The sporty SUV conundrum has a real solution set; a few utes have conquered the opposing notions of off-road competence and on-road mastery.
The Range Rover Sport might do both best, but it has some brutally powerful competition.
The BMW X6 offers a coupe-like profile and even more impressive on-road performance in X6 M form, but lacks the true off-road capability promised by the Range Rover Sport.
Mercedes-Benz's M Class also offers extreme performance with its AMG version, but takes both styling and luxury in a different direction from the toned-down Range Rover.
The Porsche Cayenne fields spectacular street performance with enough ruggedizing to enable some trailblazing, but it's a Porsche, first and foremost, which means grip and acceleration come first.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT elbows into this haute crowd with a HEMI roar, if not quite the brand reputation.
And finally, Land Rover's own Range Rover offers a more regal alternative to the Sport, though it's aimed primarily at luxuriant driving and incredible off-roading, a little less on hard-charging cornering.
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