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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review

The Range Rover Sport has refined driving dynamics, superb off-road capability, powerful engine options, and an elegant interior. However, it ranks at the back of its class because of its low predicted reliability rating, tiny third-row seats, and cumbersome infotainment system.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 and V8 engines
  • Great handling on- and off-road
  • Quality cabin materials
  • Fair-to-poor fuel economy
  • Frustrating infotainment system

New for 2018

  • Refreshed interior and exterior styling
  • Infotainment system gained an additional 10-inch touch screen




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.7
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Overview

Is the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport a Good Used SUV?

The Range Rover Sport isn’t a great pick if you’re shopping for a used luxury SUV. Sure, it has a lot of positives, but many other luxury midsize SUVs, such as the 2018 BMW X5 and 2018 Porsche Cayenne, can provide these same perks with fewer compromises.

There are several reasons to consider the 2018 Range Rover Sport:

  • Luxurious cabin with seating for up to seven
  • Cozy first- and second rows
  • Muscular gas and diesel engines
  • Comfortable ride and agile on-road handling
  • Excellent off-roading ability
  • Massive 7,700-pound towing capacity
  • Lots of standard and available safety features

The Range Rover Sport’s many drawbacks include:

  • Below-average predicted reliability rating
  • Complex infotainment system
  • Cramped third-row seats
  • Smaller-than-average cargo space
  • Poor gas mileage

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How Much Is the 2018 Range Rover Sport?

Based on listings for the 2018 Range Rover Sport on our site, the average price is $75,800. Prices range from $63,900 to $97,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Range Rover Sport Cost to Own?

Projected ownership costs for the Range Rover Sport are unavailable at this time.

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

Pricing for the 2019 Range Rover Sport starts at around $68,000 but it can surpass $100,000 in its top trim levels. For 2019, this model gains a few features the SUV hasn’t offered before, including support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available plug-in-hybrid variant. You can save money by shopping for a used 2018 Range Rover Sport, but you’ll miss out on these updates.

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You can save even more money with a model from the previous generation, which spanned the 2014 through 2017 model years. These SUVs offer similar styling, safety features, and performance as the newer models, but there are some year-to-year updates to be aware of.

Land Rover added the high-performance SVR variant for the 2015 model year. The turbodiesel V6 engine arrived for 2016. A number of previous options became standard for 2017, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Range Rover Sport?

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

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2018 Range Rover Sport Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Range Rover Sport:

  • Automatic emergency braking system may be disabled

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Range Rover Sport Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Range Rover Sport is available in seven trims: SE, HSE, HSE Dynamic, Supercharged, Supercharged Dynamic, Autobiography, and SVR. Most buyers should be pleased with the base SE model. It offers strong engine performance and tons of standard features.

  • Range Rover Sport SE: The entry-level SE model has a 340-horsepower supercharged V6, an eight-speed automatic transmission, an electronic air suspension, and four-wheel drive. A turbodiesel V6 with 254 horsepower is available. The standard Touch Pro Duo infotainment system features two 10-inch touch screens, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, eight speakers, five USB ports, Bluetooth, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The SE also features a digital gauge cluster, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, a hands-free power liftgate, LED headlights, heated side mirrors, and 19-inch alloy wheels. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, parking sensors, forward collision warning with brake assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and lane departure warning.
  • Range Rover Sport HSE: The uplevel HSE trim offers the same V6 engine options, but it adds a panoramic sunroof, a 13-speaker stereo, fog lights, blind spot monitoring, additional parking sensors, a driver drowsiness monitor, traffic sign recognition, 20-inch wheels, and heated front seats with 16-way power adjustments.
  • Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic: The luxe HSE Dynamic comes equipped with a 380-horsepower supercharged V6, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated and cooled front seats with 22-way power adjustments, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, automatic high-beam headlights, and 21-inch wheels.
  • Range Rover Sport Supercharged: The brawny Supercharged model harnesses a 518-horsepower V8 engine but shares its standard features with the HSE trim.
  • Range Rover Sport Supercharged Dynamic: This trim packs the V8 engine and adds 21-inch wheels to the HSE Dynamic trim's list of features.
  • Range Rover Sport Autobiography: The V8-powered Autobiography trim shares its standard features with the HSE Dynamic model, plus it has a surround-view camera, soft-closing doors, and a 19-speaker stereo.
  • Range Rover Sport SVR: The high-performance SVR model adds a 575-horsepower V8 engine and racing-inspired seats.

The Range Rover Sport can also be had in a three-row configuration, giving it seating for seven. Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, a beverage cooler, a rear-seat entertainment system, 23 speakers, a head-up display, hands-free park assist, adaptive cruise control, and a two-speed transfer case with high- and low-range.

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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 has crash tested the 2018 Range Rover Sport.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • parking sensors
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • lane departure warning

Available advanced safety features:

  • driver drowsiness monitor
  • traffic sign recognition
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • head-up display
  • 360-degree parking sensors
  • hands-free park assist
  • surround view camera system
  • automatic high beam headlights
  • adaptive cruise control

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2018 Range Rover Sport Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport or 2018 Audi Q7?

