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2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review

The 2016 Range Rover Sport finishes in the bottom half of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. While it has great off-roading capabilities, pleasant handling, and a luxe interior, its subpar reliability rating and higher-than-average ownership costs hurt its overall score.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine options
  • Excellent on- and off-road handling
  • Posh interior
  • Sluggish touch screen
  • Less cargo space than rivals
  • Below-average reliability

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport's #16 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Luxury Midsize SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2016 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families award. Currently the Land Rover Range Rover Sport has a score of 7.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 26 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Overview

Is the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2016 Range Rover Sport is a good used luxury midsize SUV. Its main strengths are exactly what you'd expect from a Land Rover: a top-notch cabin and exceptional off-road ability. It also has powerful engines and composed handling. However, the Range Rover Sport earns a below-average reliability rating, and it has higher-than-average ownership costs for the class, as well as cramped available third-row seats.

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How Much Is the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport?

You can expect to pay between $55,500 and $90,000 for a used 2016 Range Rover Sport. These figures are based on 280 listings for the 2016 Range Rover Sport on our site. The average list price is $66,300. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Cost to Own?

Over five years, you can expect to spend $35,000 – or about $7,000 per year – on gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance for the 2016 Range Rover Sport. Those costs are above average for the luxury midsize SUV class. At around $26,000, the projected five-year costs for the 2016 Acura MDX are some of the lowest for a 3-row SUV in this class.

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

For about the average price of a used 2016 Range Rover Sport, you can get a new 2018 Range Rover Sport. For that price, though, you'll get the base model Range Rover Sport. Upper level 2018 trims can top $113,000. If you're looking for a higher trim or more features, you can save a lot of money by shopping for a used Range Rover Sport. And though there are differences between the 2016 and 2018 models, most are relatively minor. Buying new does have its perks, though: You’ll get a high-tech infotainment system with dual touch screens, as well as a new-car warranty. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about questionable vehicle maintenance from a previous owner.

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Buying new doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Check out the all-new 2018 Range Rover Velar for a similar Range Rover that costs much less. This five-seat cousin of the Range Rover Sport isn’t as capable off road, but it has a similarly luxe interior, refined on-road handling, and many active safety features. Best of all, it starts at $49,900 and offers superior fuel economy.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Range Rover Sport?

The 2016 Range Rover Sport has a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Range Rover Sport Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are four recalls for the 2016 Range Rover Sport. Two involve the passenger-side air bags, which may not properly inflate in some models. Other recalls cover faulty door latches that may open unexpectedly and front seat-belt tensioners that may not properly restrain passengers in a crash. Before buying a used Range Rover Sport, make sure these recalls have been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Range Rover Sport Is Best?

The 2016 Range Rover Sport is part of a generation that began with the 2014 model year. Each year has seen notable updates. For 2015, the Sport gained a high-performance SVR model. A diesel engine arrived in 2016. A few previously optional safety features became standard in 2017. Recent updates include lightly revised styling for 2018 and a new dual-screen infotainment system. If you don’t need the latest infotainment system, consider shopping for used 2014, 2015, and 2016 models that have many of the same features as 2017 and 2018 models but cost much less.

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Which Used Range Rover Sport Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is available in five trim levels: SE, HSE, Supercharged, Autobiography, and SVR. The base SE model is the best value of the lineup. It’s available with either a diesel or gasoline V6 engine, and it comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB port, leather seats, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, front- and rearview cameras, parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, a hands-free tailgate, and air suspension. The HSE trim adds fog lights, heated front seats, and a panoramic sunroof.

The Range Rover Sport Supercharged adds a V8 engine, shift paddles, and additional traction control modes. The Autobiography trim adds a Meridian sound system, a chilled center console, blind spot monitoring, adaptive headlights, and a 360-degree-view camera. Lastly, the Range Rover Sport SVR trim adds a more powerful V8 engine. Available features include third-row seats, rear-seat infotainment screens, and a large 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?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tested the 2016 Range Rover Sport.

All 2016 models come standard with parking sensors and front- and rearview cameras. Available safety features include a 360-degree-view camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, parallel park assist, traffic sign recognition, forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and adaptive headlights that pivot to increase visibility around turns.

