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MSRP: $65,700 - 124,600

9.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 7.7
Safety: TBD
Reliability: TBD

2019 Porsche Cayenne Review

The redesigned 2019 Porsche Cayenne finishes near the top of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. Its features a nice interior, but it really stands out for being one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs on the market.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful turbocharged engines
  • Athletic handling
  • Comfortable seats and cabin
  • Subpar cargo capacity

Is the Porsche Cayenne a Good SUV?

The Porsche Cayenne is a great SUV. It offers three powerful engines, the largest of which bestows sports-car-like performance on the Cayenne. This Porsche rides smoothly and handles far better than most rivals. The interior features an eye-catching cabin and comfortable seats, though it has less cargo space than most competitors. The Cayenne also offers plenty of features.

Should I Buy the Porsche Cayenne?

The Cayenne costs more than most competitors, so while it's a great vehicle, it's not necessarily a great value. This Porsche isn't the only SUV in the class that's fun to drive, and some rivals have more-opulent interiors. With that in mind, some shoppers may want to save some money and consider alternatives like the BMW X5 and Audi Q7.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Porsche Cayenne?

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne is redesigned, meaning that it's the first – and so far, only – model of its generation. For 2019, Porsche dropped a few trims from the lineup (at least for now), including the Cayenne Turbo S, which offered the most powerful engine in previous years. The base engine now has 35 more horsepower than in 2018.

The 2019 model has more cargo space with the rear seats up, though maximum capacity is actually down slightly. The 2019's center stack has a noticeably less-busy look, as Porsche eliminated many of the physical buttons for infotainment functions and enlarged the touch screen. There are also some new driver assistance features for 2019, including a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, and night vision assist.

It's possible to save money by shopping for a used Cayenne, just know that you won't get the benefits of the vehicle's redesign. If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Cayenne review to help you decide if you can live without the 2019 model's extra power and new features.

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How Much Does the Porsche Cayenne Cost?

Most SUVs in this class cost far less than the Cayenne, though a few class rivals approach or exceed this Porsche's $65,700 base price. Prices quickly skyrocket if you want one of the larger engines. Cayenne S models start at $82,900, and Cayenne Turbo models start at $124,600. Among luxury midsize SUVs, only the Tesla Model X carries a higher price tag for its top trim.

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Porsche Cayenne Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Porsche Cayenne or BMW X5?

The BMW X5 is another luxury midsize SUV with a reputation as a fun-to-drive vehicle. The Cayenne has a more powerful base engine, but the BMW X5 M puts out 567 horsepower – more than any Cayenne. Both of these German SUVs handle extremely well and feature well-built cabins. The X5 may be a touch more upscale inside, and it offers a third row (the Cayenne doesn't). The X5's front seats are arguably the best in the class, and the BMW offers a ton of features, though the Porsche has a larger touch screen. The X5 also has more cargo space and a lower starting price. These are both great vehicles, but the BMW's lower price tag makes it a better buy.

Which Is Better: Porsche Cayenne or Audi Q7?

Like the Cayenne and X5, the Audi Q7 is a German SUV that finishes near the top of our class rankings. It costs far less than the Cayenne, however, which is a big feather in the Q7's cap. Both the Cayenne and Q7 come standard with all-wheel drive, but the Audi doesn't have nearly the horsepower of its Porsche rival. Still, both of these SUVs handle winding roads with ease. Inside, the Q7 is arguably the nicest vehicle in the class. It's opulent and spacious, and it offers a third row of seats. This is another showdown between two great SUVs, but the Audi's far lower price should carry the day.

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Cayenne Interior

How Many People Does the Cayenne Seat?

This Porsche seats five people in two rows, which may be a negative in some people's eyes since several competitors have a third row and seat seven. Both of the Cayenne's rows are adult-friendly, and the seats are comfortable and supportive.

Cayenne and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

Cayenne Interior Quality

Inside, the Cayenne has an attractive, clean look. The cabin is well-built, but some competitors offer more functionality and opulence.

Cayenne Cargo Space

The Cayenne doesn't have as much cargo space as most competitors. With the rear seats up, it provides about 27 cubic feet of room – enough space for tailgate supplies or a cooler and some beach chairs. Fold down the rear seats, and you get about 60 cubic feet of space, which is enough room for some furniture.

