2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Performance


MSRP
$68,650
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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 8.5

The 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport comes standard with a powerful turbocharged six-cylinder engine. If the base setup doesn't do it for you, consider one of five other powertrain options, including a turbodiesel engine and a plug-in-hybrid variant. The Range Rover Sport handles well and rides comfortably, and it's better at off-roading than most other SUVs in the class.

  • It's not the most agile SUV on the road, but it's a superbly capable off-roader." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • 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

Choosing a powertrain for your Range Rover Sport can be a bit overwhelming, as there are six available. The base engine is a mild-hybrid 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder that puts out 355 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. This engine has plenty of juice to propel the Range Rover Sport around town or on the highway, but several more powerful options are available.

There's another mild-hybrid 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder available that puts out 395 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. This Land Rover also offers a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 that makes 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, as well as a plug-in hybrid that features a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine and an electric motor that combine to produce 398 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. The plug-in-hybrid powertrain lets you go up to 19 miles solely on electric power.

There are two high-performance engines available as well. First up is a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that puts out 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. It's one thing to see those eye-popping power ratings on paper, but it's quite another to experience the sports-car-worthy acceleration in models equipped with this engine. These Land Rovers can jet from zero to 60 mph in five seconds flat.

Finally, the SVR trim comes with a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that makes 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. This engine turns the Range Rover Sport into a true burner, with a zero-to-60 time of just 4.3 seconds.

No matter which engine you choose, an eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard.

With the turbodiesel engine, the Range Rover Sport gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The plug-in-hybrid Range Rover Sport gets 19 mpg and 42 MPG-equivalent city/highway combined. When outfitted with the monstrously powerful SVR, this Land Rover gets just 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.

At the time of writing, fuel economy estimates for the mild-hybrid turbo-sixes are not available.

  • "To our surprise, we found… [the supercharged V6] more than capable, delivering excellent off-the-line starts and an abundance of passing power." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • "The Range Rover Sport is an impressive on-road performer, especially with the powerful supercharged engine." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "You might think that a six-cylinder engine would not pack enough punch for such 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)

Handling and Braking

The Range Rover Sport is fun to drive on winding roads. It has sharp steering and surprisingly nimble handling given its stature. The ride is smooth over most road surfaces.

  • "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 (2019)
  • "The steering feel and accuracy are impeccable on twisting mountain roads yet appropriately light when parking." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "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." -- Consumer Reports (2018)

Off-Roading

You'll be hard-pressed to find a more capable luxury off-roader than the Range Rover Sport. That is, of course, unless you're looking at another Land Rover. It's more than a match for almost any off-road terrain, and there are plenty of standard and available features to make this SUV an even better adventure vehicle.

Every Range Rover Sport comes standard with all-wheel drive and a Terrain Response System, which has five modes for adjusting the suspension and off-roading systems to suit various landscapes. The optional Terrain Response 2 automatically adjusts the suspension and adds a Rock Crawl mode. An auto-leveling air suspension is available.

  • "Leave the confines of city life and the Range Rover Sport reveals its trump card: amazing off-road prowess. The Terrain Response AWD 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 (2019)
  • "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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