LAND ROVER

LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT DIESEL ESTATE 3.0 D300 Autobiography 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2198 g/km

The Range Rover Sport. The best of all worlds? You might think that Land Rover's flagship Range Rover model would be just about perfect if it was slightly more dynamically styled and slightly sharper to drive. That's just what the third generation Range Rover Sport aims to offer. It now feels like a six-figure SUV inside and out and there's nothing quite like it.

SPORT FOR ALL?

The third generation Range Rover Sport takes a best step forward in luxury and technology. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The Range Rover Sport. The best of all worlds? You might think that Land Rover's flagship Range Rover model would be just about perfect if it was slightly more dynamically styled and slightly sharper to drive. That's just what the third generation Range Rover Sport aims to offer. It now feels like a six-figure SUV inside and out and there's nothing quite like it.

Background

Here's a car that claims to be able to do.... well, almost everything. It'll cruise on the autobahn at 130mph, ford rivers in the Serengeti, take a family on holiday and slip you down to the shops. It can be affordable to run, rewarding to drive and looks dynamic and stylish. There has to be a catch - doesn't there? Time to check out the third generation Range Rover Sport. Ah yes, the Range Rover Sport. A car that in its first generation guise was neither a 'Range Rover' or 'sporty'. In fact, it was based almost entirely on the brand's sensible Discovery model and, thanks to that car's practical ladder frame chassis, as about as dynamic to drive. Still, the smarter set of clothes did the trick and for most of its life between 2005 and 2012, the MK1 'Sport' was one of Solihull's best sellers. The second generation model, launched in 2013 and updated in 2017, satisfied them far more credibly, based this time on the underpinnings of the fourth generation Range Rover. This MK4 design also shares a Range Rover chassis and powertrain, which means it's very advanced indeed.

Driving Experience

You'd expect a sharper drive than a Range Rover, but engineering almost completely shared with it - and by and large, that's what you get. Spend enough and this car can be the most dynamically able Range Rover Sport yet - we'll get to that. After confirming the engine line-up. Land Rover has no intention of abandoning diesel just yet and there are three MHEV mild hybrid options, the D250 (with 246bhp), the D300 (296bhp) and the D350 (345bhp). The rest the range is petrol-powered. The P360 (355bhp) and the P400 (395bhp) have MHEV tech: the top P530, with its BMW-sourced 4.4-litre twin turbo 523bhp V8, doesn't. The final option resides with a couple of Plug-in Hybrids, the P440e (434bhp) and the P510e (503bhp). These combine a 3.0-litre straight six petrol unit with a 105kW electric motor. They offer a 70 mile EAER-rated electric driving range - and if that's not enough, there's a full-EV version planned for 2024. Whichever variant you choose, it should feel sharper to drive thanks to a body structure now 35% stiffer than before, offering what Land Rover claims is 'sportscar levels of stiffness'. Plus the dual chamber air suspension has been designed to limit cornering body roll - and pitch under acceleration. An optional 'Stormer' handling pack adds 'Dynamic Response Pro anti-roll control', plus rear wheel steering, torque vectoring by braking and 'Adaptive Dynamics' adaptive damping with Bilstein monotube dampers. As before, the Range Rover Sport is unrivalled off road, with intelligently variable all-wheel drive and 'Terrain Response' with six settings. The air springs can offer a 135mm ride height increase, water up to 900mm deep can be forded and 45-degree gradients attempted.

Design and Build

You'd instantly identify this as a Range Rover Sport, though on closer inspection, this third generation model is a good deal more sophisticated to look at. It's now a fraction under five-metres long, with a silhouette featuring three defining lines. There's the roof, which slopes downwards into a bigger rear spoiler; a more angled waistline with flush fitting for the door handles and glass; and a lower line that sweeps upwards. Up-front, the grille is slimmer and the LED headlamps are the narrowest ever fitted to a Land Rover model. Out back, it's particularly striking, with a visor-like screen and tail lamps with smart red OLED embedded strips. Inside, there's a more focused and immersive cockpit design than you'd get in a full-fat Range Rover, though all the technology is much the same. You sit 20mm lower and the steering wheel is smaller. A high centre console flows into a curved 13.1-inch central infotainment touchscreen, complemented by a 13.7-inch digital instrument binnacle. There are some lovely touches too, like the way that the speakers for the Meridian sound system can be covered with textiles. More space for leg room has been freed up in the back thanks to a 75mm-longer wheelbase. And the cargo bay has risen in size to 835-litres - 55-litres more than before. This time round, there's no seven-seat option. And unlike the Range Rover, there's no long wheelbase version either.

