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2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review

The 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has excellent off-road performance, good on-road performance and an opulent interior, but poor fuel economy means many other SUVs in the class are better choices.

Pros & Cons

  • Beautiful interior
  • Better than the Range Rover on-road
  • Stylish exterior
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Less-capable off-road than other Land Rovers




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Overview

The Range Rover Sport is more fun to drive on-road than the larger, more off-road-oriented Range Rover. Reviewers loved its powerful engine, both in naturally-aspirated and supercharged applications. However, some testers said that the Range Rover Sport is compromised in both on- and off-road performance – by trying to be good at both, it’s excellent at neither. It’s not as comfortable to drive on the highway or around town as crossover competitors, but it’s not as burly off the beaten track as a full-size Range Rover or other off-road rivals.

The Range Rover Sport also lives up to Range Rover’s reputation for high-quality interiors, but although the cabin is well-made, reviewers lamented its mediocre cargo space, unavailable luxury features, like a power liftgate, and limited headroom resulting from the sloped rear window. Standard features are surprisingly extensive for the class, and include a 14-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo system, leather upholstery and push-button start. The options list was long when it was new and includes a surround camera system, rear-seat entertainment system, a heated steering wheel and two different types of wood trim.

The Range Rover Sport ranks near the bottom of the class in part because its fuel economy is poor. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t even offer a third row of seats, further taking away from its usefulness as a family SUV. Overall, the 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport isn’t terrible, but many of its competitors are better-rounded and cost less to own, while providing the same luxury brand prestige.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Lexus GX might not offer the same prestige as a Range Rover, but it outshines the Range Rover Sport in nearly every way. Its interior is well-made and its infotainment controls are easy to use and it comes with lots of standard features. It’s not quite as fun to drive on-road as the Range Rover Sport, but the GX retains the impressive off-road capabilities of the 2011 Toyota 4Runner on which it’s based.

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class does a better job than the Range Rover Sport of combining on- and off-road performance. Like the X5, it offers an array of engines, including a hybrid, a diesel, a V6 and a V8, as well as a high-performance AMG model. 

Compare the Range Rover Sport to the GX and M-Class »

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