2018 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
- No significant changes
- Part of the second Cayenne generation introduced for 2011
- The third Cayenne generation debuts for 2019
- Truly impressive handling for a crossover SUV
- Wide selection of powerful engines available
- Exquisite interior and build quality
- Plenty of customization options
- Quite a few optional features should be standard given the price tag
- Relatively small cargo capacity for the segment
Which Cayenne does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4.5 / 5
The 2018 Porsche Cayenne is one of those vehicles that has a broad range of appeal. On one hand, it's an SUV that is focused on performance, yet it's very luxurious and easy to live with on an everyday basis. There's also a wide breadth of powerplants, from a base V6 to a hybrid model, all the way up to a stout V8. Likewise, the price varies wildly from the $60,000 range to almost triple that for the top-of-the-line Cayenne Turbo S.
Throughout the Cayenne lineup, there are plenty of personalization options to suit your particular tastes. You can choose from a dizzying array of colors, wheels, interior materials, trim elements and performance-related upgrades. Since it's a Porsche, these options will send the price skyrocketing, so be warned.
As good as the Porsche Cayenne is, there are some drawbacks to keep in mind. We consider the rear seat and cargo area adequate, but other SUVs in the class are more spacious. For the money, we also expect more standard features. Our biggest complaint, however, is with the E-Hybrid model, which remains one of the least impressive hybrids we've evaluated. Otherwise, we're fans of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne and we're confident you will be, too.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Porsche Cayenne is a five-passenger midsize SUV available in six levels of trim: Cayenne, S, S E-Hybrid, GTS, Turbo and Turbo S. Each has a different engine and a consequent increase in performance, although they do typically include a few extra features with each step up. All come with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Within these trim levels are two more generously equipped submodels: the Cayenne Platinum and Cayenne S E-Hybrid Platinum.
Standard feature highlights for the base Cayenne include a 3.6-liter V6 (300 horsepower, 295 pound-feet of torque), 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights, power-folding heated mirrors, a power tailgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, partial leather upholstery, 40/20/40-split folding rear seats (with slide and recline), Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a 7-inch central touchscreen, a navigation system and a 10-speaker audio system with satellite radio and auxiliary/USB input.
The Cayenne S gets a more powerful turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter V6 (420 hp, 406 lb-ft) plus 19-inch wheels, a sunroof, speed-sensitive variable steering effort (Power Steering Plus), front and rear parking sensors and driver-seat memory functions.
The Cayenne S E-Hybrid has a special hybrid-electric powertrain that features a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and an electric motor (416 hp and 435 lb-ft of torque combined). It also includes adaptive suspension dampers (PASM), Porsche Car Connect with E-Mobility (provides remote access to important hybrid features via a smartphone app), a 3.6-kilowatt onboard charger (a 7.2-kW charger is available) and an energy management display in the instrument cluster.
Stepping up to the Cayenne GTS gets you a more powerful version of the S engine good for 440 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. It also offers a variety of additional performance enhancements that include 20-inch wheels, a specially tuned adjustable air suspension, larger high-performance brakes, a sport exhaust system, front sport seats, a simulated-suede headliner and seat inserts, and unique exterior styling elements.
The Cayenne Turbo adds to the Cayenne S equipment a twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 (520 hp, 553 lb-ft), adaptive LED headlights, a heated steering wheel, a full leather interior, 18-way adaptive power-adjustable front sport seats, heated front and rear outboard seats, and a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system.
The range-topping Cayenne Turbo S adds an even more powerful version of the Turbo V8 (570 hp, 590 lb-ft) plus 21-inch wheels, two-tone leather upholstery, carbon-fiber interior trim and the Sport Chrono package with a dash-mounted timer. It also includes handling upgrades such as active anti-roll bars (PDCC), brake torque-vectoring and electronic-locking rear differential (PTV Plus) and ultra high-performance carbon-ceramic brakes.
The two Platinum Edition models adds a selection of popular options plus exclusive 20-inch wheels and special exterior trim. The E-Hybrid version also includes an auxiliary climate system that allows preheating or precooling of the cabin.
