Even the diesels are costly; Turbo models are very expensive
All big premium SUVs are expensive to buy, lease and insure, but even in this context the Cayenne is pretty pricey. A BMW X5 will certainly be cheaper, especially after discounts. However, if you go for the Cayenne Diesel or Diesel S models that we favour then at least you won’t spend a fortune on fuel because both managed more than 31mpg in our real-world tests. All Cayennes hold their value fairly well, too.
The S E-Hybrid model looks like it should be very efficient, but actually if you do more than around 20 miles each day – at which point you’ll start using the petrol engine rather than the electric range – it’s very expensive. This is a model that makes sense only for a niche number of company car buyers who’ll benefit from the fairly low CO2 and car tax, and who only commute very low miles. Even then, a Volvo XC90 T8 is faster, much more practical, and is almost half the company car tax.
Having said that, higher-end models will be really expensive to run as well as purchase; as efficient as they are comparatively, they’ll still drink fuel at a prodigious rate, and will go through tyres quickly. All Cayenne models need a minor service in the first two years or 20,000 miles, and a major service within four years and 40,000 miles, both of which are expensive.
Porsche Cayenne equipment
Gets the essentials, but you’d expect more at this price
Even the cheaper Cayenne models have auto lights and wipers, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, multifunction steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control, and can be had in flat black or white paint at no extra cost.
However, many similarly priced rivals offer heated seats, keyless go, reversing camera, LED headlights and various other luxuries that you’ll pay a lot extra for in the Porsche.
Turbo models do get the more lavish, high-tech finish and equipment that you’d expect, including reversing camera, and adaptive headlights.
Porsche Cayenne reliability
Unlimited-mileage warranty, but not the best reputation
It’s hard to say what to expect from the Cayenne in terms of reliability, because the model hasn’t featured in the most recent owner surveys, but Porsche has performed disappointingly in the past. However, all new Porsches get a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and three years’ European roadside assistance for free.
You can also extend the Porsche warranty and roadside assistance at a fairly high extra cost, although your car must pass a 111-point check to qualify for the warranty.
Porsche Cayenne safety & security
Decent standard safety, but no automatic emergency braking
A full suite of traction and stability aids is present and correct on all Cayennes, plus an electric parking brake, hill hold assist, and a system that applies the brakes when it senses that an impact has occurred, to try to prevent further secondary collisions.
Lane-keeping assist, blind-spot warning, adaptive cruise control, and space saver or full-size spare wheel are all options. A tyre pressure-monitoring system and inflation kit are included, as are six airbags that cover the head, chest and sides of those in the front, and head for those in the back. Rear side airbags are optional.
An immobiliser, alarm and remote central locking system are standard, and Thatcham gave the Cayenne the highest rating for resisting theft, and four out of five for resisting break-in, putting it on a par with its key rivals.
Gets 18in alloy wheels, powered tailgate, auto lights and wipers, leather upholstery, electric seat adjustment, climate control, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, 7.0in colour touchscreen and a USB connection. Here’s the rub – Bluetooth, digital radio, sat-nav, voice control, heated windscreen and LED headlights cost lots extra.
Our pick Cayenne Diesel
Gets 18in alloy wheels, powered tailgate, auto lights and wipers, leather upholstery, electric seat adjustment, climate control, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, 7.0in colour touchscreen and a USB connection. It’s dreadful that Bluetooth, a digital radio, sat-nav, voice control, heated windscreen and LED headlights cost so much extra. Even so, this is our pick of the range – just choose your options carefully.
Cayenne Diesel S
Gets virtually the same equipment level as the Diesel, only with a different design of alloy wheels.
Gets virtually the same equipment as the Diesel and base Cayenne, only with a different design of alloy wheels.
Cayenne S E-Hybrid
Adaptive dampers are standard on top of the items fitted to the lower-end models, but otherwise you’ll still pay extra for sat nav, Bluetooth, digital radio and 19in alloys.
Gets standard adaptive air suspension, 19in alloys, driver’s lumbar adjustment and seat memory pack as part of the 18-way adjustable sports seats, Bose sound system, LED headlights, higher-grade leather upholstery, heated steering wheel and heated seats in the front and back. The full infotainment package is included, too, with Bluetooth, DAB and sat-nav, albeit no voice control or TV function unless you pay extra.
Cayenne Turbo S
Gets everything the Turbo gets, with ceramic brakes and active anti-roll bars for even better control of body-lean through bends all included.