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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 8.9

"Skimpy" does not exist in the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport’s phrasebook – not when it comes to engines (five options, all of which are turbo or supercharged), acceleration (zero to 60 mph in as little as 4.5 seconds), or off-road capability (it can traverse the Rubicon Trail without breaking a sweat). Its footprint is sizable, though, which can be taxing when your landscape is a parking lot or narrow city street.

  • In the civilized world, where the vast majority of Range Rover Sport SUVs spend their time, this hefty luxury model can feel a bit overgrown and unruly. However, the Range Rover Sport shines brightest when it's comfortably cruising the highways, ambling through serene mountain passes and mushing through snow-covered passages that lead to ski resorts or winter cabins." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "In a day spent driving both on-road and some moderately challenging off-road trails, the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Td6 was up for virtually anything we threw at it, covering ground in quiet, climate-controlled comfort no matter the terrain." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
  • "Can a nearly 5,500-pound crossover double as a legitimate performance car? If we weren't familiar with the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, we'd answer with a chuckle. But the Edmunds 'A' rated Range Rover Sport is a game-changer among heavyweight SUVs with its confident handling and blazing V8-powered acceleration." -- Edmunds (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The engine options for the 2017 Range Rover Sport are nearly identical to what's available for the Land Rover Range Rover, with the exception of the base engine. The smaller Range Rover Sport comes standard with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine that's rated at 340 horsepower. It gets 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, and it’s agreeable for everyday driving. This same engine size is used to power the 380-horsepower HSE Dynamic trim.

Two 5.0-liter V8 engines – both supercharged – are available, starting with the 510-horsepower V8 that powers the Supercharged and Autobiography editions. Output of the V8 bumps up to 550 horsepower in the Range Rover Sport SVR. The Range Rover Sport's V8s are robust yet refined, and they’re the better option if you plan to do a lot of heavy hauling. Fuel consumption slips as low as 13 mpg in the city and 19 on the highway with the V8 engines.

The Range Rover Sport can also be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel, an engine that is both authoritative and fuel-efficient. With its rating of 22/28 mpg city/highway, the turbodiesel is estimated to save you about $600 per year in fuel costs over the gasoline-powered base V6. All engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

  • "We chose the Range Rover Sport HSE with the supercharged V6, as we wanted to see if there was really any disadvantage to going with less power to save money. To our surprise, we found this engine more than capable, delivering excellent off-the-line starts and an abundance of passing power. The Range Rover Sport looks big and menacing, but it's amazingly agile and really quite enjoyable when the road begins to twist and turn." -- Autotrader
  • As far as powertrains go, the standard V6 seems anemic when pushed hard, so it's really best for highway cruising. The supercharged V8 engines give you the power you want when you've got a full load of people or just want a more sporting drive, and abundant acceleration is on tap whenever you feel the need. The available turbodiesel engine falls between these two extremes, with a bit of initial lag followed by some serious get-up-and-go at middling rpm. This excellent engine makes the expected diesel noises in around-town driving, but the clatter quickly falls away as speeds begin to climb." -- Edmunds
  • "All of the engines come with an excellent 8-speed automatic transmission, and all Range Rover Sport models come standard with 4-wheel drive. While the V8 engines obviously win on power, the V6 versions actually offer plenty of power." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

The 2017 Range Rover Sport has a comfortable ride, feels surprisingly agile for its size, and provides confidence-inspiring steering and brakes. Optional handling upgrades like dynamic response and torque vectoring improve cornering by minimizing understeer and body lean, making the Range Rover Sport feel all the more composed on the highway. You'll need to be cautious when wielding this bulky SUV through narrow areas like parking lots, but adding technology like the surround-view camera can alleviate many issues in these types of situations.

  • "Though it may seem unlikely for a vehicle this size, the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport comes by that 'sport' designation honestly. Although its reflexes on mountain roads might not be quite as sharp as those of the Porsche Cayenne, this luxury SUV corners with confidence, while its air springs ensure that you don't have to endure the harsh ride quality associated with other SUVs equipped with sport-tuned suspensions." -- Edmunds
  • "If you get your 2017 Range Rover Sport with a V8 engine, you also get a unique torque-vectoring setup that provides more power to the rear outside wheel when turning. This makes for tighter turns when off-roading, and quicker, smoother turns on dry pavement." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Around town, the Range Rover Sport's size does present a problem, especially in areas where parking spaces are drawn for Prius-size cars. However, numerous electronic parking aids, including the surround-view camera, help alleviate some of the hassle." -- Autotrader

Off-Roading

Even the base 2017 Range Rover Sport is ready to hit the trails. Standard equipment includes full-time four-wheel drive, a single-speed transfer case, and hill descent control. The included Terrain Response system alters the performance of the engine and other components based on the type of substrate you're traversing, with four pre-set modes. The Range Rover Sport also features an electronic air suspension system that can increase its base ground clearance from 8.4 inches to 11.3 inches. Test drivers say the Range Rover Sport is very proficient off-road.

  • "Leave the confines of city life and the Range Rover Sport reveals its trump card: amazing off-road prowess. The Terrain Response all-wheel-drive system is simply phenomenal. Be it muddy paths or unplowed back roads, our Range Rover Sport, even with its 20-in performance tires, simply pushed through it all with ease." -- Autotrader
  • "Off-road, on Land Rover's rugged Les Comes facility outside Barcelona, the Td6 delivered solid low-speed lugging power, enabling both vehicles to tiptoe through the most challenging terrain. Working in combination with Land Rover's new All-Terrain Progress Control-a sort of off-road cruise control system-it helped make both Range Rovers even more compellingly capable and foolproof in the rough stuff." -- Motor Trend (2016)
  • "A new, fully-independent air suspension helps the Sport navigate over difficult off-road conditions. More front and rear wheel travel and pneumatically cross-linked air springs simulate the kind of articulation formerly only available with solid axles, which further improves the SUV's formidable off-road capability while creating a silky-smooth ride." -- Left Lane News (2016)

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