is smart and works exceptionally properly. There’s additionally a pure-electric mannequin coming in 2024.

Australian patrons can have a a lot simpler time gaining access to the diesel fashions of the brand new Range Rover Sport for the preliminary launch interval of the automobile provided that our market doesn’t have the tremendous strict emission necessities that Range Rover faces in Europe and USA, that means that fashions heading down beneath will have the ability to utilise barely older emission techniques that aren’t briefly provide.

With that in thoughts, the most well-liked Range Rover Sport mannequin is projected to be the D300 given its value level and availability, with an additional $50,000 wanted to get right into a plug-in hybrid.

How a lot does the Range Rover Sport price?

There are 12 variants of the Range Rover Sport accessible to order in Australia from launch.

The diesels (D badging) would be the quickest to reach, earlier than the petrol (P badging) and hybrid fashions (e badging) turn out to be extra accessible in 2023.

The Range Rover Sport’s value has elevated by $25,000-$30,000 in comparison with the earlier mannequin, and that can little doubt make its presence on the highway extra unique.

Given the present local weather of low provide and excessive demand, it’s extremely unlikely any reductions are on provide for these seeking to be among the many first to order a brand new Sport.

2023 Range Rover Sport pricing:

Badge Engine Price
SE D250 $139,160
SE P360 $144,788
DYNAMIC SE D300 $151,026
DYNAMIC SE P400 $155,608
DYNAMIC HSE D350 $168,638
DYNAMIC HSE P400 $167,547
DYNAMIC HSE P530 $197,809
DYNAMIC HSE P510e $198,097
AUTOBIOGRAPHY D350 $191,141
AUTOBIOGRAPHY P530 $220,312
FIRST EDITION D350 $196,359
FIRST EDITION P530 $241,021

What is the Range Rover Sport like on the within?

The Range Rover Sport presents the very best inside bundle of any SUV in its class. It’s an enormous assertion, but it surely’s merely true.

We don’t imply by way of expertise alone, as a result of it’s most likely lower than the choices from the German trio in the case of linked tech – however by way of match and end, materials use and cabin atmosphere, it’s top-notch.

There are additionally some worthwhile mentions with reference to ergonomics. The steering wheel and pedal positions, and the flexibility to rapidly make all of the changes required inside simple attain, makes driving the Range Rover Sport stress-free.

The 13.7-inch digital driver instrument cluster show comes normal throughout the vary and has a very nice, high-resolution show in addition to a particular form that provides the cabin an excellent sense of modernity with out taking away the class of its design.

We additionally love the 13.1-inch infotainment touchscreen borrowed from the full-size Range Rover; it’s barely curved and appears good.

The expertise powering it, although, is a bit buggy. It appears to stutter a good bit when driving by way of the CBD making an attempt to undertaking the 3D show of buildings round (which is annoying as a result of it’s 2022, and a ten year-old iPhone might do that), and even navigating out within the nation it appears to sometimes stutter with display screen glints and momentary freezes.

We are conscious the automobiles we drove are very early examples and most of those points are software program, not {hardware} primarily based.

The Range Rover Sport does have wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so the excellent news is you don’t have to make use of buggy British software program; you possibly can let the Americans run your display screen, after which it appears to be rather a lot smoother and problem-free.

The different excellent news? The different factor the British do properly is design. The inside of the Range Rover Sport is good. It has no floor that feels poorly thought out or designed.

Everything feels nice to the touch and the way in which the surfaces are coated in leather-based and stitched superbly is among the primary the reason why getting inside a Range Rover appears to be a deal with all by itself.

For us, it’s undoubtedly miles forward of the Germans in the case of this side.

Ride consolation is good, and the entrance seats do an excellent job of supporting your again and neck.

This is the very best SUV in its phase to do an extended highway journey in. If you could have a vacation residence out of city that you just go to ceaselessly, that is the automobile for you.

The again seats are additionally very spacious, with three common adults capable of match with relative ease, however the automobile is ideal for 4 as all can journey in excessive consolation.

There’s 450L of boot area, or 835L in the event you measure to the roof. This expands to 1860L with the rear seats folded.

What’s beneath the bonnet?

There are three engines accessible for the Australian market. The 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-diesel is available in three variations: D250, D300 and D350.

