Porsche Cayenne 2020 - The Original Sporty SUV is better than ever!
The Porsche Cayenne is back with an all-new third instalment, and it is better than ever. The previous Cayenne iterations were superb and impressive with a wide range of performance levels to leave you speechless. The new Cayenne though is somehow even better in all departments than its predecessors. It is a true testament to the designers, developers and engineers of the German manufacturers to push boundaries, to truly show what a large SUV weighing over 2-tonnes is capable of.
Since its conception way back in 2002, the Cayenne has gone on to be highly successful, in fact since its launch date over 800,000 have been sold worldwide. In 2018 the Cayenne was the second bestselling model in the Porsche range coming in just behind the hugely popular Porsche Macan. The fact that the best two selling Porsche cars are both SUV's just highlights how important they are to the German company and why they strive to improve them year on year.
The new Cayenne is longer and lower than before, which helps to enhance its performance capabilities and keep it ahead of the chasing pack when it comes to providing a unique and exhilarating driving experience. The new Cayenne also features a line-up of new petrol engines including, for the first time a hybrid option, but there is currently no diesel variant. The Porsche Cayenne can is also available in Coupe form, giving an even lower and sleeker body shape. I will be focusing on the standard Cayenne SUV model and will review the Coupe version at a later date.
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Engines, Power and Performance
Porsche has set up a new engine line up for their 3rd generation Cayenne, and there is no diesel engine in sight. There are five trim levels available, starting with the entry-level Cayenne, followed by the Cayenne E-Hybrid, then the Cayenne S, the blistering Cayenne Turbo and finally the most powerful of the group the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. None of the Cayenne models are slow or underwhelming; they are all capable of performing as well as most hot hatchbacks and sports cars.
The entry-level Cayenne comes with a 3-litre V6 petrol engine developing 340hp and 450Nm of torque and will hit 0-62mph in 6.2secs and go on to a top speed of 152mph. Next up is the Cayenne E-Hybrid which combines the same 3-litre V6 engine as the standard Cayenne with an electric motor, giving a combined 462hp and 700Nm of torque. This extra power drops the 0-62mph time down to just 5secs and offers a top speed of 157mph.
The mid-range Cayenne S features a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine with a couple of turbos to develop 440hp and 550Nm of torque. It is capable of hitting 0-62mph in 5.2secs and will go on to a top speed of 164mph.
We then move onto the top of the range pair, starting with the Cayenne Turbo which uses a 4-litre V8 petrol engine developing an impressive 550hp and 770Nm of torque. This means the Cayenne will propel from 0-62mph in just 4.1secs and go on to a top speed of 177mph. Finally, we come to the most powerful and most expensive model, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. It uses the same 4-litre V8 petrol engine found in the Turbo model but combines it with an electric motor, giving a power output of 680hp and a staggering 900Nm of torque. It is capable of racing from 0-62mph in 3.8secs and will march on to a top speed of 184mph. These are truly amazing figures for such a large and heavy SUV and will leave most other cars trailing when pulling off at the traffic lights.
Every Cayenne variation comes fitted with Porsche's Active All-Wheel-Drive system for added traction and control, along with a silky smooth 8-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission for seamless gear changes.
Interior Quality and Technology
The interior of the new Cayenne features the Porsche Advanced Cockpit control concept, which is aimed and designed to enhance your driving pleasure, with all buttons and controls perfectly placed and easy to use. Each Cayenne models comes with a large 12-inch, full HD, colour touchscreen to support the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) which supports all infotainment applications as standard.
There is a variety of standard features across all Cayenne levels including sat-nav, Bluetooth connectivity, front and rear parking sensors and smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay. Unfortunately, there is no Android Auto capability, but there is a Porsche App available which has a variety of functions. Some of the functions include; sending locations/sat-nav routes from your smartphone to your car, pre-heat the Cayenne in the cold and check fuels and oils levels. It can even connect to devices at your home such as Nest so that you can monitor and control your heating system amongst a host of other things.
Porsche have added a new instrument display cluster which is located behind the sports steering wheel, which features two unique digital displays either side of a central analogue rev counter. These will display various pieces of information, such as sat-nav maps and directions.
The interior build quality and materials are right up there with the best in its class, perhaps just coming up short compared with the BMW X5, but nothing to be disappointed about. It's a wonderful and comfy place to sit and let's not forget the Cayenne is more aimed at performance than luxury and in this area it really excels.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The Porsche Cayenne has always been a fairly spacious SUV for occupants front and back, and in this new iteration, you will find a little more than in previous models. In the front, there is plenty of legroom and headroom for any size passenger, while the standard 14-way adjustable front seats mean that finding a relaxing position will be a breeze. Moving to the rear of the cabin and again we see plenty of legroom and a generous amount of headroom, however really tall passengers may find the tops of their heads brushing against the roof linings due to the more sloping roof-line the new Cayenne has.
There are various storage compartments scattered throughout the cabin such as generous door pockets front and rear, cupholders and a large cubby under the front centre armrest.
The boot is larger than before, with different capacities depending on which Cayenne model you choose. The standard Cayenne and the Cayenne S both have a capacity of 772-litres which rises to 1708-litres with the rear seats folded down. The Cayenne Turbo has a slightly smaller boot with a capacity of 745-litres and 1678-litres with rear seats folded down. As you would expect, the hybrid versions have the smallest boot due to the location of the battery pack. The capacity drops to 645-litres and 1605-litres with the rear seats folded down.
The boot space is actually better than you get in a BMW X5 which only manages 645-litres and only just shy of the cavernous Range Rover Sport which as a capacity of 784-litres.
The Porsche Cayenne comes with a wealth of safety features and technology, so it comes as no surprise that it achieved a top 5-star rating at the Euro NCAP safety tests. The list of standard safety features across all Cayenne's is extensive and includes; Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Active Bonnet, multiple airbags and cruise control. Some of the optional safety equipment available consists of a 360 degree parking camera, Night Vision Display and traffic sign recognition. Some of these do come as standard in the higher-spec models like the Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S E-Hybrid.
The new Porsche Cayenne is an SUV with a real sports personality and a new sleek design adding to its curb appeal. As is typical with Porsche there is a generous amount of optional extra kit available to allow you to personalise your Cayenne, but be wary as the final price could soon rocket.
If you want a large SUV which offers sports car performance as well as the ability to go off-road, then the Cayenne could be the car for you.