Range Rover Sport SVR vs Porsche Cayenne Turbo & Audi RS6
New Range Rover Sport SVR blasts in with 542bhp, but is it a match for the Porsche Cayenne Turbo? Or even the Audi RS6?
The newcomer combines the regular Range Rover Sport’s bold styling and sumptuous interior, while Land Rover’s newly formed Special Vehicle Operations department has also tuned the chassis of its range-topping model and added a scorching 542bhp supercharged V8. That means this hot SUV has enough performance to rival supercars.
In the 4x4 class, it’ll have to face up to the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, which we’ve lined up here. If you’re after power, space, badge appeal and speed, though, is an off-roader necessary?
The Audi RS6 Avant is around £15,500 cheaper than both performance off-roaders, but also offers lightning acceleration and similar levels of practicality. So, which of this scorching trio comes out on top?
Read full individual reviews by clicking the links above, and scroll down to see which car comes out on top...
All three of these cars cost a significant amount to buy, but the purchase price is just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re a company car driver paying income tax at the higher rate, the Range Rover Sport SVR will be the priciest model to own.
Car group tests
- New Range Rover Sport D350 HST 2020 review
- New Range Rover Sport HST 2019 review
- New Range Rover Sport SVR 2018 review
- New Range Rover Sport P400e HSE review
- Range Rover Sport SVR 2015 review
Used car tests
Factor in depreciation, company car and road tax, fuel costs, servicing and insurance, and the total cost to run an SVR for three years comes to more than £105,000 – or just over £10,000 more than the cost of the car itself. Add on between £1,000 and £2,000 more for tyres if it needs them.
The Cayenne Turbo is only marginally cheaper, as with the same things considered as the Range Rover, it will set you back just under £101,500 in three years. Again, this is a significant amount more than the car’s sticker price.
In this company, the Audi looks like great value given the level of performance and practicality on offer. Strong residual predictions and a cheaper purchase price mean the RS6’s total three-year cost is around £85,000 – the smallest sum here, but still an eye-watering amount of money.
1st place: Range Rover Sport SVR
For those who want an ultra-exclusive SUV with incredible performance, look no further. The SVR’s badge appeal and sense of theatre on the road mean it just knocks the Audi into second spot. It trails its rivals in terms of practicality, but that’s not a significant issue. It trades a little of the standard car’s subtlety for speed – thus adding something new to the line-up.
2nd place: Audi RS6
It’s faster, cheaper and more practical than the Range Rover Sport, but the RS6 is also more subdued. In this company, where image counts double, the understated Audi doesn’t shout quite so loud, which could actually be a bonus. There’s no denying the supercar-rivalling performance, but it can’t match the SVR’s more bespoke nature and sense of occasion.
3rd place: Porsche Cayenne Turbo
For a near-£100,000 car, the Cayenne Turbo is let down by its anonymous looks. The engine isn’t as feisty as its rivals’, either. The Porsche has the edge over the SVR on the road – with a more sophisticated chassis – and it’s more practical, but it doesn’t delight and thrill like the Range Rover and isn’t as fast or capable as the Audi. Yet don’t overlook the vast boot and cabin.
Rivals: other SUVs to consider
Mercedes GL63 AMG
For £90 less than the SVR, the seven-seat GL 63 allows you to scare an extra pair of passengers with supercar pace in an SUV package. Mercedes claims the GL can manage 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds, and when you’re not using the rearmost seats, you get a 680-litre boot.
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Red Vapor Edition
The US is the home of the V8, so why not try a piece of all-American muscle? The special-edition Red Vapor Jeep Grand Cherokee is just as in-your-face as the SVR, while its five-second 0-60mph time is equally crazy. Plus, you’ll pocket nearly £30k, which could pay for a track car and trailer.
|Range Rover Sport SVR||Audi RS6||Porsche Cayenne Turbo|
|On-the-road price/total as tested||£93,450/£106,050||£78,040/£79,730||£93,574/£107,293|
|Residual value (after 3yrs/30,000)||£42,950/46.0%||£38,497/49.3%||£46,179/49.4%|
|Annual tax liability std/higher rate||£6,830/£13,660||£5,731/£11,463||£6,839/£13,678|
|Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)||£3,918/£6,531||£2,902||£3,380/£5,634|
|Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost||50/£858/M/£500||50/£608/K/£285||50/£928/M/£500|
|Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service||£749 (5yrs)||£40p/m (3yrs)||£450/£520/£450 (6y)|
|Engine||V8 s’charged/5,000cc||V8 twin-turbo/3,993cc||V8 twin-turbo/4,806cc|
|Peak power||542/6,000 bhp/rpm||552/5,700 bhp/rpm||512/6,000 bhp/rpm|
|Peak torque||680/2,500 Nm/rpm||700/1,750 Nm/rpm||750/2,250 Nm/rpm|
|Transmission||8-spd auto/4wd||8-spd auto/4wd||8-spd auto/4wd|
|Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel||105 litres/sealant||75 litres/sealant||100 litres/sealant|
|Boot capacity (seats up/down)||489/1,761 litres||565/1,680 litres||670/1,780 litres|
|Turning circle/drag coefficient||12.1 metres/N/A||11.9 metres/N/A||11.9 metres/0.38Cd|
|Basic warranty (miles)/recovery||3yrs (unlimited)/3yrs||3yrs (60,000)/3yrs||3yrs (unlimited)/2yrs|
|Service intervals/UK dealers||1yr (16,000)/130||Variable/121||2yrs (20,000)/36|
|Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos.||20th/28th||12th/26th||6th/3rd|
|Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./points||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|0-60/30-70mph||4.5/3.9 secs||3.5/2.9 secs||4.3/3.7 secs|
|30-50mph in 3rd/4th||2.4/3.1 secs||2.0/2.6 secs||2.9/4.3 secs|
|50-70mph in 5th/6th/7th/8th||4.5/5.8/7.7/11.4 secs||3.1/4.2/6.2/10.8 secs||4.2/5.9/9.5/15.5 secs|
|Top speed/rpm at 70mph||162mph/1,650rpm||155mph/1,700rpm||173mph/1,600rpm|
|Noise levels outside/idle/30/70mph||72/49/57/67dB||68/51/59/67dB||66/48/61/69dB|
|Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range||15.7/3.5/363 miles||21.2/4.7/350 miles||18.2/4.0/400 miles|
|Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket||416/298g/km/37%||308/223g/km/37%||359/261g/km/37%|
|Auto gearbox/stability/cruise control||Yes/yes/yes||Yes/yes/yes||Yes/yes/yes|
|Climate control/leather/heated seats||Yes/yes/yes||Yes/yes/yes||Yes/yes/yes|
|Metallic paint/xenon lights/keyless go||Yes/yes/yes||Yes/LED/£750||Yes/LED/£744|