2019 Porsche Cayenne review – the ultimate performance SUV? | What Car?

2019 Porsche Cayenne review – the ultimate performance SUV? | What Car?

An SUV is a purely practical car right?
And it prioritises space and comfort over white-knuckle driving thrills? Wrong, says Porsche, because it’s Cayenne can do both. The first two generations were really
successful, the first one was launched in 2002. Since then, everyone from Jaguar
to Lamborghini has launched an SUV! So, this third generation faces some stiff
competition, and has the hardest job it’s had to date. In this video review, we’ll
tell you what it’s like to drive, how easy it is to live with, and which
version you should buy, and remember we can help save you money on your next new
car. Just visit our New Car Buying section on whatcar.com. First of all
though, let’s take it for a drive! [Music] There’s no slow version of the Cayenne.
Kicking off the range is a three-litre V6 turbocharged petrol which has 335
brake horsepower. It’s plenty quick, but it does feel slightly strained when
you get to the end of its rev range. Then, there’s the plug-in ‘E-Hybrid’ which
does 27 miles on electric power alone. It’s perfect if you’re driving around
town, but don’t expect the same fuel economy as a Toyota Prius! Then, there’s the ’S’, which we’re driving today, which also has a V6 petrol engine
but is twin-turbocharged, and you can definitely feel the difference lower
down the rev range. It is much quicker. After that, is the frankly
bonkers ‘Cayenne Turbo’, which has a V8 under the bonnet, and impressive performance – as
much as you would expect from a modern supercar! It also has running costs to
match. You’ll notice that there aren’t any diesels on that list, and there won’t be
for a long time, so if it’s a long distance cruiser that you’re looking for, you may
wish to look elsewhere. As standard the Cayenne, E-Hybrid, and S models, come on steel
springs. But air suspension is available as an option, and it comes as standard on
the Turbo. You can set the air suspension to three levels of stiffness, but even in
comfort mode the ride has a firm edge without being harsh. In fact, we’d
recommend opting for the air suspension if you can, because steel springs can be
too firm for some. The Cayenne is big and bulky, but it hides its size well through
the corners. It has plenty of grip and there’s plenty of feedback through the
steering wheel, so keen drivers will not be disappointed.
Although most owners won’t venture off-road, it’s good to know that the odd
muddy track or field will not present itself to be a problem. No matter your size or shape, you should find a comfortable driving position.
Posher versions get a plethora of adjustment in the steering wheel and
also in the seat. Be warned, the standard seats don’t come with lumbar support, so
it is worth specifying those more expensive seats. Forward visibility, and visibility
out of the back, is excellent, thanks to a high seating position. If you do need
extra help for parking though, you can spec a reversing camera. In terms of
material quality, it’s excellent, and there isn’t any hard scratchy plastic in sight,
which is fantastic. All the major controls are easy to get to, some of the
minor controls, however, are hidden in this touch menu – which is a little slow
to respond. What is quick to respond however, is this 12.3-inch
touchscreen, which comes with many different functions, some of the smaller
icons are quite hard to hit whilst you’re driving along. There’s smartphone
mirroring for Apple CarPlay, but I’m afraid Android users there is no Android
Auto. What you can do however is download the Porsche app, find a destination, and
you can send that to the car. If that’s a compromise enough for you. The Cayenne is a
large luxury SUV, so it’s no surprise that it’s spacious,
even if you’re really tall and you spec the panoramic sunroof. You will still
find that there’s plenty of headroom. Also, being a wide car, it means you’re
not rubbing elbows with the person next to you. There’s also plenty of storage
spaces, so there’s two cupholders here, there’s large door bins, and more storage
underneath the armrest, and a decent sized glovebox, no banana this time though! Move into these rear seats and you’ll
find that there’s plenty of head and legroom, especially if you’re only five
foot four and a half, like me. All jokes aside, six-footers will also be fine,
although you do get more room in an Audi Q7. However, you can sit three people
side-by-side – although the person sitting in the middle seat does sit a little
taller than the two either side – and if you’re not using the middle seat, you’ve
got two cupholders here, and again you’ve got some decent sized door bins! As for boot size, well that is a match for Audi Q7, and if you fold down the rear
seats it creates even more space. There is a small load lip, however, it’s a really
wide opening and a very usable space. A word of warning though, if you go for the
‘E-Hybrid’ you do lose a hundred litres of boot space. The cleanest version of the
Cayenne, is the ‘E-Hybrid’ but don’t expect to see any better than 35 miles per gallon
in real-world conditions. You will however, pay less company car tax, thanks
to the lower CO2 emissions. Thankfully the Cayenne is predicted to hold onto its
value well, which is great news if you’re thinking about buying with cash, or on a
PCP deal. Even the standard Cayenne gets a decent haul of kit, sat-nav, Apple CarPlay,
LED headlights, dual zone climate control, an electric tailgate, all come as standard.
You’ll probably want to add a few options so we’d recommend full leather
seats, and air suspension too. Our recommended ’S’ models get a bit more kit,
as well as large alloy wheels, and a meatier exhaust. Every Cayenne comes with
automatic emergency braking – with pedestrian detection – as standard.
If you’d like to spec it up further with safety equipment, you can pick technology
such as Lane Keeping Assistance, and nighttime vision camera. The Cayenne is a big
SUV that’s both rapid and luxurious. Sure some of its rivals are more comfortable,
however, its powerful engines and sharp handling give plenty for keen drivers to
love about Porsche’s flagship SUV. For plenty more on the Cayenne, including our
full online review, head to whatcar.com, remember we can help save you some money,
just go to our New Car Buying section if you’re thinking about buying one, and
before you go anywhere, hit subscribe and never miss another video! [Music]

