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2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review

The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport places in the middle of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. It's an amazing off-roader with a sumptuous interior, but a low reliability rating and a troublesome infotainment system lower its appeal.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong V6 and V8 engines
  • Handsome interior
  • Well-balanced handling
  • High towing capacity
  • Slow infotainment system
  • Less cargo room than competitors
  • Below-average reliability rating

Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport's #8 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Luxury Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2015 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families award. Currently the Land Rover Range Rover Sport has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 18 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.6
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Overview

Is the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2015 Range Rover Sport is a good used luxury midsize SUV. It handles well and never feels short on power, and it has a rich cabin with many advanced safety features. On top of all that, it offers Land Rover's legendary off-road capability.

Unfortunately, in addition to its plaudits, the Range Rover Sport has a few flaws that you should know about. Its fuel economy is among the lowest in the segment, and its five-year projected ownership costs are among the highest. It also earns a subpar reliability rating.


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How Much Is the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport?

You can expect to pay between $41,000 and $60,000 for a used 2015 Range Rover Sport. These figures are based on over 450 listings for the Land Rover Range Rover Sport on our site. The average price is $49,400. Prices vary based on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Cost to Own?

The Range Rover Sport’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $35,700, or about $7,100 per year. That’s high, even for a luxury midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Range Rover Sport?

The 2019 Range Rover Sport starts at around $67,000, but its price can exceed $110,000 in the top trim levels. A new model has a sleek infotainment system with two large touch screens, and it boasts the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems. It’s also available as a plug-in hybrid. Opt for the new model if these updates interest you, and you don't mind spending the extra money. Otherwise, consider saving thousands of dollars with a used 2015 model, which offers comparable performance and safety features.

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There are a lot of less expensive options, even if you’d prefer to buy a new luxury compact SUV. The 2019 Audi Q5 starts at $42,950, and this well-rounded SUV has a posh interior, zippy engine performance, and agile handling. The 2019 Acura RDX ($37,400) is also fun to, and it boasts a wide array of standard safety features. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC ($40,700) has a roomy and luxe interior, and it offers a smooth ride.

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Which Model Year of the Range Rover Sport Is Best?

The 2015 Range Rover Sport is part of the SUV's second generation, which began with the 2014 model. Major updates over these years include the addition of a high-performance SVR model for 2015, a diesel engine option for 2016, a new dual-screen infotainment system for 2018, and the availability of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a plug-in hybrid variant for 2019.

If you don’t need the latest tech features, consider spending less for a 2014 to 2016 model, as they still deliver performance that is on par with the newer models. This said, these SUVs are all hard to recommend because of their high projected ownership costs.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Range Rover Sport?

J.D. Power gave the 2015 Range Rover Sport a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five. This is among the lowest ratings in the class.

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2015 Range Rover Sport Recalls

The 2015 Range Rover Sport is affected by six recalls. Land Rover is recalling models due to issues with the seat and door latches, front passenger airbag, wheel lug nuts, brake vacuum hose, and improperly torqued connecting rods. Make sure these recalls are addressed by a Land Rover dealer before buying a used Range Rover Sport.

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Which Used Range Rover Sport Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Range Rover Sport is available in five trim levels: SE, HSE, Supercharged, Autobiography, and SVR. We suspect most shoppers will be content with the base SE model. It comes standard with a 340-horsepower V6 engine, an 8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, Bluetooth, a USB port, a satellite radio, keyless entry, push-button start, leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, parking sensors, a power tailgate, an air suspension, and alloy wheels.

The HSE model builds on the SE trim with heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and fog lights. The Supercharged trim adds a 510-horsepower V8 engine, low-range gearing, and extra traction control modes.

The luxe Autobiography trim adds tri-zone climate control, a center-console cooler, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, blind spot monitoring, a 360-degree view camera, and adaptive headlights. The SVR trim adds a 550-horsepower V8 and sport seats. Available features include third-row seats and a suite of active safety features.

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What Does Land Rover's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Land Rover offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Land Rover extends its original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles for certified pre-owned vehicles. Every CPO Land Rover must pass a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and trip interruption benefits may be available, so read the Land Rover warranty page carefully.

