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8.2

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.4
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of N/A for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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2019 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Review

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid finishes near the top of our luxury hybrid and electric SUV rankings. Fully redesigned for 2019, the Cayenne Hybrid delivers a terrific combination of performance and luxury.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent handling
  • Lots of power
  • Posh interior
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Short on cargo space
  • High base price

Is the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid a Good SUV?

Yes, the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid is an excellent SUV. It’s a plug-in hybrid that delivers enough acceleration and power to satisfy driving enthusiasts, and the dynamic handling seems up to every challenge the road throws at it. Inside, the Cayenne Hybrid looks great, uses premium materials, and provides plenty of space for adults in both rows. It ranks near the top of the luxury hybrid and electric SUV class.

Should I Buy the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid?

The Cayenne E-Hybrid makes a great choice for buyers who crave engaging performance, and it brings a lot to the table beyond its speed and agility. However, the Cayenne Hybrid sports one of the highest starting prices in the class, and it lags behind the competition in some practical aspects such as cargo capacity. So while it's a great SUV, this Porsche may not be right for everyone. Interested shoppers should also check out the Tesla Model X and Mercedes-Benz GLE.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Porsche Cayenne Hybrid?

After a full redesign, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid marks the first model year of its new generation. For 2019, Porsche bumps the Cayenne E-Hybrid's horsepower to 455 (up from the 2018 model's 416). Also, the new model provides much more cargo space behind the rear seats.

The 2019 Cayenne Hybrid comes standard with several formerly optional features including a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, navigation, and Apple CarPlay. It also comes with a much larger touch screen than the previous generation. New available features include night vision assist and a surround-view camera.

You'll likely save money (possibly thousands) by shopping for a used Cayenne Hybrid, but you won't get the benefits of the vehicle's redesign. If you're considering an older model, first read our 2018 Cayenne Hybrid review to help you decide if you can live without the 2019 model's extra power, space, and features.

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How Much Does the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Cost?

The Cayenne E-Hybrid carries one of the highest base prices of any luxury hybrid or electric SUV: nearly $80,000. On the bright side, it only comes in one trim, so you don't have the crazy price gap between the least and most expensive models like you do with some rivals. Still, a fully loaded Cayenne Hybrid will cost you more than $100,000.

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Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Porsche Cayenne Hybrid or Tesla Model X?

The Tesla Model X is an all-electric SUV that might be the most athletic SUV on the market, full stop. It is extremely fast, gets terrific mpg-e ratings, and handles winding roads with ease. And unlike many electric vehicles, the Model X carries a range of well over 200 miles, so you're not limited to short trips. Inside, the Model X doesn't look as well-built as the Cayenne Hybrid, but it offers a third row of seats, and it has more cargo space. Price-wise, these two are similar. These are both good vehicles, but the Cayenne Hybrid's superior interior gives it the edge.

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

The Mercedes-Benz GLE offers a plug-in hybrid powertrain that's nearly as powerful as the Cayenne Hybrid's. When it comes to handling, the Porsche wins, hands down. Inside, however, the GLE stands out for having a nicer cabin. It's spacious and comfortable, and there's more cargo space than in the Porsche. Both SUVs have long features lists. These two both stand out, but for different reasons, and you should go with the one that suits your priorities: the Porsche for driving enjoyment or the Mercedes for interior opulence.

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Cayenne Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the Cayenne Hybrid Seat?

While some class rivals have three rows of seats and fit seven or eight people, the Cayenne Hybrid only seats five across two rows. Wherever you sit, you'll be happy. Both rows of seats are comfortable and spacious, and three adults can ride in the back without issue.

Cayenne Hybrid and Car Seats

The Cayenne E-Hybrid features two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors.

Cayenne Hybrid Interior Quality

Inside, the Cayenne Hybrid looks good and is undeniably well-built. Some class rivals may still stand above this Porsche, but you'll have little to complain about while you're sitting in it.

