Although competition among luxury SUVs remains fierce, Porsche has set the benchmark for the segment with a combination of track-inspired performance and first-class comfort amenities. With such a wide array of competitors in the segment, it’s understandable that you might be having trouble making the right choice. Thankfully, Porsche Ann Arbor wants to help simplify your decision. Our team has assembled this in-depth comparison that places the legendary Porsche Cayenne against one of its biggest rivals — the Range Rover Sport. How well will the Cayenne measure up to the Range Rover Sport? The results speak for themselves.
2022 Porsche Cayenne S
2022 Range Rover Sport HST MHEV
|$86,800||MSRP* (excluding destination charges)||$84,000|
|18✓||MPG** (city / highway)||17|
|4.9 seconds ✓||0 – 60 MPH Time||5.9 seconds|
|164 MPH ✓||Top Track Speed||140 MPH|
|4,740 pounds ✓||Curb Weight||5,135 pounds|
|40 / 20 / 40 ✓||Rear Seat Split||60 / 40|
|Standard ✓||Second Row Side Airbags||Not Available|
|Driver & Passenger ✓||Front Knee Airbags||Not Available|
|Standard ✓||Wheel Locks||Optional|
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To ensure fairness, we’ve chosen nearly identically-priced variants of both the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport for this comparison. For many buyers in this segment, performance remains a top priority. Performance luxury SUVs offer the same exhilaration as their sedan and coupe counterparts, coupled with everyday versatility and practicality.
For the ultimate in exhilaration, the obvious answer is the Porsche Cayenne S. The Cayenne S offers an impressive 434 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque produced by its muscular 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Conversely, the Range Rover Sport HST is hindered by its complex 6-cylinder gas engine featuring a Mild Hybrid (MHEV) system. Conventional wisdom would lead you to believe that such sophisticated engineering would produce higher performance and efficiency numbers for the Range Rover Sport. Sadly, that’s simply not true.
Although the Range Rover Sport HST is able to mirror the torque of the Cayenne S, it has a 39-horsepower disadvantage compared to Porsche. This underwhelming power is especially noticeable when comparing both the top speeds and 0-60 times of both SUVs. In fact, the Range Rover Sport HST takes a full second longer to reach 60 MPH from a standstill and only top out at 40 MPH. That’s 24 MPH slower than the Cayenne S! Even with its mild-hybrid technology, the Range Rover still manages to deliver an inferior city MPG fuel economy rating than the Porsche. A 681-pound curb weight disadvantage certainly doesn’t do the Range Rover any favors either.
Providing you with the freedom to transport rear-seat passengers, cargo, and even a blend of both — the rear seats of the Cayenne S are split in a 40/20/40 configuration. You’ll have fewer options inside the Range Rover HST which includes a 60/40 split rear seat. In terms of safety, the Cayenne S gives you knee airbags for both the driver and passenger along with second-row side airbags. Both of these features are not available on the Range Rover HST. Finally, both SUVs come with stylish alloy wheels to complement their commanding exterior looks. Porsche includes wheel locks to protect them from theft. You’ll have to pay extra for wheel locks on the Range Rover HST or run the risk of them being taken by thieves.
After crunching the numbers, the clear winner of this model comparison is the Porsche Cayenne S. The Range Rover HST is simply unable to compete with the value, versatility, safety, and performance abilities found on the Cayenne S. Ready to experience all that the Porsche Cayenne has to offer? Our team of Porsche Brand Ambassadors at Porsche Ann Arbor is standing by to help you select the right model for your lifestyle.
*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes options; taxes; title; registration; delivery, processing and handling fee; dealer charges. Dealer sets actual selling price.
**EPA estimate. Actual mileage may vary.
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