2020 Porsche Cayenne

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2020 Porsche Cayenne Review

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne combines hellacious engine power and sports-car-like handling with an opulent, roomy interior. However, it comes up short on cargo space. Because it lacks safety ratings, we don't give the Cayenne an overall score or ranking

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engines
  • Carlike handling
  • Opulent interior
  • Roomy, comfortable seats
  • Less cargo space than rivals
  • Some tricky cabin controls
  • Expensive for the class

Research & Ratings

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne is unranked in Luxury Midsize SUVs due to missing safety data. Currently, the Porsche Cayenne's overall score is not available, though its Critics' Rating, Performance score, and Interior score are based on our evaluation of 14 pieces of research and data.

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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.8
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 7.1
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury midsize suvs.
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Reliability:
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Is the Porsche Cayenne a Good SUV?

Yes, the Porsche Cayenne is an excellent luxury midsize SUV. The Cayenne has three lively engine choices, with horsepower topping out at 541. This SUV drives like a smaller car and tackles turns with gusto.

A posh interior with a sleek design, cool technology, and ample passenger room make the Cayenne great for long drives. The most notable downside is a shortage of cargo space compared to the rest of the class. The Cayenne Coupe, which is new for 2020, offers even less room for storage.

Should I Buy the Porsche Cayenne?

You should buy a Porsche Cayenne if you want one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs on the market. However, it'll cost you. A base model starts at almost $67,000, one of the higher retail prices in the class. The S and Turbo models add more powerful engines, increasing the price to $84,300 and $126,500, respectively.

You may also want to consider the Audi Q8 or Mercedes-Benz GLE. Neither SUV quite matches the Cayenne’s driving thrills, but they exceed the Porsche when it comes to luxury, comfort, and technology. They're a little less expensive as well.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Porsche Cayenne?

Buy a new Porsche Cayenne if you’re interested in the new coupe body style, which was introduced for 2020. If you don’t want the coupe, look for a 2019 Cayenne, which is otherwise nearly identical to a new model and likely costs less.

You can save even more money by purchasing a used Cayenne from the previous generation (which ran from 2011 through 2018), but you’ll miss out on the changes that came with the 2019 redesign. For 2019, Porsche dropped the Cayenne Turbo S from its trim lineup, added 35 horsepower to the base engine, and enlarged the touch screen to 12.3 inches (from 7 inches). The Cayenne also gained some available driver assistance features, including a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, and night vision assist.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Cayenne, 2018 Cayenne, and 2019 Cayenne reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 14 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 14 Porsche Cayenne reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2020 Cayenne is the right new car for you. This 2020 Porsche Cayenne review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which launched for 2019.

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How Much Does the Porsche Cayenne Cost?

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne starts at $66,800, which is one of the highest base retail prices in the class, and prices climb fast as you move up the trim ladder. The midrange Cayenne S starts at $84,300, and the Cayenne Turbo comes in at a whopping $126,500.

The new Cayenne Coupe variants of each trim cost several thousand dollars more than their standard counterparts. The base Cayenne Coupe starts at $75,300, the S Coupe is $88,600, and the Turbo Coupe is $130,100.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great deals at your local Porsche dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Porsche deals page.

Porsche Cayenne Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Porsche Cayenne or Audi Q8?

The Audi Q8 rides on the same platform as the Cayenne, but these SUVs are quite different. The Cayenne absolutely dusts the Q8 in performance: The Audi only has one available engine, which can feel sluggish, and it’s the Q8’s handling isn't especially sporty. The Porsche, on the other hand, has a trio of powerful engines and truly dynamic handling. You'll get a little more cargo space with the Q8, and it offers Android Auto, which the Cayenne doesn't. Both of these SUVs have elegant interiors, futuristic infotainment systems, and comparable lists of optional safety equipment. The deciding factor could be price and how you weigh your budget against your priorities. If you want a thrilling drive, get a Cayenne. If you prioritize luxury and comfort over performance, go with the Audi.

Which Is Better: Porsche Cayenne or Mercedes-Benz GLE?

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is fully redesigned, and it sits near the top of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. This Benz has cutting-edge technology and a sumptuous interior. While those are certainly strengths of the Cayenne as well, the GLE does it for less money: Its starting price is less than $54,000, while the Cayenne's is nearly $67,000. Both of these luxury SUVs offer pampered seating, but the GLE is available with an optional – albeit, tiny – third row. You'll also get a lot more cargo space with the Mercedes. The GLE isn’t as athletic as the Cayenne, but it nicely balances a comfortable, stable ride with solid handling. The Cayenne has a more muscular lineup of engines, with horsepower that ranges from 335 to 541, compared to the GLE's 255 to 483. If performance isn't your main goal, you should absolutely consider – and probably buy – a GLE instead of a Cayenne.

