The third-generation Porsche Cayenne guarantees extra consolation, higher refinement and extra tech, in addition to an excellent sharper driving expertise – however can it ship on UK roads?
There are 4 petrol-powered Cayennes to select from, spanning the usual 336bhp Three.Zero-litre V6 by means of to the range-topping Turbo with its 543bhp V8. In between, you’ll discover the 455bhp plug-in e-Hybrid, and this: the 434bhp twin-turbo V6 Cayenne S.
Other than the Turbo, the S is the most costly Cayenne on sale. At £68,330, it prices £1,202 greater than the e-Hybrid. So it should be faster, proper? Er, no. It’ll do Zero-62mph in 5.2 seconds, which is 2 tenths of a second slower than the heavier hybrid. Unusual…
So the S looks as if a little bit of a pointless mannequin within the vary. However how does the remainder of the Cayenne stack up? Briefly: brilliantly. Whereas earlier Porsche fashions have come up quick in terms of trip consolation, the brand new mannequin is a much more compliant and convincing proposition.
Regardless of the all-round multi-link suspension, the Cayenne nonetheless received’t glide over bumps. That is the sportiest of sports activities utility autos, in spite of everything, so that you anticipate a strong reference to the highway. However the brand new 4D chassis management with adaptive air chambers has taken consolation up a notch, so that you’ll now arrive at your vacation spot stirred somewhat than shaken.
In S trim, this can be a automotive that weighs a shade over two tonnes, but it feels darty and agile from behind the wheel. The steering feels weighty and responsive, and it’s arduous to detect any physique roll – thanks partly to the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Management digital roll stabilisation system. All this despite the very fact the newest Cayenne stands at nearly 1.7m tall.
In the event you spec the Sport Chrono Package deal you’ll get a dial on the steering wheel to decide on between Consolation, Sport, Sport Plus or Particular person drive modes, permitting you to personalise the automotive to your required settings. A button within the centre will maximise engine efficiency, too.
The 2 turbos do their bit to make the V6 responsive from any revs, whereas the engine notice is nearly growly sufficient to sound fascinating. Take issues straightforward, nonetheless, and it’s close to sufficient as quiet as any SUV at this worth.
Sadly, even at cruising velocity we didn’t handle to match the claimed 30.1mpg; low to mid-20s was nearer the norm – additional taking part in into the e-Hybrid’s palms. The excessive CO2 emissions received’t actually have an effect on non-public consumers, however make sure the S falls additional out of favour for firm automotive drivers.
Porsche continues to run Audi shut in terms of inside high quality, and the Cayenne could be very properly put collectively. The agency has given the cabin a whole tech makeover, too, with a beautiful, flush-fitting 12.Three-inch HD touchscreen within the centre of the dashboard. In entrance of the motive force sits the standard large, daring, analogue rev counter, but it surely’s now flanked by two seven-inch full-HD shows.
As can also be conventional in a Porsche, there’s a little bit of button overload on the centre console, and neither the touchscreen nor the opposite controls are as straightforward to make use of as in rival fashions. Apple CarPlay is offered, which makes life simpler, however robust luck when you use a Google-powered telephone, as Android Auto isn’t but supported. Porsche Join will make it easier to profit from possession, although – and possibly promote you some extra apps, too.
The Cayenne stays the Porsche for households, nonetheless. Rivals could also be obtainable with seven seats, however by avoiding the thought of a 3rd row, the Cayenne provides first rate house for 5 adults. The boot extends from 770 to 1,710-litres with a flat and huge load entrance, as properly.