Porsche Cayenne SUV
Price £49,576 - £118,455
- Spacious boot
- Thrilling performance
- Now looks smarter than before
- Expensive options
- High running costs
- Rear middle seat uncomfortable
At a glance
"The Porsche Cayenne has 4x4 practicality and the character of a sports car, but its abilities don't come cheap."
The Porsche Cayenne caused a real stir when it first launched, but has gone on to become the German manufacturer's best-selling model, thanks to its incredible combination of practicality and performance. It remains to be seen if it'll now be outsold by the smaller Porsche Macan, but if that car's bigger brother is anything to go by, we certainly wouldn't be surprised.
While lots of SUVs are billed as sporty, the Cayenne is the real deal, with top-of-the-range versions capable of getting from 0-62mph in less than six seconds and reaching top speeds of up to 173mph. It's also more fun to drive than any of its rivals, with sharp steering and almost no body lean through bends. Rivals such as the Range Rover Sport, BMW X6 and Mercedes M-Class all have their own strong points, yet none can match the Cayenne for sheer driving pleasure along a twisting country road.
The Cayenne is practical as well as fast, with a large boot, good towing ability and rear seats that move backwards and forwards for more rear legroom or increased boot space as needed.
The total package doesn't come cheap, however. The Cayenne is expensive even before you factor in the cost of pricey options such as Bluetooth phone connectivity, DAB digital radio and sat nav. You'll also need to stick with the diesel or hybrid engines, unless you can afford the huge fuel and tax bills that come with the petrols.
There are eight models to choose from: the basic Cayenne and Cayenne Diesel models, the Cayenne S and S Diesel, the Cayenne GTS, the super-quick Turbo and Turbo S and finally the S E-Hybrid model. If you're considering buying a Cayenne, we'd recommend the S Diesel, as it gives you great performance with better fuel economy than the petrol models.
Diesel Porsche Cayenne models are the sensible choice, as the petrol engines require seriously deep pockets
The Porsche Cayenne is incredibly fun to drive for a car of this size and weight
The Porsche Cayenne boasts a well built and luxurious interior
Lots of cubbies and a big boot make the Porsche Cayenne very family-friendly
Satisfied owners vouch for the Porsche Cayenne’s quality and reliability