2018 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

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2018 Porsche Cayenne
MSRP range
$79,900 - $82,800
2018 Porsche Cayenne

What’s new

  • No significant changes
  • Part of the second Cayenne generation introduced for 2011
  • The third Cayenne generation debuts for 2019

Pros

  • Truly impressive handling for a crossover SUV
  • Wide selection of powerful engines available
  • Exquisite interior and build quality
  • Plenty of customization options

Cons

  • Relatively small cargo capacity for the segment
  • Quite a few optional features should be standard given the price tag


Which Cayenne does Edmunds recommend?

As far as performance and luxury go, we're confident that most shoppers will find the base Cayenne to their liking. Porsche buyers tend to crave a bit more performance, however, so we think the Cayenne S hits a good balance point for power and price. Additionally, we'd add the Sport package and the adaptive cruise control with forward collision mitigation.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

4.5 / 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.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 Porsche Cayenne S (turbo 3.6L V6 | 8-speed automatic | AWD). Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Cayenne since there have been no significant changes since then.

Driving

5
The 2017 Porsche Cayenne S isn't the sportiest trim available from Porsche, but it provides a surprisingly high level of on-road performance, even by sedan standards. Combine this with a good tow rating and you end up with a surprisingly versatile SUV.

Acceleration

5
Motivating more than two-and-a-half tons of vehicle to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds is a tall order, but the Cayenne S does so without breaking a sweat. At full throttle, the all-wheel-drive Cayenne launches from a standstill without drama.

Braking

5
The Cayenne S needed just 106 feet to stop from 60 mph in our tests, which is better than many dedicated sports cars do.

Steering

5
The steering response and feel are about as good as it gets in a SUV. The reduced assist (heavier steering feel) in Sport and Sport Plus modes is suitable for enthusiastic driving, while Comfort mode provides effortless parking-lot and around-town maneuvering.

Handling

5
The Cayenne's handling is impressive in a vehicle of this size. Although it had a nose-heavy attitude around the long, sustained arc of our skidpad test, the Cayenne S handles real-world driving situations amazingly well.

Drivability

4
This is an easy SUV to drive overall, but leaving stoplights can take longer than expected due to a slight delay from both the eight-speed automatic transmission and the engine. The auto stop-start system isn't intrusive unless driving in very heavy traffic.

Off-road

4
The Cayenne's specialty is peerless stability on curvy roads, yet it's also decent in an off-road environment. The height-adjustable air suspension provides plenty of clearance. You can't get low-range gearing in the Cayenne, though.

Comfort

5
The 2017 Cayenne S combines a quiet cabin with seating that preserves comfort for long-distance cruising and still offers excellent support for more dynamic driving. The optional adjustable air suspension is key in this area, offering varied height and ride comfort settings.

Seat comfort

5
Several front-seat designs are available, but they mostly differ in the number of adjustments, including those for the bolsters. All are superb in terms of long-distance and cornering support. The rear bench is split 40/20/40 for improved comfort and versatility.

Ride comfort

4
On the softest suspension setting of three available (Comfort), the Cayenne's underlying sporting nature can still be discerned. The ride isn't harsh in the least, but if you're expecting pillowlike comfort, look elsewhere.

Noise & vibration

4.5
The Cayenne's cabin is quiet at all times and keeps wind and road noise to a minimum. A low-frequency engine/exhaust note at idle is a little louder than expected, especially given the Cayenne's lack of a burly exhaust sound at full throttle.

Interior

4
Porsche does interiors well. The 2017 Cayenne's cabin layout is highly intuitive and well insulated, and it has excellent fit and finish. Whether you spend your time commuting or taking long road trips, the Cayenne provides a fast-moving sanctuary of comfort from the world outside.

Ease of use

5
Like Apple's iPhone, the Cayenne's controls and switchgear require little instruction and effort to use. The number of buttons may be dizzying at first glance, but the layout is thoughtful and quickly becomes second nature.

Getting in/getting out

5
The door openings are typical for an SUV, opening to nearly 90 degrees. The seat cushions have more aggressive lateral bolstering than in most rivals (even in the back), but the adjustable air suspension option allows for low step-in and loading heights.

