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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2014

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 the Range Rover Sport

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.

TORQUE VECTORING
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.

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Details
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport photo Interior

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
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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

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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
10.0
Out of 10

Based on 11 Ratings for the 2014 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.9/10
    Performance
    9.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.7/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

By far the best car I've owned or driven

By on Tuesday, November 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Driving position, performance, handling, comfort"

Cons: "Not cheap to buy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've owned a Sport V8 for a little over a year and done 12,000 miles in it, including two long road trips in the mountains. No reliability problems of any kind and zero maintenance costs (the first 1 year service was complimentary). Overall 18 mpg but 23 on long runs. The car's performance is outstanding; coupled with comfort and handling, it beats any other car I've owned (including Escalade, Land Cruiser, BMW 7) or driven. People continually gush about how great it looks in the unusual "Chablis" green color - valets in particular. Luxury, fun, and being different from the crowd - oh, and 510 horses on tap!"

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I've ever owned

By on Monday, October 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "everything"

Cons: "auto start/stop"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have recently gone over 34000 miles and haven't had so much as a single minor problem with this vehicle. I opted for the V-6 for the gas mileage and have been pleasantly surprised with the amount of power it provides but it does make me wonder if I should have gone for the V-8 just for the occasional power ride. I am averaging 23 mpg C/H which is great! I got the third row seats which is really nice if you have small kids there isn't much leg room but it does provide flexibility for the occasional carload of kids for a short ride to baseball practice otherwise it would be an option I could have done without. The Meridian sound system is outstanding. Handling and driving are off the charts hands down a beautiful ride. off road it can almost do anything a military Humvee can do I have run it through the forest and on rocky and muddy terrain and it never even thought about getting stuck as long as you use the proper terrain settings. If there is one thing I can report as a negative is the auto start/stop I HATE IT you have to opt out of it every time you start it up it should be the other way around cant stand when I come to a stop light and just as i stop and the engine quits the light turns green and it does its little stop start dance big annoyance for me but now its just habit to hit the button every time I get in."

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Flawless

By on Wednesday, September 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Solid, quiet, powerfull, looks"

Cons: "Nothing"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my third review at 10,000 miles and I could not be happier with my RRS, it has been absolutely perfect in everything."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Best Rover ever

By on Friday, June 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great vehicle in all ways"

Cons: "A little lacking in storage space"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love the vehicle and have used in deep snow, ice (using Blizzack tires) and dry roads. Have 20,000 miles with zero problems."

14 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Flawless

By on Thursday, June 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Drives excellent, very smooth, powerful, looks"

Cons: "Nothing!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my second review on my 2015 RRS, and all I have to say is that after 3500 miles it has been absolutely flawless in everything."

10 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Best vehicle ever

By on Wednesday, April 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Design, fun to drive, solid feel"

Cons: "nothing"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned several Mercedes including one 2011 $106,000.00 G550(Worst car ever! Dealership had to replace engine at 900 miles),one Acura two Lexus and this Range Rover Sport is the best vehicle that I haver ever had. it feels rock solid but at the same time it feels very smooth, transmision is like silk, engine very responsive. I am going to wait to rate on reliability even though I have been told by several friends that owns this vehicle and for I have read, reliability has been excellent in the latest models."

16 people out of 26 found this review helpful

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