Porsche Cayenne Coupe review

Category: Sports SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP from£64,359

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

You might be swayed by the fact the entry-level Cayenne Coupe has a lower list price than the cheapest Audi Q8 or Range Rover Sport, but, over three years, the Q8 is predicted to hold on to more of its value. That means the Cayenne Coupe's PCP finance rates aren't usually any more impressive than its rivals, especially when you consider that Porsche, unlike Range Rover and Audi, doesn't do discounts. Always remember to check out our New Car Buying pages to compare the best deals for every luxury SUV on your shopping list. 

All of the regular petrol models occupy the top 37% bracket for benefit-in-kind tax, which makes them very expensive to run as company cars. However, the low CO2 emissions of the E-Hybrid variants will potentially slash your company car tax bills.

If you buy an E-Hybrid and want to charge it anywhere other than from a three-pin domestic plug, then Porsche will charge you extra for a Type 2 cable, which lets you use public charging points. It will also charge you a significant sum more to upgrade the slow, 3.4kW onboard charger, for one that will accept up to 7.2kW (so that you can charge the battery more quickly – in around 2.2hrs).  

Equipment, options and extras

Beyond the infotainment system and visibility aid (parking sensors, LED headlights lights, etc) we've mentioned earlier in this review, you don’t get a huge amount of standard equipment in the Cayenne, Cayenne S or E-Hybrid. For example, while you get some luxuries, including cruise control, two-zone climate control, keyless start, power-folding door mirrors, 20in alloy wheels and a powered tailgate,  that's not an overwhelming tally relative to the competition. In fact, it leaves you paying extra for many niceties, such as adaptive cruise control, heated seats or keyless entry.

The much pricier GTS, Turbo and Turbo S E-Hybrid models add more niceties, including 21in alloy wheels, heated front and rear full-leather seats and an Alcantara headlining. But if you want a lot of toys for your money, look instead at the Q8 and Range Rover Sport.

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Reliability

Porsche finished in a slightly disappointing 22nd place out of 31 brands in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey. That's below Audi and BMW, but above Mercedes and Land Rover.

The Cayenne Coupe comes with a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, which is par for the course in this class. You get European breakdown cover for the first three years of ownership, too.

Safety and security

The Cayenne Coupe comes with the same standard safety kit as the regular Cayenne, which was awarded a full five-star safety rating by the experts at Euro NCAP. However, compare its individual scores with those of the safest luxury SUVs (the Volvo XC90 is one of the best), and you'll see that the Cayenne drops a few points for adult occupant protection, and quite a few for how well it protects children in a crash.

More positively, every Cayenne Coupe has automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, as well as the usual airbags and stability aids, while lane departure warning and blindspot monitoring systems are available as options.

The security experts at Thatcham gave the car five stars out of five for its resistance to being stolen and four out of five for its resistance to being broken into.

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Overview

As with the regular Cayenne, the biggest strengths of the Coupe are its handling and performance. And, while it’s not as practical as its squarer stablemate, it will still meet the needs of most families.

  • Powerful engines
  • Sharp handling
  • Classy interior
  • Expensive to run
  • Stingy kit list
  • Air suspension is a must

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