If you are interested in a stylish luxury SUV and are mainly interested on presence and performance, the 2016 Porsche Cayenne and the 2016 Range Rover Sport are great options. They are excellent SUVs with good design, numerous equipment, updated interiors and various powertrain choices. Choosing between the two is difficult but here is what you have to know.

Reliability

Average reliability is offered by the 2016 Porsche Cayenne. The Range Rover Sport initially debuted in 2014 and is a little dated. On the whole, whenever looking at reliability, the Porsche is the one that wins out. Warranty coverage is identical for both of them, with 50,000 miles covered as bumper to bumper coverage.

Performance

For most buyers this is a very important thing to consider when choosing between 2 SUVs. 2016 Porsche Cayenne has many different powertrains available. They include 8 speeds automatic transmissions and AWD. The base models include 300 HP V6 3.6 liters, with Cayenne Diesel using 3.0 Liter TD V6. If you are interested in the highest performance, you want the Porsche Cayenne S, the Cayenne GTS or the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which actually offers 416 hp. Two top range options are offered: a TD V8 520 hp and the 570 hp Cayenne Turbo S, which reaches 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.

The performance of the 2016 Range Rover Sport is found in a lineup that is not so impressive but is comprehensive enough. Base level models use the V6 supercharged 3.0 L 340 hp engine with the drivers that are interested in performance going for Range Rover Sport Supercharged, which reaches 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds.

Porsche offers the better performance with sportier options and more hp. Even acceleration is better and if you are interested in handling, you want to go for the Cayenne.

Safety

Both the Range Rover Sport and the Porsche Cayenne come to the table with numerous safety features. This includes standard anti-lock brakes, traction control, side-curtain airbags and optionals like blind spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic forward collision braking and adaptive cruise control.

2016 Range Rover Sport is the winner in this category because it includes parking sensors and backup cameras as standard. These are only optional with Porsche. The self-parking system is also something you will love in the Range Rover model.

Technology

When looking at overall technology included, both SUVs are around the same. They offer great unique features each that are not available for the other so the final choice in terms of technology is solely based on what you love the most as a buyer. There is more technology available in other SUVs but both these models do give access to almost everything that a buyer would want.

Value

The 2016 Range Rover Sport’s base model is around $5,000 more expensive but there is more standard equipment included like parking sensors, backup camera and 14 way power seats. When equalizing the equipment factor, these 2 SUVs are around the same price. Cayenne does end up being pricier when looking at top range trims, with a difference of cost to $50,000. Cayenne is sportier and definitely more exciting when thinking about driving. An overall winner in term of value cannot really be picked as this should be based on personal preference.

Conclusions

These two SUVs are really competitive when looking at the base level but when looking at upper trims, 2016 Porsche Cayenne becomes more performance oriented and pricier. At the end of the day, the choice boils down to what you want in an SUV. Performance is higher with Cayenne but Range Rover Sport is more practical.

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