By Jason Allan
KBB Expert Rating: 7.2
With standout styling and an aura of exclusivity, the Range Rover Sport seems to inspire more lust than its more familiar BMW, Audi and even Porsche competitors. And with a 2014 redesign, the new model is even more deserving of that desire. Now more stylish, more capable and 800 pounds lighter, the 2014 Range Rover Sport is as distinct as ever, but improved fuel economy and an available 3rd-row seat also make it a more viable alternative to more common (but less pricy) midsize luxury SUVs like the BMW X5 and Audi Q7.
The 2014 Range Rover Sport almost looks too good to be true, but rest assured it's a perfectly practical SUV and as pleasing to drive as it is to behold.
Although this is an all-new model without a track record, Land Rover is not Lexus in terms of reliability history. So if hassle-free ownership is a top priority, you might consider another brand.
From the sleeker sheet metal down to the new aluminum unibody construction that's helped shave 800 pounds compared to its predecessor, the 2014 Range Rover Sport is a wholly new creation.
Driving Impressions We drove the 2014 Range Rover Sport over undulating English country roads, through tightly spaced old English towns, up muddy hills, into and out of the deepest water we've ever...braved, and on an active English runway at 145 mph, and it was brilliant every step of the way. What ultimately impressed us most about the 2014 Range Rover Sport, however, was not how effortlessly it handled the extremes, but how pleasant it was around town and on the highway, where most of them will be driven most of the time. It's just a downright comfortable and responsive SUV, without any sign of the compromise we'd expect to result from trying to design and tune an amazing off-roader that's also supple and sporty on pavement.
On V8 models, the new Range Rover Sport can shift more torque to the rear outside wheel while turning, enabling quicker, smoother turns on the road, and tighter turns off it.
TERRAIN RESPONSE 2 AUTO
Range Rover Sport V8 models – and V6 models with the Off Road Pack – feature the next-gen version of the automaker's multi-mode Terrain Response system. The latest iteration includes an Auto mode that uses a variety of sensors to automatically choose the best setup for the current driving situation.
Premium materials meet tasteful design inside the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, creating a passenger cabin that offers the modern feel of an Audi interior, but is perhaps a little more elegant in its simplicity. The Range Rover Sport's infotainment offering isn't as robust as what you'll find in the BMW X5 or Audi Q7, for instance, but it had all the phone and audio connectivity we needed in our two days with the car.Exterior
The pictures tell the story: The 2014 Range Rover Sport is pretty clearly the boldest, hottest-looking SUV in the segment. Still instantly identifiable as a member of the Range Rover family, the 2nd-generation Range Rover Sport better lives up to the promise of the Sport suffix, thanks in large part to sleeker, more contemporary front and rear styling.
The 2014 Range Rover Sport SE starts at $63,495 and includes an air suspension, multi-mode selectable Terrain Response, 60/40 split rear seat, front/rear parking sensors, an 8-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, remote-sensing unlock and pushbutton start, infotainment voice control, dual USB ports, a hard-disk navigation system, and 14-way adjustable front seats.
A fully loaded 2014 Range Rover Sport Autobiography tops out at more than $107,000 with high-tech features like an adaptive cruise control system that works in slow-and-go traffic, "automatic" parallel parking, advanced blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view camera system, and a full LCD instrument panel. Performance-enhancing features include a 2-speed transfer case, torque vectoring and Terrain Response 2 Auto. Other available niceties include a panoramic moonroof, a 3rd-row seat and a 1700-watt, 23-speaker audio system.
The 2014 Range Rover Sport lineup includes two supercharged engines, both matched with a responsive 8-speed automatic transmission. According to Land Rover, V6 models will run to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, while V8 versions will do it in 5.0 seconds. The added power of the V8 is nice, but we found the V6 plenty of engine for the svelte new Sport. Indeed, the automaker expects about 8 in 10 buyers to go with a V6 model.
3.0-liter supercharged V6
340 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
332 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 mpg
5.0-liter supercharged V8
510 horsepower @ 6,000-6,500 rpm
461 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 mpg
The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP or "sticker price") of $63,495 and inches into the 6-figure range when fully loaded. It's pricier than competitors like the BMW X5 (also new for 2014) and Audi Q7, and more in line with the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X6, neither of which offers a third row. The Kelley Blue Book number crunchers haven't yet published predicted resale value figures for this redesigned model, although we suspect it will continue to lag key competitors. But while the 2014 Range Rover Sport isn't the best value from a features-per-dollar perspective, it looks amazing, drives wonderfully and remains one of the coolest cars you can buy for the money.
