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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Performance Review

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Performance: 8.2

With an array of powerful engines, including a fuel-efficient diesel, a plug-in hybrid, and a burly supercharged V8, this Land Rover can handle most driving needs with ease. It’s fairly nimble on the road, and it excels after the pavement ends.

  • It's not the most agile SUV on the road, but it's a superbly capable off-roader." -- Edmunds
  • 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)

Acceleration and Power

Land Rover outfits the Range Rover Sport with a variety of powertrains. Up first is a supercharged V6 engine that makes 340 horsepower, or 380 in the HSE Dynamic trim. You could also choose a V6 turbodiesel engine with 254 horsepower or a plug-in hybrid that uses a four-cylinder engine and electric motor to put out 398 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. A brutish V8 engine is also available. It makes 518 horsepower in the Supercharged Dynamic and Autobiography Dynamic and 575 horsepower in the SVR trim. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Each engine delivers ample power and decent acceleration. As you might expect, the V8 is the most robust, though the supercharged V6 engines will get you around with little trouble.

Other than the diesel model’s rating of 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, this Land Rover has below-average fuel economy for the class. It gets 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Land Rover estimates the plug-in-hybrid model has an all-electric range of 31 miles.

  • "To our surprise, we found… [the supercharged V6] more than capable, delivering excellent off-the-line starts and an abundance of passing power." -- Autotrader
  • "The Range Rover Sport is an impressive on-road performer, especially with the powerful supercharged engine." -- Edmunds
  • "You might think that a six-cylinder engine would not pack enough punch for such a large a large SUV. But this supercharged six-cylinder is a peach. Performance gets another boost from the weight loss program that came with the redesign. Power builds smoothly and stays strong as the Sport accelerates. Nobody complained about a lack of go." -- Consumer Reports (2018)

Ride and Handling

While it’s not the nimblest vehicle in its class, this SUV feels agile and is fun to drive over winding roads. Ride quality is generally good in the Range Rover Sport. All-wheel drive comes standard.

  • "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
  • "The steering feel and accuracy are impeccable on twisting mountain roads yet appropriately light when parking." -- Edmunds
  • "In everyday driving, relatively agile handling helps justify the Sport part of this Range Rover's name. Handling is quite responsive, with quick turn-in and a taut, hunkered down attitude in the corners. The steering is on the heavy side, but that doesn't translate into much feedback." -- Consumer Reports (2018)

Off-Roading

The Range Rover Sport lives up to the Land Rover name. It’s an adept off-roader, and its Terrain Response System has four modes for adjusting the suspension and off-roading systems to suit various landscapes. The optional Terrain Response 2 adjusts automatically and adds a Rock Crawl mode. An auto-leveling air suspension is available.

  • "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
  • Tackling steep rocky grades is made effortless thanks to the sophisticated Terrain Response system and the two-speed transfer case. But wheel articulation is far better on the non-Sport Range Rover." -- Edmunds
  • "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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