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The Range Rover Sport’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Q8 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Range Rover Sport and the Q8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
The Range Rover Sport P360’s standard 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid produces 20 more horsepower (355 vs. 335) than the Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid. The Range Rover Sport P400’s standard 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid produces 60 more horsepower (395 vs. 335) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 369) than the Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid. The Range Rover Sport P400e’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid produces 63 more horsepower (398 vs. 335) and 103 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 369) than the Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid. The Range Rover Sport’s optional 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 183 more horsepower (518 vs. 335) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (461 vs. 369) than the Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid. The Range Rover Sport SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 240 more horsepower (575 vs. 335) and 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 369) than the Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.
The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 369) than the Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.
On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Q8 (22 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/22 hwy).
The Range Rover Sport P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The Q8 must run its internal combustion engine to move.
The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 5.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q8 (27.6 vs. 22.5 gallons).
For better stopping power the Range Rover Sport P400/400e/V8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Q8:
Range Rover Sport P400/400e/V8
The Range Rover Sport offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Q8, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
The Range Rover Sport V8 has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Q8 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.
The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover Sport uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Q8, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The Range Rover Sport has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Range Rover Sport’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Q8 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Sport’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Q8’s (40.6 feet vs. 43.5 feet). The Range Rover Sport SVR’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Q8’s (40.7 feet vs. 43.5 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport SVR has a 5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Q8 (10.8 vs. 5.8 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Range Rover Sport’s minimum ground clearance is 5.1 inches higher than on the Q8 (10.9 vs. 5.8 inches).
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Audi Q8.
The Range Rover Sport is 4.5 inches shorter than the Q8, making the Range Rover Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Range Rover Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Q8 can only carry 5.
The Range Rover Sport has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Q8.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Range Rover Sport has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q8 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
Optional air-conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Range Rover Sport’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Q8 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.
The Range Rover Sport offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Q8 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Range Rover Sport’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Q8 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Range Rover Sport was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2014 4x4 of the Year. The Q8 has never been chosen.
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport outsold the Audi Q8 by over two to one during the 2019 model year.
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