Range Rover VS. Range Rover Sport: Which Screaming LuxoTank Is For You?Andrew P Collins8/05/15 3:09pmFiled to: ReviewsRange RoverRange Rover SportSUVsLuxuryOff-Road14514EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkNothing stamps out and rivets-together an abstract concept like the Range Rover. It’s more than an SUV. It’s fancy. It’s important. It’s rolling royalty for god-sakes, man. It was good enough to put in the Louvre 40 years ago and now it’s better than ever.Plus, puppies love it!AdvertisementBut the thing is, there’s now two major flavors of Range Rover you can get — the smaller, sportier Sport, and the larger normal Range Rover, which I just tested in extended wheelbase form. Both are great. Almost perfect, in fact. But which is better?(Disclosure: Land Rover let me borrow the Range Rover Sport Supercharged and long-wheelbase Range Rover, both powered by the same engine. I’m also the kind of delusional Land Rover fanboy who sometimes misses his Discovery 1.)Decades of well-executed brand marketing, product placements, and a strong alliterative name have paid off for the Range Rover brand. Now it’s parked perfectly in this status-symbol niche that says; “I’m rich, I want you to know it, but I don’t really want you to know, that I want you to know it.”AdvertisementThat, I’m told, is what passes for “class” these days. And it will never stop being appealing to the people who can spend $100,000 on a vehicle.But seriously, think about all the really expensive true SUVs you can buy right now. Eliminate all the ones that are lifted cars (BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes GLE) and let’s look at how the Range Rover compares to what else you might spend your money on:Toyota Land Cruiser: Comfortable, capable, as cripplingly unsexy as those toe-glove shoes a Silicon Valley exec might make their employees wear.AdvertisementSponsoredMercedes G-Wagen: Primitive, so much capability the AMG version literally trips over itself on and off-road, so garish you need another radar detector just to watch out for the Fashion Police.Infiniti QX80: “Hmm. Never heard of it.”Cadillac Escalade: No pretense of off-road ability. But more importantly American chauvinism is beer guts and diabetes. British chauvinism is Downton Abbey and lusting after Kate Middleton. Also Hugh Grant, charming befuddlement, and whatever crumpets are.In this market “image” obviously weighs heavily on our opinion of these vehicles and ultimately buyers’ decisions. But the Range Rover’s deathblow to rivals is its legitimate and uncompromising capability.I know I just finished telling you the Jeep Wrangler is great because it really feels like an off-roader, but the Range Rover is also great because it doesn’t. The V8 models, and the Sport in particular, are more than just flashy sprinters when you mash the gas at a green light. They’re genuinely decently-balanced and downright exceptional on pavement for anything that can off-road so well.