Range Rover Sport PHEV (2018-2022) reliability & safety rating
With other recent Range Rovers consistently earning a five-star crash test-rating, the Range Rover Sport PHEV should be a safe choice, too
For a long time, Land Rover has been a consistently below-par performer for reliability, with a high percentage of owners reporting faults in the 2021 Driver Power survey. Land Rover did improve on the previous year’s overall owner satisfaction score by three places, ranking 22nd out of 29 in the UK.
While the Range Rover Sport hasn’t been crash-tested independently 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 safety kit with the Velar.
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; it finished low down a table of 29 manufacturers for reliability in the 2021 Driver Power survey with 30.3% of respondents reporting problems. The Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models weren't rated individually however.
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 safety 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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Range Rover Sport PHEV has many of the strengths of the larger Range Rover PHEV, but is a fair bit cheaper to buy, if a little less practical
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Range Rover Sport PHEV's 25-mile electric range is impressive, and the battery can be recharged in less than three hours
- 3Running costs & insuranceIf you can keep the batteries topped up and rarely travel more than 25 miles at once, the Range Rover Sport PHEV makes a lot of financial sense
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Range Rover Sport PHEV is certainly a quick car, but the engine's whine can be annoying
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Range Rover Sport PHEV is every bit as luxurious as you'd expect of a car from the company
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Range Rover Sport PHEV doesn’t demand too many sacrifices in space for its good economy and low running costs
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingWith other recent Range Rovers consistently earning a five-star crash test-rating, the Range Rover Sport PHEV should be a safe choice, too