This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.
Performance is where the Cayenne makes its mark. This diesel Cayenne returns 30 mpg and over 550 miles per tank. And it does so without compromising the athleticism we expect from Porsche. Comfort is not the Cayenne's high-point. But if you can forgive that in the name of sport, you'll be very pleased.
PerformanceIn this segment it's hard to find an SUV that competes on the same performance level as the Cayenne. It exhibits a character that's uniquely diesel, but without compromising the expected Porsche handling and drivability.
With 406 pound-feet of torque on tap, it's hard to believe the power delivery can be so smooth and linear. But it is. We sometimes found it difficult to maintain a steady speed.
These brakes instill confidence. The Cayenne stopped from 60 mph in just 109 feet, which earned it our top rating.
Steering is precise and responsive. Its accuracy makes this SUV a pleasure to drive on straight and curved roadways alike.
The stability control system is extremely lenient. The Cayenne offers three suspension settings (Sport, Normal, Comfort), each with its own personality.
The Cayenne is smaller than a lot of SUVs on the road, making it easier to drive. Torquey engine and good visibility make it user-friendly.
ComfortRide quality resides on the firm end of the spectrum. This works nicely with its athletic demeanor but takes away from the overall comfort rating. Stiff side bolsters are great for cornering, but not needed most of the time.
The seats are nice, front and rear. No sign of numb butt, even after an extended journey. Although they fit us well, we can see how some would find the heavy bolstering intrusive.
The Cayenne's ride is stiff in most situations. Adjusting the suspension has little effect until it's dialed all the way down to "Comfort."
An abundance of road and tire noise find their way into the cabin via a near-constant drone. On rough surfaces it gets overly noisy.
InteriorThe Cayenne gets high marks here. All controls are within reach of the driver. Visibility is great, enhanced by a back-up camera. Cargo storage with all seats in use is about average for the class. Seat bolsters are overly stiff.
Media interface controls are centrally located on the massive center stack, which spills down into the center console. Anything the driver might need is within easy reach.
Most will find the Cayenne is agreeable height for smooth entry and exit. Stiff side-bolsters on the front seat cushions make entry/exit more difficult.
Front and rear seats have enough space to keep occupants from feeling claustrophobic, unlike some midsize SUVs.
Sight lines are excellent. The assistance of a rearview camera makes parking lot maneuvers easier.
Rear seats don't fold flat. With all seats in position, cargo area is about average for the segment. Lower the seats and it?s a bit behind its competitors.
ValueThe Cayenne's warranty coverages are just average for the luxury SUV segment. But the Cayenne sets itself apart with superior build quality and customization options. The diesel makes its mark with impressive fuel economy.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Porsche vehicles are built with high-quality materials, and our test car was no exception. It was well assembled, and better than most.
Our test vehicle had $39,425 in optional equipment. Porsche is about customization. It will build you almost anything, for a price.
Base MSRP is $55,750 for a Cayenne diesel. Our test car was optioned to $95,175. Name it, and our test car had it. This could be seen as positive or negative.
The EPA estimates 19 city and 29 highway mpg. We averaged up to 30 mpg on a single tank of mixed driving. This efficiency set us up for over 550 miles of range on a single fill up.
4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a 12-year limited anti-corrosion warranty are standard.
Porsche Roadside Assistance is standard. A Porsche Scheduled Maintenance Program is available, but it costs extra.
Fun To DriveLots of boost and a broad powerband make the Cayenne a blast to drive in a spirited fashion. At times it's hard to believe you're driving an SUV.
The Cayenne Diesel grows on you the more you drive it. It leads a double life of fun and function that few other vehicles can replicate.
This is an SUV that handles like a car. The torquey diesel engine adds an element of fun, but also practicality that gasoline engines just don't offer.
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