Market and Model

Pricing now starts from around £80,000, which gets you base 'Sport SE' trim with the base D300 diesel engine. Most owners will find the £3,000 premium that Land Rover wants for sportier-looking 'Dynamic SE' trim, while at the top of the liner-up, there's plush 'Autobiography'-spec. Even base 'Sport SE' trim gets you a lot: Pixel LED headlights, 21-inch 'Style' alloy wheels, a Meridian Sound System, a fixed panoramic roof and a 3D Surround Camera system. And that's just the start. You also get perforated Windsor leather seats with 20-way electric heated memory adjustment at the front and a heated power reclining function at the back. There's also Dynamic air suspension, 'Adaptive Dynamics' adaptive damping and the brand's unrivalled 'Terrain Response 2' set-up, which gives you various off-road driving modes. Infotainment is dealt with by a huge 13.1-inch Pivi Pro central touchscreen and there's wireless 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring. You also get a heated steering wheel, 2-Zone climate control, power folding mirrors and Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist. The 'Dynamic'-spec models are set apart by more unique frontal treatment and a dark grey finish for the alloy wheels. Top 'Autobiography'-spec embellishes the car with Digital LED headlights, a black contrast roof with a sliding panoramic top, 22-inch diamond turned alloy wheels, and a Head-up display. At this top level, you also get 22-way heated and ventilated massaging electric memory front seats with winged head rests. And drive dynamics are improved by all-wheel steering and an electronic active differential with torque vectoring by braking.

Cost of Ownership

The Range Rover Sport has come a long way since the days of the heavy, thirsty old first generation model. The second generation design adopted an all-aluminium body structure which cut kerb weight by a whopping 39%. This MK3 model takes another step forward with its mild hybrid tech and PHEV Plug-in powerplants. And more's to come, with a full-EV version planned in 2024. All of these headlines rather mask the fact that the versions most customers will actually choose still lag a little behind less capable rivals when it comes to matters of efficiency. The base D300 MHEV diesel manages 37.7mpg on the combined cycle and 196g/km of CO2. For the D350 MHEV, it's 37.4mpg and 198g/km. You'll need deep pockets to run the conventional P400 petrol model, which only manages 29.9mpg and 214g/km. Better to stretch to the P400e Plug-in Hybrid, rated at 341.2mpg and 18g/km, providing you make the most of the all-electric driving range - EAER-rated at 70 miles. Rapid charging capability of up to 50kW is included, which means an 80% charge will occupy under an hour. Use a home wallbox and a full charge will take around five hours. There's a choice of full-electric mode, plus a default Hybrid setting and a 'Save' option, which defers electric charge for when you might need it later in your trip.

Summary

With the fully fledged Range Rover being these days very much a plutocratic purchase, it's this 'Sport' model that for us, now most faithfully continues a model line stretching all the way back to the 1970 original. That very first Range Rover was a car you didn't have to be afraid to use as intended, on or off road. And nor is this one, usefully improved in this more sophisticated third generation form. It looks and feels a more luxurious, expensive product this time round, but it's still one that wouldn't mind getting its wheels dirty, should you ever have the opportunity to exploit quite astounding reserves of off road prowess. Previous generation Range Rover Sports had to pay for that with stodgy on-road handling, but this one has improved greatly in this regard, providing you tick the right expensive options boxes. It's taken Land Rover a long time to get this model exactly right; but try it for yourself and you may well feel that it's been worth the wait.

  • Heated windscreen
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Heated rear window
  • Remote window closing
  • Heated washer jets
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Electric windows with one touch open/close and anti trap
  • Winter wiper park position

  • Emergency braking
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Brake pre-fill technology
  • Electric parking brake
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Low traction launch
  • Hill launch assist
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Roll stability control
  • Hill descent control
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Electronic traction control

  • SV bespoke carpet mats

  • Terrain Response 2
  • Automatic access height
  • Adaptive dynamics

  • Android Auto
  • Apple car play
  • Wireless device charging with phone signal booster
  • Remote

  • Rear collision monitor
  • Occupant protection assist
  • 3D 360 degree surround camera with wade sensing
  • Park assist
  • Electric power assisted steering (EPAS)
  • Rear traffic monitor
  • Front and rear parking aid
  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter
  • Adaptive cruise control with steering assist
  • Eco mode
  • Blind spot assist
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning system

  • Push button start

  • 13.1" Touchscreen
  • Driver condition response
  • Interactive Driver display instrument cluster
  • Trip computer
  • Head up Display

  • Electric heated/power fold memory door mirrors with approach lights and auto dimming driver side
  • ClearSight interior rear view mirror
  • Side repeater indicators in mirror

  • Moonlight noble chrome interior finishers

  • Incontrol protect - SOS emergency call with automatic collision detection, optimised assistance call and Incontrol remote app essential
  • Pivi pro connected
  • USB/aux input socket
  • DAB Radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting)

