Date Driven: 10/26/2010 (2011 Cayenne Turbo)
You'd have to search the high-end sports car segment to find a vehicle as fast as this (0-60 = 4.6 sec). Power feels effortless and limitless. The multi-program 8-speed automatic transmission may also be shifted manually.
Amazing that SUV should grip this well and be as nimble. Computer-controlled suspension, communicative steering, and enormous tire contact patches all work in perfect harmony. Awe-inspiring brake performance is equally world class.
One of several computer-controlled, driver-selectable suspension modes offers a remarkably gentle and highly controlled ride regardless of surface -- even off-road.
Even at full acceleration the Cayenne Turbo is remarkably quiet. Cruising at freeway speeds, it's as quiet as a luxury car.
Reflecting the Panamera sedan's interior, the array of buttons is intimidating, but logical grouping and correct operation of the controls is obvious. Porsche redesigned the nav system and function so it is now up to segment standards.
Challenging side and rear visibility can be mitigated by reverse camera, parking sonar and lane-departure warning. The high seating position for the driver affords excellent forward visibility. Standard articulating xenon headlamps.
Seat Access & Space
While the Cayenne is not as high as other SUVs, its step-in and seat height will be challenging for some. All seats are highly adjustable, supportive and comfortable.
Cargo & Storage
At just 60 cu-ft, maximum cargo capacity is below SUV averages, but optional cargo management and roof systems (165-lb max) afford more possibilities. Interior storage is good, not great.
Exceedingly well engineered and constructed; few manufacturers are even capable of attaining the build quality of Porsche.
Properly equipped, the Cayenne can tow up to 7,700 pounds, which is more than most people will ever need.
Though now tailored for pavement, the Cayenne can still go off-road. Standard equipment includes height-adjustable suspension, on-demand high- and low-range 4WD, locking center differential, and hill-hold/descent control.