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2020 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Review

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid lands in the middle of our luxury hybrid and electric SUV rankings. It offers sporty driving dynamics, a spacious and opulent cabin, and a generous features list. However, its fuel economy lags other hybrids, and it has a small cargo hold.

Pros & Cons

  • Eager hybrid powertrains
  • Lively handling
  • Lavish cabin
  • Intuitive infotainment controls
  • Small cargo hold
  • Poor fuel economy for a hybrid
  • High base price for the class

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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.8
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.6
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Is the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid a Good SUV?

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, or E-Hybrid as it is known, is a great vehicle in the luxury hybrid and electric SUV class. This plug-in hybrid boasts a blissful ride, sporty handling, and brawny powertrains. Inside, the cabin is roomy and filled with premium materials. That said, it has a small cargo hold, and most of its classmates are more fuel-efficient.

Should I Buy the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid?

The Cayenne E-Hybrid features one of the highest starting prices in a class full of high-end hybrid and all-electric vehicles. So before you spend that kind of money, check out what else is available.

The Tesla Model X is a fully electric vehicle that costs even more than the Cayenne Hybrid, but it also has lots of cargo space. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is another SUV to consider. Its plug-in-hybrid model was dropped for 2020, but in most other ways the GLE will appeal to those interested in the Cayenne Hybrid. On the other hand, you could go for a nonhybrid version of the Porsche Cayenne.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Porsche Cayenne Hybrid?

For 2020, Porsche introduced the Turbo S E-Hybrid with a potent V8 engine. Also new for 2020 is a four-door coupe body style. You’ll have to buy new if you want either of those. If the base model has your attention, however, consider a 2019 model, which is nearly identical to the new Cayenne Hybrid but likely less expensive.

You’ll probably spend even less on a model from the previous generation, but you’d miss out on the benefits of the 2019 redesign. For 2019, Porsche bumped the horsepower rating from 416 to 455, created more cargo space behind the rear seats, and added more standard and available features, including the debut of night vision assist.

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

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We Did the Research for You: 11 Reviews Analyzed

By researching Porsche Cayenne Hybrid reviews, our hope is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive Cayenne Hybrid review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, predicted reliability ratings, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 11 reviews.

This 2020 Cayenne E-Hybrid review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Cost?

The 2020 Cayenne Hybrid has a base MSRP of $81,100, which makes it one of the most expensive vehicles in the luxury hybrid and electric SUV class. The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid retails for an eye-popping $161,900.

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Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Versus the Competition

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

Both the Tesla Model X and the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid are great vehicles. The Porsche has superior build quality, as well as first-rate fit and finish. It also provides a more coddling ride than the Tesla. Unlike the plug-in-hybrid Cayenne, the Model X is a fully electric vehicle and boasts a stunning maximum electric range of 328 miles. The Tesla also handles well, has one of the largest cargo holds in the class, and can seat up to seven people.

Which Is Better: Porsche Cayenne Hybrid or Porsche Cayenne?

Like the Cayenne Hybrid, the nonhybrid Porsche Cayenne is available in four-door coupe and regular SUV body styles. The Cayenne handles like a sports sedan, and it comes with a range of robust gas engines and a lengthy list of interior customization options. The Cayenne’s greatest advantage over its hybrid counterpart is price. A midrange Cayenne S is only about $3,200 more than a base Cayenne Hybrid. Choosing between these two Cayenne models will likely come down to what you want from your Porsche.

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Cayenne Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the Cayenne Hybrid Seat?

The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid comes in two variants: regular SUV and Cayenne Hybrid Coupe, which has sleeker styling than the regular model, though it still has four doors. Both can seat up to five people.

In the front, partial leather seats with eight-way power-adjustments are standard. Several upgrades are available, including 14- or 18-way power-adjustable front seats, sport seats, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a sport steering wheel.

Regardless of body style, the Cayenne Hybrid has spacious, comfortable seats, with a generous amount of room in both the front and rear. A myriad of power adjustments makes it easy to find a comfortable seating position.

Cayenne Hybrid and Child Car Seats

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

Cayenne Hybrid Interior Quality

Lavish materials and soft leathers adorn this Porsche’s cabin. It has excellent fit and finish.

Cayenne Hybrid Cargo Space

Cargo space varies with body type. The regular E-Hybrid SUV has 22.7 cubic feet of room with all the seats up and 56.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down (56.5 cubes in the Turbo S E-Hybrid). The coupe has 17.6 and 50.8 cubic feet of space, respectively. These totals are small compared with other vehicles in the luxury hybrid and electric SUV class.

Cayenne Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Cayenne Hybrid comes standard with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system, a 12.3-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, five USB ports, and Bluetooth.

The PCM interface is straightforward. There are physical controls for audio, climate, and entertainment settings, and the steering-wheel-mounted controls help offset some odd placements around the center console. The touch screen can be configured to your liking.

Several tech upgrades are available, including a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 10-inch touch screens, a 14- or 21-speaker stereo, wireless device charging, and a panoramic sunroof.

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Cayenne Hybrid Performance

Cayenne Hybrid Engine: Power Aplenty

There are two powertrain options in this Porsche. Standard is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and an electric motor that make a combined 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The Turbo S E-Hybrid keeps the electric motor and swaps the turbo V6 for a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8. Together, they put out 670 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard.

Both powertrains produce an ample amount of muscle for most driving situations. Acceleration comes swiftly, and Porsche estimates that this hybrid SUV can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. When equipped with the Sport Chrono package, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid can do the time in a brisk 3.6 seconds.

