Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2011 Porsche CAYENNE VS 2011 Land Rover Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2011 Porsche CAYENNE

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2011 Land 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 Land Rover Range Rover doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Porsche Cayenne has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Range Rover doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the Cayenne and the Range Rover 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’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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 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 first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 87 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 33rd, below the industry average.

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 first in reliability. With 145 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 36th.

Engine Comparison

The Cayenne Turbo’s 4.8 turbo V8 produces 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 461) than the Range Rover Supercharged’s optional 5.0 supercharged V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover (21 city/25 hwy vs. 12 city/18 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover:


Range Rover



16 city/23 hwy



16 city/22 hwy

12 city/18 hwy

Turbo V8/Auto

15 city/22 hwy

12 city/18 hwy

Supercharged V8

On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne S V8 gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover with its standard V8 (16 city/22 hwy vs. 12 city/18 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Cayenne Turbo

Range Rover HSE

Range Rover Supercharged

Front Rotors

16.14 inches

14.17 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

14.57 inches

13.94 inches

14.4 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 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Cayenne’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover (265/50R19 vs. 255/55R19).

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Cayenne (except Hybrid) offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Range Rover doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Cayenne offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Land Rover doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Range Rover.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Cayenne is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Range Rover.

The Cayenne Turbo handles at .95 G’s, while the Range Rover HSE pulls only .67 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Porsche Cayenne may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 to 1300 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover.

The Cayenne is 5 inches shorter than the Range Rover, making the Cayenne easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Porsche Cayenne amounts to more than styling. The Cayenne has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Range Rover (.39). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Cayenne get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Cayenne has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more rear headroom and .5 inches more rear legroom than the Range Rover.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cayenne’s rear seats recline. The Range Rover’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Cayenne easier. The Cayenne’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 25.5 inches, while the Range Rover’s liftover is 32.5 inches.

The Cayenne’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Range Rover’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

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 doesn’t offer a power tailgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

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

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Range Rover, the Cayenne offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Cayenne’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Range Rover does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Cayenne and the Range Rover 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 prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.

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