2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupé SUV: price, specs and release date

New luxury SUV gets coupé styling and punchy petrol engines to challenge the Audi Q8 and BMW X6...

Porsche Cayenne Coupé front

On sale: May 2019 | Price from: £62,129 (est)

If you're in the market for a luxury SUV and want something that will set you apart from the regular crowd - the class-leading Audi Q7, for instance - the latest Porsche Cayenne is an excellent place to put your money.

If you also want the svelte styling of an SUV-coupé, however, Porsche hasn't had an alternative, leaving you to instead head in the direction of the Audi Q8, BMW X6 or Mercedes GLE Coupé. Enter now the Porsche Cayenne Coupé.

As well as its rakish rear-end design, the latest addition to Porsche's SUV line-up features a shallower windscreen and wider bumpers than the regular Cayenne, plus the same active rear spoiler that pops out when you're travelling at more than 56mph.

Porsche Cayenne Coupé rear

2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupé engines

At launch, buyers will have the option of two petrol engines.

The entry-level choice is a 335bhp 2.9-litre V6 that enables a 0-62mph time of 5.9sec and returns just over 30mpg on the latest WLTP tests. Its CO2 emissions are 212g/km.

The other comes in the Turbo model: a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 producing 542bhp. This cuts the 0-62mph time to just 3.9sec – faster than most sports cars – but also reduces fuel economy to 25mpg and raises CO2 emissions to 258g/km.

At least one plug-in hybrid version of the Cayenne Coupé will arrive later this year.

Every Cayenne Coupé gets speed-sensitive steering, which offers more resistance the faster you go, as well as Porsche's Active Suspension Management system, which allows you to tailor the suspension for different roads. Other standard kit includes 20in alloy wheels, a self-parking system and a rear-view camera.

Porsche Cayenne Coupé interior

2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupé interior

Inside, the Cayenne Coupé shares its dashboard layout with the regular Cayenne, including the partly digital instrument panel and 12.3in touchscreen infotainment system. This means it should be mostly easy to get along with, although some of the touchscreen's smaller icons can be tricky to hit while you're driving.

Other features include a panoramic glass roof, although buyers can upgrade to a coloured carbon-reinforced plastic roof to save weight. Plus, you can specify huge 22in alloy wheels, Alcantara and carbonfibre interior trim and sporty exterior design tweaks.

Porsche Cayenne Coupé side

2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupé space and practicality

Unlike the regular Cayenne, the Cayenne Coupé has four seats as standard, with the two in the rear divided by a centre armrest. Buyers can, however, opt for a three-seat bench layout at no extra cost.

Those in the rear sit 30mm lower than they do in the standard Cayenne to create extra head room to compensate for the sloping roof. We've sat in the back, and it's fine for children and small adults. Even tall adults will fit, but they'll have to stoop to bend their head through the door aperture and will likely find their head close to the roof in the back.

SUV-coupés are inherently less practical than standard SUVs, but while the Cayenne Coupé has a substantially smaller boot than the regular Cayenne, you can still fit more inside it than you can in the X6. The GLE Coupé, however, will hold more still.

A full complement of family holiday luggage should pose no problem in the Cayenne Coupé, but be warned that choosing the fastest Turbo model reduces the available space slightly.

Porsche Cayenne Coupé rear seats

2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupé price

Prices for the new Cayenne Coupé start at £62,129 for the standard car and £104,729 for the Turbo, making Porsche's newest SUV slightly cheaper than both the X6 and GLE Coupé.

Porsche doesn't do discounts, but you can currently net a generous saving on the X6 with What Car? New Car Buying, where our Target Price discounts guarantee a saving of up to £6503.

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The best luxury SUVs

If the thought of a new Cayenne Coupé has peaked your interest in a luxury SUV, you'll find our list of the best models in this market extremely helpful. Below and over the next few pages, we'll tell you which luxury SUVs are the cream of the crop and which you should avoid.

10. Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Rolls-Royce Cullinan front cornering

For some people, only the best and most luxurious car will do, and to be seen in anything less than a Roller is a crime against decency. Now, if you want all that opulence in a large and raised-up SUV you can have it in the Cullinan. This giant is chock-full of desirable goodies, has an interior so spacious and comfortable you'd be happy to live in it and has a large and suitably refined 6.75-litre V12 motor under its stately bonnet, all of which combine to give this behemoth a sense of occasion no other car can match. It dwarfs a Range Rover and can even do a bit of gentle off-roading. For sheer wow-factor, nothing can beat it. 

Our pick: Rolls-Royce Cullinan

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9. Range Rover

Range Rover

The Range Rover is one of the great motoring icons and every bit as compelling a proposition today as it was when it was first introduced more than 40 years ago. Superbly comfortable and refined, it also offers prodigious off-road ability.

The interior is the epitome of luxury, with Oxford leather seats standard on all versions. It has a large digital dashboard that can be switched between three pre-set themes, including putting the sat-nav map directly in front of the driver’s eyes.

Our pick: 3.0 SDV6 Vogue SE

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8. Bentley Bentayga

Bentley Bentayga

While it comes from a brand that has never produced an SUV before, the Bentayga could only be a Bentley, thanks to its pronounced haunches, round headlights and diamond-patterned front grille.

The interior is one of the classiest around and the performance is more akin to that of a sports car than a large SUV – although that's no more than you'd expect, given the six-figure starting price.

Our pick: V8

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