Cayenne Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include Bluetooth, five USB ports, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touch screen and navigation.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, quad-zone automatic climate control, a 14-speaker Bose stereo, a 21-speaker Burmester stereo, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

The infotainment system gets a big upgrade as part of the redesign, and the previous model's army of center-stack buttons is largely gone. The touch screen controls many functions, and while the layout is intuitive, you have to take your eyes off the road sometimes to adjust settings.

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Cayenne Performance

Cayenne Engine: 3 Choices, and You Can't Go Wrong

The base Cayenne features a 335-horsepower, turbocharged V6 engine. Cayenne S models feature a 434-horsepower twin-turbo V6, and Cayenne Turbo models feature a 541-horsepower twin-turbo V8. None of these engines are short on power, and even the base engine moves the Cayenne with ease. The V8 delivers zero-to-60-mph times that some sports cars would envy.

Cayenne Gas Mileage: The Jury's Still Out

Fuel economy estimates for the 2019 Cayenne are not yet available.

Cayenne Ride and Handling: Wrecking the Curve

Thanks to its precision steering and outstanding cornering ability, this Porsche sets the performance standard that class rivals will be measured against. It handles winding roads with ease, and it delivers a smooth ride in the process.

Cayenne Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Cayenne can tow up to 7,700 pounds. That's a good total for a luxury midsize SUV.

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Cayenne Reliability

Is the Porsche Cayenne Reliable?

The 2019 Cayenne does not yet have a reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Porsche Cayenne Warranty

Porsche covers the Cayenne with a four-year/50,000-mile limited 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 2019 Porsche Cayenne.

Cayenne Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Available features include a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, night vision assist, and a surround-view camera.

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Which Porsche Cayenne Model Is Right for Me?

You have three trim options when choosing a Cayenne: the base trim, the Cayenne S, and the Cayenne Turbo. The engine is the major difference between them. The price gaps between the trims are considerable, so make sure you really want that extra horsepower before you step up to a higher trim. Since the base engine provides plenty of get-up-and-go for most buyers, the base trim is likely the best choice for many people.

Porsche Cayenne

The base trim, simply as the Cayenne, starts at $65,700. It features a 335-horsepower V6 engine, leather upholstery, Bluetooth, five USB ports, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touch screen and navigation.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, quad-zone automatic climate control, Bose and Burmester stereos, a rear-seat entertainment system, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, massaging front seats, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and much more.

Some of these features are available individually, while others are part of option packages. The price for these add-ons ranges from a few hundred to several thousand dollars, and prices for some items vary from trim to trim.

Porsche Cayenne S

The Cayenne S has a starting price of $82,900. This trim features a 434-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine. In addition to the base trim's features, the Cayenne S comes with a panoramic sunroof. Otherwise, it's largely the same. The available features are largely the same as well.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

The Cayenne Turbo has a starting price of $124,600. The Turbo features a 541-horsepower V8 and comes standard with a 14-speaker Bose audio system, heated front and rear seats, and 18-way power-adjustable front sport seats. It offers many of the same additional features listed above.

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The Final Call

During its redesign of the 2019 Cayenne, Porsche modernized its largest SUV and imbued it with some elements of the popular Porsche Panamera. The Cayenne still delivers better performance than nearly every SUV, but it now looks fresher and more clean-cut inside. It may not be the most practical SUV in the class, but it is one of the best.

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

  • "The new Cayenne is still not to my liking, looks-wise, but you can't argue with its performance. It's faster than an SUV has any right to be, and it packs a ride that is incredibly comfortable yet stable though the corners. The feature-rich interior enhances the driving experience further, making this a car that's infinitely more fun to be in than to look at. Undoubtedly, the Cayenne will continue to be a best seller for Porsche, and there's a lot in this third generation to justify that." -- CNET
  • "The all-new 2019 Porsche Cayenne is faster and more powerful than ever, and if you're still mad about the idea of a Porsche truck, take this advice: drive one." -- Jalopnik
  • "The 2019 model does not try to change the formula much -- Porsche feels confident it got the basic recipe right in the first two generations -- and has opted to improve on them rather than reinvent the proverbial wheel." -- Autoweek

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: November 21, 2018

Falling Sales: Sales of the Porsche Cayenne this year hover in the lower third of the luxury midsize SUV class, with a 26 percent contraction relative to this period in 2017. Its sibling, the compact Porsche Macan, is outselling its big brother by more than 2 to 1. 

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