Land Rover has one of the best CPO programs in the industry, according to our analysis. Only Tesla and Lexus have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the Range Rover Sport?

We are unable to provide safety scores for the Range Rover Sport. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have not published crash test results for the 2015 model.

The Range Rover Sport comes standard with a rearview camera and parking sensors. Available safety features include adaptive pivoting headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a 360-degree view camera, parallel park assist, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with brake assist, and lane departure warning.

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2015 Range Rover Sport Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Range Rover Sport or 2015 BMW X5?

The 2015 BMW X5 is a bit better than the Range Rover Sport. Both offer strong engine performance, sure-footed handling, quality interiors, and third-row seating in a pinch. The Range Rover is a superior vehicle for off-roading, but the X5 is better in day-to-day driving. The BMW scores higher for reliability, its iDrive infotainment system is easier to use, and it's better on gas. Used BMW models are typically less expensive to buy as well.

Which Is Better: 2015 Range Rover Sport or 2015 Audi Q7?

The Range Rover may not be perfect, but it’s a better option than the 2015 Audi Q7. The Q7 has an even lower reliability rating, and its interior isn't as stylish or as upscale as the Rover's. The Q7’s handling feels a bit clumsy out on the road, and it’s not as capable when traveling off-road. The Audi also has fewer advanced safety features.

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2015 Range Rover Sport Performance

How Does the 2015 Range Rover Sport Drive?

The Range Rover Sport has two engine options: a supercharged V6 with 340 horsepower and a supercharged V8 with 510 horsepower (boosted to 550 in SVR models). An eight-speed automatic transmission, a single-speed transfer case, and four-wheel drive are standard. A two-speed transfer case with high- and low-range gearing is available. Both engines are brawny and can easily hustle this SUV up to speed. The eight-speed transmission operates nicely, and its quick downshifts supply the Rover with strong passing power on the highway.

The Range Rover’s handling is about as refined as its engines. The SUV feels quite stable around turns, its power steering is light and responsive, and its air suspension soaks up rough pavement smoothly. Venture off-road, and the Rover only gets better. The suspension flexes willingly over rocks and ruts, and the SUV’s tall 10.9-inch ground clearance keeps its belly out of harm’s way. All models come standard with traction control modes for snow, sand, mud, and rocks (Terrain Response).

Does the 2015 Range Rover Sport Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Range Rover Sport gets low fuel economy ratings compares to its rivals. V6-equipped models return an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. V8 models offer just 14/19 mpg city/highway.

2015 Range Rover Sport Towing Capacity

The Range Rover Sport is rated to tow up to 7,700 pounds when properly equipped.

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2015 Range Rover Sport Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Range Rover Sport Seat?

The Range Rover Sport comes standard with five seats. A pair of third-row seats are available, which raise the SUV’s seating capacity to seven. The front seats are supple, and they have ample space for taller drivers and passengers. The second row is spacious as well, but the third row is downright cramped – even for small children. Leather seats are standard; heated and ventilated seats are available.

The Range Rover’s interior remains quiet at higher speeds, and it’s well trimmed with soft-touch plastics and many upholstered surfaces. Overall, the styling is more reserved than in many luxury vehicles. Blind spots are an issue, though, as the Rover’s thick roof pillars cut into rear visibility.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Range Rover Sport?

The Range Rover Sport has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2015 Range Rover Sport Features

The Range Rover Sport hits and misses with its tech features. Standard equipment includes an 8-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, eight speakers, and satellite radio. Available features include a 19-speaker stereo and a rear-seat entertainment system. The air conditioning and audio controls are simple to use, and they’re managed by a few knobs and buttons on the dashboard. The touch screen isn’t so user-friendly, despite its sleek appearance. It’s often slow to respond to inputs.

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2015 Range Rover Sport Dimensions

Range Rover Sport Cargo Space

The Range Rover Sport has 27.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second-row seats, and 62.2 cubic feet with these seats folded. That’s a bit small for a luxury midsize SUV.

2015 Range Rover Sport Length and Weight

The Range Rover Sport is 15.9 feet long. It weighs between 4,727 pounds to 5,148 pounds, depending on configuration.

Where Was the 2015 Range Rover Sport Built?

Land Rover built the 2015 Range Rover Sport in England.

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