Range Rover Sport rivals

* New Range Rover Sport unveiled * On sale in July from 55,000 * What are its rivals?...

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Matthew Burrow
28 Mar 2013 9:30 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

The all-new Range Rover Sport has been revealed, but how will it compete with other SUV contenders?

Unlike the outgoing car, the new Sport is now closely linked with the Range Rover; it has same lightweight aluminium architecture, which will cut its weight and improve efficiency. It has also been given a more upmarket cabin.

The Sport will be available as a seven-seater for the first time. The additional seats will be a 1500 option and fold electrically into the floor when not in use.

This is what the new Range Rover Sport has to beat:

Audi Q7
The Audi Q7 offers a reasonably sporting drive for an SUV of its size. The previous-generation Range Rover Sport was not a direct rival to the Q7, but the addition of a third row of seats has changed that.

On the road, the Q7 handles well and is comfortable, but its ride at low speeds is too firm and rear vision is restricted. Its size makes it very difficult to park and doesn't translate into an overly roomy cabin. The third row of seats is cramped.

The BMW X5 is one of the best SUVs to drive. It's agile, brilliant on the road and competent off-road. The engines offer strong performance and surprisingly good fuel economy. The cabin is a very refined and comfortable place to be, but refinement is let down by a slightly firm ride at low speeds. This isn't a problem as the pace increases.

Drivers will be comfortable behind the wheel, while passengers are well catered for by a large, well-appointed cabin. Seven seats are available as an option.

With prices starting at 45,545, the X5 undercuts the new Range Rover Sport, which is expected to cost around 55,000 when it goes on sale in July.

The X6 takes a different approach, with four seats and coupe looks. It's certainly one of the better-driving SUVs out there.

It's refined and has decent fuel economy, but it falls down on practicality. A fifth seat is available as an option, but the coupe body shape limits rear visibility and headroom, and hampers access to the boot.

The BMW X6 costs from 47,215, which is less than the new Range Rover Sport, but it's nowhere near as practical.

Jeep Grand Cherokee
At first glance the new Jeep Grand Cherokee looks out of place on this list. First, it's not German and second, it doesn't appear to be that sporting.

The first models to go on sale in the autumn won't have as much power as the Range Rover, but a subsequent SRT version powered by a 461bhp petrol V8 engine will prove to be a more credible competitor.

Porsche Cayenne
SUVs don't come much more sporting than the Porsche Cayenne. It handles brilliantly, is impressively refined and offers fantastic performance. The cabin is well put together from premium materials and has plenty of space for five and their luggage.

The Cayenne isn't as capable off-road as some as its rivals, nor does it offer seven seats.

By Matthew Burrow