Porsche Cayenne review

Category: Sports SUV

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:hybrid, petrol
Available colours:
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Introduction

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A decade and a half on, it's hard to imagine just what a hullabaloo was caused in 2002 by the arrival of the first Porsche Cayenne, but this was a car that soon inspired something of a paradigm shift among certain traditional automotive brands. 

You see, in the present day, no one bats an eyelid when a manufacturer of sports cars produces an SUV, whether that’s Jaguar, Maserati or even Lamborghini. And it’s not just sporty SUVs, because Bentley and Roll-Royce have now moved into the luxury SUV market, too.

It's amazing to consider that the first Cayenne had car enthusiasts virtually catatonic at the thought of Porsche building a ‘Chelsea tractor’. However upset they may have been, though, the Porsche Cayenne has been a belting success, with the first two generations finding more than 770,000 homes between them.

That's why it's one of Porsche’s most important cars. In fact, the Cayenne and smaller Macan SUVs now make up the majority of the brand’s sales. That’s why this third-generation Cayenne, which arrived in 2018, was no half-hearted refresh, even if its bodywork appears quite familiar. Look deeper and you’ll discover that it conceals a new chassis, new engines and a totally overhauled interior. You can even choose it in a slinkier Porsche Cayenne Coupé form, which we've reviewed separately.

The question is this: is the Cayenne still the best sports SUV for hurling down your favourite road? Can it turn your knuckles white and stand your neck hairs on end for all the right reasons? It certainly has a lot more competition these days, including hot versions of the BMW X5 and Range Rover Sport, not to mention offerings from the luxury brands we mentioned above.

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At a glance

Number of trims5 see more
Available fuel typeshybrid, petrol
MPG range across all versions20.8 - 72.4
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / No mileage cap

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