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Porsche Cayenne SUV - Practicality & boot space

This Porsche Cayenne is now a more effective load-lugger than before, with plenty of space for a family

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The Cayenne has always been by far the most practical Porsche and the latest model only polishes that reputation. It's also remarkably manoeuvrable in tight urban spaces, particularly when the optional rear-wheel-steering system is chosen. Sadly, though, the Cayenne is unavailable with seven seats, which could limit its appeal for some buyers after that extra versatility.

Porsche Cayenne interior space & storage

The latest Cayenne sits firmly into the large SUV category measuring in at nearly five metres in length, and almost two metres wide, giving it similar dimensions to the Range Rover Sport. Despite the British-built rival being slightly larger, the Porsche is about average sized when compared to other models in this class.

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Once you've stepped up (a Cayenne wouldn't look right with running boards), you'll find interior space more than adequate unless you're extremely tall. The sports seats – power-adjustable 18 ways in some models – allow the driving position to be tailored to most tastes. A high transmission tunnel does also impact front passenger space as well, making it feel rather compact.

In the back, the rear seatbacks recline, too, and the bench can also be slid forwards and backwards to increase legroom or boot space, depending on your needs. The roofline is slightly lower than in rivals, but there is still a decent amount of headroom for the rearmost passengers. 

Boot space

Cayenne boot space is impressive, with both petrol models offering 695 litres of space, increasing to 1,708 litres with the seats folded down. Opting for one of the E-Hybrid models carries a penalty, reducing the available boot space to 627 litres, or 1,563 litres with the seats down. This compares to the 650-litre boot of the BMW X5. That car does offer a seven-seat option, though – a feature that is not an option on the Cayenne. 

Towing

While the Cayenne is a very expensive way to tow, it does boast impressive pulling power. Most conventional petrol powered versions can pull a braked trailer weighing up to 3,500kg, a figure which is only matched by premium SUV models like the Land Rover Discovery

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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