The Range Rover Sport’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Cayenne doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
Both the Range Rover Sport and Cayenne have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Range Rover Sport has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Cayenne’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
To help make backing safer, the Range Rover Sport’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
The Range Rover Sport’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Range Rover Sport and the Cayenne have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.
The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 148 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 295) than the Cayenne’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 435) than the Cayenne S E-Hybrid’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 hybrid. The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 406) than the Cayenne S’ standard 3.6 turbo V6.
On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Cayenne S E-Hybrid running its gasoline engine (22 city/28 hwy vs. 21 city/24 hwy).
On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic gets better fuel mileage than the Cayenne GTS (17 city/23 hwy vs. 16 city/23 hwy).
The Range Rover Sport Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cayenne S E-Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (22.7 vs. 21.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cayenne’s standard fuel tank (27.7 vs. 26.4 gallons).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Sport has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Cayenne. The Range Rover Sport’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the Cayenne.
The Range Rover Sport 5-Passenger offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Cayenne, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover Sport uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Cayenne, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The Range Rover Sport has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Range Rover Sport’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Sport’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the Cayenne (115.1 inches vs. 114 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Sport is 1.4 inches wider in the front and .7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cayenne.
The Range Rover Sport Supercharged handles at .86 G’s, while the Cayenne pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Range Rover Sport Supercharged executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Cayenne (25.8 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s).
For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a 2.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Cayenne (11.3 vs. 8.5 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Range Rover Sport’s minimum ground clearance is .5 inch higher than on the Cayenne Turbo (11.3 vs. 10.8 inches).
The Range Rover Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Cayenne can only carry 5.
The Range Rover Sport has 1.6 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cayenne.
The Range Rover Sport’s cargo area provides more volume than the Cayenne.
Range Rover Sport
Third Seat Removed
27.7 cubic feet
23.6 cubic feet
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover Sport’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Range Rover Sport has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Range Rover Sport’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Cayenne.
The Range Rover Sport offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
If the windows are left down on the Range Rover Sport 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 Cayenne can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Range Rover Sport has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Cayenne only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
When the Range Rover Sport is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Cayenne’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
The Range Rover Sport’s optional Advanced Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Cayenne doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its February 2015 issue and they ranked the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR higher than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.
The Range Rover Sport is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Cayenne is not ranked.
The Range Rover Sport was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2014 4x4 of the Year. The Cayenne has never been chosen.
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport outsold the Porsche Cayenne by 35% during the 2016 model year.