Driving position

With so many available adjustments, the Cayenne's many seating options should all provide a better driving position than can be achieved in most other vehicles. A low-slung, 911-like seating position it's not, but you'll definitely feel in control and part of the vehicle.

Roominess

4
Headroom is abundant, as are shoulder room and hiproom for the front passengers. The high center console reduces some open cabin air space, but it isn't a hindrance. In back, rear legroom is adequate at best.

Visibility

3
The door-mounted side mirrors provide a clearer view out the windows (compared to the more typical mounting next to the roof pillar), but the mirrors themselves are small. The optional Lane Change Assist is a necessity.

Quality

5
Build quality is something at which Porsche consistently excels, and the Cayenne is no exception. The interior design is thoughtful and functional, with high-quality materials and tight fit. Everything is finished to an elegant standard.

Utility

3
For an SUV of its size and weight, its utility is below average. Similarly priced rivals are almost all better in this regard.

Small-item storage

3
With its high center console packed with buttons, there really isn't much opportunity for small-item storage beyond the smallish under-armrest bin and glovebox. At least the door pockets are of a fair size.

Cargo space

2.5
The Cayenne concedes considerable cargo room to its competition, with 24 cubic feet with the seats raised and 63 cubic feet with them folded. That's about what you can expect from compact luxury SUVs.

Towing

4.5
The Cayenne S is rated to tow up to 7,716 pounds, more than most other luxury crossover SUVs.

Technology

The Porsche Cayenne offers most of the infotainment and safety tech expected at this price range. Note we said "offers" because most of it is optional. Features such as a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and forward collision warning are all extra cost items.

Audio & navigation

The Cayenne gets a jolt for 2017 with Porsche's new touchscreen interface. It's quicker to respond, easier to use, less prone to fingerprints and can be equipped with Apple CarPlay.

Driver aids

Essentially all driving aids are optional: a rearview camera, parking sensors, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, adaptive cruise control (includes forward collision warning with auto-brake). Some, if not all, of these features should be standard at this price.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$82,800
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Hybrid
416 hp @ 5500 rpm
MSRP
$79,900
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Hybrid
416 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Safety

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 Porsche Cayenne

2018 BMW X5

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.

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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.

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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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FAQs

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.

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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?

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More about the 2018 Porsche Cayenne

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne is one of a rare breed of performance-focused SUVs. At the same time, it also provides a wealth of luxury and everyday conveniences to broaden its appeal. Furthering its cause is a deep lineup of engine choices and trim levels that start around $60,000 all the way to almost triple that for the top-of-the-line model. With the exception of the unimpressive E-Hybrid version, we heartily recommend checking out the entire Cayenne family.

Of the few complaints we have, the rear seat and cargo spaces top the list. Most shoppers will find them adequate, but rivals are more accommodating. We also expect more standard features at this price level and options are expensive, but this is a Porsche, after all.

There are six trim levels to choose from: the Cayenne, S, S E-Hybrid, GTS, Turbo and Turbo S. The main difference between them are the engines, with some additional feature content along the way. Standard feature highlights for the base Cayenne include xenon headlights, a power tailgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, partial leather upholstery, a navigation system and a 10-speaker audio system with satellite radio. The Cayenne S adds items such as bigger wheels, a sunroof, and front and rear parking sensors. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid includes adaptive suspension dampers, 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.

The Cayenne GTS gets you 20-inch wheels, an adjustable air suspension, high-performance brakes, a sport exhaust system, front sport seats, a simulated-suede headliner and seat inserts, and unique exterior styling elements. Adding to that, the Cayenne Turbo includes adaptive LED headlights, a heated steering wheel, a full leather interior, heated front and rear seats and a Bose surround-sound audio system. Finally, the Cayenne Turbo S comes with 21-inch wheels, suspension and brake upgrades, two-tone leather upholstery, carbon-fiber interior trim and the Sport Chrono package.

As unique as the 2018 Porsche Cayenne is, it's not the only performance-minded luxury SUV in the class. The Maserati Levante is also noteworthy, though there are fewer models to choose from that range from $70,000 to $80,000. Land Rover's Range Rover Sport and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe are also worthy of consideration and are priced between $65,000 and $111,000. There's really not a bad choice in the group, and you'd do well to check them all out on Edmunds.

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What do people think of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid?

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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 and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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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.

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