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 Kangra on Friday, March 06, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,100overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"What a nice change from BMW X5 to Range Rover Sports. This SUV not only exceeds my expectation but make me proud that Indians are doing a great job then Germans in the automobile industry now. Kudos to the new management team of Range Rovers."
6 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Tierney on Sunday, February 08, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Styling, ride, storage and rear-seat comfort."
Cons: "The car should come with a trailer hitch standard"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"After owning a variety of leading SUV's, I've found my the new RR Sport (6-cyl) to be the finest/best riding/most impressive vehicle I've ever driven. I even traded in my wife's 30-day old 2015 Mercedes GL-450 so she too could enjoy the best 4WD available from any manufacturer, foreign or domestic. As RR doesn't make even modest changes to their models for up to 8-years, our 2015's should look "new" until 2022!!. Best features include the outstanding front seats and now (finally for a RR) reasonably good gas mileage - averaging 20-21 in mixed driving. A simply superb car."
17 people out of 29 found this review helpful
By Big "E" on Saturday, December 13, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfort, handling, impressive pick up in a V6"
Cons: "None Yet"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've had my Land Rover Sport for six months and I absolutely go it right. I'm 6'6" and it has plenty of leg room along with great width and a big center console to rest your arms and not fight for it with your passenger. I was particularly impressed with how well it corners on tight two lane roads. It remains stable with very little body roll. I got to see its off road capabilities when I went to Land Rover driving school and was wowed by what it can do. The thing that puts it over the top for me are the compliments and double takes I get on this beautiful vehicle."
18 people out of 27 found this review helpful