Porsche Cayenne Review 2024

Porsche Cayenne At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The updated Porsche Cayenne is one of the most desirable SUVs you can buy - but that comes at a price.

+Impressive infotainment. Feels suitably upmarket. No other SUV drives quite like it.

-Expensive (especially with options). It'll cost a lot to run, too.

Launched in 2017 and updated in 2024, 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.

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 £70,000 to more than £130,000, 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... it's basically the Dacia Duster of its class.

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 range of E-Hybrid models. With enough electric range to complete a short commute, 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.

Ask Honest John

Range Rover or Porsche Cayenne?

"I'm looking to buy a one year old Range Rover D300 HSE, or a Porsche Cayenne E Hybrid. Both will be around 5k miles, and I intend to keep them until they are five years old. I'm worried about bad press on Land Rover products, but overall prefer the comfort of this to the Cayenne. In your opinion, which is likely to hold its value better over five years?"
The level of depreciation on an individual vehicle will vary based on age, condition, mileage and service record, but we would expect the Porsche to hold its value better than the Range Rover, as the additional prestige of the Porsche badge helps it retain its value.
Answered by David Ross
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