2022 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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2022 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review: A Luxury SUV For All Surfaces

Introduced in 2014, the current Range Rover Sport finds itself competing in a segment bursting with fresh talent. Both the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class are still fresh and there's also Audi's Q8 to worry about, so that's a trio of German talent to compete with. Fortunately, the Range Rover Sport has aged well and still successfully combines typical Land Rover off-road prowess with a more fun-to-drive demeanor than the regular Range Rover. The posh cabin remains a highlight and, from the 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with mild-hybrid tech to the mighty 5.0-liter supercharged V8, there is plenty of performance on offer. On the downside, the infotainment system is a touch clumsy and slow, while the cargo capacity isn't the best in this segment. The available third row of seats is also seriously cramped. But the Range Rover Sport remains a strong - and highly desirable - contender in the midsize luxury SUV bracket.

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  • Exterior Design 9 /10
  • Performance 8 /10
  • Fuel Economy 6 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 8 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 8 /10
  • Reliability 7 /10
  • Safety 8 /10
  • Value For Money 8 /10
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2022 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2021 Range Rover Sport?

The main news for the 2022 model year is the discontinuation of the Range Rover Sport's diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains. Only the mild-hybrid inline-six gas engine and the supercharged V8 remain - both engines in two states of tune for a total of four power outputs. Other, minor changes include the replacement of the second row's USB ports with more modern USB-C ports and some other minor tweaks to the standard equipment fitted.

Pros and Cons

  • Refined powertrains deliver brisk acceleration
  • Good mix of fun handling and composed ride
  • It's a Range Rover, so the feel-good factor is high
  • Cabin is as classy as ever
  • Outstanding off-road capability
  • Cargo capacity is merely average
  • Infotainment system could be more intuitive
  • Some driver safety aids should be standard
  • Available third row isn't suitable for adults
  • Poor predicted reliability

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2022 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
P360 SE
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
P360 HSE Silver
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
P400 HST
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
V8 HSE Dynamic
5.0L Supercharged V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
V8 Autobiography
5.0L Supercharged V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
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Handling and Driving Impressions

Engineered to be a more fun-to-drive alternative to the regular Range Rover, the Sport delivers on that promise. Considering its weight, the Range Rover Sport's electric power steering provides accurate placement of the large SUV, even if you are always aware of its size. It exhibits good body control through the twisties, but doesn't scale the same heights as the Porsche Cayenne (to be fair, almost no other SUV does). At parking speeds, the light steering assists in making it a bit easier to get into and out of tight spots.

The Sport's ride is even better, though. It feels rock-solid on the highway, with minimal noise intrusion and a nonchalant smothering of bumps before they can disturb the peace inside the cabin. When the asphalt turns to gravel, the Sport doesn't shy away like some other luxury SUVs do. With the standard Terrain Response system and features like hill descent control and gradient release control, it's a great choice for novice off-roaders who want the vehicle to do much of the work. That being said, the regular Range Rover has superior wheel articulation, but this isn't surprising considering that the Sport focuses a bit more on on-road performance.

Although we may have pointed out the MHEV's sometimes flawed power delivery, the electric assistance does help in making the stop-start system pleasantly smooth. If you're the type of driver who often finds these systems annoying, chances are you'll be able to live with the one in the mild-hybrid Range Rover Sport.

Verdict: Is the 2022 Land Rover Range Rover Sport A Good SUV?

Despite Land Rover's revered reputation for off-road excellence, the majority of these SUVs will be used for road trips, the school run, and drives to and from the office. Considering that, the Range Rover Sport remains a superb contender within Land Rover's portfolio, with most of the off-roading capability of other Land Rovers but sportier, more assertive manners on the road, where it will be used most of the time. The range of engines no longer offers something for everyone, with the loss of the reasonably frugal turbodiesel and four-cylinder PHEV models for this year. However, the potent supercharged V8 is still alive and well. The cabin is as comfortable and luxurious as ever. The latest BMW X5/Mercedes-Benz GLE have greater cargo capacities, though, are generally even quicker, and each has implemented its infotainment system in a more user-friendly fashion. Not only that, but they are also cheaper than the Range Rover Sport. But if you want a mix of on-road comfort and performance with the ability to tackle the rough stuff, the Sport is still one of the best.

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2022 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Comparisons

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2022 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs Porsche Cayenne

Rightly viewed as the benchmark for driving dynamics in this segment, the Porsche Cayenne excels on-road by blending a comfortable ride with cornering prowess that belies its weight and size. The Cayenne is also an especially strong performer; even the base model can hit 60 mph in as quickly as 5.9 seconds thanks to its powerful turbocharged V6 engine. At $69,000, it starts at a lower price than the Range Rover Sport, too. With performance specs that include a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds, the Cayenne S is almost as quick as the Range Rover SVR - and at under $87,000. Both SUVs are similarly practical, seating five occupants in comfort and with similarly sized trunks behind the second row. The Range Rover's cabin feels a bit warmer, while the Cayenne's is more technical and modern in appearance. The Range Rover Sport is better for off-road use, though, with superior approach/departure angles, a better wading depth, and better ground clearance. Overall, we'd say that the Cayenne's better performance and more involving driving dynamics swing it the way of the German.

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2022 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs BMW X5

The current BMW X5 was introduced more recently than the Range Rover Sport, and it feels that way. Although loaded with the latest tech, the X5 makes it more accessible via its excellent iDrive system, whereas the Range Rover's dual-screen system can be tricky to fathom. Starting at under $60,000, the X5 also comes in at a cheaper price, yet even this base model is really quick, hitting 60 in 5.3 seconds thanks to a silky smooth turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The BMW is more fun to drive, feeling just a bit more buttoned down through curves than the Range Rover, while remaining very comfortable. The latest X5's build quality also approaches perfection and it's predicted to be more reliable than the British SUV. At the top of the range, the X5 M will leave the Range Rover Sport SVR for dead in a straight line despite costing less. Finally, the X5 also has a bigger trunk. For some shoppers, the Range Rover Sport's effortlessly cool demeanor will still win the day, but the BMW X5 is a superior luxury SUV.

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