porsche cayenne vs range rover reliability

2019 Porsche Cayenne vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover

Beginning with performance, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne features a more powerful engine than the Range Rover, with torque that ranges from 406 lb.-ft. on the low end to a high of 568 lb.-ft. The Range Rover’s base engine registers just 295 lb.-ft. and the lineup reaches a high of only 516, well below the capabilities of the Porsche.  

The Cayenne is also lighter, shorter, and features a tighter turning radius than the Range Rover, making for easier overall maneuverability. This advantage is enhanced even further by an available adjustable active suspension system for improved handling and suspension, a feature that is not available on the Range Rover.  

In terms of safety, the Porsche Cayenne features a Multi-collision Brake System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash, along with an infrared night vision system. The Range Rover does not include either of these features.

Warranty is an important consideration for any vehicle comparison, and Porsche’s corrosion coverage is good for 12 years while Land Rover offers just 6

2019 Porsche Cayenne vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne outperforms the 2019 Land Rover Discovery in similar fashion, with a standard engine that features 94 more horsepower and 74 more lbs.-ft. of torque than that of the competition.

Reliability should never be overlooked, and in this department the Porsche Cayenne ranked high on J.D. Power & Associates’ Initial Quality Study while Land Rover finished last.

Like the Range Rover, the Land Rover Discovery also does not have the Multi-collision Brake System or infrared night vision system found in the Cayenne.

Lastly, the corrosion warranty for the Discovery is consistent with that of the Range Rover, making the Discovery inferior to the Cayenne in this regard as well.

The choice is clear. The 2019 Porsche Cayenne comes out ahead in performance, safety, and reliability, three of the most telling categories of car comparisons.   

Best SUV: Porsche Cayenne Vs Range Rover Sport

There’s a healthy amount of competition between these two high-end SUVs, but, when put to the test, which comes out on top?

While there is a wide assortment of SUV’s on the market these days, there are some that stand out head and shoulders above the rest. In fact, this class segment has almost as many choices available as a Chinese buffet!

Whether you’re talking about smaller compact SUV’s or medium-sized 5 passenger ones, consumers have a plethora of choices, and it can be overwhelming unless you’re on the market for a luxury SUV.  Let’s take a look at two big rivals on the SUV market and see how they compare head to head: Porsche Cayenne verse the Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

Based on 10 important attributes, these rivals will be compared head to head so potential buyers can sit back and enjoy the fight… or, drive, more aptly. They will be judged on  price, horsepower, performance, style, off-road ability, speed, towing capacity, fuel economy, reliability, and most luxurious interior.

10Best Price: Porsche Cayenne

Starting with price, specifically, the MSRP, since that’s the most consistent number available.  The winner between these 2 luxury SUV’s is the Porsche. With an MSRP of $65,700, the Cayenne is a less expensive vehicle. But that doesn’t mean they skimp on features. It is a Porsche, after all!

9Horsepower: Porsche Cayenne

The Cayenne boasts 335 horses under the hood, while the Land Rover puts out 254 when the pedal is to the medal. Clearly, Porsche wins again in this category, but let’s see how it stacks up against the performance side.

8Performance: Porsche Cayenne

According to US News‘ test drive, the Cayenne once again inched ahead of the Range Rovers Sport. They ranked the Porsche’s performance at 9.3 out of 10! When you consider their pedigree for sporty race cars it totally makes sense. The Cayenne was able to embody the essence of a traditional 2 door “ultimate driving machine”. But was Porsche able to hold down the relentless off-road prowess of the Land Rover?

7Off-Road Capability: Land Rover Range Rover Sport

While the handling of the Porsche is described as athletic, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport has high capabilities both on and off-road. With a four-wheel-drive system that rivals only Jeep, this SUV took the cake in off-road capabilities. And, to top it off further, this year’s Range Rover has a feature that measures the depth of water when you just have to go through it! While that may sound just a bit excessive for the average consumer, this is definitely a nifty little feature for those actually planning on doing some off-roading with this beast.

6Style: Land Rover Range Rover Sport

While most of these attributes are objective, an important aspect of an automobile is aesthetic. Each of these vehicles has a unique and appealing sense of style. However, there’s only one that finishes on top.  The Land Rover, with its boxy-yet-sleek, smooth lines, along with the honeycomb grille, make it the most handsome.  The Cayenne’s design looks more like a Panamera that was stretched out into an SUV. While most of us appreciate Porche’s uniformity, the Range Rover Sport looks more attractive. Again, visual appeal is tough to quantify, especially when it comes to cars, so this may still be up for debate among some consumers.

5Acceleration: Porsche Cayenne

You can’t compare these two luxury performance SUVs without mentioning its acceleration.  While both of these vehicles are no tortoise on the road, Porsche appears to have drawn from its racing DNA to launch the Cayenne from 0-60 mph in a whopping 3.6 seconds! To be fair, Land Rover’s numbers are yet to be released for 2019, but 2017 stats are 5.1 seconds.  Realistically, however, there’s no reason to actually need this much power unless you’re racing for pink slips in a back alley.

4Towing Capacity: Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Outside of drag racing, these vehicles are usually used for towing and utility. Whether you’re towing your boat or just a trailer full of your kid’s stuff off to college, tow rating can tip the scale when deciding on which one is most desirable. Land Rover wins in this category with a rating of over 7,700 lbs. verse Porsche’s measly 1,600 lb rating. Of course, that may not be a deal-breaker if towing capacity is low on your list, but it’s still noteworthy since these should be utilized as an SUV!

3Best Fuel Economy: Land Rover Range Rover Sport

If towing is not in your line of interest, but good fuel economy is, we have good news; while there is a clear winner for best miles per gallon (mpg), both SUV’s actually achieve well in this category. The Rover, as it’s called for short, boasts 22 mpg’s city and 28 highway, while the Cayenne is slightly more thirsty coming in at 19 city and 23 highway. Of course, these numbers are from the manufacturers, so real-life mpg’s will vary.  Also, note that the Rover’s engine is diesel, so fuel will cost more according to where you live.

2Most Reliable: Porsche Cayenne

There are many reasons to consider a luxury sport-utility, some of which we listed above. However, most people don’t consider how reliable the truck is. You may not think this should be at the top of your shopping priorities list, but consider the cost both in time and money. According to US News, the Rover is ranked a lowly 2.5 out of 5, while the Porsche is only a bump above that scoring 3.5 out 5! These scores are shockingly low for such high priced trucks.

1Most Luxurious: Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Finally, the most luxurious SUV head to head, pound for pound is not an easy thing to declare. Both come with standard features like leather-wrapped steering wheel and seats, keyless start, and rear parking aid to name a few. But the Land Rover Range Rover pushes ahead—if only by a hair—with driver lumbar support and seat memory to avoid conflicts with other drivers’ preferences. That may sound like a silly metric when talking about an SUV, but, when it comes to interior luxury, these two are basically neck-and-neck.

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