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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: What You Need to Know

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The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport finishes in the bottom half of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. It delivers terrific performance, but its shortcomings keep it from ranking among the best vehicles in the class.

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is ranked:

Is the Land Rover Range Rover Sport a Good SUV?

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a good SUV, but it doesn’t have the all-around quality of many class rivals. It lags behind most competitors in practical measures – like predicted reliability, fuel economy, and cargo capacity – and it has a frustrating infotainment system. Still, the Range Rover sport has a solid lineup of powerful engines, outstanding off-road ability, and a luxurious cabin with spacious seats.

Should I Buy the Land Rover Range Rover Sport?

There are reasons to like the Range Rover Sport, but you shouldn't buy it without comparison shopping first. There are other vehicles – including a few within the Land Rover lineup – that you might like better, such as the Range Rover, Discovery, and Range Rover Evoque.

Should I Buy a New or Used Land Rover Range Rover Sport?

The Range Rover Sport hasn't been redesigned since 2014, so there aren't a ton of differences between the 2018 model and the previous few model years. However, the 2018 Range Rover Sport does have some updated styling and new tech features like blind spot assist, lane keep assist, parallel and perpendicular park assist, and Land Rover's Activity Key. Only you can decide whether these few changes are worth the extra money compared to a 2017 or 2016 model.

If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport and 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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How Much Does the Land Rover Range Rover Sport Cost?

The Range Rover Sport's starting price is a little less than $67,000. That's one of the highest starting prices in the class. Things don't get any better as you go up the trim ladder. The most expensive trim is the high-performance Range Rover Sport SVR, which carries a starting price north of $110,000. While there are some rivals with more expensive top trims, most other luxury midsize SUVs have prices that top out well below $100,000.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Land Rover dealer.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Land Rover Range Rover Sport or Land Rover Range Rover?

The Land Rover Range Rover is bigger than the Sport, and it costs quite a bit more as well. The size different isn't that drastic, however. The Ranger Rover only has slightly more seating space (though no third-row option) and just a few more cubic feet of cargo room. The Range Rover has a higher grade of off-road components, however, and more comfort features in its standard setup. Still, unless you want to brandish the swankiest of SUVs, you'll probably get enough satisfaction from the Range Rover Sport without paying tens of thousands of dollars more for the Range Rover.

Which Is Better: Land Rover Range Rover Sport or Land Rover Discovery?

The Land Rover Discovery is another midsize SUV, but it carries a much lower price tag than the Range Rover Sport. The Discovery seats up to seven and has far more cargo space than the Range Rover Sport, though it doesn't have as many standard features. However, many of these features are available in the Discovery, and even after adding several of them, you’ll still pay less than you would for a Range Rover Sport. These two SUVs share some powertrains, and both are capable off-roaders. Though they're close in terms of class ranking and overall quality, the Discovery's far lower price tag makes it a better option for many buyers.

Which Is Better: Land Rover Range Rover Sport or Land Rover Range Rover Evoque?

The two-door Land Rover Range Rover Evoque certainly stands out. It comes in two- and four-door body styles, and it's one of the few SUVs on the market that's also available as a convertible. The Evoque's sharply raked roof is part of its signature look, but it negatively impacts headroom and cargo space. The Evoque is a subcompact SUV, which means it's considerably smaller than the Range Rover Sport. It also isn't quite the go-anywhere off-roader that the Sport is. While these are both Land Rovers, they obviously have some key differences, so you might need a test drive to decide which is right for you.

Range Rover Sport Interior

How Many People Does the Range Rover Sport Seat?

The standard Range Rover Sport seats five, but you can opt for a third-row seat that adds room for two more people. The first two rows of seats have plenty of room and offer good support, but the tiny optional third row is only suited for children.

Range Rover Sport and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats, but you may have your work cut out for you when trying to use them. Whether you're installing a forward- or rear-facing child seat, the anchors require you to work hard to secure the straps to the anchor points.

Range Rover Sport Interior Quality

The Range Rover Sport delivers the high-quality cabin you expect from a luxury SUV. It's attractive and well-designed, it isolates occupants from outside noise, and there are premium materials throughout.

Range Rover Sport Cargo Space

Many class rivals are better cargo carriers than the Range Rover Sport. This Land Rover has just under 25 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats. While that's enough space for a weekend's worth of luggage, it's also one of the lowest totals in the class. The same goes for the Sport's maximum cargo capacity, which is just under 57 cubic feet.

Range Rover Sport Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Range Rover Sport include satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with dual 10-inch touch screens, navigation, and smartphone app integration. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, tri- and quad-zone automatic climate control, an 11- or 19-speaker Meridian audio system, and Land Rover's activity key.

The infotainment system has its share of issues. It's not as responsive or intuitive as competing systems, and the touch screen can be hard to reach from the driver's seat. It also requires several steps to adjust some settings.

Range Rover Sport Performance

Range Rover Sport Engine: Plenty of Options, Plenty of Power

Whether you stick with the 340-horsepower V6 base engine, go all the way up to the 575-horsepower V8, or opt for something in between, you're going to get a supercharged engine with enough power for almost any driving situation. That doesn't mean all of the Sport's engines are created equal; the V8s provide outstanding acceleration that the V6s can't match and move this SUV more easily when it's loaded with people or cargo.

