Porsche Cayenne review - Interior, design and technology
Inside and out, the new Cayenne has a contemporary feel that reflects its leading edge tech
The exterior design of the latest Porsche Cayenne is certainly evolutionary, and some might even call it predictable. It’s both longer and lower than its predecessor, but still the Cayenne’s five-door profile is unmistakable. However, the new bodywork seems to be draped more tautly over that new shared platform, and the car has a more contemporary feel with its LED headlamps, and more sharply contoured roofline.
While the front end retains a classic Porsche Cayenne look with those 911 inspired headlamps, long swooping bonnet with power dome, and aggressive trio of large air intakes, the rear has been more comprehensively revamped. Changes there include a full-width light strip with LED taillights, and overall the Cayenne has a more broad-shouldered and muscular feel, giving it a closer family resemblance to the Panamera.
The exterior design of the Cayenne Coupé incorporates more sweeping lines; stretching from the headlights, via the ventilated roof spoiler, to the taillight strip and onto the adaptive rear spoiler. The wide body adds to the sporty feel, while a panoramic fixed glass roof ensures passengers don't feel too enclosed, particularly with the lower roof line.
Turbo models are distinguished by their 21-inch alloy wheel design, quad exhausts and colour-coded wheel arch extensions.
Inside, the changes have been even more profound, and the new interior has clearly been inspired by that in the latest Panamera saloon - although it’s definitely been configured around the driver. There’s a wide, low-profile dashboard with a big 12-inch touchscreen at its centre, while the multifunction steering wheel sits in front of a classic Porsche instrument binnacle. The large central rev counter is still present, but a pair of high-resolution displays flanking it can be configured by the driver to display instruments, maps or other info.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The Porsche Advanced Cockpit is new to all Cayenne variants, and features a glass-effect panel at the centre of the console with touch sensitive buttons for fast access to major vehicle functions. The Porsche Communication Management system sits above with its high-definition 12-inch touchscreen, and with Porsche Connect you get Apple CarPlay connectivity and a range of around 20 apps for communications, entertainment and information.
The standard Sound Package Plus is a 10-speaker audio system with 150 Watts of power, but you can upgrade to either the 710-Watt BOSE Surround Sound System, or for real audiophiles a Burmester High End 3D Surround Sound System with 21 speakers.
In this review
- 1VerdictSports car performance and full-size SUV practicality meet in the physics-defying Porsche Cayenne
- 2Engines, performance and driveAstonishing Turbo acceleration is backed by unexpectedly involving handling – even by Porsche standards
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Cayenne is a premium SUV so running costs will be high; look to the hybrid models for improved value
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingInside and out, the new Cayenne has a contemporary feel that reflects its leading edge tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceSuperior refinement, plenty of toys and lots of luggage space make the Cayenne a great travelling companion
- 6Reliability and SafetyNew safety technology delivers a great Euro NCAP result, and the reliability reputation is strong, too