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
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.
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.
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 the Turbo – 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.
Cayenne boot space is impressive: even the Cayenne Turbo – with the smallest boot in the standard petrol model range – offers 741 litres of luggage capacity. Opting for either of the E-Hybrid models carries a penalty, reducing the available boot space to 645 litres. 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.
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.