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I love my range rover but my eye is starting to wonder...... I have never driven a Cayenne but I hear mixed reviews on them . So how would a 04-06 cayenne compare to our range rover? I know the ride will be firmer/sporty but is there any negatives to the porsche? I have driven the X5, great truck but I do not care for the looks or overly stiff ride. I am not interested in the mercedes either so it really comes down the the range rover VS cayenne.

Heres a pic of my range on the atlantic ocean on a recent trip. ( I cant post this pic as its to large)
 

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herman maire said:
...how would a 04-06 cayenne compare to our range rover? ...
Ummm... Trick question?
It will help if you answer a few questions first. To start:
1 - Compare in what aspect? On-road performance? Off-road trekking? Fuel economy?...
2 - Which one do YOU like better?

If you answer those couple of questions, it may help with relevant, meaningful responses.
 

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I have an '05 RR with luxury package and an '06 Cayenne S with every option(full leather, air suspension, etc. etc.)

Truth be told, If I had to absolutely depend on one vehicle to get me through a jungle/snow storm/desert or whatever, I'd get in the Porsche, no doubt. Understand that neither vehicle has given me or my wife even the slightest hint of trouble. They have been wonderful vehicles since new. I drive the RR, my wife drives the Porsche.

The Porsche is undoubtedly and unmistakably a woman's car. Whenever I used to drive it, some lady would invariably say, "What a cute car! What kind is it?" It drove me crazy. I don't drive CUTE. The Cayenne is not a man's car. Do not be fooled.

The Cayenne drives like a car, the RR like a truck. Somehow the images each vehicle evokes run along similar lines.

I feel like I might pee blood after riding in the Porsche over speed bumps, gravel roads, or in my area, brick roads. The Porsche is very stiff and sporting, the RR is a pure cruiser.

While I'd depend on the Porsche for some reason, I'd never buy one for myself. Another RR or a G55 for me (if the new 2013 RR body style is as hideous as predicted.)
 

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My biggest gripe about the older Cayennes is the backseat is too upright, cramped and not very comfortable which may not be an issue. The interior also looks cheap IMO. The brand new Cayenne looks much improved but it is basically a fast, tall station wagon since they did away with the off road ability.
 

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The Cayenne would compare with the RR Sport more than the RR. Both are more performance oriented and not so good off road. The RR is a really really nice truck. I will say I prefer Land Rover Service more so than Porsche and the options on Porsche are expensive.
 

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The Cayenne is a hideous betrayal of the Porsche marque of which I am a huge fan and a former happy Porsche owner. It's an epic sellout. The worst of both worlds, all the compromises of a sports car and all the compromises of an SUV rolled into one. It is what a Land Rover 911 would be, a bad idea from the first sketch. I would rather drive a Honda civic than a Cayenne.

So that's my 0.02.
 

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I had one of the first Cayenne S to hit the shores years ago. It was fully optioned out. I only had one issue with it the entire time, and that was the lack of a spare tire. I got stranded 2 times, and then bought a VW Tourag spare (half the cost). I enjoyed the Cayenne...plenty of power, interior well thought out and good placement of controls. The first year went through over a foot of snow with zero issues. When my lease was up, the face lift was not out yet, and I switched the RR (same dealer, and not my first LR). The RR feels and IS bigger both inside and out. The engine is a bit weak for the size of the truck.

When the Cayenne first came out and there were none around, it had a certain prestige to it....now that every mommie at the supermarket has a V6 Cayenne, only a Turbo S turns any heads....

The RR always has the prestige element....it is considered the Mercedes S class of the SUV's...

I love almost everything about my 08, and hope my 2011 is just as good.
 

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We currently have a 2008 RR and a 2009 Cayenne GTS. I agree that they are as different as two SUVs can be, but each has their merits and is built too their intended purpose. I think the RR is unbelievably composed, comfortable and easy to drive, and completely cossets its drivers. The GTS is the most competent SUV on the road with a low-range transfer case (2011 model be damned). Its on-road handling is extraordinary. Speeds on high-speed turns are the same in the GTS as they were in my Cayman.

Off-road the RR is much more competent and composed than the GTS, even with 18" Pirelli ATRs on the GTS. But the GTS is more fun - heel/toeing in low-range through the gears is very unique and satisfying when you get it right.

I do think my GTS is very masculine, especially compared to our RR, which is White on Ivory (not my choice...). As far as driving, the GTS is the most challenging and brutish vehicle I have ever driven. Ungodly close-ratio Manual transmission AND a 4:1 rear axle, heavy clutch, heavy steering, heavy shifting, and a very stiff-ride, even in Comfort. The cargo area is tiny, but I have room to spare in the front seat; whereas my head is into the headliner in the Sport.

The GTS is a great vehicle, but I would still prefer an LR4/07-09 RR and Cayman combo in its place.
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Not a huge fan of Cayennes though I will say the new interior is much improved compared to the plasticky one of previous years. It's true that you would have to compare a RRS to a Cayenne and not a RR. If I was in the market for a sporty SUV and I'm not looking at the new RRS or even the older one, I'd go with the BMW X5.
 

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Apologies, but the Cayenne is about as attractive as a suppository on wheels. I think the only thing the designers forgot was the string hangin out the back. About the only thing more feminine is the new Opel.

Side note, I have driven both and wouldn't be caught driving the Cayenne. If you want a Porche, go buy a real one not some VW inspired abortion.
 

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Ok, I have read all the posts and I have some comments and helpful info since I own both vehicles too. 06 Cayenne S and 03 Range Rover. First, the Cayenne is in no way a woman's car, even though it's my wife's daily driver, it's a powerful beast with an ECU flash and exhaust. Its a raised sports car that handles like a true Porsche, aggressive and very tight. The guys that made those comments probably like Ferraris, now that's a woman's car. Both cars have been extremely reliable, if a hurricane rolls through town, the Porsche stays in the garage and we would load up everything we value in the Range Rover to get out of dodge, not the Cayenne. If you really like to drive hard and take turns at high speeds get the Cayenne, the Rover feels loose when you push it hard. As for the ride, the only ride I have ever been in that beats a Range Rover is the RR Phantom, best ride of any vehicle made! I love the interior of both cars, but prefer my Range with Ivory seats, navy piping, burled walnut wood. It just doesn't get classier than that. The porsche has black interior that is very sporty, and fits the car perfect. If I had to have only one, the Range Rover, hands down no question. I have drove it now for 8 years, enough said!
 
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