New for 2014
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport has been completely redesigned for 2014. The base engine is now a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, and a new unibody chassis and aluminum body panels help it to shed almost 800 pounds. A “dynamic” drive mode help to vault the Sport into a new performance category.
The Range Rover Sport is Land Rover’s sportier SUV offering that has the styling of the regular Range Rover but with a sportier driving experience. The Sport combines the off-road capability of the Range Rover with a stiff ride and more athletic on-road demeanor.
The 2014 Range Rover Sport pairs two engines with the eight-speed automatic. The base engine is a 340-hp 3.0-liter V-6, which replaces the outgoing non-supercharged V-8, and makes 332 lb-ft of torque. At the top of the line is the same supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 as before that cranks out 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. EPA numbers place the V-6 at 17/23 mpg city/highway, and the V-8 at 14/19 mpg. Eight-cylinder models gain active damping and lean control, an active locking rear differential, torque vectoring, and a dynamic drive mode which controls the suspension on the fly.
An occasional-use third-row seat is available, as are a number of options for customization, with three contrasting roof colors, 19 exterior colors, four aluminum interior trim options along with three wood veneers, three headliner colors, 11 interior color themes, and various seat-color options.
The NHTSA and IIHS have not crash-tested a Range Rover Sport.
What We Think
In a review of a 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, we said, “The massive weight loss helps the Sport lives up to its name much better than before . . . We spent most of our time with the V-8 car, which corners flat and doesn’t have the punishing ride of many sporty SUVs. Compared with the big Range Rover, the Sport has quicker steering and better body control, at a cost of some suspension travel.”
In a Driven review of a Range Rover Sport prototype we noted that “even at low speeds the air-sprung ride is noticeably stiffer than in the cloud-like Range Rover; there’s more aural and tactile patter and a greater sense of connection with the road. This is on 21-inch rims: 19s to 22s are available. It wasn’t intrusive or uncomfortable on our brief drive, and with the car in its default setting it felt like it will make good on the engineers’ aim of making a “sports-touring SUV” with long-range comfort as its chief attribute.”
- 510-hp Supercharged 5.0-liter V-8
- Dynamic drive mode
- Lighter than its predecessor
You Won’t Like
- Rougher ride than regular Range Rover
- Poor fuel economy on the V-8
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