Many features that come standard on upper trim levels can be ordered as stand-alone options. Indeed, like other Porsches, the Cayenne is one of the most customizable vehicles you can buy.
Then you've got even more choices from a dizzying options list. It starts with four main packages — Sport, Porsche Connect Plus, Premium and Premium Package Plus — and then goes to a huge list of stand-alone choices. All serve to enhance the Cayenne's performance, technology and audio, comfort, safety, and exterior and interior style. All for a price, of course.
Noise & vibration4.5
Ease of use5
Getting in/getting out5
Audio & navigation
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Cayenne safety features:
- Porsche Active Safe
- Warns you about impending forward collisions and automatically applies the brakes if necessary. Bundled with the adaptive cruise control.
- Reversing Camera
- Shows what's behind you. A surround-view version is also available. It's a must-have.
- Multi-Collision Brake System
- Automatically applies the Cayenne's brakes after an initial collision occurs to minimize further damage to other vehicles.
Porsche Cayenne vs. the competition
2018 Porsche Cayenne
2018 BMW X5
Porsche Cayenne vs. BMW X5
The BMW X5 has a price advantage when purchased in the sDrive35i rear-wheel-drive configuration. Compare the Cayenne with the xDrive35i all-wheel-drive model, and the price advantage is nil. The Cayenne is better equipped and cozier, but it is down on cargo volume by more than 30 percent. The X5's convenient option tiers are easier on the pocketbook.
Porsche Cayenne vs. Audi Q7
The Cayenne's biggest disadvantage compared to the Q7 is the lack of interior space. The Q7 is cavernous and offers a third row of seats. Although small, that third row is an important feature to have for families and carpools. But even with less power, the Cayenne's handling and powertrain are more responsive. Finally, the Cayenne's options are nearly all stand-alone picks, whereas the Q7's are in more manageable packages.
Porsche Cayenne vs. Land Rover Range Rover
Here, the price difference benefits the Cayenne. With more power, a tighter chassis and a sportier seating position, the Cayenne has better dynamics. It's perfect for the road less traveled. But it's a step behind the Range Rover's quiet cabin, soft pillowy ride and prodigious interior volume. Those are all good things for long highway trips.
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Is the Porsche Cayenne a good car?
While most SUVs in the class prioritize space, luxury or off-roadability, the Cayenne specializes in on-road performance. Porsche calls it the sports car of SUVs, and there's not many who would disagree with that sentiment. But comfortable seats, a modern infotainment system and a quiet cabin make it suitable for when you're not driving at high speed. Yes, you give up some cargo volume, and there's no third-row option, but you gain steering precision, excellent brakes and an interior that is great for long-distance trips.
How can I get a Porsche Cayenne deal?
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Does the Porsche Cayenne have good MPG?
The base Cayenne is a little below the segment average economy figures, with an EPA-rated 20 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway). The Cayenne S is no better with a combined 20 mpg (17 city/24 highway). The Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S are the worst of the Cayenne's range but what they get is pretty typical for a high-performance SUV. Expect 17 mpg combined (14 city/21 highway) for these models. Meanwhile, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid achieves 46 miles per gallon equivalent (using plug-in power) or 22 mpg combined with only the combustion engine. That's less than what you can get from other plug-in hybrid SUVs.
Does the Porsche Cayenne have good resale value?
If you're ready to buy, you're probably wondering about the Porsche Cayenne's resale value. How much will a 2018 Porsche Cayenne be worth in two or five years — or whenever you decide to sell? Check out the Edmunds True Cost to Own (TCO) calculator. It includes projected annual depreciation over the first five years of ownership based on Edmunds' robust market transaction data.
2018 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Overview
The 2018 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid is offered in the following styles: S E-Hybrid Platinum Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C gas/electric hybrid 8A), and S E-Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C gas/electric hybrid 8A).
What do people think of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid and all its trim types. 0 Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Cayenne Hybrid.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Cayenne Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels including S E-Hybrid Platinum Edition, S E-Hybrid, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.Read our full review of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid here.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Porsche Cayenne?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.