  • Flush deployable exterior door handles
  • Metal load space scuff plates
  • Front and rear recovery eyes
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Sliding panoramic roof with electric sunblind
  • Illuminated metal tread plates with Autobiography script

  • Follow me home lighting
  • Centre high mounted stop light
  • Rear animated directional indicators
  • Digital LED headlights with signature DRL and image projection
  • Rear fog lights
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Automatic headlight levelling
  • Automatic headlights
  • Headlight power wash

  • Air quality sensor
  • Pollen filter
  • Automatic air recirculation
  • Four zone climate control

  • Easy boot loading
  • Power socket
  • Front door storage space
  • Loadspace mounting provisions
  • Customer configurable single point entry
  • Loadspace Hook
  • Luggage tie-downs in loadspace
  • Ebony console door armrests and seatbelts
  • Loadspace floor partition
  • Upper secondary glovebox
  • Centre console with armrest
  • Front and rear cupholders
  • Front/rear passenger grab handles
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Bright metal foot pedals
  • Gearshift paddles
  • Soft close doors
  • Lockable glovebox
  • Driver's footrest
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Front stowage pocket
  • Three 12V accessory power outlets
  • Loadspace cover
  • Electric adjustable steering column
  • Rear centre armrest

  • Front map lights
  • Premium cabin lighting
  • Loadspace light

  • Passenger seat occupant detector with front airbags
  • Power operated child locks
  • Illuminated seat belt buckles
  • Configurable autolock
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Front side airbags
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • TPMS (Tyre pressure monitoring system)

  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • 22 way heated and ventilated front and power recline rear seats, massage electric memory front seats and front and rear winged headrests
  • 60:40 seats with power recline and loadthrough
  • Single front passenger seat
  • Rear ISOFIX

  • Keyless entry
  • Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarm
  • Remote locking
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Immobiliser
  • Intrusion sensor

  • Trailer stability assist

  • 8 speed automatic transmission
  • All wheel drive system

  • Twin blade sunvisors with Illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 198
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 211
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 198

  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
  • CC: 2997

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 37.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 37.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 35.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 8

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 300
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: Autobiography
  • Coin Description: D300
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6

  • Engine Power - KW: 221
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 479
  • Engine Torque - NM: 650
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 300
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.6
  • Top Speed: 135
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 66.3

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 285/45 R22
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: STYLE 5127
  • Tyre Size Rear: 285/45 R22
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 22" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2047
  • Height: 1820
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4946
  • Width: 2209
  • Wheelbase: 2997

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2315
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3220
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 647
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 3500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 905
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1491
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.53

  • Privacy glass: £475
  • Solar attenuating windscreen: £220
  • Laminated front and rear side glass: £350
  • Toughened front and rear side glass: Included

  • Black brake calipers: Included
  • Red brake calipers: £0

  • All terrain progress control: Included
  • Adaptive off-road cruise control: £200
  • Dynamic air suspension: Included

  • Personal customer handover experience: £1,295
  • Wi-Fi Enabled with data plan: £440

  • Remote park assist: £500
  • Configurable programs: £220

  • Powered single-piece tailgate: Included
  • Powered gesture tailgate: £300
  • Homelink (programmable garage door opener): £220

  • Natural black veneer: Included
  • SV bespoke satin forged carbon finisher: £1,460

  • 11.4" Rear seat entertainment system: £3,700
  • Meridian 3D sound system: Included
  • Meridian Signature Sound system: £4,350

  • Autobiography badge: Included
  • No badges: £0
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Body coloured roof: £0
  • Metallic paint: £895
  • Premium metallic paint: £1,760
  • Black contrast roof: Included
  • SV bespoke special effect gloss finish paint: £6,240
  • SV bespoke special effect satin finish paint: £8,790
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic gloss finish paint: £4,590
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic satin finish paint: £7,140

  • Front fog lights: £175

  • Cabin pre-conditioning: £1,275
  • Cabin air purification pro: £400

  • Premium non-leather steering wheel: £550
  • Manual rear side window sunblinds: £300
  • Domestic plug socket: £120
  • Loadspace partition net: £150
  • Front centre console refrigerator compartment: £480
  • Perforated Semi-Aniline leather upholstery: Included
  • SV bespoke full extended leather upgrade: Included
  • Leather steering wheel with moonlight bezel: Included
  • Perforated ultrafabrics upholstery: £0
  • SV bespoke ebony suedecloth headlining: Included
  • SV bespoke duo tone ebony/light cloud suedecloth headlining: £140
  • Full non-leather upgrade: £0

  • Dynamic exterior styling pack - Range Rover Sport with narvik black side vent: £0
  • Dynamic exterior styling pack - Range Rover Sport: Included
  • Convenience pack with activity key - Range Rover Sport Autobiography/First Edition: £910
  • Hot climate pack - Range Rover Sport Autobiography: £1,340
  • Stormer handling pack - Range Rover Sport: £5,330
  • Black Exterior pack - Range Rover Sport: £1,450
  • Smoker's pack - Range Rover Sport: £75

