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Car Review: Range Rover Sport remade in 2023 now adds a powerful plug-in hybrid, big V-8 in 2024

Exterior of the Range Rover Sport
The redesigned Range Rover Sport has big style, sharing some looks with the pricier Range Rover. (Mike Parris/Ƶapp)

The Range Rover Sport is the more playful version of the stately Range Rover luxury SUV. With slightly less off-road aspiration and more on-road driving dynamics, the Range Rover Sport has stepped up its game lately with a big makeover.

Styling

It starts with sleek styling from the redesign in 2023. It’s not as tall as the big Range Rover, however, it shares more of the look of its pricier big brother. The Range Rover Sport has a lower roofline and its new front fascia is rounded and softer presenting a nice, modern take. Choosing the SE Dynamic trim level with the blacked-out trim pieces and black wheels makes this Range Rover Sport look rather racy for a SUV. The expressive LED taillights and the blacked-out panel help this large SUV seem smaller.

Driving experience

Most Range Rover Sport models come with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine between 355hp and 395hp that will please most buyers. A revised plug-in hybrid with more power than last year’s V-8 is available in the Autobiography trim level.

But if your heart is set on V-8 power for 2024, there is a new SV version with 626hp that should get your heart pumping. No matter which version you choose, the driving experience is elevated and more luxurious than before. It does a better job of soaking up bumps than it does flying around corners. Its softer suspension means there is more body lean than some other SUVs, but it’s a comfortable cruiser, not something that could always be said about past versions.

Interior design

The Range Rover Sport ups its luxury game with an improved interior from previous versions. Better materials with upgraded leather and even the trim pieces are vastly improved. Its more inviting and comparable to the pricier Range Rover. While space isn’t as cavernous as the big Range Rover, the Sport still has good space. It lacks headroom due to the lower roofline. The tech gets upgraded with bigger screens and the touch screen is easier to use than in the past.


Cost: $85,850 base version to $182,000 for SV Edition One

MPG: 18 MPG combined; I managed 17.2 mpg in 336 miles of mixed driving.

Safety: In-Control Protect; emergency braking with assist; traffic sign recognition & adaptive speed limiter; lane-keep assist; driver condition monitor; Park Pack; head-up display; Drive Pack

Things to know: The Range Rover Sport gets more sophisticated styling, a better interior and big power for 2024.

Pros:

  • Redesigned exterior shares more style with the pricier Range Rover
  • An interior that sees an upgrade in materials and design
  • Packed with technology and safety equipment

Cons:

  • Gets pricey with higher trim levels
  • MPG suffers with V-8 power
  • Plug-in hybrid version is hard to find

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