You can also opt for a 254-horsepower turbodiesel, which gets better fuel economy than the V6 and V8 options while still feeling potent when you hit the gas pedal.

Range Rover Sport Gas Mileage: Subpar Ratings, Except for the Diesel

The Range Rover Sport gets 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway with its base engine. Many rivals get better gas mileage. The turbodiesel – which is the Sport's most efficient engine – gets much better ratings. It earns 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Compared to some of the nonhybrid class leaders in fuel economy, like the Volvo XC90 and Lexus RX 350, the Range Rover Sport will cost you several hundred dollars more in gas money each year.

Range Rover Sport Ride and Handling: Relatively Nimble

This midsize SUV moves pretty well. The Range Rover Sport has the agility to tackle turns without feeling like you'll roll, though its size makes it a little hard to maneuver in confined areas like parking garages. Opinions are split over ride quality, so that's something you'll have to judge for yourself.

Range Rover Sport Off-Road Performance

This Land Rover is an extremely capable off-roader, and few class rivals (aside from the other Land Rovers) can match it. It comes with plenty of features to aid off-road performance, including a single-speed transfer case, a Terrain Response system, and air suspension that lets you adjust ground clearance.

Range Rover Sport Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Range Rover Sport can tow up to 7,716 pounds, which is enough to tow dirt bikes, ATVs, jet skis, and some fishing boats.

Range Rover Sport Reliability

Is the Land Rover Range Rover Sport Reliable?

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has a predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. This is below average among all cars (a score of three is average).

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Warranty

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is covered by a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty. Many luxury vehicles have similar warranty terms.

Range Rover Sport Safety

Range Rover Sport Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2018 Range Rover Sport.

Range Rover Sport Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Available features include a surround-view camera, a head-up display, driver drowsiness monitoring, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, blind spot assist, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

Which Land Rover Range Rover Sport Model Is Right for Me?

You have no shortage of trim choices with the Range Rover Sport. There are seven in total: SE, HSE, HSE Dynamic, Supercharged, Supercharged Dynamic, Autobiography Dynamic, and SVR. The main differences between the trims are the engines and the standard features. However, most of the Range Rover Sport's features are available with every trim, so you rarely need to step up in trim level unless you want more horsepower.

With that in mind, many buyers will do just fine sticking with the base SE trim. It's one of two trims offered with the turbodiesel engine, and even the standard V6 has ample power. It also carries a lower price tag than many of the higher trims, even after you add some of the optional features.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE

The Range Rover Sport SE has a base price of $66,750. It comes with a 340-horsepower V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive. Other standard features include leather upholstery, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with dual 10-inch touch screens, navigation, and smartphone app integration.

You can upgrade to the 254-horsepower turbodiesel engine for $2,000, and you can add several option packages as well. The Climate Comfort package ($920) adds a heated steering wheel and a refrigerated center console. The Drive package ($410) adds blind spot monitoring, driver drowsiness monitoring, and traffic sign recognition. The Drive Pro package ($2,040) adds the features of the Drive package plus adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and blind spot assist.

The Park package ($715) adds a surround-view camera and rear cross traffic alert. The Park Pro package ($1,530) adds the features of the Park package plus parallel and perpendicular park assist. The Vision Assist package ($2,195) adds a surround-view camera and a head-up display.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE

The Range Rover Sport HSE has a starting price of $72,350. In addition to the SE's features, the HSE comes with a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, a surround-view camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, traffic sign recognition, and an 11-speaker Meridian audio system.

As with the SE, you can upgrade to the 254-horsepower turbodiesel engine for $2,000. You can also add the Climate Comfort, Drive Pro, and Park Pro packages. Note that the packages have different costs in the HSE. They also have slightly different features included because the HSE has more standard features than the base trim.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic

The Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic starts at $82,150. This trim features a 380-horsepower V6 engine. Other standard features include cooled front seats, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 19-speaker Meridian audio system, and tri-zone automatic climate control.

The turbodiesel engine is not available in the HSE Dynamic and higher trim levels. You can add the Climate Comfort, Drive Pro, and Park Pro packages, but again, the features and pricing are slightly different.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography Dynamic

The Range Rover Sport Autobiography Dynamic has a starting price of $96,650. It comes with a 518-horsepower V8 as well as many high-end styling and comfort upgrades. The Climate Comfort, Drive Pro, and Park Pro packages are available.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The Range Rover Sport SVR starts at $113,600. This trim features the most powerful engine in the lineup: a 575-horsepower V8. It also comes with an electronic air suspension, performance seats, and some unique styling touches. The SVR offers the same option packages as the Autobiography trim.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Land Rover dealer.

The Final Call

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a good SUV, but in such a competitive class, being good isn't enough to merit a high ranking. Few class rivals can match the Range Rover Sport's off-road ability, and it performs well on the road too. It has a few notable shortcomings, however, that keep it from the top half of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. Keep the Range Rover Sport on your shopping list if you like it, but check out the competition because you may find something you like better.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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