With a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 under its hood, a menacing exterior design, and a spine-tingling exhaust note, the 2022 Range Rover Sport Supercharged and SVR will let you live out your Bond villain fantasy. This sport-tuned SUV is available with either 518 or 575 horsepower, and its shockingly quick acceleration is a shot of pure adrenaline. When it’s not being pushed to its limit, though, the Range Rover Sport Supercharged offers all the trappings of a modern Land Rover, which is to say it’s both comfortable and luxurious. Its performance potential means it competes with other luxury utes from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG, and Porsche. Those competitors are all more satisfying to drive and provide even quicker acceleration, but the Rover has an undeniable movie star charm that some buyers will find irresistible.
What’s New for 2022?
Land Rover’s bad-boy SUV receives only one change for 2022: It now comes standard with USB-C ports for smartphone connectivity and charging.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The extra horsepower that’s offered on the top-of-the-line SVR trim is nice, but in our opinion it’s not quite worth the extra expense. Go with the HSE Dynamic trim and use that savings to add some cool options—or save it for your fuel bill. There’s still a lot to love with this “base” model, including 21-inch wheels, a power sunroof, a 13-speaker Meridian sound system, 16-way power-adjustable heated front seats, leather upholstery, blind-spot monitoring, and a 360-degree exterior camera system.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine under the hood is what separates Supercharged and SVR models from more run-of-the-mill Land Rover Range Rover Sports. Simply put: It’s a beast. Making 518 horsepower in “regular” Supercharged models and 575 in the tuned-up SVR trim, the supercharged V-8 that powers these models is smooth, guttural, and eye-wateringly quick. Paired exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, this setup readily and easily blasts past legal speed limits. True to its off-road heritage, the Range Rover Sport Supercharged features an all-wheel-drive system with six selectable drive modes. Auto mode will suffice most of the time, while Dynamic dials in sportier settings for the engine and transmission. If the mood strikes you to take this nearly $100,000 SUV off the beaten path, there are modes for snow, mud, sand, and rock crawling. The Sport Supercharged grips the road tightly when cornering. The steering in our test car was well weighted (perhaps a little too heavy for soccer-drop-off duty, but perfect for back roads) and accurate. The Sport’s tall body leans perceptibly in tight corners and sweeping curves—as you might expect in a top-heavy SUV—but it never loses its composure. The Range Rover Sport Supercharged’s maximum towing capacity is a stout 7716 pounds.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
It’s difficult to enjoy the visceral pleasures of a supercharged V-8 without suffering at the pump, but the Sport Supercharged is about as efficient as rivals such as the Mercedes-AMG GLE63, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and the BMW X5 M. The most efficient model is rated at 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. In our real-world highway fuel-economy testing, the Range Rover Sport Supercharged delivered just 18 mpg. Drivers who are more interested in the Range Rover Sport’s cachet than in the Supercharged models’ performance may be just as happy with the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 version (reviewed separately). It boasts an EPA rating of 23 mpg highway, while the diesel model has a highway rating of 28 mpg. For more information about the Range Rover Sport Supercharged’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Range Rover Sport Supercharged comes standard with sumptuous leather interior trimmings and can have 20-way adjustable, massaging front seats and four-zone automatic climate control. The Autobiography model we tested, with its top-of-the-line, super-luxe interior treatment, had attractive aluminum trim and plenty of baubles. However, it failed to feel significantly more expensive or comfortable than the interior of any other Land Rover we’ve driven. Driver and front passenger enjoy acres of space to spread out in the Range Rover Sport, and second-row passengers will be comfortable even if they have slightly less space than those in the second row of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. The optional third row should not be considered a realistic solution for families who frequently need to seat more than five. The Range Rover Sport Supercharged has less cargo space than many competitors, but it still offers enough storage for most every-day use. Cabin cubbies are ample, especially in the front row. In our testing, the Range Rover Sport held fewer carry-on suitcases than its key rivals, but the nine we fit behind the second row of seating (our test vehicle was not equipped with the optional third row) should be enough for most families.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Range Rover Sport Supercharged and the SVR both come standard with Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as standard. The dual-screen setup looks great, impresses with its crisp graphics, and comes standard with a Wi-Fi hotspot. The lower screen handles vehicle functions such as climate control and drive-mode settings, while the upper one provides access to music, navigation, and communication. As much as we like the way it looks, however, it proved problematic both from a stability and usability standpoint.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Sport Supercharged models offer a useful array of driver-assistance technologies, but lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control are all optional. For drivers who prioritize those features, the cost is reasonable (at least in comparison with the already hefty base price). For more information about the Range Rover Sport’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking
- Available lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance