If you’re looking for a vehicle that combines off-road capability, luxury accommodations and upper-crust image status, Land Rover’s top-shelf Range Rover lineup should be fine. But if your budget is a little less elastic, the 2023 Range Rover Sport is an option that’s nearly as satisfying. Despite its smaller dimensions, the Sport has a similar silhouette to the more expensive Range Rover – but with an added dose of attitude. A trio of powertrains gives you a variety of options, including a hybrid inline-six, plug-in hybrid inline-six and mega-power twin-turbo V-8. The cabin is premium and comes equipped with desirable tech, including Land Rover’s latest Pivi Pro infotainment system and driver-assistance features that help in both on- and off-road driving. However, all this prestige doesn’t come cheap, and the Range Rover Sport’s starting price is higher than other deluxe 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, not least of which it is: It looks like money.
What’s new for 2023?
Like the larger Range Rover, the mid-size Range Rover Sport has received a complete redesign that includes refreshed styling, a new cabin and state-of-the-art technology. An all-electric Range Rover Sport EV will hit the market next year as a 2024 model.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We think that’s the trim to go with the more powerful SE Dynamic. Its extra horsepower will undoubtedly give it a bit of a boost both around town and on the highway and it offers a litany of luxury and convenience features without requiring a six-figure bill.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
The entry-level engine is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that employs a 48-volt hybrid system and makes 355 horsepower in the P360 SE and 395 horsepower in the P400 SE Dynamic. When we tested the P360 SE, it needed just 5.7 seconds to reach 60 mph, but felt more sluggish than in the city where full-throttle launches aren’t an appropriate activity. However our test vehicle delivered unmatched ride quality, which was appreciated on the broken asphalt near our Michigan headquarters. A plug-in hybrid P440e setup is exclusive to the fancy Autobiography trim and adds an electric motor to the inline-six for a combined 434 horsepower. The lushest cut can be found in the P530 First Edition, which only comes with the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine that pumps out a whopping 523 horsepower. Land Rover estimates that the V-8 will propel the Range Rover Sport to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. All models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive and an adjustable air suspension. The Range Rover Sport can also be had with an optional performance driving setup called the Stormer Handling Pack, which adds rear-wheel steering and a torque-vectoring system. During our initial test drive of the V-8 model, we found the throttle response on our V-8-powered test vehicle to be very jumpy and difficult to operate smoothly. Otherwise, we were impressed with the Range Rover Sport’s mix of comfort and athleticism and noted that its rear-wheel steering system made maneuvering in places less challenging than other similarly sized SUVs.
Range, Charging and Battery Life
The plug-in hybrid model will be the only Range Rover Sport with an electric driving range until next year, when sales of the EV model begin. The plug-in houses a 31.8-kWh battery pack that Land Rover claims is good for 48-miles of electric driving range.
Fuel Economy and Real-World 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 has fuel economy estimates of 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test route the P360 SE rightfully hit its 25 mpg estimate—not bad for a 5387-pound SUV. For more information on the fuel economy of the Range Rover Sport, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort & Cargo
The interior design has taken a more minimalist approach this time around, with a reduction in the number of buttons and switches and a more streamlined appearance throughout the cabin. Buyers can choose between textile or genuine leather upholstery in an attractive two-tone design. The dark-tinted chrome accents look particularly premium. Power-adjustable front seats are standard but a set of chairs with 22 modes of adjustability as well as 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 & Connectivity
The Range Rover Sport’s redesigned dashboard offers plenty of digital real estate, with a curved 13.1-inch touchscreen serving infotainment duties and an even larger 13.7-inch screen standing 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 yet, but as we’ve learned from using it in other models like the Defender and Discovery, it’s not without its quirks. The displays are crisp and clear though, and it looks high-end floating above the Range Rover Sport’s upholstered dashboard. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are standard and all Range Rover Sports come with Amazon’s Alexa. A wireless smartphone charging pad has been cleverly integrated on a shelf just below the infotainment screen. A 29-speaker Meridian stereo system is optional and includes speakers in the Range Rover Sport’s front and rear headrests.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
A slew of driver-assistance features are standard, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and a 360-degree exterior camera system. An adaptive cruise control system is also included and there is off-road capability as well. For more information on the crash-test results of the Range Rover Sport, visit the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Key security features include:
- standard automatic emergency braking
- Standard Lane-Departure Warning with Lane-Keeping Assist
- standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The Range Rover Sport’s warranty coverage is about average for its class, but it doesn’t include complimentary scheduled maintenance. The purchase price of its three main competitors – BMW X5 and X7 and Volvo XC90—includes three years or 36,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- no complimentary scheduled maintenance
2023 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE P360
Vehicle Type: Front-Engine, All-Wheel-Drive, 5-Passenger, 4-Door Wagon
Base/as tested: $84,475/$90,145
Options: 22-inch wheels, $1450; Black Contrast Ceiling, $1000; Giola Green Paint, $710; Cold Climate Package, $640; LED headlights, $600; 22-inch full-size spare, $500; Natural Black Veneer Trim, $410; Wi-Fi with Data Plan, $360
Supercharged, Turbocharged & Intercooled, DOHC 24-Valve Inline-6, Aluminum Block & Heads, Direct Fuel Injection
Displacement: 183 in32996 cm3
Power: 355 HP @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 369 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm
Suspension, F/R: Multilink/Multilink
Brakes, F/R: 15.0-in Vented Disc/14.0-in Vented Disc
Tyres: Pirelli Scorpion Zero All-Season
285/45R-22 114Y M+S LR
Wheelbase: 118.0 Inches
Length: 194.7 inches
Width: 80.6 inches
Height: 71.7–74.2 inches
Passenger Volume, F/R: 55/50 ft3
Cargo Volume, Rear F/R: 66/32 ft3
Curb Weight: 5387 lb
CD Exam Results
60 mph: 5.7 seconds
1/4-mile: 14.3 sec @ 96 mph
100 mph: 15.7 seconds
130 mph: 33.2 seconds
The above results leave a 1-ft rollout of 0.3 seconds.
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 7.1 seconds
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.9 seconds
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 4.5 seconds
Top speed (MFR claimed): 140 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 187 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft skidpad: 0.81 g
CD fuel economy
Seen: 16 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 25 mpg
75-mph Highway Range: 590 Miles
EPA Fuel Economy
Combined/City/Highway: 22/19/26 mpg
CD test explained
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