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. don't understand why they dont do Android Auto because that is the only way to get Google maps which is by far the best navigation app.

  2. Aaaand no diesel still. Big mistake by Porsche dropping those brilliant engines that they had. Otherwise it’s a great car if you don’t mind the poor fuel economy.

  3. Brilliant review Rebecca. You seem to have improved your delivery in reviewing the car better not that the it was bad before, keep it up.

  4. Great review, thank you. It was really relaxing to watch. If only I had the money to buy such a car. Very nice lady with a lovely delivery helps, though.

  5. Bmw Porsche no android auto shocking really it will cost nothing to put in their infotaiment . Snob really

  6. She's really got rid of that awful Quentin Wilson type of delivery she used to do all the time. Sounds really nice and natural now – very easy on the ear. Good job Rebecca!

  7. Hmm…didn't know my comment was highlighted, just airing a view. Mind you, I would love to have dinner with Rebecca and talk cars and other interesting topics:) One can dream…

  8. OMG, how have I not seen Rebecca Jackson before on my YouTube travels! Absolutely gorgeous and those legs in the back seat….WOW!
    I'm definitely a subscriber now! More please.

  9. Love it, i think you would like my music for your videos as well, perhaps you would be intersted to use my music for your next video? Keep up the good work!

  10. Lovely review. Hate cars like this. Blocking up the roads and my view. From Carbuyer to Telegraph and here, I'll follow. Beautiful lips.

  11. Those wheels are ugly imo & the cost of options on Porsche’s(some of which that base Hyundai’s & Kia’s come with as standard) is absurd!

  12. Rebecca you did slow down your delivery. Thumbs up. No diesel offering is a big mistake. I have one and the diesel model is fantastic

  13. This video feels so outdated dont know why. I thought this video was made in 2005 but then i realized that the car is 2018 model

  14. She mentioned the air suspension. I have an older Cayenne S (2009) and it's useless in Colorado without the air suspension. Raising the ride height for going off road and deep snow is really necessary. I've never understood huge wheels on an SUV but I see far too many Cayennes with 20" wheels.

  15. I know people that are spending this much for a vehicle just have endless wads of disposable cash at hand but I’ve used the Porsche configurator and the price Porsche charges for what they consider “upgrades” is truly outrageous

  16. i could not concentrate….. i was watching to see if her skirt edged up a few more inches….. jeans or trousers in future i think…….

  17. Guys don’t spent £100,000 on a car that’s a fools decision, it’s going to do nothing but depreciate rapidly and you will become poor quickly.

  18. Thats what I thought its a bit ridiculous . Cars half this price have them as standard Porsche are really taking the chicken

  19. Can't understand exactly why but I haven't seen any videos from Rebecca recently. Delighted to see this one and enjoyed her new presentation style a lot.

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