If you’re looking for a vehicle that combines off-road capability, luxury accommodations and top-of-the-line image status, something from Land Rover’s top-shelf Range Rover range will do just fine. But if your budget is a little less elastic, the Range Rover Sport 2023 is an almost equally satisfying alternative. Despite its smaller dimensions, the Sport has a silhouette similar to the more expensive Range Rover—but with an added dose. The trio of powertrains, including the inline-six hybrid, plug-in hybrid inline-six, and mega-power twin-turbo V-8 give you a wide range of options. The cabin is premium and equipped with the desired technology, including Land Rover’s latest Pivi Pro infotainment system and driver assistance features to assist on-road and off-road driving. All of this prestige doesn’t come cheap, and the Range Rover Sport’s starting price is higher than other luxury SUVs like the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE class, and Volvo XC90. But make no mistake, the Sport earns its place in the Range Rover lineup honestly and for a number of reasons, one of which is this: looks like money.
What’s New in 2023?
Like the larger Range Rover, the mid-size Range Rover Sport has received a complete redesign that includes a fresh styling, revamped cabin and cutting-edge technology. The all-electric Range Rover Sport EV will hit the market next year as a 2024 model.
Price and Where to Buy
We think the more powerful SE Dynamic is the trim to match. Its extra horsepower will no doubt give it a bit of a boost both around town and on the highway and offers an array of luxury and comfort features without the need for a six-figure bill.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
The entry-level engine is a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six that uses a 48-volt hybrid system and produces 355 horsepower in the P360 SE and 395 horsepower in the P400 SE Dynamic. The P440e plug-in hybrid setup is exclusive to the luxurious Autobiography trim and pairs an electric motor to the inline-six for a combined 434 horsepower. The most interesting pieces can be found in the P530 First Edition, which only comes with a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that churns out a mighty 523 horsepower. Land Rover estimates the V-8 will drive the Range Rover Sport to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. All models are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive and adjustable air suspension. The Range Rover Sport can also be had with an optional driving performance setting called the Stormer Handling Pack, which adds a rear-wheel steering and torque vectoring system. During our initial test drive, we found the throttle response on our V-8 powered test vehicle too agitated and difficult to operate smoothly. Otherwise, we were impressed by the Range Rover Sport’s mix of comfort and athleticism and noted that the rear-wheel steering system makes maneuvering in tight spaces less challenging than in other similar-sized SUVs.
Range, Charge and Battery Life
The plug-in hybrid model will be the only Range Rover Sport with an all-electric driving range until next year when the EV model goes on sale. The plug-in has a 31.8 kWh battery pack that Land Rover claims is good for an electric driving range of 48 miles.
Real World Fuel Economy and MPG
According to Land Rover, the P360 and P400 models will deliver 20 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, while the V-8-powered P530 carries an estimated fuel economy of 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. When we get the chance, we’ll take the Range Rover Sport on our 75-mph highway fuel economy test route and report the results here. For more information on the Range Rover Sport’s fuel economy, visit EPA website.
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
The interior design this time takes a more minimalist approach, with a reduced number of buttons and switches and a sleeker look throughout the cabin. Shoppers can choose from textiles or genuine leather upholstery in attractive two-tone designs. Dark chrome accents look very premium. Power-adjustable front seats are standard, but a seat set with up to 22 ways of adjustment and massage, ventilation and winged headrests are optional. An integrated air purification system is available and is said to reduce odors, bacteria, viruses and allergens from the cabin.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Range Rover Sport’s redesigned dashboard offers plenty of digital real estate, with a 13.1-inch curved touchscreen serving infotainment duties and an even larger 13.7-inch screen parked in front of the driver to display the gauges. Land Rover’s Pivi Pro interface is the company’s best attempt at in-car infotainment, but as we’ve learned using it in other models like the Defender and Discovery, it’s not without its quirks. The display is sharp and clear, and looks luxurious floating above the Range Rover Sport’s layered dashboard. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless connectivity is standard and all Range Rover Sports come with Amazon Alexa. The wireless smartphone charging pad is also smartly integrated on the shelf just below the infotainment screen. The 29-speaker Meridian stereo system is optional and incorporates speakers in the front and rear headrests of the Range Rover Sport.
Safety Features and Driver Assistance
A number of driver assistance features are standard, including automatic emergency braking, lane guard assistance and a 360-degree exterior camera system. An adaptive cruise control system is also included and it even has an off-road feature. For more information on the Range Rover Sport crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website. Key security features include:
- Standard automatic emergency braking
- Standard lane departure warning with lane guard assistance
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Range Rover Sport warranty coverage is average for its class, but does not include free scheduled maintenance. The purchase price of its three main competitors—BMW X5 and X7 and the Volvo XC90—including three years or 36,000 miles of free scheduled maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- No free scheduled maintenance
2023 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Vehicle Type: front engine, all wheel drive, 5 passengers, 4 door wagon
Base: P360 SE, $84,475; P400 SE Dynamic, $91,475; P440e PHEV Autobiography, $105.675; P530 First Edition, $122,975
P360: supercharged, turbocharged, and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter inline-6, 355 hp, 369 lb-ft; P400: supercharged, turbocharged, and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter inline-6, 395 hp, 406 lb-ft; P440e: supercharged, turbocharged, and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter inline-6, 395 hp, 406 lb-ft + AC motor, 141 hp (combined output: 434 hp, 457 lb-ft; lithium-ion 31.8 -kWh battery pack; 7.2 kW built-in charger); P530: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve 4.4-liter V-8, 523 hp, 553 lb-ft
Automatic 8 speed
Wheelbase: 118.0 inches
Length: 194.7 inches
Width: 80.6 inches
Height: 71.7 inches
Passenger Volume: 106 feet3
Cargo Volume: 32 feet3
Restraint Weight (CD approx.): 5000-5880 lb
SHOW (CD EST)
60 mph: 4.3-5.7 seconds
100 mph: 10.4-14.9 seconds
1/4-Mile: 12.6-14.4 seconds
Top Speed: 140-155 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 18-22/16-19/21-26 mpg
P440e Combined Gasoline + Electric: 52 MPGe
P440e EV Range: 50 miles
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