Cayenne Hybrid Cargo Space

Cargo space counts as a weakness for the Cayenne Hybrid since most class rivals provide more room. Still, you get a not-worthless total of about 27 cubic feet with the rear seats up – enough room for tailgate gear, a shopping trip, or taking the family dog to the park. Fold down the rear seats, and you get about 60 cubic feet, which lets you carry large outdoor gear and even some furniture.

Cayenne Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include Bluetooth, five USB ports, 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, navigation, and Apple CarPlay.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, a 21-speaker Burmester audio system, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

The infotainment system gets high marks overall. You might need some practice to master all its functions, but in general, the system responds well to inputs and is easy to use. However, some rivals offer more in the way of smartphone connectivity than this Porsche, which doesn't have Android Auto.

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Cayenne Hybrid Performance

Cayenne Hybrid Engine: Plenty of Power

The Cayenne E-Hybrid – which is a plug-in hybrid – features a 455-horsepower powertrain comprising a twin-turbo V6 engine, an electric motor, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Though it's a hybrid, this is still a Porsche, and it has plenty of athleticism. It accelerates quickly in most situations and feels energetic whether you're driving around town, cruising down the highway, or lighting up winding roads.

Cayenne Hybrid Gas Mileage: Check Back Later

Fuel economy and electric-only range estimates are not yet available for the 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid.

Cayenne Hybrid Ride and Handling: Who Says Hybrids Can't Be Fun?

This Porsche generally rides smoothly, and it won't hold you back on winding roads. It's nimble and sure-footed, and it doesn't have much body roll when taking turns. The Cayenne Hybrid may not be the most athletic vehicle in the class, but it can more than hold its own.

Cayenne Hybrid Towing Capacity

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

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Cayenne Hybrid Reliability

Is the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Reliable?

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

Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Warranty

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

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Cayenne Hybrid Safety

Cayenne Hybrid Crash Test Results

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2019 Cayenne Hybrid.

Cayenne Hybrid Safety Features

Front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera come standard. Available features include lane change assist, night vision assist, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, and a head-up display.

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Which Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

Porsche makes it easy to pick out a Cayenne E-Hybrid. You only have one trim option, and then you pick and choose the features you want to add.

The Cayenne E-Hybrid starts at $79,900. It features a 455-horsepower plug-in hybrid powertrain, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive.

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touch screen, navigation, and Apple CarPlay.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, a 21-speaker Burmester audio system, quad-zone automatic climate control, and a rear-seat entertainment system. Available features include lane change assist, night vision assist, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, and a head-up display.

You can add some of these features individually, while others are part of option packages. Depending on which features and performance upgrades you want, you could easily add $10,000 (or much more) to the Cayenne Hybrid's price tag.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid delivers on nearly every front. It offers performance worthy of the Porsche name and provides plenty of interior quality. With so few flaws, it's easy to see why the Cayenne Hybrid sits near the top of our luxury hybrid and electric SUV rankings.

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

  • "Porsche, through its E-Performance initiative, has delivered a family-friendly sport-ute that is both fuel efficient and fast. Consider this premium crossover a chameleon, able to please even the most discerning drivers with the simple twist of its Sport Chrono dial." -- Autotrader
  • "… assuming you've settled on a Cayenne the question becomes: Why wouldn't you choose the Cayenne E-Hybrid? … It's plenty quick, delivers smoothness in EV mode that no internal-combustion SUV, Porsche or otherwise, can offer and starts at the affordable end of the Cayenne price spectrum. By all means keep a GT3 RS fueled with premium for track days; for shopping trips and daycare runs, the Cayenne E-Hybrid with a full battery delivers best." -- Autoweek
  • "Left to its own devices, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid delivers a strong combination of performance and efficiency. But it also allows drivers to switch the emphasis between the two, and not just in a purely binary fashion; there are subtle layers of functionality and capability to explore. It might be a hybrid SUV with a V-6 engine, but it's an engaging one to drive." -- Motor Trend
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