Cayenne Hybrid Gas Mileage: Disappointing

Under electric power alone, the 2020 Cayenne E-Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 41 MPG-equivalent in combined city/highway driving. With the gas engine in use, it gets 21 mpg combined. Those are some of the worst ratings in the luxury hybrid and electric SUV class.  

This Cayenne Hybrid has an electric-only range of 14 miles. With a standard household-style power outlet, this plug-in-hybrid’s battery can be recharged in about five hours. You can reduce that time to around 2.5 hours with the speedy 7.2-kW charger.

For more information, read What is MPGe?

Cayenne Hybrid Ride and Handling: Serene and Spirited

The all-wheel-drive Cayenne Hybrid’s handling is more dynamic than many hybrids. Its active suspension management and dynamic chassis control help keep it composed and sturdy on the road, with minimal body lean around corners. The ride remains cushioned, and there’s an available air suspension for even greater comfort. Keep in mind that, like many hybrid vehicles, the Cayenne’s brakes feel grabby.

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Cayenne Hybrid Reliability

Is the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Reliable?

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

Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Warranty

The Cayenne Hybrid comes with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty. The battery pack is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.

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Cayenne Hybrid Safety

Cayenne Hybrid Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 Cayenne E-Hybrid. This is common among high-end luxury vehicles.

Cayenne Hybrid Safety Features

Every Cayenne Hybrid boasts a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and parking sensors for the front and rear as standard equipment.

Also available is Porsche InnoDrive, a semiautonomous system that bundles adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist to help the driver with active acceleration, braking, and steering.

Other available safety features include night vision assist, a surround-view parking camera system, a head-up display, and lane change assist.

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Cayenne Hybrid Dimensions and Weight

The 2020 Cayenne Hybrid is roughly 16.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 5,060 to 5,675 pounds. It has a gross vehicle weight rating that ranges from 6,680 to 6,779 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Built?

Porsche builds the 2020 Cayenne Hybrid in Slovakia.

Which Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

Porsche offers the Cayenne E-Hybrid in two trim levels based on powertrain: base and Turbo S E-Hybrid. Each trim comes in two body styles: regular SUV and coupe, with the latter having sportier styling and a lower roofline than the regular model, though it still has four doors. Features and powertrains are comparable between the body types.

For most shoppers, the entry-level trim is the way to go. It’s well-equipped and available with just about every feature Porsche has to offer. However, if you want the extra muscle of the twin-turbo V8 engine, you’ll have to move up to the Turbo S E-Hybrid.

We review the gas-powered Porsche Cayenne separately.

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

The base Cayenne Hybrid has a starting MSRP of $81,100. It features the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system, a 12.3-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a 10-speaker stereo, and satellite radio. Partial leather seats, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera also come standard.

The coupe offers the same standard features and starts at $86,400.

A bevy of features are optional. You can get 14-way power-adjustable front seats for $1,680 or 18-way power-adjustable adaptive sport seats for $2,100. Both also require you to add heated front seats ($530) or heated front and rear seats ($1,060).

The Premium Package ($6,470) adds the 14-way power-adjustable and heated front seats, as well as adaptive headlights, lane change assist, a panoramic roof, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo, power steering, proximity keyless entry, and auto-dimming mirrors. The Premium Package Plus ($8,950) includes all of those features, plus quad-zone automatic climate control and ventilated front seats.

The Assistance package ($6,240) comes with a suite of driver aids, including a head-up display, a night-vision camera, a surround-view parking camera system, and Porsche InnoDrive, a semiautonomous driving system that includes traffic jam assist and adaptive cruise control.

Many of these options are also available as standalone features. You can get a heated windshield ($490), ventilated front and rear seats ($1,700), massaging and ventilated front seats ($2,000), massaging and ventilated front and rear seats ($2,850), and a heated steering wheel ($280).

Note that the coupe cannot be outfitted with ventilated rear seats. However, you can equip the coupe with the Lightweight Sport package ($14,440). It comes with a series of sporty elements, such as an Alcantara heated sport steering wheel and a carbon fiber roof.

Other options include lane keep assist and traffic sign recognition ($1,300), as well as soft-close doors ($780), an adaptive air suspension ($2,170), a sport exhaust ($3,220), and carbon-ceramic brakes ($9,080).

You can add a 21-speaker Burmester stereo ($7,000) and a rear-seat entertainment system with two 10-inch touch screens ($2,300). A smartphone compartment with a wireless device charger ($690) is also available.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid

The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid boasts a stronger powertrain: a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine and an electric motor that combine to produce 670 horsepower. This trim also gains dynamic chassis control, a torque vectoring system, a panoramic roof, adaptive headlights, 18-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, a heated multifunction steering wheel, and a 14-speaker Bose stereo. Prices start at $161,900 for the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid SUV and $164,400 for the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid coupe.

Many of the same options are available, although a few prices are different.

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 E-Hybrid stands out in our luxury hybrid and electric SUV rankings for its spacious and handsome interior, agile handling, and energetic powertrains. However, its cargo capacity and fuel economy are both subpar for the segment, and it’s one of the priciest vehicles in its class.

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

  • "It makes for an intoxicatingly fun-to-drive electrified SUV, one that’s fun to drive despite its practical packaging. After all, it’s a Porsche." -- Detroit News
  • "Is it an SUV with a sports-car complex? Or a sports car built with the utility of an SUV? With the Cayenne, it doesn't matter. It goes fast and handles like a lower and smaller car, plus it can still act as an adventure getaway vehicle – a true best-of-both-worlds proposition." -- Edmunds
  • "As Porsche works to change the thinking about hybrids from green tech to speed tech, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is a compelling example. You won’t buy this fire-breathing SUV for its veneer of green cred, you’ll buy it for its performance." -- Autoblog
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