By AD on Saturday, March 29, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "Eye Catching Vehicle; Drives Great"
Cons: "Lacking Features;Terrible Base Model;Sound System"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"A previous 2007 Range Rover Sport Supercharge owner, I went to my local dealer and they only had the SE models. While my mistake for not doing more homework, this is NOT A LUXURY SUV. While its very beautiful from the outside talk about a lack of features and a horrible sounding speaker system. No Homelink so I had to find my old garage door opener (Really a $65,000 Luxury SUV and this is not standard!!). No heated front seats, and a 250 watt 8 speaker that absolutely is junk (Meridian suppose to be all that and more. A rental car from Hertz or Avis has better sounding speakers. I will be back on the market in much sooner time and unfortunately Land Rover's decision to have a base model $65,000 SUV where it has LR2, LR4 and Evoque as lower end models has be baffled. I expected more. Don't buy the SE model. Make sure it is an HSE model which has most of the base feature a luxury vehicle should have. A complete disgrace by Land Rover. I would have spend the extra $5K to $10K easily for the HSE model and maybe the extra $20K to get the V8 or even that $30K plus to get the Autobiography. If you simply want your friends knowing you drive a Land Rover, buy the $30K LR2 until you have at least $75K to spend. I'm so disgusted with this purchase. Dumb executive decision to launch such a striped down version of the RR Sport (SE). Complete waste of money. I should have purchased a souped up Cadillac Escalade for the same price."
5 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By zerogoaler on Saturday, March 22, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,900overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "solid drive comfort great off road any conditions"
Cons: "terrible navigation system."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Great car -- solid, maybe the best car I have ever had. Comfortable, safe, fast enough, stylish, roomy, did I say solid? Only one or two complaints --- The navigation system is the worst I have ever seen or imagined, from impossible to see from the glare screen, to terrible non-intuitive screen navigation, to poor graphics, I hope they fixed this in the new model or its another brand for me. Also, they took away the voice command that I had in my '08. Very odd and disappointing. But overall, great great car."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Ahkdan on Monday, March 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Nice looking, used are reasonably priced, fast,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Great SUV, has enough power to win at red light races if that's you thing. But honestly, this car can go fast but it's much more enjoyable when driving normal. Great ride, feels really refined. Doesn't feel like a heavy vehicle. Taken it on long trips and isn't tiring, and pretty reliable. Buy warranty if you can because service on these cars are expensive. Definitely one of the best looking SUVs. Interior is okay. It's nice, looks very attractive. This SUV screams you have money, many people stare and look when driving by. Everywhere you go, people compliment it. MPG could be better, even with a very light foot, I can't do better than 14 in the city. HWY is way better with a light foot in HWY I can manage 23 mpg."
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Jason on Sunday, February 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,300overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Ride, quality of materials, safety"
Cons: "Honestly nothing. Fuel economy has been great"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is my second Range Rover Sport. I previously had the 2010 Sport, which truly has been the best car I have ever owned until now. Prior to that, we had a BMW in our family. The 2014 Range Rover Sport has surpassed any of my expectations. We did try out the competition and couldn't find anything even close to the material quality and ride. Reliability has been great on both the 2010 and so far on the 2014. I am technophile and I found the navigation system and music integration phenomenal. Customer service at Land Rover Thousand Oaks, where I purchased my car was outstanding and they have picked up my car from my office for scheduled service."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By TW on Monday, January 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "solid, reliable, great in any weather"
Cons: "none...going to buy another one..."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Bought the car new eight years ago and it has been almost completely trouble free. Solid, reliable, and fun."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By brooks340 on Thursday, April 25, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great styling, very comfortable to drive."
Cons: "Poor quality, low reliability."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"I've had this vehicle now for 7 months. Great styling, very comfortable to drive. It has been back to the dealership 5 times with a list of defects. Replaced the water pump, check engine light comes on frequently, replaced gas cap and seal, now rear hatch has started opening intermittently, even while driving. Would not recommend this vehicle to a friend and I'll be selling well before it comes off warranty."
27 people out of 32 found this review helpful