Allround rating: 4/5
The Porsche Cayenne is a five seat mid-size luxury crossover manufactured by the German manufacturer Porsche since 2002, with North American sales beginning in 2003. Its platform was developed by Porsche and is shared with the Volkswagen Touareg and the Audi Q7. It is the first V8-engined vehicle built by Porsche since 1995, when the Porsche 928 was discontinued. Since 2008, all engines have featured direct injection technology. Thanks to its all-wheel-drive system, razor-sharp steering and superb brakes, the Porsche Cayenne demonstrates surprising dexterity around corners. The current car isn't quite as adept off-road as the original Cayenne, but we can't imagine many people will care. Several engines are offered, and I generally recommend springing for one of the V8 models, as they are the only ones truly up to the task of getting the heavy Cayenne moving with the alacrity befitting a Porsche. Be it new or used, however, the Cayenne is one of the best luxury SUVs you can get.
Driving Experience & Specifications
Look at other V8-powered performance SUVs in the segment, and the Porsche stands out as the most expensive. Between the Audi Q7 4.2 quattro, BMW X5 xDrive50i, Mercedes-Benz ML550 4MATIC and Range Rover Sport HSE, only the aging Audi breaks the 60.000 mark for base prices. None offer the outright performance of the Cayenne, and its flexibility in delivering off-road thrills too. Porsche Cayenne Turbo S: 4,8L Biturbo producing a mighty 550HP, has a topspeed of 275Km/h and best known for its perfect acceleration, this beast will bring you from 0-100 in just 4,8s. Want more? 0-200 in only 16,4s!!