The 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo petrol is accessible in P360 and P400 guises, and is the engine of alternative within the plug-in hybrid P510e the place it’s paired up with a 105kW electrical motor and 38.2kWh battery.

The BMW-sourced 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 powers P530 variants, and can quickly energy the SVR variant.

Engine specs:

Badge Engine Type Power (kW) Torque (Nm) Fuel Economy L/100km CO2 Combined (g/km)
D250 3.0-litre i6 turbo-diesel 183 600 7.2 190
D300 3.0-litre i6 turbo-diesel 221 650 7.2 190
D350 3.0-litre i6 turbo-diesel 258 700 7.2 190
P360 3.0-litre i6 turbo-petrol 265 500 9.4 219
P400 3.0-litre i6 turbo-petrol 294 550 9.4 219
P510e 3.0-litre i6 petrol PHEV 294 700 1.6 37
P530 4.4-litre twin-turbo petrol V8 390 750 11.8 275

How does the Range Rover Sport drive?

The authentic Range Rover Sport got here into existence in 2004 on the Detroit motor present, with the second era hitting Australian roads in 2014, adopted by a considerable replace in 2017.

The level is, it has been a superb 5 years between drinks, and the third-generation mannequin is coming into a aggressive panorama that now consists of the newest Porsche Cayenne and a trio of different German rivals. That’s to not point out the likes of Lexus and Genesis with their very own glorious luxurious SUVs.

The entire concept of the Range Rover Sport was to supply luxurious with dynamic driving traits that embody its ‘Sport’ badging. This might have been the case upon its debut however the third era is extra Range Rover than Sport.

By that we imply, a Porsche Cayenne would genuinely run rings round it by way of dynamism – but it surely’s additionally probably the most luxurious and cozy Range Rover Sport so far thanks a spread of recent and distinctive applied sciences that even the full-size Range Rover doesn’t get.

For instance, the brand new Sport employs a brand new dynamic air suspension that has switchable quantity air springs with twin-valve energetic dampers, that means it could differ the distinction between stiff and luxury experience settings by a major margin utilizing air stress in two separate chambers – the upper the stress, the stiffer the experience.

It makes Comfort mode virtually pretty much as good as a full-sized Range Rover, whereas stiffening the automobile up significantly extra when required.

The greatest approach to have a look at it’s with a way of realism. How usually are you going to search out your self going flat-chat by way of a twisty mountain highway and questioning why the entrance finish of the Sport feels its weight as you push to the restrict round a nook? Or why the steering feels a little bit underwhelming and lifeless on centre?

Compare that with how usually you’re more likely to be driving over horrible roads in Sydney, appreciating the actual fact someway, regardless of its 23-inch wheels, the Sport glides over issues like Aladdin on his magic carpet.

It’s really a outstanding feat of engineering that we might fortunately decide over agility any day of the week.

That’s to not say the Range Rover Sport isn’t sporty. The seating place is an effective 20mm decrease than the full-sized automobile and, together with its windscreen which is now extra steeply raked, the Sport presents a really totally different driving place that’s is an enchancment over the earlier mannequin.

You don’t get the sense you’re sitting on high of site visitors and commanding your approach round, there’s extra of an immersive really feel to it with out shedding that open, ethereal really feel Range Rovers are so famend for.

There’s additionally rear-wheel steering, which may change the angle of the rear axle by 7.3 levels, making the Range Rover Sport really feel rather a lot smaller than it’s round tight corners and when parking. It undoubtedly makes residing with the Sport a a lot simpler prospect than earlier than.

All of our take a look at automobiles had been fitted with a plethora of options together with 48-volt digital energetic roll management techniques, and all of the suspension expertise on provide. We will reserve judgement of the automobile’s true nature with out these options for when it arrives in Australia in the direction of the tip of 2022.

We drove the D300 diesel, P530 twin-turbo petrol V8, and the P510e plug-in hybrid. It’s protected to say the three.0-litre six-cylinder turbo diesel within the D300 (221kW/650Nm) is genuinely greater than sufficient for what most patrons would ever do with the automobile.

The D300 will get from 0-100km/h in 7.3 seconds and we are able to guarantee you, each on the transfer and from the lights, that’s loads of grunt to not really feel gradual. It additionally has no points overtaking slower automobiles on the freeway in any respect.

