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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review

The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport ranks in the bottom half of its class because of a subpar predicted reliability rating and high ownership costs. Still, it has dynamic performance and an elegant interior.

Pros & Cons

  • Lavish and high-quality interior
  • Lineup of powerful engines
  • Dynamic handling and excellent off-road prowess
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating
  • High ownership costs for the class
  • Subpar cargo space

New for 2017

  • 10-inch infotainment touch screen, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking became standard
  • Intelligent speed limiter, driver drowsiness monitoring, and advanced tow assist became available




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Overview

Is the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Range Rover Sport is a solid luxury midsize SUV. It offers a lineup of thrilling engines and exhilarating on-road handling. It should also come as little surprise that this Rover is one of the most capable off-roaders in the class. Inside, you’ll find luxurious materials and lots of modern technology that’s fairly user friendly. Passenger room and comfort is excellent in two rows of seats, and an available third row only increases its utility.

Though the Range Rover Sport is a capable vehicle, buying one is not a good decision. This Range Rover has a below-average predicted reliability rating, high prices, and some of the highest associated ownership costs in the class.

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How Much Is the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport?

Prices for the 2017 Range Rover Sport range from about $61,800 to about $105,500, with the average price landing around $76,300. This data comes from around 150 listings for the 2017 Range Rover Sport on our site. Actual prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Cost to Own?

The 2017 Range Rover Sport tends to be more affordable than some of its competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. You can expect to pay around $34,600 over five years for these expenses. In comparison, a 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE's five-year costs are typically about $3,900 higher than the Range Rover Sport’s, while the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover's costs are about $400 lower.

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

Land Rover made several updates to the 2018 Range Rover Sport, including an interior styling refresh and two new 10-inch touch screens. The newly available Activity Key is a water-resistant bracelet that functions as a key fob, allowing drivers to lock and unlock the car without having to carry their keys. The range-topping Range Rover Sport SVR also sees a bump in horsepower from 550 to 575, cutting its zero-to-60 time down to 4.3 seconds and increasing its top speed to 176 miles per hour.

If none of these changes are that important to you, you may be better off shopping for a used Range Rover Sport, which can save you thousands of dollars. The starting price of a new Range Rover Sport is less than the average price of a used 2017 model, which takes into account higher and much more expensive trims.  

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Nearly all new luxury midsize SUVs have starting prices that are lower the 2017 Range Rover Sport’s average price. The 2019 Porsche Cayenne starts at $65,700 and ranks in the top of its class. The Cayenne is fully redesigned and comes standard with a 335-horsepower engine and features like Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen. The highly ranked 2018 BMW X5 is also a good value, starting around $57,000. It has some of the most dynamic performance in the class.  

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Which Model Year of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport Is Best?

The 2017 Range Rover Sport is part of a generation that started with the 2014 Range Rover Sport. Each model year since then has seen some notable upgrades. For 2017, the Range Rover Sport added standard features like a 10-inch touch screen, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking. The 2016 Range Rover Sport gained an available turbodiesel engine, and the 2015 Range Rover Sport received a high-performance SVR trim. You'll likely save a lot of money with older models in this generation, but you'll miss out on the changes made for each year.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport?

The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has a slightly below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are four open recalls that apply to the 2017 Range Rover Sport. The fuel gauge may read lower than its actual levels, which may cause the engine to stall if you think you still have enough gas but don’t. A second recall addresses the instrument cluster, which could go blank and deprive you of vital information like speed if left unfixed. Another involves an improperly secured fuel pump and a cracking fuel line that may leak fuel into the engine compartment and increase the risk of fire. The front seatbelt pretensioners may not function properly in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to occupants. Be sure that these issues have been addressed by a Land Rover dealer before buying a used 2017 Range Rover Sport.

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

The 2017 Range Rover Sport is available in seven trims: SE, HSE, HSE Dynamic, Supercharged, Supercharged Dynamic, Autobiography, and SVR. With tons of standard features – including leather upholstery, navigation, a touch-screen infotainment system, and automatic emergency braking – the base model is a good choice for most shoppers. Its 340-horsepower engine delivers plenty of power for nearly any situation.

The HSE Dynamic is a good middle-of-the-road compromise between the base model and a fully loaded model. Its added features include premium Oxford leather, a panoramic roof, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and driver assistance features like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, an intelligent speed limiter, and driver drowsiness monitoring. Look to Supercharged models and above for 500-plus horsepower and truly thrilling driving dynamics.

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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?

The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport did not undergo any crash testing by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That's common for luxury and performance vehicles.

The Range Rover Sport comes standard with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and autonomous emergency braking. Available driver assistance features include adaptive Xenon headlights, automatic high beams, a surround-view camera, automatic parking assist, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and driver drowsiness monitoring. The available traffic sign recognition with intelligent speed limiter reads speed limit signs and can keep you from going over the speed limit.

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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport or 2017 Land Rover Range Rover?

The Range Rover Sport is a scaled down version of the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover, which is a luxury large SUV. These vehicles have the same lineup of engine choices, along with identical towing capacities and fuel economy estimates. The larger Rover doesn’t sacrifice much in terms of a thrilling drive; it handles with enthusiasm like the Range Rover Sport, and both SUVs can tackle pretty much any off-road terrain you encounter.

Where you'll notice the biggest difference between these two is interior accommodations and price. While the Sport has among the lowest cargo volumes in its class, the regular Range Rover offers a lot more space for your stuff. The Range Rover also has a cavernous second row, though it only seats five despite being in a larger class.

Overall, the Range Rover Sport is probably a better buy. Its average price is about $20,000 lower than that of the standard Range Rover, and you'll likely save a lot more in the long run. The Range Rover has insane ownership costs, even compared to the Rover Sport.

