Although the Range Rover Sport 2 is now cascading down to the secondhand market, a new one may prove a tempting purchase for those considering buying a secondhand Range Rover 4.
Range Rover Sport 2 was developed alongside the Range Rover 4 and shares much of its technology, in particular the use of lightweight aluminium in the body architecture and suspension components. This results in a weight loss of 420kg and a 15 per cent reduction in CO2 compared to the previous model. External styling shares visual traits seen on Discovery Sport, Evoque and Range Rover 4. The 5+2-seating option provides a third row for small kids that are agile enough to climb in. There is a choice of two diesel and two supercharged petrol engines, and two transmission options: the familiar transfer box with low range giving an equal torque spread to front and rear axles, and a single-speed transfer box giving a rear axle torque bias and directing torque to the axle that has most grip.
WHAT TO CHECK
Every Sport 2 is still under Land Rover warranty and it is highly unlikely that you will come across one which does not have a full Land Rover service history. Buying a used Sport 2 at the moment is effectively as safe as buying new, but you’ll still need all the usual security checks if buying privately.
REASONS TO BUY
Excellent handling and performance, lighter and livelier to drive than Range Rover Sport 1. Class-leading safety features including lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition (it actually lets you know when you’ve entered a speed limit), and Torque Vectoring. Diesels are capable of 40+ mpg.
Largest diameter wheels compromise ride quality and introduce tyre noise. Seven-seater’s third row seats are difficult to access.
3-litre TDV6 (254 bhp), SDV6 (288 bhp) and 4.4-litre SDV8 (334bhp) diesel engines; supercharged 5-litre V8 (503 bhp) and 3.0-litre V6 petrol. Eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Average: £39,000 – £42,000
Good: £42,000 – £49,000
Excellent: £49,000 – £75,000