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Cayenne Performance

Cayenne Engine: To Each Their Own

The Cayenne lineup consists of three main trims, and all have a different engine. The standard Cayenne comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that produces 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Aided by a slick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, this engine hustles the Cayenne with enthusiasm.

The Porsche Cayenne S features a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 good for 434 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The top dog is the Cayenne Turbo with its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 541 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque.

Both the Cayenne S and Turbo deliver almost otherworldly acceleration, not to mention a growling exhaust note that should make you grin. The Cayenne S can go from zero to 60 mph in just under 5 seconds, while the Turbo does it in less than 4 seconds. Both models are among the fastest SUVs you can buy.

But why stop there? An optional Sport Chrono package lowers the Cayenne S' zero-to-60 time to 4.6 seconds and helps the Turbo go from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. This package includes analog and digital stopwatches, launch control, and an expanded Sport Plus drive mode.

We review the Cayenne E-Hybrid separately.

Cayenne Gas Mileage: Middling to Bad

The Cayenne doesn't exactly impress with its fuel economy. The base model returns an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, which is about average for a luxury midsize SUV.

The good news is that you can enjoy all the extra power of the Cayenne S and sacrifice little in fuel efficiency. That model is rated at 18 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. The Cayenne Turbo falls to 15/19 mpg city/highway.

Cayenne Ride and Handling: Spicy as Cayenne Pepper

Drive a Cayenne, and you might think you're behind the wheel of a smaller sports car instead of a decently sized SUV. Steering is sharp and direct, especially around turns. Standard all-wheel drive helps keep this SUV planted with well-controlled body motions.

Some optional performance upgrades enhance the Cayenne's athleticism. There's dynamic chassis control and rear-wheel steering, the latter of which helps maneuverability in tight spots and provides stability at higher speeds. Ceramic brakes boost already impressive stopping power, and speed-sensitive steering adjusts the weight and feel for how fast you're going.

Some critics say the Cayenne has a slightly stiff ride, but in general, it's well-tuned for a performance-focused drive. If you're concerned about comfort, opt for an adaptive air suspension. That feature can raise ground clearance up to 9.6 inches for light off-roading duties.

Cayenne Towing Capacity

A properly equipped Cayenne can tow up to 7,700 pounds. That's very impressive for a luxury midsize SUV and is comparable to the best compact pickup trucks.

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Cayenne Interior

How Many People Does the Cayenne Seat?

The Porsche Cayenne seats five people. The new Cayenne Coupe seats four, but an additional middle second-row seat is available for no charge. The front seats coddle you with plenty of support, and eight-way power adjustments make it easy to get comfortable. In addition to massaging front seats, you can opt for 14-way or 18-way power-adjustable front sport seats.

The Cayenne and Cayenne Coupe each have ample rear legroom for taller passengers. In the standard Cayenne, the second-row bench can slide back for more space. Headroom is also pretty good in both models. Because of its sloped roof, the Coupe’s rear seats are about an inch lower to make up for the short space above, and some people might have trouble getting in or out of the rear. Both rows of seats are available with heating and ventilation.

Cayenne and Child Car Seats

The Cayenne has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear seats.

Cayenne Interior Quality

Porsche offers a near-endless list of interior customization options for the Cayenne’s top-notch cabin. There are available wood, metal, carbon fiber, and suede accents. Depending on the material, you can have most interior surfaces wrapped in it. Leather seats are standard, and you can opt for upgraded upholstery as well.

Cayenne Cargo Space

If there's a downside to the Cayenne interior, it's cargo space. This Porsche has some of the smallest cargo holds among luxury midsize SUVs. You'll get 27.1 cubic feet of space behind the back seat of the base model. The second row folds down for a maximum of 60.3 cubic feet.

Space is even smaller in the Cayenne Coupe because of its sloping roofline: There's 22 cubic feet behind the second row and 54.3 cubic feet with the seats folded. Cayenne Turbo and Turbo Coupe models have around 1 less cubic foot of cargo space.

Cayenne Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Cayenne features the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system, and it includes a sharp 12.3-inch touch screen. This display makes up most of the center stack and is directly to the right of the steering wheel. The graphics look crisp, and the system responds promptly to your touches. It's also fairly easy to navigate through menus.

Most other functions are controlled by touch-sensitive buttons surrounding the shift knob, and they provide haptic vibration feedback. It can be easy to set them off by mistake as you reach for something else, so they may take some getting used to.

