2015 Porsche Cayenne Review – why you’d love to drive one
Lighter on fuel than ever before
No other SUV is this comfortable
Yes it is a bit expensive
Even though fuel consumption improved, it is still considered heavy
Insurance are not exactly cheap for these vehicles.
The all new 2015 Porsche Cayenne is a super fast vehicle and although there are many others to compete with it in it’s category, it is truly one of the a best-handling SUVs available on the market. Well that is certainly what people say in the USA and Dubai, where test driving has really put it to a tough test.
The 2015 Porsche Cayenne now comes with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine or a choice of the all powerful a twin-turbo V8. Then there is also the option of a hybrid powertrain and a turbodiesel V6, which is useful for those of us who are environmentally friendly (all I hope). On the drag race pull-away, both the V6 and 8 are fast, but really: there is very few cars that compare to the V8 when it is dragged raced. Now as for consumption, the twin-turbo V6 will deliver an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg for the city and highway respectively – a great improvement.
Now both the diesel and hybrid models will go further in terms of fuel consumption Cayenne S but then again the Cayenne Diesel and the Cayenne S E-Hybrid are not far behind, but their hybrid models will save you a lot more. The steering is super responsive and whilst it feels nice and high, you would never think it is a rugged SUV vehicle. It is as comfortable as any luxury sedan can be, which is where the versatility comes in. To compliment the already rich features, you will find that the interior, consisting of leather, metal and other luxury materials makes the car feel like a lounge. To top that off – you will enjoy the sound system as if you are in a home cinema – well that is at least if your rear seats are fitted with small screens, which is available from dealers. It is worth noting that optional features go a long way: The 2015 Cayenne is already fitted with a USB port, HD Radio, Bluetooth and navigation with a 7-inch touch screen. But then the optional items can turn this care into a real playground for you can choose: either a Burmester or Bose audio system, with a rear-seat entertainment system, front and rear parking sensors, a bird’s-eye camera system to help with parking maneuvers, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.
Be aware: If you’ve never driven a fast car before – this is a stunner! It will leave inferior models such as the British Range Rover very far behind. The only SUV that keeps up with it on speed, seems to be the BMW X7.
In terms of how strong you’d want the beast to be, here are the options for Porsche Cayenne engine sizes:
- Engine: Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8 4.8 L/293
- Horsepower: 520 @ 6000
- Torque: 553 @ 2250 4.8 L/293
- Should cost you less than $115K
- Engine: Intercooled Turbo Diesel V-6 3.0 L/181
- Horsepower: 240 @ 3500
- Torque: 406 @ 1750 3.0 L/181
- Should cost you less than $62K
- Engine: Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6 3.6 L/220
- Horsepower: 420 @ 6000
- Torque: 406 @ 1350 3.6 L/220
- Should cost you less than $75K
Head over to your nearest Porsche dealer to test drive a new one – you may even want to consider a second hand one, these vehicles are great and they last long. Just make sure you can afford the insurance, it can be high if you’re under 25.