When it comes to luxury SUVs, Porsche has remained at the forefront of pioneering performance-focused exhilaration combined with luxurious comfort. With more and more entrants joining this segment each year, choosing the right SUV can seem difficult at first. Fortunately, Porsche Louisville is here to help make your decision simpler. We’ve taken the time to compare the iconic Porsche Cayenne against one of its top rivals — the Range Rover Sport. Once you see the advantages for Porsche, you’ll quickly understand why drivers continue to choose the Cayenne over the competition.
2020 Porsche Cayenne S
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HST MHEV
|$84,300||MSRP* (excluding destination charges)||$82,950 ✓|
|18 / 23 ✓||MPG** (city / highway)||17 / 23|
|4.9 seconds ✓||0 – 60 MPH Time||5.9 seconds|
|164 MPH ✓||Top Track Speed||140 MPH|
|4,454 pounds ✓||Curb Weight||5,135 pounds|
|40 / 20 / 20 ✓||Rear Seat Split||60 / 40|
|Standard ✓||Second Row Side Airbags||Not Available|
|Driver & Passenger ✓||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.
If you’ve craving maximum thrills, the clear choice is the Porsche Cayenne S. Equipped with a potent 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6, the Cayenne S delivers a muscular 434 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the Range Rover Sport HST is powered by a complex 6-cylinder gas engine featuring a Mild Hybrid (MHEV) system. You would think that such sophisticated engineering would result in greater performance and efficiency figures for the Range Rover Sport. Unfortunately for Land Rover, that’s simply not the case.
While the Range Rover Sport HST can match the torque of the Cayenne S, it has 39 less horsepower. This disadvantage is especially evident when looking at 0-60 times and the top speeds of both vehicles. The Range Rover Sport HST is a full second slower from 0 to 60 MPH and tops out at 140 MPH, 24 MPH slower than the Cayenne S. Despite 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.
Giving you the flexibility to carry rear-seat passengers, cargo, and even a combination of both — the rear seats of the Cayenne S are split in a 40/20/20 configuration. You’ll have fewer options inside the Range Rover HST which has 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 offered on the Range Rover HST. Lastly, both SUVs come with stylish alloy wheels to complement their commanding exterior looks. Porsche includes wheel locks to safeguard them from theft. You’ll have to pay extra for wheel locks on the Range Rover HST or run the risk of them being stolen.
Now that the results have been tallied, the obvious winner of this matchup is the Porsche Cayenne S. The Range Rover HST is simply unable to match the performance capabilities, safety features, versatility, and value represented by the Cayenne. If you’re ready to experience the Cayenne for yourself, our team of Porsche Brand Ambassadors at Porsche Louisville are standing by to help you choose the model which best fits 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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