New Porsche Cayenne & Range Rover Sport vs Volvo XC90 hybrids

Land Rover, Porsche and Volvo all offer plug-in hybrid luxury SUVs that promise to be cheaper to run than diesel equivalents and just as good to drive. Let’s see which one impresses most...

17 December 2017
New Porsche Cayenne & Range Rover Sport vs Volvo XC90 hybrids
New Porsche Cayenne & Range Rover Sport vs Volvo XC90 hybrids

Our verdict

Any of these hybrids makes a realistic alternative to a regular diesel. If you keep their batteries topped up and do lots of short trips, your fuel bills could be next to nothing. Even on longer journeys, they’re more economical than you might think, and they make cheap company cars.

The comfortable, well-equipped and refined XC90 is our winner, though. It’s the most complete car overall and, crucially, is much more practical than its rivals – which end up tied for stars.  

The Cayenne may not be as practical as the XC90, but it pips the Range Rover Sport on that front, and it’s the obvious choice for keen drivers. It’ll be the cheapest to run, too. Therefore, it gets the nod over the Range Rover Sport, which, while having the poshest interior, falls short of its rivals in enough areas – including reliability, according to our latest survey – to relegate it to third place. It remains a very likeable car, though.

1st Volvo XC90 - 4/5

Volvo XC90 side

For Top driving position; the only one with seven seats; massive boot; quietest cruiser; super-safe

Against Woolly handling; ride can be brittle in town; heaviest depreciation

Read our full Volvo XC90 review

Find a great Volvo XC90 deal


2nd Porsche Cayenne - 4/5

Porsche Cayenne side

For Sharpest to drive; fastest; best all-round ride comfort; cheapest to run

Against Poorly equipped; horribly grabby brakes; illogically arranged dashboard controls

Read our full Porsche Cayenne review

Find a great Porsche Cayenne deal


3rd Range Rover Sport - 4/5 

Range Rover side

For Plushest interior; decent resale values; best driving position; sweet steering   

Against Clunky gearbox; lumpiest ride; tightest rear seats; smallest boot; worst reliability record

Read our full Range Rover Sport review

Find a great Range Rover Sport deal


Specifications: Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription Pro

Engine 4cyl, 1969cc, petrol + electric motor

List price £71,370

Target price £66,254

Power 385bhp @ 6000rpm

Torque 295lb ft @ 2200-4800rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 5.5sec

Top speed 140mph

Gov't fuel economy 100.9mpg

Test mpg (battery depleted) 31.6mpg

CO2 emissions 63g/km


Specifications: Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Engine 6cyl, 2995cc, petrol + electric motor

List price £67,198

Target price £67,198

Power 456bhp @ 5250-6400rpm

Torque 516lb ft @ 1000-3700rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 4.8sec

Top speed 157mph

Gov't fuel economy tbc

Test mpg (battery depleted) 28.5mpg

CO2 emissions tbc


Specifications: Range Rover Sport P400e HSE Dynamic

Engine 4cyl, 1997cc, petrol + electric motor

List price £75,185

Target price £72,566

Power 398bhp @ 5500rpm

Torque 472lb ft @ 1500-4000rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 4.8sec

Top speed 157mph

Gov't fuel economy 91.1mpg

Test mpg (battery depleted) 27.6mpg

CO2 emissions 71g/km


Page 6 of 6

Related cars