2018 Range Rover Sport New Car Test Drive
The Range Rover Sport is smaller and more nimble than the full-size Range Rover. The Range Rover Sport offers a third-row seat, but it's tight back there. Think of it as a 5+2, not a seven seater.
The 2018 Range Rover Sport benefits from a new interior and is distinguished from the previous model with revised styling in front and updated electronics including new twin 10-inch touchscreens that control every function. The top one does infotainment, Bluetooth and navigation; the bottom one does audio, climate, and driving modes.
The Sport was redesigned for 2014 with a new riveted-and-bonded aluminum chassis, rigid and light, which transformed its handling to nimble, in a class of its own.
Land Rover calls the new two-screen system Touch Pro Duo. It's unique, and the display is impressive, big, flashy. The function is slick, and simple after it's learned.
The Range Rover Sport SE and Range Rover Sport HSE use a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that develops 340 horsepower. The supercharged 5.0-liter V8 comes in two power levels. The standard 518-horsepower V8 powers Range Rover Sport Supercharged and Autobiography. The Range Rover Sport SVR unfurls 575 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque.
All models work with an admirable 8-speed automatic transmission that can include paddle shifters. Even the V6 promises a snarly sound and 0-60 mph acceleration in 6.9 seconds. That 60-mph sprint takes a mere 5 seconds with a V8.
The turbodiesel option uses a 3.0-liter V6 diesel that produces a muscular 443 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration is comparable to the gasoline V6, though not as responsive, and diesel owners can expect pleasantly quiet operation.
The V6 is rated by the EPA at 17 mpg City, 23 Highway, 19 Combined. The EPA rates the V6 turbodiesel at 22/28/24 mpg. The supercharged V8 is rated at 14/19/16 mpg no matter whether it's 518 or 575 horsepower.
Safety features on all models include automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, rearview camera, surround-view camera (not standard on SE or HSE), parking sensors, parking assist, and automatic high-beam headlights. An optional Driver Assistance Package adds blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition that can display the current speed limit. Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have crash-tested the Range Rover Sport.
Range Rover Sport comes standard with the 3.0-liter V6 engine.
Range Rover Sport SE ($66,750) comes with leather upholstery, power adjustable heated front seats, an eight-speaker audio system, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, 19-inch wheels, and keyless ignition. SE Td6 ($68,750) substitutes the diesel powertrain.
HSE ($72,350) adds 20-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, upgraded leather seats, more adjustability for the front seats, blind spot monitors, an 11-speaker audio system, parking sensors, and LED headlights. HSE Td6 ($74,350) gets the diesel.
HSE Dynamic ($82,150) gets and additional 20 horsepower, along with 21-inch wheels, red brake calipers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 22-way adjustable heated and cooled front seats, a 19-speaker premium audio system, and black exterior accents.
Range Rover Sport Supercharged ($82,050) features the 518-hp V8.
Autobiography Dynamic ($96,650) comes with the 518-hp supercharged V8 and soft-closing doors, three-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, and 21-inch wheels.
Range Rover Sport SVR ($113,600) brings a massive 575 horsepower and breathtaking 0-60 time of 4.3 seconds. It comes with a sport-tuned air suspension, surround-view camera system, sport seats, exterior SVR accents, and better brakes. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.).