- Fantastic handling
- Punchy range of engines
- High-class interior
- Expensive to buy
- High running costs
- Expensive optional extras
Stylish performance SUV with a range of superb engines.
Porsche might be a brand that we all associate with high-speed performance cars. But it’s best-seller is an SUV. The Porsche Cayenne still manages to retain some of the German manufacturer’s ethos however. It’s surprisingly fun to drive for such a big car, whilst the engines all offer tremendous performance. The Cayenne is practical as well, making it a great choice for family buyers. And with a high-spec interior, and comfort no matter what terrain you’re on, the Cayenne is one of the best executive SUVs on the market.
Contemporary design, superb build quality, and impressive practicality.
When you’re buying a car with a Porsche badge on the nose, you expect it to have a high-end interior. The Cayenne does not disappoint. It really makes you feel special behind the wheel. It’s practical as well, and you’ll get decent levels of kit across the range.
The dashboard design of the Cayenne is similar to most other Porsche’s. That means it retains some of the sportiness you might expect from a Porsche. You needn’t worry about usability however. The controls are logically laid out, nicely damped, and easy to use. Across the dash the material quality is excellent, with dense, soft-touch materials featuring in all areas. There’s plenty of practical cubbyholes as well, ideal for the bits and bobs that come with family life.
Though the Cayenne is a Porsche, being an SUV means that it has to impress when it comes to practicality as well. It does. There’s plenty of room in the back seats, even for three tall adults to travel comfortably over long distances. The 670 litre boot capacity is impressive as well, easily outdoing the BMW X6’s (580 litres). There’s more than enough room for a full family’s travel luggage back there. Whilst there’s also additional space under the boot floor.
Equipment levels in the Cayenne are generous, no matter which option you go for. The entry-level model comes fitted as standard with electric leather seats, dual-zone climate control, 18” alloy wheels, cruise control, and a 7” touchscreen infotainment system. Turbo models add a reversing camera, adaptive headlights, and upgraded interior trim. It’s worth noting that options are expensive, but if you’re buying a used model, this won’t be an issue.
Overall the inside of the Cayenne is a great balance between sporty aesthetics, quality, and practicality. There’s very little to complain about here, so if you’re a family buyer who wants an SUV that stands out from the crowd, the Cayenne is one of the best options to consider.
Keeps the feel of a Porsche, without compromising comfort.
The Cayenne might be a big, heavy SUV, but it still manages to retain the character of a Porsche 911. The handling is exquisite, thanks in part to the sharp, responsive steering. There’s plenty of grip as well, thanks to the active four wheel drive system, so you can have fun, whatever the weather. Body roll is also kept well in check for such a big car. All in all, the Porsche Cayenne is easily the best handling car in its class.
Suspension and Chassis
You might think that the Cayenne’s sporty dynamics would make it uncomfortable, but that isn’t the case. Especially if you buy a model with the optional adaptive dampers. British roads are amongst the worst in Europe, but the Cayenne easily irons out even the worst potholes and loose road surfaces. Refinement is also excellent. Even at motorway speeds road, wind, and engine noise are kept to a bare minimum. For such a sporty car, the Cayenne is an impressively relaxed long-distance cruiser.
Gearbox options in the Cayenne come only in one guise. No matter which engine and trim you go for, it’ll be paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It offers smooth acceleration and slick gear changes, making it a great accompaniment to the excellent range of engines, and the sharp handling.
An impressive range of punchy engines.
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Cayenne, you’ve got three options: petrol, petrol-hybrid, and diesel. For most buyers the diesels make most sense. But no matter which one you go for, you’re going to get an impressive power delivery. The hybrid is surprisingly good for the planet as well.
Petrolheads will be particularly interested with the engines on offer in the Cayenne. Though all engines offer more than enough power to put a smile on your face, the quickest is undoubtedly the petrol-powered 4.8 litre V8 Turbo S. It produces a whopping 570bhp and 590lb/ft of torque. And it will slingshot you from 0-62mph in a supercar-slaying 4.1 seconds. To have that pace in a practical family SUV is staggering. Though beware, this model won’t be the cheapest to run day-to-day.
You wouldn’t think that a big, brash sports SUV would appeal to eco-friendly buyers. But the petrol-hybrid E-Hybrid model is better than some city cars. The low emissions of 75g/km of CO2 are remarkable. Tree huggers won’t have to compromise their ethos with a Cayenne. This model is also a great option for money-savers. Not only is it road tax exempt, it can also achieve fuel economy of up to 85.6mpg. OK, the hybrid model is more expensive to buy from new, but if you can pick up a used model you save yourself a lot of money day-to-day.
Whichever engine you go for in your Cayenne, you’re not going to be disappointed. Porsche is a brand that is steeped in motorsport history, and it really shows. There’s plenty of power across the range, and there really is something for everyone.
Not yet tested by NCAP, but packed full of safety kit.
Unfortunately the Porsche Cayenne hasn’t yet been tested by the boffins at NCAP. Probably due to the Cayenne’s sporting character, and expensive list price. But you shouldn’t be too worried. The Cayenne comes laden with standard safety equipment. All models are equipped with a full set of airbags, electronic stability control, hill-start assist, anti-skid technology, and a system that brakes when it spots and upcoming accident. Lane-assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot warning are all optional extras, no matter which Cayenne you go for.
More expensive than rivals, but holds its value better, at least after the first year depreciation hit.
The Porsche Cayenne isn’t a cheap car to buy or run. There’s no getting away from the fact. But it shouldn’t cost you a great deal more than rivals. This does vary between model to model however. Stay away from the super-quick petrols if you value your bank balance, but the diesels offer decent fuel economy for a car in this class. The super-efficient petrol-hybrid is the best in the range, but due to its high list price, it’s only really best enjoyed as a used model.
Insurance groups for the Cayenne again depend on which model you choose to go for. The range starts in group 40 for the entry-level 3.6 Tiptronic S, and climb up towards the maximum group 50 for the supercar-slaying Turbo S model. The Cayenne will be more expensive than some of its rivals to insure, which is something worth bearing in mind.
Though the Cayenne does tend to hold its value well, this is only after the first year. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Porsche Cayenne is one of the best large luxury SUVs on the market. It’s little wonder that it’s Porsche’s best-selling car. Combining the practicality of a large SUV, with the sports-car dynamics of a performance car, the Cayenne really does offer the best of both worlds. It’s not particularly cheap to buy, or to run, but it will hold its value well after the first year. And with its fantastic driving experience, high-spec interior, and impressive range of performance engines, the Cayenne will always leave you grinning from ear to ear.
Buying a used Porsche Cayenne online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Porsche Cayenne for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Cayenne. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Porsche Cayenne online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Cayenne? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Porsche Cayenne, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Cayenne, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Porsche to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.