Porsche Cayenne review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Superior refinement, plenty of toys and lots of luggage space make the Cayenne a great travelling companion
You sit relatively low in the Porsche Cayenne, in cosseting sports style seats which provide plenty of comfort for long journeys while offering good support if you’re cornering hard. Turbo models feature 18-way electronic adjustment, and with a wide range of steering wheel adjustment the cabin will be able to accommodate most people comfortably.
Yet in spite of its superb handling capabilities, the latest Cayenne works remarkably well as a refined and relaxed cruiser, with only muted road roar from those big tyres and little in the way of wind noise to upset the calm. The air suspension offers a ride that’s smooth and refined too, and with the premium materials and build quality of the cabin providing a suitably upmarket experience, driver and passengers should be happy for hours at a stretch.
The Cayenne is a big car that takes up a lot of room on the road. At 4,918mm long, 1,696mm high and 1,983mm wide, it has a similar footprint to the Range Rover Sport. The British rival is a few mms taller than the Cayenne, and a little shorter nose-to-tail, but there’s not much in it and the Porsche is about average size for this class. The Coupe model sits slightly longer and wider at 4,939mm and 2,194mm, respectively, and predictably lower at 1,653mm.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
In spite of a relatively lowered roofline, the sporty, low driving position – for an SUV at least – ensures all but the tallest occupants have plenty of space above their heads. Legroom is good in both front and rear seats, but the high transmission tunnel means front-seat occupants don’t get quite the same sense of airy spaciousness at their elbows that more upright SUVs provide. The rear seats are comfortable, and the bench slides forward and back so you can trade-off legroom against extra luggage space. There’s no seven-seat option, though.
The Porsche Cayenne’s boot space is rated at an impressive 745 litres for the least spacious Turbo model, while the standard version can accommodate 770 litres, and up to 1,710 litres with the rear seats folded down. The rear bench splits 40:20:40, and slides 16mm fore and aft to maximise luggage space. The E-Hybrid has slightly less boot space, at 645 litres (seats up) and 1,610 litres (seats down).
The Porsche Cayenne can claim an impressive range of towing capacities. The majority of models can pull 3,500kg, which is on a par with the latest Land Rover Discovery.
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 technologyInside and out, the new Cayenne has a contemporary feel that reflects its leading edge tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingSuperior 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