Which Cayenne does Champion-porsche recommend?
If we're able to put our top-performance urges apart, the Cayenne S comes with an excellent balance of luxury, affordablity and performance. While it lacks the outright speed of the Turbo and even the E-Hybrid, we like its delicate styling, feature content and great functionality.
The 2019 Porsche Cayenne has been redesigned from front side to back and now has more of a resemblance to the 911 than ever before. Power from every available engine has been enhanced and there is a new Cayenne E-Hybrid, that replaces previous year's S E-Hybrid. Porsche has even managed to make the Cayenne weigh less than the last year.
Inside, the Cayenne sees an updated interior, complete with a 12.3-inch touchscreen for control over the majority of the SUV's systems. It's very similar to the one found in the current Panamera. The device panel, too, has been modified with a couple of 7-inch multi-function digital screens. The luggage area has been made larger for 2019, too.
Of course, Porsche still provides a variety of customization choices for every Cayenne. Combos can seem almost limitless including a wide range of colors, wheels, interior materials and performance-related improvements. But all of these alternatives can shoot the cost straight into orbit.
Because well-rounded as the Porsche Cayenne may be, there are some downsides to consider. We consider the back seat and luggage area to be adequate, but other SUVs in the class offer more space. And some characteristics, which are standard on competing firms, are pricey options on the Cayenne. But we've been fans of the Porsche Cayenne, but with the improvements Porsche made to the 2019 model, we have no reason at all to change our point of view.
Notably, we picked the 2019 Porsche Carenne as one of Edmunds' Best Luxury SUVs(Sports utility vehicles) for this year.
For more background about the new Cayenne, read our 2019 Cayenne First Look, 2019 Cayenne First Drive and 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid First Look.
Porsche Cayenne Models
The 2019 Porsche Cayenne is a 5-passenger midsize SUV offered in 4 trim levels: base, S, E-Hybrid and Turbo. These trim levels mainly differ by what vehicle engine is under the bonnet, though they do generally include a few extra features with each step up as well. All come with 4 wheel drive and an eight- speed automatic transmission.
The base Cayenne is nothing to sneeze at, with plenty of performance coming from its turbocharged 3.0L V6 engine (335 horsepower, 332 lb-ft). Nineteeninch wheels are standard, just like LED headlights, partially leather seats along with a 12.4inch touchscreen display, amongst other features.
The Cayenne S includes a panoramic roof, tinted tail lights, PASM of Porsche Active Suspension Management, an adaptive suspension, a two-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine (434 hp, 406 lb-ft), and different 19" wheels.
The E-Hybrid is run by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine assisted by an electric motor (455 hp, 516 lb-ft combined). A plug-in hybrid, the E-Hybrid can drive about 43 Kms on all electric power prior to the fuel engine starts. It adds PASM and the Sport Chrono package as standard gear.
In the Turbo model a twin-turbo V8 engine (541 hp, 561 lb-ft) engine is installed in place of the V6 engine. Over and above the typical Cayenne, the turbo comes with upgraded front sport seats, a 14-speaker Bose sound system, front and rear heated seats, upgraded brakes, an air suspension with PASM, adaptive LED headlights and a panoramic sunroof.
Porsche Cayenne 2019
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Various features that come on higher trim ranges can be purchased as stand-alone options. In fact, like other Porsches, the Cayenne is among the most customizable vehicles you can buy.
After that you have a lot more choices from a dizzying choices list. It starts with 2 main deals - Premium Package and Premium Plus Package - and then goes to a huge list of stand-alone options. All serve to enhance the Cayenne's performance, interior and exterior style, safety, comfort, audio and technology. All for a price, obviously.
Each suv typically is available in different variations that are fundamentally the same. The ratings in this overview are driven by our complete test of the Porsche Cayenne w/ Air Suspension and 21-inch wheels (turbo 3.0L V6.
Big SUVs are not expected to feel so fast, however when that SUV puts on a Porsche logo, it's assumed. The Cayenne unspools steady streams of power from any double-digit speed and has surprisingly endless grip in curves. The steering is bulkier than a family SUV requires, and just the brakes feel less than seamless.
Porsche's secret sauce for combining athletic and confident handling with a firm and comfortable luxury quality of ride is fully demonstrated in the Cayenne. The regular seats available remain comfortable over long journey for a number of body types. There is some noise but little vibration. But you will want to keep a hand fan within reach. Hot and cool air dribbles weakly through the air vents at lower fan speeds.
A wide range of driving postures and spacious quarters allow the Cayenne to feel both like a adequate sports vehicle or a more conventional SUV. It's easy to slide in and out of, also with the rear "stadium-style" seating. The unique exterior shape makes looking out the rear sides a challenge, though.
Cargo area is on the low side, and internal storage space is a mixed bag, but there's enough here to give the Cayenne real everyday usefulness. A 40/20/40-split foldable back seat boosts versatility, and the optional air suspensions comes in useful to lower the load floor height for big and heavy items. It isn't a inexpensive option but really worth it for bulky cargo users.
Newly designed infotainment is a highlight of this refreshed Cayenne, and the wide touchscreen is the centerpiece. It's one of the best interfaces in the class, easy and intuitive and highly configurable. A more comprehensive variety of voice commands, the addition of Android Auto, and at least some basic standard driver assistance features would make the system a lot better.