Range Rover Sport PHEV reliability & safety

Worries about poor reliability seem to be a thing of the past, and we expect good things of the Range Rover Sport PHEV

For a long time, Land Rover has been a consistent performer in reliability surveys – consistently below-par, sadly – but the company has shot up the rankings in the last year. In fact, it came seventh in our 2018 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. That’s a remarkable achievement when you consider that it was 17 places lower, and very nearly at the bottom of the table, just 12 months earlier.

While the Range Rover Sport hasn’t been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, safety should be no worry. Every Land Rover and Range Rover tested since 2011 has managed a five-star result, so there’s little reason to think the Sport would do anything different, especially as it shares most of its safety kit with the Velar and Range Rover.

Range Rover Sport PHEV reliability & problems

It’s fair to say that Land Rover has had a pretty dismal record for reliability in recent years. As recently as 2017, the company finished in 24th position out of 27 manufacturers in the Driver Power survey, for example. So, you might expect us to be worried about a car that includes as much new technology as the Range Rover Sport PHEV, but we’re not.

That’s because the company’s cars have improved massively since that lowly score. In the 2018 Driver Power survey, Land Rover finished in seventh position overall, well above companies like BMW and Audi. And, while there's still some room for improvement in its reliability – finishing 16th for that – we’re still confident that this model will be a hit with its owners.

Safety

The Range Rover Sport hasn't been crash-tested by the experts at Euro NCAP, but other Range Rovers have performed well recently. Back in 2012, the Range Rover itself scored a full five-star rating, and that performance was equalled by the Velar in 2017. There’s nothing to suggest that this model will be anything other than at least as good – and probably better.

That’s partly because it shares much of its standard safety equipment with the larger and more expensive Range Rover. That includes Cornering Brake Control, Roll Stability Control and Emergency Brake Assist, as well as cruise control with a speed limiter, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane-departure warning.

What the Sport also shares with the full-fat Range Rover is many of its options. For example, you can add a couple of identical packs. The Drive Pack includes traffic-sign recognition, blind-spot monitoring and driver drowsiness detection, for example. Then, there‘s the Drive Pro Pack, which also adds lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot assistance, adaptive cruise control and high-speed emergency braking.