2016 Range Rover Sport Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Range Rover Sport or 2016 BMW X5?

Unless you really want to go off-roading, the 2016 BMW X5 is a better pick than the Range Rover Sport in our luxury midsize SUV rankings. Both are good SUVs with crisp driving dynamics, strong engine performance, and sumptuous interiors. Additionally, both can seat seven thanks to their optional third-row seats. But the X5 rates higher for reliability and has lower ownership costs. It also features a simpler infotainment system (iDrive), and it's a little better on gas than the Land Rover.

Which Is Better: 2016 Range Rover Sport or 2016 Volvo XC90?

We named the Volvo XC90 our 2016 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families, and it finishes well ahead of the Land Rover in our class rankings. The XC90's handsome interior and top-quality cabin materials rival those of the Range Rover Sport, but the Volvo outclasses the Rover in most other areas. The XC90 has a comfier third row, an easier-to-use touch screen, superior fuel economy, and lower projected ownership costs. Used models are often more affordably priced as well.

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2016 Range Rover Sport Performance

How Does the 2016 Range Rover Sport Drive?

The Range Rover Sport has three engine options: a supercharged V6 with 340 horsepower, a turbodiesel V6 with 254 horsepower, and a supercharged V8 with 510 horsepower (increased to 550 horsepower for SVR models). An eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive are standard. Despite this wide range of power, there’s really no slowpoke in the lineup. Each engine scoots the SUV up to speed briskly and provides strong passing power on the highway. The transmission changes gears quickly and smoothly. The V6s pair their muscular performance with respectable fuel economy. The V8 doesn’t, however, making it a harder sell.

The bulky Range Rover Sport isn’t easy to park, and it can be a chore to navigate through tight city streets. Its athleticism starts to shine on the open road, though. The SUV feels stable and well-composed when rounding corners, and its air suspension sops up even large bumps and potholes with ease. Responsive steering and strong brakes only enhance these driving dynamics.

It’s a similar story off road. The Range Rover Sport has a flexible suspension and up to 10.9 inches of ground clearance, helping it skillfully maneuver over large obstacles. All models also come standard with Terrain Response – a system that adjusts the vehicle’s traction control for snow, sand, mud, rock, and other driving conditions. Additional off-road tech includes low-speed crawl control and a transfer case with low-range gearing.

Does the 2016 Range Rover Sport Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Range Rover Sport’s diesel V6 engine gets 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is good for a luxury midsize SUV. The supercharged V6 gets a fairly efficient 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The supercharged V8 drops fuel economy to just 14/19 mpg.

2016 Range Rover Sport Towing Capacity

The Range Rover Sport is rated to tow up to 7,700 pounds when properly equipped. SVR models are rated to tow 6,600 pounds.

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2016 Range Rover Sport Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Range Rover Sport Seat?

The Range Rover Sport is available in two seating configurations. It comes standard with seating for five. A pair of third-row seats is available, which raises the seating capacity to seven. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and they provide excellent forward visibility. The second-row seats are similarly cozy. However, the cramped third row is best left for children. The Range Rover’s nicely styled cabin boasts many high-quality leather, aluminum, and wood accents. It’s well-insulated too, with little road or wind noise making its way inside at high speeds. If the interior has a blemish, it's the pronounced blind spots created by the SUV’s rear roof pillars.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Range Rover Sport?

The Range Rover Sport has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The stiff leather interior can make accessing the lower anchors difficult, and the top tether anchors can be hard to locate.

2016 Range Rover Sport Features

The 2016 Range Rover Sport comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a rearview camera, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. Available features include a Meridian sound system, a head-up display, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and rear-seat infotainment screens. The air conditioning and audio controls are laid out nicely on the dashboard, and they’re fairly easy to adjust while driving. The touch screen has a simple menu structure as well. However, it’s often slow to respond to inputs.

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2016 Range Rover Sport Dimensions

Range Rover Sport Cargo Space

The Range Rover Sport has just 27.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second-row seats and 62.2 cubic feet with those seats folded. That’s lower than average for a luxury midsize SUV.

2016 Range Rover Sport Length and Weight

The 2016 Range Rover Sport is 15.9 feet long. Its curb weight varies from 4,661 pounds to 5,186 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Range Rover Sport Built?

The 2016 Range Rover Sport was built in Solihull, England, at Land Rover’s Solihull Plant. The 2016 Range Rover and 2016 LR4 were also assembled there.

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