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2014 Range Rover Sport vs. 2014 Range Rover: What's the Difference?
At the highest level of the luxury SUV world is the Range Rover, a full-size Land Rover SUV with opulent features and an almost 6-figure price tag. During the 2006 model year, Land Rover added the Range Rover Sport -- which, because of its similarities to the Range Rover, can be difficult to distinguish from Land Rover's original SUV. We've created the following list of differences between the 2014 Range Rover and 2014 Range Rover Sport to help you better identify and understand the two models individually.
Although the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport might seem similar at first glance, there are definite differences between the two. Parked side-by-side, there's almost no confusing them, as the full-size Range Rover is significantly larger than its Sport stablemate. But if they're not together, there are a few key features you can look for to know one from the other. In front, for example, the full-size Range Rover boasts a statelier appearance than the Sport, which touts a more muscular fascia and a more aggressive front bumper. In back, you can distinguish the two models by their taillights: The Range Rover has two stacked lights, while the Sport has a smaller, narrower taillight look. But the easiest way to distinguish the two SUVs is by their sides: The Range Rover Sport has a small grille mounted behind its front wheels, while the full-size Range Rover does not.
Though the Range Rover's interior was once vastly different from the Range Rover Sport's, they've become increasingly similar with time. The primary difference between the two today is that the 2014 Sport retains a sportier feel, with a higher center console and more interior curves, while the full-size Range Rover goes for a more dignified appearance, with a taller center control stack that gives the dashboard a wider look and feel. The full-size Range Rover also retains its pop-up circular gear selector knob, while the Sport uses a more traditional gear lever.
In back, there's an even bigger difference between the Range Rover and the Sport: the number of seats. While the all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport now offers available 3-row seating, the Range Rover still only offers two rows. That means shoppers interested in a family vehicle may opt for the Sport over the full-size Range Rover.
When it comes to mechanicals, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport have always been similar -- and that remains true for 2014. Earlier models rode on separate platforms: The Range Rover Sport shared its underpinnings with the Land Rover LR3, while the Range Rover had its own platform. But that's no longer true for 2014, as the full-size Range Rover and the newly redesigned Sport now use the same chassis.
Under the skin, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport share virtually everything. The engines are the same: Both models use a 340-horsepower supercharged V6 in base versions, while Supercharged models offer a 510-hp supercharged V8. Both models also use a standard 8-speed automatic transmission with standard full-time 4-wheel drive. As you'd expect, fuel economy isn't exactly a strong suit: both models return roughly the same figures, which stand at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway for the V6, or 14 mpg city/19 mpg hwy for the supercharged V8.
As you might expect, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport both have similar equipment -- and neither one skimps on the lavish luxuries.
With that said, the Range Rover Sport's base price of around $63,500 is far less than the Range Rover's $84,000 starting MSRP, and in some cases, the reasons for that are obvious. For instance in the base-level Range Rover Sport SE, heated seats are an option. In the Range Rover, however, these come standard -- along with heated mirrors and a heated steering wheel.
Another example of this is the tri-zone automatic climate control feature, which is on the Range Rover Sport's options list, but comes standard in the full-size Range Rover. And while the Range Rover comes standard with a 13-speaker sound system, the Sport only has eight speakers.
Of course, both models boast ample standard equipment. Features in each Range Rover include a voice-activated navigation system, automatic xenon headlights, dual power front seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, a power liftgate, leather upholstery and park assist. But when it comes to their overall feature sets, the Range Rover just slightly edges out the Sport.
Neither the Range Rover nor the Range Rover Sport holds the upper hand in terms of technology, though the full-size Range Rover certainly includes more items as standard. Both vehicles boast a long list of features, ranging from a voice-activated navigation system with an 8-in touchscreen to xenon headlights, parking sensors and a power liftgate. On the options list, there are features like blind spot monitoring, an automated parallel park system, rear cross-traffic alert, a surround-view camera system and adaptive cruise control.
Perhaps the Range Rover's biggest benefit over the Sport is its sound system. While the Sport touts 23 available speakers, the full-size Range Rover offers an optional 29-speaker Meridian system with truly impressive 3D surround sound technology.
As with their technology and feature sets, safety is largely the same between the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport. Both models offer all the basics, including front-side airbags, curtain-side airbags, rear-side airbags, park assist, a backup camera, anti-lock brakes and traction control with stability control.
For drivers wishing for additional safety features, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport won't disappoint. There's an available surround-view camera, which provides a top-down view to help negotiate parking spots and other tight spaces, a rear cross-traffic alert system, a forward-collision warning system and an adaptive cruise control system. And both Range Rover models boast available automated parallel parking systems.
The 2014 Range Rover Sport and the 2014 Range Rover are very similar SUVs, but they do have a few major differences. For many shoppers, price alone will eliminate the Range Rover from contention, as its $84,000 starting MSRP places it at the very highest end of the luxury SUV realm, while the Sport's $63,500 MSRP is more reasonable. Other shoppers will choose the Sport for its smaller size, or its third-row seat -- a feature the full-size model still doesn't even offer. But for the few drivers who have to have the last word in the luxury SUV segment, nothing, not even the highly capable Range Rover Sport, compares to the full-size Range Rover.