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It's difficult to find one vehicle that can do everything, but the Land Rover Range Rover Sport comes pretty darn close. This luxury SUV is one of the most capable off-roaders you can buy, with the ability to traverse rough terrain that would leave other vehicles stranded. And yet it drives like a sport sedan, especially if you opt for the powerful supercharged V8. And with its leather-swaddled interior and British pedigree, it coddles its occupants as only a true luxury vehicle can.
The Range Rover Sport comes with a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system and a height-adjustable suspension. A low-range transfer case (which provides that serious off-road ability) is optional, but all versions get Land Rover's Terrain Response system with driver-selectable modes that fine-tune the powertrain and suspension for optimum traction. The all-wheel-drive system also provides superior foul-weather traction, and on a dry, curvy road, the Range Rover Sport is surprisingly agile. It's not the sportiest SUV we've driven, but those sportier SUVs lack the Range Rover's all-terrain abilities and the comfortable ride provided by its air-sprung suspension.
Engine choices include a 3.0-liter supercharged V6. The output sounds impressive at 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, but with 5,000 or so pounds of Range Rover to haul around, it feels anemic. We prefer the supercharged 5.0-liter V8, which offers 510 hp and 461 lb-ft. Make that 550 hp and 502 lb-ft if you opt for the SVR model. Power is not an issue here: Edmunds timed the 510-hp version to 60 mph in a blindingly quick 4.6 seconds. The SVR did it in 4.5 seconds. The fuel economy, however, is dismal: 16 mpg combined (14 city/19 highway) for the 510-hp V8; the V6 version is only about 3 mpg better.
But there is a happy medium: Land Rover offers a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 that delivers 254 hp and a husky 443 lb-ft of torque. It feels stronger than the gas V6 and the EPA estimates are hard to beat: It's rated at 24 mpg combined (22 city/28 highway), which is a fantastic figure for such a heavy SUV.
Drawbacks to the Range Rover Sport include a kids-only third-row seat and less than stellar cargo capacity. Even with the third row folded, the Sport offers just 27.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is what we'd expect in a compact crossover. (The Range Rover Sport is smaller than the standard Range Rover, but it isn't that much smaller.) Even with all rear seats folded, cargo capacity is just 62.2 cubic feet.
The Range Rover Sport comes in five basic trim levels. Even the base-model SE is nicely equipped, including a long list of active safety features. The HSE has most of the equipment luxury buyers expect. The Supercharged model adds the powerful V8. The top-of-the-line Autobiography is as posh as a Range Rover can be (which is pretty darn posh), and the supercharged SVR is guaranteed to get your adrenaline flowing. Edmunds can help find the perfect 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport for you.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.