The 2018 Audi Q7 isn’t as capable off-road as the Range Rover, but it’s the better pick for most shoppers. The Q7 has an easier-to-use infotainment system plus support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It offers a few amenities that the Range Rover lacks, such as massaging seats and a night vision camera. The Q7 also has more cargo space and easier-to-access third row seats too. The biggest factor in favor of the Audi may be price, with used Q7 models often costing thousands of dollars less than Range Rover Sport models.

Which Is Better: 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport or 2018 Lexus GX?

If you’re looking for a luxury midsize SUV that doubles as an off-road vehicle, the 2018 Lexus GX is a better pick than the Range Rover Sport. The GX packs a rugged four-wheel-drive system and body-on-frame construction, making it well suited for off-road use. The Lexus also has an outstanding predicted reliability rating, and used models are typically far less expensive to buy. Its interior styling isn’t as fresh as the Range Rover’s, and its engine performance isn’t as exciting. Still, the GX is a better buy overall.

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2018 Range Rover Sport Performance

How Does the 2018 Range Rover Sport Drive?

The Range Rover Sport offers a great driving experience. It’s available with multiple engine options, including supercharged V6, turbodiesel V6, and supercharged V8 power plants. The two V8s are the best of the bunch, with quick acceleration and a loud exhaust roar, but even the V6 engines zip the Rover up to speed quickly and supply brawny passing power. With the gas or diesel V6s, the Sport can sprint from zero to 60 mph in about seven seconds. The V8s cut this sprint to around five seconds. Each engine is paired with four-wheel drive and a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

Regardless of the engine it comes with, the Range Rover Sport is outfitted with an air suspension, which helps the SUV's ride both on- and off-road. This Rover is stable around turns, and it soaks up most bumps and dips comfortably. The steering is responsive, and the brakes provide fine stopping power. The suspension articulates nicely over off-road obstacles, and in its highest setting, the Range Rover Sport offers a respectable 10.9 inches of ground clearance. All models are equipped with Terrain Response, which includes traction control modes for rocks, sand, snow, and mud.

You may want to avoid models equipped with the 21-inch wheels, though, because they tend to make the Sport jitter and thud on rough pavement, yielding a much stiffer ride.

  • Base engine: 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 (SE and HSE)
  • Available engines:
    • 254-horsepower turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 (SE and HSE)
    • 380-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 (HSE Dynamic)
    • 518-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8 (Supercharged and Autobiography)
    • 575-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8 (SVR)
  • Drivetrain: four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Range Rover Sport Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Range Rover Sport’s diesel engine gets decent fuel economy for a luxury midsize SUV, but its supercharged V6 and V8 gas engines return poor fuel economy.

  • V6: 17/23 mpg city/highway
  • Diesel V6: 22/28 mpg
  • Supercharged and Autobiography: 17/22 mpg
  • SVR: 15/20 mpg (SVR)
2018 Range Rover Sport Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Range Rover Sport can tow up to 7,700 pounds.

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2018 Range Rover Sport Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Range Rover Sport Seat?

The Range Rover Sport comes standard with five seats; a third row is available, which raises the SUV’s seating capacity to seven. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and they offer generous headroom and legroom for taller occupants. The high driving position and large windows provide a great view of the road ahead as well. Rear visibility is a bit slim, however.

The second-row seats are rather spacious for adults, but the third row is cramped. It’s only suitable for seating younger kids, and it’s awkward to access.

The Range Rover’s cabin has a handsome yet minimalist design, and it’s trimmed with quality materials. There are many padded and upholstered surfaces, as well as genuine wood and metal accents. The interior remains quiet at highway speeds.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • 14-way power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • third row of seats
  • heated first and second-row seats
  • ventilated front seats
  • 16- and 22-way power-adjustable front seats
  • sport seats (SVR)
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Range Rover Sport?

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

2018 Range Rover Sport Features

The Range Rover Sport’s sleek dashboard is also one of its biggest drawbacks. It has two 10-inch touch screens – referred to as Touch Pro Duo – which manage almost all of the audio, climate, and vehicle settings. The system looks futuristic, but it’s often slow to respond to inputs. Its menu structure isn’t very intuitive, either, as it can take multiple steps just to access and adjust basic settings.

  • Standard infotainment features: two 10-inch touch screens, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, eight speakers, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and a Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Available infotainment features: a rear-seat entertainment system with two 8-inch screens, and a 13-, 19-, or 23-speaker stereo
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, and a hands-free power liftgate
  • Other available features: tri- or quad-zone automatic climate control, a beverage cooler, power soft-closing doors, and a panoramic sunroof

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2018 Range Rover Sport Dimensions

Range Rover Sport Cargo Space

The Range Rover Sport has 27.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second-row seats and 59.5 cubic feet with these seats folded. That’s rather small for a luxury midsize SUV. Consider the 2018 Land Rover Discovery or 2018 Range Rover Velar if you need more space.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Range Rover Sport Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet
  • Curb weight: 4,773 to 5,121 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Range Rover Sport Built?

Land Rover built the 2018 Range Rover Sport in England.

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