Despite being bigger than ever, all versions of the Cayenne have lost a bit of weight, helping them handle very well given their size.
With the air suspension in Comfort mode, the Cayenne feels keen to turn in to corners and resists roll very well. Sport mode firms things up, so it’s even more willing to change direction quickly.
Should you want the ultimate in cornering control, you can get four-wheel steering to make the Cayenne feel more nimble in low-speed corners and more stable as speeds increase. Air-sprung cars also have the option of active anti-roll bars that virtually eliminate body lean.
Even with four-wheel steering, the V6-engined versions are easy to place on the road; you won’t find yourself making multiple steering inputs as you corner. The extra weight of the V8 in the Turbo seems to make the steering a little less accurate, although no Cayenne gives you much feedback through the wheel. Weight build-up is good, however.
Grip levels are very high and, while you’ll feel the nose slip first, you can neutralise this with the accerlator. If you’re really committed, you can even make the rear tyres slide. All Cayennes should manage most off-roading that’s asked of them. If you’re planning to venture further off the black stuff, air suspension allows you to increase the ride height and an off-road pack is available.