Review

Porsche Cayenne SUV

Price  £49,576 - £92,628

Porsche Cayenne SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Spacious boot
  • Good build quality
  • Thrilling performance
Cons
  • High running costs
  • Expensive options
  • Rear middle seat uncomfortable

At a glance

The greenest
S Hybrid 5dr £61,474
The cheapest
- 5dr £49,576
The fastest
Turbo 5dr £92,628
Top of the range
Turbo 5dr £92,628

"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 newly released 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, a 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 seven 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 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.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3 / 5

Diesel Porsche Cayenne models are the sensible choice, as the petrol engines require seriously deep pockets

Engines, drive & performance

4.2 / 5

The Porsche Cayenne is incredibly fun to drive for a car of this size and weight

Interior & comfort

3.6 / 5

The Porsche Cayenne boasts a well built and luxurious interior

Practicality & boot space

3.6 / 5

Lots of cubbies and a big boot make the Porsche Cayenne very family-friendly

Reliability & safety

3.5 / 5

Satisfied owners vouch for the Porsche Cayenne’s quality and reliability

What the others say

4.1 / 5
based on 4 reviews
4 / 5
“From the driver's seat the Porsche Cayenne feels more like a sports car than an SUV.”
4 / 5
"The Porsche Cayenne is a car that appeals to the heart rather than the head. Premium SUVs don’t come much sportier, but you’ll need very deep pockets."
4.5 / 5
“There's no better 4x4 in terms of handling - even BMW's X6 cannot eclipse the Porsche.”
4 / 5
"Perhaps the Cayenne's toughest test will come from within its own family. The newly launched Porsche Macan is a smaller take on the sporty SUV and for those simply wanting family car practicality, imposing size and a supercar badge it could do the job without the Cayenne's slightly lumbering size."

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What owners say

4.452380952381
4.5 /5 based on 21 reviews
86%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
5 Dec 2014
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