If you don’t care concerning the reality you’re shopping for a diesel engine in at present’s age of plug-in hybrids and electrical autos, it’s really a superb alternative.

The twin-turbo V8 has 390kW of energy and 750Nm of torque, and can get from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds, which is quicker than you’ll ever want your SUV to be – however nonetheless not fairly Porsche Cayenne Turbo quick.

It doesn’t sound something just like the previous 5.0-litre supercharged V8 within the sense that it supplies no crackles, soul or character, but it surely has great torque supply throughout the rev vary and appears like it could have the ability to sustain with most issues if wanted.

Unless you wish to spend properly north of $200k on the V8, the engine we might most likely suggest is the P400 with its 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine packing 294kW and 500Nm. It does the 100km/h sprint in a wholesome 5.9 seconds and will get away from the diesel stigma.

We additionally drove the Range Rover Sport P510e plug-in hybrid, which has the identical petrol engine because the P400 however will get the additional advantage of a good 105kW electrical motor and 38.2kWh battery, good for 125km of electrical driving vary.

In the true world that’s most likely nearer to 80km, however in the event you take into account what number of kilometres a day you really do, it signifies that absolutely the majority of the time you’re driving an electrical automobile with out the concern or operating out of cost.

It had some fascinating options, like detecting when it was coming into Madrid CBD and switching to full-EV (a requirement in quite a few European cities within the to keep away from tax and cut back air pollution). It had loads of go on the electrical drive alone however in the event you wanted extra, the petrol engine would get up immediately to help.

It’s an excellent mid-way between a full-blown EV and a petroleum automobile, however at round $200,000, it’s about $30k on high of the equal P400, simply to avoid wasting gas and impress your environmentally-conscious pals – and save the planet, in fact…

As Range Rover likes to do, we additionally subjected our quite a few take a look at automobiles to an extremely and unreasonably powerful off-road course to showcase that even on 23-inch wheels with low-profile tyres, the Range Rover Sport remains to be able to roving over the hardest terrain.

Without boring you about its functionality, we are able to say doubtless it’s probably the most succesful luxurious SUV in its phase, options that absolutely the majority of its house owners won’t ever ever use.

What do you get?

Range Rover Sport SE highlights:

  • 13.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • DAB digital radio
  • 15-speaker 400W Meridian sound system
  • 13.7-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Wireless cellphone charging
  • 20-inch power-adjustable heated entrance seats with driver reminiscence
  • Heated, power-reclining rear seats
  • Dual-zone local weather management
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power-adjustable steering column
  • Power tailgate
  • Keyless entry
  • Auto-dimming inside rear-view mirror
  • Heated, power-folding exterior mirrors
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Automatic Pixel LED headlights
  • Headlight energy washers
  • 21-inch alloy wheels
  • Full-sized spare
  • Tyre stress monitoring
  • Terrain Response 2
  • Hill descent management
  • All Terrain Progress Control
  • Adaptive Dynamics

Range Rover Sport Dynamic SE provides:

  • Black-painted brake callipers
  • Metal pedals

Range Rover Sport Dynamic HSE provides:

  • Adaptive Off-Road Cruise Control
  • Semi-autonomous park help
  • Digital LED headlights
  • 22-inch alloy wheels
  • 20-way heated and ventilated entrance seats with driver reminiscence
  • Heated and ventilated, power-reclining rear seats
  • Head-up show
  • ClearSight inside rear-view mirror
  • 19-speaker 800W Meridian 3D sound system
  • Illuminated seat belt buckles
  • Soft-close doorways

Range Rover Sport Autobiography provides:

  • Sliding panoramic roof
  • SV Bespoke Full Extended Leather Upgrade
  • 22-way heated and ventilated, power-adjustable entrance seats with therapeutic massage and winged headrests
  • Heated and ventilated, power-reclining rear seats with winged headrests
  • Four-zone local weather management
  • Illuminated tread plates
  • Premium cabin lighting

Range Rover Sport First Edition provides:

