2019 Range Rover Sport SVR Fights Porsche Cayenne Turbo For The Title Of Least Sensible SUV

Remember when we thought that no one needs a ridiculously fast SUV? Well, we still think that but apparently that doesn’t mean that customers don’t want one. They do. Badly.

When Porsche first broke ground with the original Cayenne, it was simply baffling how they’ve managed to make such a big, heavy thing to drive so well but since then, more and more car makers have entered the game of the so-called super-SUVs.

Take a look at the Range Rover Sport SVR for example. It’s quite angry-looking with its bigger air intakes at the front, quad exhausts at the rear and massive 21-inch alloys. Under the souped-up bodywork lives JLR’s widely-used supercharged 5.0-liter V8, which in the updated model produces 567hp (575PS) and sends this heavyweight athlete from naught to 62mph (100km/h) in just 4.5 seconds.

The latest generation of the Porsche Cayenne on the other hand looks like a …Cayenne, only more modern and less evocative when compared to the angry Range Rover. Under the bonnet we find Porsche’s new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine, producing 542hp (550PS). Opt for the Sports Chrono Package and the classic 0-62mph (100km/h) is dealt in 3.9 seconds.

JLR’s Special Vehicles Operations division is responsible for tuning the chassis of the Range Rover Sport SVR, making it apparently corner with sheer enthusiasm and eagerness.

Porsche on the other hand gave the latest Cayenne Turbo a set of air springs and 48-volt decoupling anti-roll bars, making it comfortable when you want to and corner with no body roll when the road stops going straight.

Which one is the better SUV? Well, if you want your SUV with at least 542hp and to handle mostly like it’s not an SUV, then the question should really be which one is the wildest of the two. Autocar delivers its verdict on the video that follows.


  • Six_Tymes

    Sport SVR for me, thanks.

    • exeptor

      It is subjective but the look is better, the sound is miles ahead, interior as well. Not sure about reliability, but I guess it is not RR from the 90′ and Porsche’s quality is not what it used to be.

  • steve

    Mercedes GLE63S for me – 587hp

  • jayet123

    nah nah nah X5 M

  • TheBelltower

    Porsche any day. Because I want an SUV that I can be sure will start in the morning.

    • Belthronding

      range rover has really deep low reliability and that should be fixed asap,so in that case i agree with you.

      • TheBelltower

        I’ve owned two. A lemon, and its replacement.. Both awful.

  • botornot387

    Porsche hands down, and I currently work for Land Rover. The only thing the SVR has on the Porsche is engine sound, but a better exhaust system could improve that. The SVR is undeniably a great vehicle, but Porsche’s powertrain on the turbo is phenomenal, and the 48 volt tech with its hydraulic actuators gives the vehicle much better ability than the SVR. The SVR is almost more American like than it is British. It’s super brash, but in a very good way. But price to price, the Porsche will simply be a better car everyday, faster, more reliable, and better infotainment to boot. And I love the touch of the analog tachometer.

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