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Porsche Cayenne Pricing and Which One to Buy
Cayenne E-Hybrid: $81,150
Cayenne S: $84,150
Engine, Transmission, Performance, and Towing
Likes: Proficient powertrains, sports-car DNA on display, can tow 7700 pounds.
Dislikes: Hefty curb weight is inescapable, largest wheels disrupt ride quality.
Even the base Cayenne has plenty of power, thanks to its 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, which helped the version we tested accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. A zestier setup is found on the Cayenne S, courtesy of its 434-hp twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6, but we haven’t tested one. Likewise, we haven’t tested the plug-in hybrid model (called the E-Hybrid), but its electric motor and turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 make a combined 455 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Its 14.1-kWh battery pack can be charged via a standard 3.6-kW onboard charger or an optional 7.2-kW unit. All three powerplants pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The available Sport Chrono package brings selectable drive modes and improves acceleration. While the Cayenne Turbo (reviewed separately) is currently the most powerful version, its 541-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 and six-figure base price put it in different company.
Interior, Infotainment, and Cargo
Likes: Customizable cabin, sophisticated infotainment system, large cargo hold.
Dislikes: Custom options can add up, glossy surfaces attract smudges, limited cubby storage.
Porsche essentially provides a blank canvas inside the Cayenne for customers to outfit as they see fit. Everything from the interior trim to the seatbelt colors to the surface materials can be individually selected. The driver faces a snazzy gauge cluster with an analog tachometer flanked by two 7.0-inch screens that display selectable information. In addition to traditional options such as heated and ventilated front and rear seats, the Cayenne offers desirable upgrades, including more supportive seats, massaging front seats, four-zone climate control, and more. Whereas the rival Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 have three rows, the Porsche has only two. Still, its back seat is adjustable and provides plenty of stretch-out space.
The infotainment system uses a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen mounted in the middle of the dashboard. Its slick interface includes a configurable home menu and many personalized settings. While the system was responsive and easy to operate during our testing, the screen attracted smudges; a rotary controller would help reduce distractions. Every Cayenne has Porsche Connect Plus, which includes a 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay capability; Android Auto is absent. A set of upgraded audio systems includes a 14-speaker Bose unit or a much-pricier Burmester setup that pumps 1455 watts through 21 speakers. An available rear-seat entertainment system attaches two 10.0-inch displays on the back of the front-seat headrests.
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