  • Front fog lights
  • 23-inch alloy wheels

MORE: 2023 Range Rover Sport price and specs

Options

Cold Climate Pack, $1020

  • Heated windscreen
  • Heated washer jets
  • Heated steering wheel

Hot Climate Pack, $2925-6693 relying on variant

  • Privacy glass
  • Front centre console fridge compartment
  • Four-zone local weather management
  • Twin-blade sunvisors with illuminated vainness mirrors
  • Solar attenuating windscreen

Technology Pack, $2686 (SE, Dynamic SE)

  • ClearSight inside rear-view mirror
  • Domestic plug socket
  • Head-up show

Premium Textile Pack, $3726 on Dynamic SE and Dynamic HSE and $5385 on SE

  • SV Bespoke carpet mats
  • Illuminated metallic tread plates
  • Metal pedals
  • Premium cabin lighting
  • Full Non-Leather Upgrade

Premium Upgrade Interior Pack, $3015 on Dynamic SE and Dynamic HSE and $4673 on SE

  • SV Bespoke carpet mats
  • Illuminated metallic tread plates
  • Metal pedals
  • Premium cabin lighting
  • SV Bespoke Full Extended Leather Upgrade

Standalone choices embody, however will not be restricted to:

  • Privacy glass: $950
  • Laminated entrance and rear facet glass: $1356
  • Hands-free energy tailgate: $270
  • Heated steering wheel: $510
  • Heated windscreen: $460
  • Heated washer jets: $230
  • Front centre console fridge compartment: $1670
  • Cabin Pre-Conditioning: $3470
  • 11.4-inch rear seat leisure system: $4150
  • 29-speaker 1430W Meridian Signature sound system: $4816-6414
  • Advanced Tow Assist: $410
  • Black Exterior Pack: $3327

Variant-specific choices embody:

  • Digital LED headlights: $452 (SE, Dynamic SE)
  • Front fog lights: $321 (excludes First Edition)
  • Black distinction roof: $2000 (SE, Dynamic SE, Dynamic HSE)
  • Fixed panoramic roof: $3570 (SE, Dynamic SE, Dynamic HSE)
  • Sliding panoramic roof: $4420 (SE, Dynamic SE, Dynamic HSE)
  • Adaptive Off-Road Cruise Control: $460 (SE, Dynamic SE)
  • ClearSight inside rear-view mirror: $980 (SE, Dynamic SE)
  • Head-up show: $1700 (SE, Dynamic SE)
  • 19-speaker 800W Meridian 3D sound system: $1598 (SE, Dynamic SE)
  • Semi-autonomous park help: $310 (SE, Dynamic SE)
  • Soft-close doorways: $1150 (SE, Dynamic SE)

There’s additionally a variety of various wheel and trim choices, together with a alternative of Windsor or semi-aniline leather-based upholstery and Ultrafabrics textiles.

We suggest trying out the Range Rover Sport configurator on the Land Rover web site.

Is the Range Rover Sport protected?

ANCAP and Euro NCAP have but to check the brand new Range Rover Sport.

Standard security gear in Australia will embody:

  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
  • Adaptive cruise management with steering help
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Surround-view cameras with wade sensing
  • Lane-keep help
  • Traffic signal recognition
  • Adaptive pace limiter
  • Front and rear parking sensors

How a lot does the Range Rover Sport price to run?

The Range Rover Sport is roofed by a five-year limitless kilometre guarantee.

Service pricing is as follows:

Engine Type Engine Badge 5-year Service Plan
3.0 i6 183kW Diesel D250 $3200
3.0 i6 221kW Diesel D300 $3200
3.0 i6 258kW Diesel D350 $3200
3.0 i6 265kW Petrol P360 $2700
3.0 i6 294kW Petrol P400 $2700
4.4 V8 390kW Petrol P530 $3800
3.0 i6 294kW PHEV Petrol PHEV $2700

CarExpert’s Take on the Range Rover Sport

Ultimately, you’ll purchase a Range Rover Sport since you need to – not since you want to.

It’s a superb bundle that’s greatest suited to suburban life and lengthy nation drives.

If you’re popping out a Porsche Cayenne or a BMW X5 M, chances are you’ll discover the Sport’s dynamic functionality a little bit missing however frankly, this isn’t about going quick round corners.

The Range Rover Sport is about being super-relaxed and wrapped in luxurious and for that purpose alone, it’s the very best luxurious household SUV in its phase.

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