  • Metallic - Lantau bronze: £895
  • Metallic - Borasco grey: £895
  • Metallic - Santorini black: £895
  • Metallic - Firenze red: £895
  • Metallic - Eiger grey: £895
  • Metallic - Portofino blue: £895
  • Metallic - Giola green: £895
  • Metallic - Ostuni pearl white: £895
  • Metallic - Varesine blue: £895

  • Solid - Fuji white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Carpathian grey: £1,760
  • Premium metallic - Charente grey: £1,760
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic gloss - Ethereal frost silver: £4,590
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic gloss - Flux silver: £4,590
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic satin - Ethereal frost silver: £7,140
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic satin - Flux silver: £7,140
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic gloss - Ionian silver: £4,590
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic gloss - Amethyst grey purple: £4,590
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic gloss - Petrolix blue: £4,590
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic gloss - Sunset gold: £4,590
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic gloss - Tourmaline brown: £4,590
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic gloss - Sanguinello orange: £4,590
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic gloss - Velocity blue: £4,590
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic satin - Ionian silver: £7,140
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic satin - Sunset gold: £7,140
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic satin - Tourmaline brown: £7,140
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic satin - Velocity blue: £7,140
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic gloss - Sunrise copper: £4,590
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic satin - Sunrise copper: £7,140
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic gloss - British Racing Green: £4,590
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic gloss - Ligurian Black: £4,590
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic satin - British Racing Green: £7,140
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic satin - Ligurian Black: £7,140
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic gloss - Constellation blue: £4,590
  • SV bespoke ultra metallic satin - Eiger grey: £7,140
  • SV bespoke special effect gloss - Icy white: £6,240
  • SV bespoke special effect satin - Icy white: £8,790

  • First aid kit: £40

  • Activity key: £315
  • Secure tracker pro: £340

  • Electrical towing preparation: Included
  • Advanced tow assist: £385
  • Electrically deployable towbar: £1,095
  • No towing: £0

  • Twin speed transfer box: £440
  • Single speed transfer box: Included
  • Open differential with torque vectoring by braking: Included

  • Perforated ultrafabrics - Light cloud/ebony with light cloud/ebony interior, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Perforated ultrafabrics - Light cloud/ebony with light cloud/ebony interior, Ebony/light cloud headlining: £0
  • Perforated ultrafabrics - Raven blue/ebony with raven blue/ebony interior, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Perforated ultrafabrics - Raven blue/ebony with raven blue/ebony interior, Ebony/light cloud headlining: £0

  • Perforated Semi-Aniline leather - Ebony with ebony interior, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Perforated Semi-Aniline leather - Ebony with ebony interior, Ebony/light cloud headlining: £0
  • Perforated Semi-Aniline leather - Light cloud/ebony with light cloud/ebony interior, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Perforated Semi-Aniline leather - Light cloud/ebony with light cloud/ebony interior, Ebony/light cloud headlining: £0
  • Perforated Semi-Aniline leather - Caraway/ebony with caraway/ebony interior, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Perforated Semi-Aniline leather - Deep garnet/ebony with Deep garnet/ebony interior, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Perforated Semi-Aniline leather - Deep garnet/ebony with Deep garnet/ebony interior, Ebony/light cloud headlining: £0

  • Self sealing tyres: £250

  • 23" Diamond turned with gloss dark grey contrast alloy wheels - Style 1075: £1,100
  • 20" Alloy wheels - Style 5134: £0
  • 20" Alloy wheels - Style 7020: £0
  • 20" Alloy wheels - style 5125: £0
  • 20" Satin dark grey alloy wheels - style 5125: £0
  • 21" Alloy wheels - Style 5126: £0
  • 21" Satin dark grey Alloy wheels - Style 5126: £0
  • 22" Diamond turned satin dark grey contrast alloy wheels - Style 5127: Included
  • 22" Satin dark grey alloy wheels - Style 5127: £0
  • 22" SV bespoke satin black with gloss black contrast alloy wheels - Style 5131: £500
  • 22" Diamond turned with gloss dark grey contrast alloy wheels - Style 1080: £0
  • 23" Gloss black alloy wheels - Style 5135: £1,100
  • 23" Alloy wheels - Style 5135: £1,100
  • 23" SV bespoke dark grey with carbon inserts alloy wheels - Style 5128: £2,100

  • 23" full size alloy spare wheel: £1,060
  • Reduced section alloy spare wheel: £290
  • Tyre repair system: Included
  • 20" full size alloy spare wheel: £760
  • 21" full size alloy spare wheel: £860
  • 22" full size alloy spare wheel: £960

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