Which Is Better: 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport or 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE?

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE and the Range Rover Sport finish near each other in our rankings, but they are very different vehicles. The GLE has great safety scores and an above-average predicted reliability rating. However, it’s one of few in the class that has higher ownership costs than the Range Rover Sport.

The GLE earned praise for its exquisite cabin design and luxurious feel. The regular GLE has one of the largest cargo holds in the class, and it’s much larger the Range Rover Sport’s. However, GLE Coupe models lose some rear headroom, cargo space, and outward visibility.

There’s no contest between these two when it comes to performance. The Mercedes is tuned for a supple ride, which results in a less-than-inspiring drive. The Range Rover Sport outhustles the GLE on the pavement and totally dusts it when it comes to off-road abilities. If you’re looking for a fun-to-drive SUV and can afford to spend a little more, go with the Range Rover Sport. Otherwise, you can get a luxurious and comfortable daily driver with a lot of utility with the GLE, all for less than what you’d pay for the Range Rover Sport.

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2017 Range Rover Sport Performance

How Does the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Drive?

The 2017 Range Rover Sport has a lineup of five muscular engines, all of which are paired with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. The base engine is a 340-horsepower supercharged V6 that delivers plenty of power for most daily driving needs. This V6 comes in the Range Rover Sport SE and HSE, and a 254-horsepower turbocharged diesel engine is also available in these models. The diesel is very refined, and it emits little noise or odor beyond what you already experience with the gasoline-powered engines. The HSE Dynamic has a more powerful version of the base engine that makes 380 horsepower.

The Supercharged and Autobiography editions all come with a supercharged V8 engine that produces 510 horsepower. As the high-performance member in the fleet, the Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest of the bunch. It has a top speed of 162 mph, and it can reach 60 mph from a stop in 4.5 seconds with its 550-horsepower V8.

The 2017 Range Rover Sport has a comfortable and secure ride, even when you're rolling over uneven asphalt. It has a unibody frame, similar to a car or crossover, which yields a much smoother ride than SUVs that are built like a truck with a body-on-frame chassis. There's quite a bit of hidden tech that enhances handling in uplevel models as well. Overall, the Range Rover Sport is one of the most athletic luxury SUVs you can buy.

Like all Land Rovers, the Range Rover Sport's prowess doesn't end where the road does. Every model comes fully equipped with an array of off-road components, including full-time four-wheel drive, four preset terrain modes, and systems like hill descent control and low traction launch that help novices look like pros. With its electronic air suspension system, you can raise the Range Rover Sport from its base ground clearance of 8.4 inches to an off-road height of 11.3 inches. If you're feeling especially bold, you can put this car to the test and ford up to 33.5 inches of water.

Does the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Range Rover Sport gets its best fuel economy estimates with the turbodiesel engine, at 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The standard V6 engine returns 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, which is on par for the class. Gas mileage numbers drop as low as 14/19 mpg city/highway for the Rover's V8 engines.

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Towing Capacity

The Range Rover Sport can tow up to 7,716 pounds, which is among the highest capacities for a luxury midsize SUV. Standard trailer stability control helps keep your trailer steady, and the included tow hitch assist works with the rearview camera to help you line up your SUV when attaching it to a trailer.

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2017 Range Rover Sport Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Range Rover Sport Seat?

The 2017 Range Rover Sport comes standard with seating for five, and certain used models may have a small third row that ups the seating capacity to seven. The standard 16-way power-adjustable front seats help you set a comfortable driving position with a good view of the road. But for some, side visibility is limited.

Grained leather upholstery comes standard, and both the first and second rows of seats are relaxing and supportive. Available seating features include perforated Oxford leather upholstery, 18-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats, 14-way power-adjustable front sport seats, as well as heated and ventilated front and second-row seats.

The Range Rover Sport offers ample passenger space in the first two rows, but the optional third row is only suitable for kids. However, the second row slides to allow for easier access to the back. You can also fold down the third row for extra storage space and a completely flat cargo floor.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport?

The Range Rover Sport has two complete sets of LATCH connections in its second row, and a tether anchor for the middle seat. The stiff leather upholstery makes it difficult to access the lower anchors, and you may have to look hard to locate the tether anchors. Hint – they're on the back of the seats and down near the cargo floor.

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Features

Standard features in the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport include Bluetooth, a USB port, dual-zone climate control, an eight-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, proximity key entry, push-button start, navigation, and a touch-screen infotainment system. Available features include a heated steering wheel, three- or four-zone climate control, a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, an 18- or 22-speaker Meridian premium sound system, an 8- or 10-inch rear-seat entertainment system, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, and a panoramic moonroof.

The infotainment system comes standard with a 10-inch touch screen. It adds a high-tech feel to the SUV's cabin. The graphics are crisp, and you can use pinching and swiping gestures to easily make adjustments. The Range Rover Sport's infotainment interface has the ability to integrate with your smartphone, which is one of the most appealing features. Similar to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto (which aren't available in this Rover), Land Rover's InControl Apps brings your favorite content – including music, audiobooks, and travel guides – from your smartphone to the SUV's touch-screen display.

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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Dimensions

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Cargo Space

The 2017 Range Rover Sport has one of the smallest cargo spaces among luxury midsize SUVs. With all seats upright, you’ll have only 17.3 cubic feet of space. The Range Rover Sport also offers 27.7 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats and 62.2 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded flat.

2017 Range Rover Sport Length and Weight

The Range Rover Sport is 15.9 feet long. Curb weight values range from 4,658 pounds to 5,137 pounds, depending on powertrain.

Where Was the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Built?

Jaguar Land Rover built the 2017 Range Rover Sport in England.

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