The third-generation Cayenne, launched in 2018, is the best-looking and most technologically-advanced yet. Latest addition to the range is the Cayenne Hybrid, which offers a combined 456bhp and can travel up to 27 miles in pure EV zero-emissions mode.
The 3.0 litre turbocharged V6 engine produces 250 kW (340 hp), gradually delivering power and torque as it picks up speed. The maximum torque of the 10 0kW (136 hp) electric motor is immediately available, however. The result: an enormous total system torque of 700 Nm. Pure sports car performance.
The drivetrain of the Cayenne Hybrid includes a 3.0-litre V6 engine which produces 250 kW (340 hp), coupled with a 100kW (136 hp) electric motor. Under full throttle they combine to catapult the Porsche from 0-62mph in just 5.0 seconds, and on to a top speed of 157mph. A new eight-speed transmission offers faster and smoother shifts than ever before.
In Sport mode the water-cooled 14.1kWh battery is constantly replenished so the additional torque of the electric motor is always available, while in Sport Plus a more aggressive programme can use virtually all the battery’s power in a boost.
In pure electric EV mode, the top speed is limited to 84mph and maximum range is 27 miles. According to the New European Driving Cycle, mpg is rated at up to 88mpg.
Fully charging the battery via a 230V connection takes around 8 hours, or less than two and a half hours if an optional 7.2kW on-board charger is fitted. The car’s charge rate can be managed remotely via a Porsche Connect app.
The Cayenne has evolved into a very handsome luxury SUV. The latest generation has broader shoulders than the previous model, giving a more muscular, athletic and dynamic impression. Other Porsche design signatures include a prominent front wing, sloping 911-style bonnet and deep front apron with broad triple air intakes.
The doors have been restyled, the roofline sweeps smoothly down to the tailgate and the rear end treatment with its horizontal LED taillight strip is clean, sharp and appealing. The interior has been radically updated too, with a new HD 12-inch touchscreen and touch-sensitive, glass-look console controls. Distinguishing features of the Cayenne Hybrid include brake callipers in Acid Green as well as "E-Hybrid" badging on the front wings and tailgate.
The collision and brake assist system detects an imminent collision with cars, pedestrians or cyclists and alerts the driver by means of a visual and audible warning, followed by a brake jolt, if the vehicle approaches cars, pedestrians or cyclists too quickly. The driver's own braking is then reinforced, down to a complete halt if necessary. If the driver fails to respond, an emergency stop is automatically initiated to avoid a collision or reduce its impact.
Adaptive Cruise Control maintains a set distance from the vehicle in front, braking all the way down to a halt if necessary before resuming the set speed when the road is clear. Other safety features include Lane Assist with traffic sign recognition.
The Cayenne Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient model in the line-up, yet when you take full advantage of the combination of combustion engine and electric motor, it’s faster to 62mph than the Cayenne S. For the owner whose weekday commute is a short urban journey, but who still wants the thrilling performance of Porsche’s sporty SUV on the open road, it’s a tempting option and one that broadens the appeal of the Cayenne family.
|Vehicle Length||4,918 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1,983 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1,696 mm|
|Unladen Weight (DIN)||2,295 kg|
|Engine / Cylinders||3.0 litre/V6|
450Nm @ 1,340 - 5,300 rpm
|Max Power||340hp @ 5,300 - 6,400 rpm|
|Top Speed||157 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph in 5.0 Seconds (With Performance Start)|
|Combined Cycle||3.4 - 3.2 l/100 km|
|CO2||78 - 72 g/km|