Porsche Cayenne review

Category: Sports SUV

Section: Introduction

Porsche Cayenne RHD 69-plate front tracking
  • Porsche Cayenne RHD 69-plate front tracking
  • Porsche Cayenne RHD 69-plate rear tracking
  • Porsche Cayenne RHD 69-plate dashboard
  • Porsche Cayenne 2018 rear seats
  • Porsche Cayenne 2018 infotainment
  • Porsche Cayenne RHD 69-plate right panning
  • Porsche Cayenne 2018 front right static studio
  • Porsche Cayenne 2018 rear left static studio
  • Porsche Cayenne 2018 side static studio
  • Porsche Cayenne 2018 RHD front seats
  • Porsche Cayenne 2018 RHD boot open
  • Porsche Cayenne RHD 69-plate front tracking
  • Porsche Cayenne RHD 69-plate rear tracking
  • Porsche Cayenne RHD 69-plate dashboard
  • Porsche Cayenne 2018 rear seats
  • Porsche Cayenne 2018 infotainment
  • Porsche Cayenne RHD 69-plate right panning
  • Porsche Cayenne 2018 front right static studio
  • Porsche Cayenne 2018 rear left static studio
  • Porsche Cayenne 2018 side static studio
  • Porsche Cayenne 2018 RHD front seats
  • Porsche Cayenne 2018 RHD boot open
What Car?’s Cayenne deals
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Target Price from £66,120
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Introduction

What Car? says...

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.

FAQs

  • The Porsche Cayenne didn’t feature in our 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey but Porsche as a brand placed towards the middle of that table, in joint 19th out of 32 manufacturers. That’s lower than Volvo and BMW but above many other rival brands. Read more here

  • There is no electric car version of the Porsche Cayenne but you can get a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version, called the E-Hybrid. The E-Hybrid is powered by a 3.0-litre petrol V6 engine and an electric motor. It can officially drive up to 27 miles using electric power alone and returns up to 91.1mpg (although you’re unlikely to reach those figures in the real world). Read more here

  • We recommend the Porsche Cayenne S because it’s the sweet spot in the range. Its 434bhp turbocharged V6 petrol engine gives you plenty of grunt for the fast lane of the motorway, but without the eye-watering price tag of the GTS or Turbo models. The S is also lighter than the Turbo, making it more agile and fun to drive. Read more here

  • If the Porsche Cayenne S isn’t spicy enough for you, the faster and more expensive Cayenne GTS is worth a look. The GTS has a turbocharged 454bhp 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine, and feels explosively fast in a straight line. The GTS also has larger 21in wheels and sportier styling, plus heated front and rear seats. Still, we find the extra cost hard to justify when the S is as hot as it is already. Read more here

  • The Porsche Cayenne was awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the independent experts at Euro NCAP when it was tested in 2017. That was under a less stringent testing regime than is used today though. Read more here

  • Most versions of the Porsche Cayenne have a boot volume of 770 litres. The plug-in hybrid Cayenne E-Hybrid loses about 100 litres of capacity because of its batteries, but we were still able to fit seven carry-on suitcases in the boot of one. In other words, the Cayenne is unlikely to let you down when doing a big shop or going on a family holiday. Read more here

At a glance
New car deals
Target Price from £66,120
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £77,900
RRP price range £66,120 - £134,265
Number of trims (see all)7
Number of engines (see all)6
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol, hybrid
MPG range across all versions 20.9 - 91.1
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3 years / No mileage cap
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £3,487 / £8,318
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £6,973 / £16,635
Available colours