Porsche Cayenne Coupe review

Category: Sports SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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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 version of the Porsche Cayenne Coupé 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 Coupé'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 any other luxury SUVs on your shopping list. 

All of the regular petrol models occupy the top 37% bracket for benefit-in-kind tax, making 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 to enable you to use public charging points. It will also demand 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, heated front seats, two-zone climate control, keyless start, power-folding door mirrors, 19in or 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 or keyless entry.

Our favourite GTS model, along with the Turbo and Turbo S E-Hybrid models, add a few more niceties including 21in alloy wheels, a sports exhaust, lowered sports suspension, heated front and rear seats with full-leather or Alcantara. But if you want lots more toys for your money, look instead at the Q8 and Range Rover Sport.

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Reliability

Porsche finished in a slightly disappointing joint 22nd place (with Audi) out of the 31 brands in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey. That's below BMW and Jaguar, but above Mercedes and Land Rover.

The Cayenne Coupé 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 Coupé 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, if you compare its individual scores with those of the safest luxury SUVs (the Volvo XC90 is one of the best) you'll see that the Cayenne offers great adult protection but has issues concerning child protection in the rear, including the likelihood of whiplash and chest injuries in a frontal impact.

More positively, every Cayenne Coupé has automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, as well as the usual airbags and stability aids, but lane departure warning and blindspot monitoring systems are available as options – the former is often standard fit to cars these days.

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 Coupé are its handling and performance. In fact, the GTS, which is the sweet-spot in the range, offers about as much fun as you can have with a car that's this tall and heavy. And, while the Cayenne Coupé is not as practical as its squarer stablemate, it will still meet the needs of most families.

  • Powerful engines
  • Fantastic handling for a big SUV
  • Classy interior
  • Expensive to run
  • Stingy kit list
  • Pricey air suspension option is a must

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