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  • Launched in 2017
  • SUV
  • Petrol, PHEV
  • Launch year
    2017
  • Body type
    SUV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, PHEV

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A convincingly sporting luxury SUV

Best bits

  • genuinely luxurious premium SUV
  • Brilliant interior
  • Outstanding performance – and electric drive ability of E-Hybrid

Not so great

  • Expensive to buy
  • Very big to manoeuvre and park
  • Costly to run (even the E-Hybrid)

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Overall verdict

"This generation of Cayenne is the most convincing yet. Now we’ve got over the shock of Porsche making a luxury SUV, it’s somehow more acceptable, and the genuinely luxurious feel of this model really does tick the right boxes – even before you consider the brilliant driving experience. That it’s even offered in clever plug-in hybrid guise adds further weight to its cause."

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Porsche’s pioneering luxury performance SUV has enjoyed several decades of putting up the hackles of diehard sports car enthusiasts. ‘Porsche shouldn’t be making a large, heavy SUV,’ they exclaimed when it was launched. Yet today, the Cayenne outsells every Porsche sports car by a comfortable margin – and its smaller SUV sibling, the Macan, sells even more still.


The Cayenne has been a real success story that has made the company a fortune. And that allows Porsche to continue investing in the sports cars that enthusiasts only have eyes for. Because it’s such a profitable car, Porsche has continued to develop the Cayenne, too. This latest model, introduced in 2017, is easily the most advanced and convincing version yet.


For starters, doesn’t it look good? Now we’re used to the idea of a mammoth Porsche SUV, we can appreciate how the German brand has refined the look of the Cayenne. It seems longer, more elegant and less bulky, while the broad, powerful front end is far more stylish than anything that’s gone before. No, it’s not a natural beauty, but no SUV is (except, maybe, the Range Rover Velar). This is, however, a sophisticated and modern-looking machine, with plenty of head-turning appeal.


The latest Cayenne is genuinely luxury-grade inside, too. Many of the advanced high-end luxury features first seen in the Panamera GT car have been carried across, including its fascinating touchscreen displays and cutting-edge controls. It’s very high tech and will be an endless talking point for passengers.


When they’ve stopped gawping at the various screens and touch-sensitive controls, they may well notice what a comfortable machine it is, too. The seats are truly indulgent, with armchair-like qualities and plenty of space all around. Porsche hasn’t bothered to make the Cayenne into a seven-seater (that would certainly be a step too far for the diehards), but has instead optimised it for five people – or, better still, just four.


It’s a good job the interior is so refined and relaxing, given the amount of performance the driver has available. Even a standard V6 petrol will easily alarm people on board with its speed, and the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is truly boundary-pushing, with 680PS summoning up 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds. It also has an extra eco trick up its sleeve thanks to plug-in hybrid technology.


Porsche is now rolling out even more focused Cayenne variants, with the sports-tuned GTS model the latest to go on sale. There won’t, however, be another diesel model. Porsche has ruled out ever making a diesel again. If you want to save fuel, you’ll need to go with the plug-in hybrid.


Since being launched in 2017, the latest Porsche Cayenne has sold well. There’s a very rich mix of manufacturer-approved used examples out there, offering an entry into latest-generation Porsche luxury for a fair bit less than you’ll pay new. Read on to find out why the Porsche Cayenne deserves your enthusiasm.


If you're looking for the coupe version, you need our Porsche Cayenne Coupe (2019-) review.

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S Platinum Edition E-Hybrid 5dr Tiptronic S

  • 2017
  • 21,297 miles
  • Peter Vardy Porsche Aberdeen
  • Kincardineshire, AB123TY
Price:£54,900
PCP: £881.95/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £881.95, Customer Deposit: £8,235.00, Total Deposit: £8,235.00, Optional Final Payment: £22,802.50, Total Charge For Credit: £7,005.75, Total Amount Payable: £61,905.75, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.86%, Excess Mileage Charge: 23.76ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Porsche Cayenne right for you?

You need a healthy bank balance to even begin considering the Porsche Cayenne. The latest models effectively start from £60,000 once you’ve added a few important extras, and the E-Hybrid version you’re likely to err towards costs from £69,000. The reality is, few Cayennes are sold with a price tag less of than £75,000. 


Although this is a lot of money, the car now really justifies it. The Cayenne is a genuine luxury-grade machine, which can go head-to-head with alternatives such as the Range Rover Sport. It looks more upmarket than ever before, so if you want to show the world you’ve arrived, it may well be for you.


The green credentials of the E-Hybrid versions also out-eco most rivals, making the Cayenne a relatively (and surprisingly) environmentally-friendly choice as well.

What’s the best Porsche Cayenne model/engine to choose?

While the base Cayenne is itself fast, the extra attitude of the Cayenne S somehow seems more convincing. It’s surprisingly easy to justify the extra expenditure. Same goes for the E-hybrid, which isn’t hugely more than the base car, but is both more technically interesting and socially acceptable.


We like the new GTS version, the most focused latest-generation Cayenne yet, and think it’s a more interesting choice than the Turbo. The range-topping Cayenne is the most ludicrous, with colossal power, a wild £125k price tag, yet also some semblance of eco-consciousness. It really is quite a beast, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid.


What other cars are similar to the Porsche Cayenne?

The Cayenne is built on the same architecture as the Audi Q7 and Volkswagen Touareg. It’s also related to the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus. How about that for good breeding?


Rivals include the Range Rover Sport, which owners seem to have no qualms about spending a small fortune on. There’s also the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE (including the high-performance Mercedes-AMG versions) and the Jaguar F-Pace, while the Tesla Model X is an intriguing all-electric alternative to the plug-in hybrid Cayenne. The Jaguar I-Pace is another electric sports SUV rival, too.

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

What is the fastest Porsche Cayenne?

Right now the range topper is the Turbo S E-Hybrid, with a combined petrol-electric powertrain that allows it to sprint from 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds.

Andy Brady

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Is the Cayenne a reliable car?

The latest Cayenne is a very complicated piece of kit, but its predecessor has a very good reputation for both engine and gearbox durability, two of the most expensive parts of the car.

Russell Campbell

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Does the Porsche Cayenne have PDK?

No. Unlike its smaller brother the Macan, which does benefit from Porsche’s incredibly fast and precise dual-clutch gearbox (what PDK stands for) the Cayenne has a slightly slower and smoother Tiptronic automatic that is better equipped to handle its high torque output.

Dan Powell

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Is the Cayenne a real Porsche?

Absolutely. The Cayenne might not look much like a Porsche, but it’s engineered with the same attention to detail, and the handling is tuned with the same passion for driving as the 911. Drive one and you’ll be amazed how a two-tonne SUV can corner and brake so well.

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