Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2010 Porsche CAYENNE VS 2010 Range Rover Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2010 Porsche CAYENNE

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2010 Range Rover

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Cayenne have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Cayenne are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Range Rover Sport has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Cayenne and the Range Rover Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Cayenne’s corrosion warranty is 4 years longer than the Range Rover Sport’s (10 vs. 6 years).

There are over 14 percent more Porsche dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it easier to get service under the Cayenne’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The battery on the Cayenne is under the seat, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the Cayenne’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Range Rover Sport’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

The Cayenne’s reliability is better than the Range Rover Sport’s. In Consumer Reports, the Cayenne’s reliability is 92% better.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in initial quality. With 60 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 36th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 88 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 33rd.

Engine Comparison

The Cayenne Turbo S’ 4.8 turbo V8 produces 40 more horsepower (550 vs. 510) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 461) than the Range Rover Sport Supercharged’s optional 5.0 supercharged V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Porsche Cayenne is faster than the Range Rover Sport Supercharged (automatics tested):

Cayenne Turbo

Cayenne Turbo S

Range Rover Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

4.8 sec

4.1 sec

5.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.5 sec

10.1 sec

12.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.5 sec

5 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.3 sec

12.6 sec

13.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

107 MPH

112 MPH

104 MPH

Top Speed

171 MPH

177 MPH

143 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne S gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Sport with its standard V8 (13 city/19 hwy vs. 13 city/18 hwy).

The Cayenne has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Sport (26.4 vs. 23.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Cayenne Turbo’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Sport:

Cayenne Turbo

Range Rover Sport HSE

Range Rover Sport Supercharged

Front Rotors

16.1 inches

14.1 inches

14.9 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

13.7 inches

14.3 inches

The Cayenne offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Cayenne stops much shorter than the Range Rover Sport:

Cayenne

Range Rover Sport

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Cayenne’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover Sport (295/35R21 vs. 275/40R20).

The Cayenne’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Sport’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cayenne offers optional 21 inch wheels. The Range Rover Sport’s largest wheels are only 20 inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Cayenne has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Cayenne flat and controlled during cornering. The Range Rover Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer stabilizer bars.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cayenne’s wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than on the Range Rover Sport (112.4 inches vs. 108 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Cayenne is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Range Rover Sport.

The Cayenne Turbo S handles at .91 G’s, while the Range Rover Sport HSE pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Cayenne Turbo goes through Road & Track’s slalom 6.7 MPH faster than the Range Rover Sport Supercharged (63.5 vs. 56.8 MPH).

For greater off-road capability the Cayenne has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Range Rover Sport (10.7 vs. 8.9 inches), allowing the Cayenne to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Porsche Cayenne may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 750 pounds less than the Range Rover Sport.

The design of the Porsche Cayenne amounts to more than styling. The Cayenne has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the Range Rover Sport (.37). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Cayenne get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Cayenne has 1.5 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more rear headroom than the Range Rover Sport.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Cayenne. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Cayenne has a standard power rear liftgate, which opens and closes completely automatically by pressing a button on the key fob. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Cayenne’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The Range Rover Sport has two small spoke buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

The power windows standard on both the Cayenne and the Range Rover Sport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Cayenne is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Range Rover Sport prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.

If the windows are left down on the Cayenne the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Range Rover Sport can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Cayenne to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the Range Rover Sport.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Cayenne has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

To shield the driver and passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield, the Cayenne has a standard center sun visor to cover the area between the driver and front passenger visors. The Range Rover Sport can’t block glare in the center of its windshield.

The Cayenne offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Range Rover Sport has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Cayenne has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Cayenne will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that the Cayenne will retain 35.89% to 47.21% of its original price after five years, while the Range Rover Sport only retains 32.73% to 34.66%.

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