For The Porsche Cayenne handles brilliantly and has sensational performance. The cabin looks and feels very classy, and there’s plenty of space for five.
Against It might be practical for a Porsche, but some rivals can seat more people. It’s also expensive to buy and run, and you'll have to pay extra for certain bits of desirable equipment.
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The Porsche Cayenne is a car that appeals to the heart rather than the head. Premium SUVs don’t come much sportier, but you’ll need deep pockets to own one.
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There are 7 Porsche Cayenne versions available
Target Price team says:
The cheapest Porsche Cayenne has a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine and the range-topper a 512bhp turbocharged 4.8-litre V8, but it’s the versions that sit between that are the most appealing.
If performance is your priority, the V8 diesel S is your best bet: it’s almost as quick as the Turbo in everyday driving, yet is massively cheaper to run. The engine is also smooth and sounds great. It’s our favourite Cayenne.
If you can’t stomach the high fuel bills, go for the relatively economical 3.0-litre V6 diesel version.
There’s also the S E-Hybrid, which combines a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine with an electric motor. It can run solely on electric power for up to 22 miles, while its super-low CO2 emissions mean it makes a lot of sense as a company car. It doesn’t ride or handle as well as other Cayennes, though.
Whichever version you buy, you'll be eligible for a driving course at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone.
Reader test team says:
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