2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs. Its Competition

2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 4WD 4-door SE Side Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

While sporty SUV seems like an oxymoron, the category has some real players.

The Range Rover Sport might balance on-road grace and off-road mastery best, but it has some brutally powerful competition.

The BMW X6, which is redesigned for 2015, 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—to some people, that's preferable.

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 tarmac-based 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 of a Land Rover.

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, and it's not available with the SVR's crazy drivetrain setup.

2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 4WD 4-door SE Side Exterior View2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
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2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class (ML63 AMG)2015 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS2015 Porsche Cayenne
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Quick Specs
9.0
The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport takes the last part of its name very seriously, offering the best driving dynamics yet from the famed off-roading brand.
8.4
The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers an engine for everyone, and a feature list as extensive as those found in luxury sedans.
9.2
The 2015 Range Rover is the most advanced and luxurious model yet from Land Rover, combining modern styling and convenience with classic ruggedness and off-road prowess.
8.6
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class doesn't crow about off-roading: it's more concerned with things like fuel economy and in the AMG, superhero acceleration.
8.2
The 2015 Porsche Cayenne is no longer the only blasphemous off-roader in the Porsche family; this year, it gets improved powertrains and massaged looks in a familiar package.
MSRP From    
$63,350$29,995$83,495$48,300$61,700
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Diesel V-6
EPA Class    
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDN/AStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDN/A
Style Name    
4WD 4-Door SERWD 4-Door Altitude4WD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door ML 350AWD 4-Door Diesel
Drivetrain    
Four Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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