2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Pros: Fantastic off-road capabilities; acceleration is gutsy with base V6 and blistering with supercharged V8; improved fuel economy; classy interior; delivers much of the upscale appeal of the original Range Rover at a much lower price

Cons: Even though its pricing significantly undercuts a regular Range Rover, Range Rover Sport is still really expensive; some complicated controls; legroom could be better in both the front and rear; small-item storage in the cabin is only so-so

CG Says: The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport gains standard autonomous emergency braking and lane-departure warning. There is also a new control system with a larger 10.2-inch screen. Newly available is Advanced Tow Assist that makes backing a trailer easier. Range Rover Sport is a premium midsize crossover SUV that seats up to seven passengers with optional third-row seat. Although it shares a name with Land Rover’s topline Range Rover, Range Rover Sport is actually built on a smaller platform and is less expense. The base engine is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 340 or 380 horsepower. A high-performance supercharged 5.0-liter V8 is available with 510 or 550 hp. Better fuel economy is offered by a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 with 254 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard and a two-speed transfer case is optional. Available features include adaptive cruise control, Driver Condition Monitor, Intelligent Speed Limiter, blind-spot alert, lane-keep assist, park assist, surround-view camera, hands-free liftgate, height-adjustable suspension, and head-up instrument display. There are other premium SUVs that offer more value for mainstream shoppers, but none of them can match the Range Rover Sport’s blend of on- and off-road handling, invigorating acceleration, regal cabin appointments, high-tech features, and high-end personality. The SVR model is incredibly expensive, but it should provide an interesting alternative to high-performance luxury SUVs such as the BMW X5 M and X6 M.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5 or 7
Drive Wheels 4-wheel drive
Manufacturer Land Rover
Nation of Manufacture United Kingdom
Base Prices SE: $65,650
SE Td6: $67,650
HSE: $70,650
HSE Dynamic: $80,150
HSE Td6: $72,650
Supercharged: $80,650
Supercharged Dynamic: $83,730
Autobiography: $94,450
SVR: $111,350

Base Engine
supercharged 3.0-liter V6 (SE, HSE, HSE Dynamic)
Horsepower
340 (380 in HSE Dynamic)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23

Optional Engine
supercharged 5.0-liter V8 (Supercharged, Supercharged Dynamic, Autobiography, SVR)
Horsepower
510 (550 in SVR)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
14
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
19

Optional Engine
turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 (SE Td6, HSE Td6)
Horsepower
254
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28