Apple CarPlay comes standard in the Cayenne, but there's no support for Android Auto. Satellite radio, navigation, four USB ports, and a 10-speaker stereo are also standard. Options include a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo, a 21-speaker Burmester surround-sound system, a panoramic roof, quad-zone automatic climate control, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

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Cayenne Reliability

Is the Porsche Cayenne Reliable?

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne has a slightly above average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Porsche Cayenne Warranty

Porsche covers the Cayenne with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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Cayenne Safety

Cayenne Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 Porsche Cayenne. That's common for luxury and performance vehicles.

Cayenne Safety Features

The Porsche Cayenne comes standard with front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Optional driver assistance equipment includes adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, a surround-view parking camera system, a head-up display, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, night vision assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

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Cayenne Dimensions and Weight

The Porsche Cayenne is around 16.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,582 to 5,056 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Built?

Porsche builds the 2020 Cayenne in Slovakia.

Which Porsche Cayenne Model Is Right for Me?

The Porsche Cayenne is available in three main trims: base, S, and Turbo, and each has a distinct engine. In addition to the standard body style, the Cayenne is also available as a coupe. It still has four doors, but it comes with a sloped rear roof and less cargo space. The Cayenne Coupe also only comes with four seats, but an additional middle second-row seat is available. Standard and optional features are mostly the same between trims, so your choice will likely be based on the engine.

The Cayenne is also available as a hybrid, which we cover in a separate review.

Trims differ in price by tens of thousands of dollars, so you'll have to decide if the extra horsepower is worth it. For many shoppers, it likely won't be, so stick with a base model and use the savings to add extra features. All models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.

The list of optional features in any Cayenne model is miles long and is made up of convenience, performance, and appearance upgrades. We cover some popular add-ons below. Other features may be available as individual options or require the purchase of additional equipment.

Porsche Cayenne

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne starts at $66,800, and the Cayenne Coupe is $75,300. This trim comes with a 335-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine. Standard features include leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front sport seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a power liftgate.

The standard Porsche Communication Management infotainment system features a 12.3-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, navigation, four USB ports, a 10-speaker stereo, and Bluetooth.

The Premium Package costs $6,470. It adds adaptive headlights, a panoramic roof, heated front seats, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, auto-dimming mirrors, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo, proximity keyless entry, and blind spot monitoring. The Premium Package Plus ($8,950) contains all of the above features, as well as quad-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

The $6,240 Assistance package includes a surround-view parking camera system, a head-up display, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, night vision assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Individual options include massaging front seats, ventilated rear seats, power rear sunshades, a 21-speaker Burmester surround-sound system, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Optional performance upgrades include an off-road package, an electronically controlled suspension, an adaptive air suspension, dynamic chassis control, rear-wheel steering, a sport exhaust, ceramic-coated or full ceramic brakes, speed-sensitive steering, and the Sport Chrono package.

Porsche Cayenne S

The Porsche Cayenne S features a 434-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine. The only other notable difference from the base model is the addition of a panoramic roof. Prices start at $84,300 for the standard S and $88,600 for the Coupe.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo comes with a 541-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine and gains 18-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo. The standard Turbo starts at $126,500, and the Coupe Turbo starts at $130,100.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Porsche dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Porsche deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne combines a thrilling driving experience with a high-end interior, comfortable seating, and a long list of features. However, it comes up short on cargo space compared to its luxury midsize SUV rivals and is very expensive.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "There are few vehicles — high-performance luxury SUVs or otherwise — that are as well-rounded as the Porsche Cayenne. Whether you're looking for an SUV that's practical or slinky — or fast or fuel-efficient (or all four!) — there's a Cayenne variant to suit your needs." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2020 Porsche Cayenne … [bests] virtually every other SUV when it comes to being fun to drive. It also offers a diverse selection of models, powertrains and, for 2020, body styles, thanks to the new Cayenne Coupe. Inside, there's easy-to-use technology, sensational build quality and an endless array of customization options." -- Autoblog
  • "The Cayenne Coupe arrives in the U.S. … with three powertrains, additional standard equipment, and a host of options, ready to take the fight to the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. And on first impressions, it's the best of the bunch." -- Motor Trend

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: January 17, 2020

Surging Sales: Sales of the Porsche Cayenne skyrocketed by 77 percent in 2019 relative to 2018. In fact, Porsche dealers sold more Cayennes through the first seven months last year than all of 2018. Even so, the class sales leading Lexus RX still outsold the Cayenne almost 6 to 1. 

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