Review: 2018 Range Rover Sport

2018 Range Rover Sport

For those in search of supreme comfort in a luxury SUV that can go off the beaten track without a second thought, the 2018 Range Rover Sport is certainly worth consideration. Those who can afford this SUV will appreciate all that it has to offer. However, be prepared for a high price tag, even in the base model. After all, this is a luxury SUV.


Stylish First Impressions

Wherever you drive the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, it will make a strong first impression with its clean lines, sporty character, and floating roof. You will admire the blacked-out roof pillars and the chunky grille, both of which are reminiscent of larger SUVs in the Land Rover lineup. To stand out, the Range Rover Sport also has a chopped tail, sloped roofline, faired headlights, and bulging wheel arches. Going with the SVR trim delivers wider and larger wheels for a meaner feel.

Interior Styling and Comfort

The interior continues the luxurious trend with the Range Rover Sport, including leather and wood on almost every surface. To enhance the cabin, you get a dual-touchscreen system. Unsurprisingly, given its price point, the Range Rover Sport has an extremely comfortable interior, other than the cramped third row.


The Range Rover Sport offers three rows of seating. However, the last row should be reserved just for children. Even larger children might feel a bit cramped. Even so, this is a useful option for families or those who carpool. On a regular basis, four adults can sit comfortably, with three fitting in the second row for shorter trips. In terms of cargo versatility, the Range Rover Sport has 27.7 cubic feet for cargo behind the second row and 62.2 cubes behind the first row.

Performance and Capability

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The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport offers multiple engines, starting off with the 3-liter V6 with a supercharger. Depending on the trim level, it can generate 340 or 380 horsepower and can reach 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. Moving up from there is the 3-liter V6 turbodiesel with 254 horsepower, 440 pound-feet of torque, and a whopping diesel range of 658 miles.

Those who want more power can opt for the 5-liter V8 supercharged engine with 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet for the ability to reach 60 mph in 5 seconds. The most powerful choice for the Range Rover Sport is an upgraded version of this V8 with 575 horsepower and 561 pound-feet. It reaches 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds.

No matter your chosen powertrain or trim, this 2018 Land Rover uses an 8-speed automatic transmission with smooth shifts and four-wheel drive.

Driving off the road with the Range Rover Sport does not require second-guessing yourself thanks to the Terrain Response selector with choices for nearly all terrain types. Or you can opt for the Terrain Response 2 system with a low-range transfer case. It also features settings for Auto, Rock Crawl, Sand, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Dynamic, Mud/Ruts, and General. To enhance off-road capabilities, the Sport typically gets 9.3 inches for ground clearance. It also comes standard with an air suspension to raise the SUV by pressing a button.

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