2024 Range Rover Sport vs. Porsche Cayenne vs Mercedes-Benz GLS vs Audi Q8

2024 Range Rover Sport vs. Porsche Cayenne vs Mercedes-Benz GLS vs Audi Q8 | 2024 Model Comparison | Land Rover Easton

All of the luxury, performance, and prestige of the Range Rover in a more practical size, the Range Rover Sport is a big hit in this segment. While the Range Rover fairly defines what a luxury SUV is, there are still a number of competitors these days, and you might be asking yourself whether the Range Rover Sport is still the king of the segment. For that, we'll have to take an in-depth look at how the competition measures up, and fortunately, we have just such a comparison.


Range Rover Sport VS Porsche Cayenne

Range Rover Sport Porsche Cayenne
2024 Range Rover Sport SE VS 2024 Cayenne
$83,600 MSRP* $79,200
355 HP / 365 LB-FT TQ ✓ Horsepower/Torque 348 HP / 368 LB-FT TQ
5.7 seconds ✓ 0-60 Time 5.7 seconds
18 / 24 / 21 ✓ Fuel Economy (City / Highway / Combined) 17 / 23 / 19
32 cubic feet ✓ Cargo Space (behind 2nd row) 27.2 cubic feet
11.1 inches ✓ Max Ground Clearance 9.6 inches
35.4 inches ✓ Max Wading Depth 20.8 inches
Standard ✓ Air Suspension Optional
20-way power-adjustable, heated ✓ Seats 8-way power-adjustable, heated
Wireless ✓ Android Auto / Apple CarPlay Wired

First up against the Range Rover Sport is the Porsche Cayenne, we’ve chosen the Platinum Edition because it comes closer to the level of standard equipment on the Range Rover Sport. Being a Porsche, the Cayenne is obviously built for performance, but it offers no performance advantage over the Range Rover Sport whatsoever. This might lead you to think that fuel economy would be basically the same well, but the Range Rover Sport offers a noticeable advantage in this area.

The Porsche can’t keep up with the Range Rover Sport on the road, but what about its offroad capability? To start with, air suspension is optional on the Cayenne, while it’s standard on the Range Rover Sport. In fact, at $2,390, this option alone makes up almost all of the Cayenne’s slight price advantage. When comparing things like max ride height and wading depth, we used the numbers for the Cayenne when it’s equipped with air suspension. So the end result of paying extra for this option on the Cayenne is that it’s still not as well suited to offroad conditions as the Range Rover Sport. You also won’t have much cargo space for whatever gear you’re taking with you.

Inside, we’ll find a few more advantages for the Range Rover Sport, despite the similarities of the trim levels. Both have power-adjustable heated seats, for example, but the Range Rover Sport will allow you to get the adjustments just right, thanks to the 20-way setup. Lastly, both vehicles also have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but the Cayenne requires a wired connection for this feature.


Range Rover Sport VS Mercedes-Benz GLS

Range Rover Sport Mercedes-Benz GLS
2024 Range Rover Sport SE VS 2024 GLS 450
$83,600 MSRP* $87,000
5.7 seconds ✓ 0-60 Time 5.8 seconds
13.1 inches ✓ Touchscreen Size 12.3 inches
Wireless ✓ Android Auto / Apple CarPlay Wired
15 ✓ Speakers 13
20-way power-adjustable, heated ✓ Seats 6-way power-adjustable, heated
Standard ✓ Leather Upholstery Optional
Standard ✓ Lane Keeping Assist Optional
Standard ✓ Speed Limit Assist Optional

Next up is the Mercedes-Benz GLS. Like the Range Rover Sport, the GLS is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-6 mated to a mild hybrid system, and AWD is standard. The Range Rover Sport is a bit more nimble though, getting to 60 mph a bit quicker. So that extra money you’d pay for a GLS certainly isn’t going to performance. It’s really not that easy to tell where else that extra money for the GLS is going at all. Quite a few things on the Range Rover Sport are just that extra bit better, a bigger touchscreen, more speakers, and nicer seats. And some of the equipment that’s standard on the Range Rover Sport is optional on the GLS.

The difference between the two in price isn’t enormous, but the idea that Mercedes wants you to pay more money for less equipment doesn’t help the case that it would be the right pick. And even though looks are subjective, you’re probably going to have an easier time finding fans of the styling on the Range Rover Sport.


Range Rover Sport VS Audi Q8

Range Rover Sport Audi Q8
2024 Range Rover Sport SE VS 2024 Audi Q8 Premium
$83,600 MSRP* $73,700
355 ✓ Horsepower 335
140 ✓ Top Speed 130
18 / 24 / 21 ✓ Fuel Economy (City / Highway / Combined) 17 / 23 / 19
11.1 inches ✓ Max Ground Clearance 5.8 inches
41.1 feet ✓ Turning Circle 43.6 feet
15 ✓ Speakers 10
13.1 inches ✓ Touchscreen Size 10.1 inches
Standard ✓ Air Suspension Optional

Last up we have the Audi Q8. It would appear that it has a price advantage over the Range Rover Sport, but we’ll see that this doesn’t make it a better value. The Q8, like every other vehicle in this comparison, has a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. It doesn’t put out quite as much horsepower as the Range Rover Sport, and neither does it hit as high a top speed. Fuel economy is certainly better in the Range Rover Sport as well.

The Range Rover Sport has a tighter turning circle than the Q8, but where the Q8 is really lacking is offroad ability. Every Land Rover SUV shines in this area, but those with standard air suspension like the Range Rover Sport are even better equipped to handle these conditions. The Q8’s 5.8-inch ground clearance means it will only handle the lightest of offroad duties, and even if you opt to pay for the air suspension on the Q8, it’s very much optimized only for comfort, not offroading.

Air suspension isn’t the only equipment difference between these two vehicles. You get more speakers, and a noticeably larger infotainment touchscreen on the Range Rover Sport. Optioning up the Q8 to have the same features that come standard on the Range Rover Sport will actually end up costing you more money, and you still won’t be able to take it offroad.


Range Rover Sport Offroad

Winner — Range Rover Sport

There is a reason why Land Rover is such a big name in SUVs, and why Range Rover is such a big name in luxury. The competition can't touch the Range Rover Sport's offroad ability, it's not even close. Performance on the road, including fuel economy, is clearly a win for the Range Rover Sport as well. Finally, generous standard equipment makes it a standout in the luxury department.

*Price shown is Base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Excludes destination/handling charge ($1,175 for Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport, $1,275 for Range Rover Velar, $1,475 for Range Rover, New Range Rover Sport, Discovery and Defender), tax, title, license, and retailer fees, all due at signing, and optional equipment. Total Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price includes destination/handling charge noted above and may include optional equipment but excludes tax, title, license and retailer fees, all due at signing. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. Effective August 1, 2020. See your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for details.