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The new Range Rover Sport is good, but good enough to beat the more road-focused Porsche Cayenne Turbo? Steve Sutcliffe finds out.
The Special One
You said if you want the most powerful SUV then buy the Porsche, but the Range Rover is actually more powerful.
the Range Rover looks better...... and that's just about it. The Porsche beats it everywhere else (sadly).
There is a Cayenne in the family (and a previous gen RRS is owned by a friend) and the Cayenne really isn't that great.
The Range is more comfortable, and generally more pleasant to be inside, than the Porshe, which has crap seats, a crap ride, looks terrible, is all a bit fussy and has no space inside.
Not much to pick between engines or gearboxes (same ZF box?), and the Cayenne is pointier, but thee are SUVs, not a 911vsF-Type scrap.
I bet Ubizzle spent the extra £2k on 21 inch wheels rather than the excellent Sports Seats in the Cayenne, and thereby retaining the 55 profile tyres for a better ride.
Only two places that Cayenne is ahead of Sport are alphabet and the dictionary.
The first part is irrelevant because nobody in their right mind takes a whale onto a racecourse. The second part is irrelevant because who in their right minds takes an 80K plus barge into the woods or bog. The last part gets to the meat of the matter. It really is a matter of personal choice. One is meant for the softer part of the market and the other is geared more towards the gearheads. The problem is that the wisemen in the RRS marketing department are flogging the Sport as the sport/handling champ which does not do it justice. I believe it is done just to create space in the market between it and the RR
I wish someone would finally weigh these JLR products because Car and Driver weighed the RR and found it to be only 200 kilos less than the last one. This is a big difference from what the JLR folks are claiming.
......why Steve Sutcliffe isn't editor of this magazine. He's the only serious journalist on the magazine. He writes well, he drives well, he presents well and he knows what he's talking about. There are entirely too many children and inexperienced non-entities on this mag, including the current editor.
That's according to you,maybe he likes what he's doing now?,thought about that?
What a well balanced & informative report on two great cars. The Range Rover in all honesty, was never going to out perform the Cayenne around a track and quite frankly, who cares about that? If your sole objective is to lap fast times around a race track, then your shortlist would not include a couple of 2+ tonnes, luxury 4x4's. The Porsche is the faster car but then again, the Sport's 0-60 time of 5.3 secs and 155mph top speed are in my opinion, excellent figures and I would never ever feel hard done by. For me I would have the Range Rover everyday of the week simply because I think the car is superb and I prefer it to the other. As Steve rightly pointed out, both cars are excellent and it all comes down to what you want from your big 4x4 and what badge you prefer. As for the Cayenne, I like it quite a lot and the looks are a lot better resolved this time around, especially the rear
... vs the Cayenne. wasn't it up against something else on track recently too?
Seems to me like the Porsche won that test 2-1 rather than a draw, but that both the track and the off road sections are equally unlikely to happen, as is the purchase of these top end 500 bhp+ models. I think consumers in the UK would really need to see the 3.0 litre diesel versions slug it out as those are the actual sellers in the respective ranges here.
RR SPort seems much improved to me, and if anything likely to steal sales from its bigger brother rather than other brands, as it doesn't really seem to be lacking much compared to the ful fat Range Rover - perhaps another test worth seeing - is it worth spending the extra other than to get that imperious feeling of self importance that the Range Rover brings?
finally, any chance we can stop the auto play function of these videos - it's annoying, we're quite capable of pressing play ourselves, and offer a chance to improve the rather poor resolution?