2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs. Its Competition

2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Td6
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 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.

The BMW X6, which was 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 newly renamed GLE-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.

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.

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2015 Porsche Cayenne2016 Porsche Cayenne
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2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class (ML63 AMG)2015 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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Quick Specs
The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport adds two new dimensions to its performance profile: a turbodiesel V-6 and a supercharged HST edition.
The 2016 BMW X6 stays ahead of the SUV curve with its graceful roofline and hard-charging M performance—but at what point is it not an SUV anymore?
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a lot more than first appearances might suggest: a true luxury vehicle, a capable off-roader, and a fuel-efficient diesel highway hauler—potentially all in the same build.
Few vehicles can equal the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover's levels of performance and luxury on pavement; even fewer can keep up with it off-road.
The 2016 Porsche Cayenne offers more than enough on-the-road (or on-the-track) performance to satisfy enthusiast cravings, and it's likely to surprise and delight with its versatility and ruggedness.
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.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
N/AStandard SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDN/AN/AStandard SUV 2WD
Style Name     
4WD 4-Door V6 SERWD 4-Door sDrive35iRWD 4-Door 75th Anniversary4WD 4-DoorAWD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door ML 350
Four Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySports Activity CoupeSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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