Porsche Cayenne (2017) Review
Porsche Cayenne (2017) At A Glance
Launched in 2017, the Porsche Cayenne is a convincingly sporty luxury SUV. Available with a choice of petrol or plug-in hybrid powertrains, the Cayenne’s rivals include the Range Rover Sport and BMW X5, but it shares a platform with the Bentley Bentayga, Audi Q7 and Lamborghini Urus. While this highlights the Cayenne’s impressive breeding, it also demonstrates the sheer size of this SUV. It’s arguably a bit too big for Britain’s congested city streets and narrow country lanes, but this hasn’t stopped it from being a huge success for Porsche. It helps that it’s brilliant to drive.
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The Porsche Cayenne is the automotive equivalent of having your cake and eating it. The performance and handling of a Porsche sports car, combined with the luxury and practicality of a premium SUV. Proof that sporty can be luxurious. Fancy a slice of this very Germanic cake? Sure you do.
Launched in 2017, the Porsche Cayenne is a rival to large SUVs like the Range Rover Sport, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE. But there’s more to it than that, because the Cayenne shares a platform with the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus.
When you take this into account, the cost of entry becomes easier to justify, if not entirely affordable. Prices range from around £60,000 to £125,000, and that’s before you add some of the optional extras you’ll almost certainly want. Still, you can view the Cayenne as a cut-price Bentley or Lamborghini.
We wouldn’t call it beautiful, but the Porsche Cayenne is more elegant and less aggressive than previous models. It will turn heads, especially if you’re making the most of its sporting credentials on a track day.
The jury might be out on the exterior styling, but the interior needs no debate. The luxury-grade quality is matched by a design that fuses the best elements of the Porsche 911 and Panamera. There are too many buttons, but the widescreen infotainment system is a class act.
You get the familiar commanding view of the road ahead, but the driving position is more low-slung than rival SUVs, giving you the feel that you’re driving a sports car. Look over your shoulder and you’ll discover that you’re not, because there’s enough room in the back for three adults, while the boot is large enough to shame some estate cars.
Not that many estate cars drive as sweetly as a Porsche Cayenne. It’s the ultimate driver’s SUV, offering supreme comfort when you need it, but the precision and sharpness of a sports car when the mood takes you. It’s a big car, but it seems to shrink on a B-road.
The engines are another highlight. The entry-level V6 models are fast enough to entertain, but the V8 engines are the star of the show. Fuel economy isn’t a strong point, which is why Porsche offers a pair of E-Hybrid models. One uses a V6 engine, the other a V8, but both offer enough electric range to complete a short commute. The running costs are almost manageable, but you’ll still require deep pockets.
Which is arguably the Cayenne’s biggest problem. It’s an expensive car to buy and run, especially once you take into account the servicing and insurance. At least the car has been on sale long enough for examples to be available via the Porsche approved used scheme. The purchase price will be cheaper, but the running costs will be the same.