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2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 9.0

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid has a comfortable ride with brisk acceleration, and it gets superior fuel economy compared to its nonhybrid counterpart. It makes no sacrifices on power despite its heavier weight, as its engine and motor pack a punch that is nearly as powerful as the nonhybrid Cayenne. Additionally, the Cayenne E-Hybrid's Sport mode ups the ante with a sharper throttle response and a more engaging transmission.

  • "In fact, even the Cayenne S E-Hybrid is a bona fide blast to drive, zipping to 60 mph in only 5.4 seconds, but still returning an estimated 47 mpge in hybrid electric mode." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "As a plug-in hybrid, the Cayenne delivers the assets of EV performance where and when you want them, so you don't feel tethered to an EV charger. You motor electrically in your neighborhood or in downtown, and simply let the V-6 engine do the driving in between. And when you're on the way to the lake on the weekend, EV power can also give the Cayenne a quick boost of acceleration when you want to pass that propane truck on an uphill grade." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
  • "Compared to the V-8-powered Cayenne S, the Hybrid gets an additional 4 mpg in the city, and 2 on the highway. Based on economics alone, it would take more 120,000 miles (at $4-per-gallon gasoline, and 45/55 percent city/highway driving) to recoup the Hybrid's additional cost. And that whole time, you're driving a vehicle with brakes that are touchy, initial throttle response that's jerky, and an engine note that's devoid of any Porsche excitement. Oh, and it's also slower (6.1 seconds to 60 mph versus 5.6 seconds). Sorry, but I'll take a V-8 Cayenne S any day." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)

Acceleration and Power

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is powered by a supercharged, 333-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine and a 95-horsepower electric motor. Together, they produce 416 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. The Cayenne E-Hybrid gets a combined 46 mpg-equivalent (explained here) when driving in electric-only mode. With just its gas engine, it gets 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

The Cayenne E-Hybrid will save you money at the pump, but it doesn't sacrifice power to do it. It provides plenty of muscle and its acceleration is quick off the line – going from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. For even better performance, the Sport mode improves the throttle response and gives the transmission a more engaging feel. The E-Hybrid's performance doesn't differ much from the nonhybrid Cayenne's top-of-the-line S trim, plus it returns superior fuel economy.

  • "For those who want the best of both worlds, and are willing to pay a small premium over the S, the plug-in S E-Hybrid provides as much punch as the S with the benefits of better combined fuel economy and 14 miles of electric-only propulsion." -- Edmunds
  • "The Cayenne E-Hybrid even has some tricks when you drive around in default mode. When you step deep into the drive-by-wire throttle pedal for maximum acceleration, you can feel a detent in the pedal travel that engages EV power for an added burst of acceleration." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
  • "… the S E-Hybrid's copious torque makes it the surprise performer of the bunch, especially when the shifter is clicked into S, sharpening throttle response and putting the transmission into a more aggressive mode of attack. The S E-Hybrid can also drive on electric-only mode at speeds up to 78 mph." -- Autotrader (2015)

Alternative Fuels/Charging

With the Porsche Universal Charger you can charge the Cayenne E-Hybrid using a conventional household or industrial electrical outlet. With the 3.6-kilowatt on-board charger, the E-Hybrid will charge in 2.7 hours. With the optional 7.2-kilowatt onboard charger, the battery fully charges in 1.3 hours. On a full charge, it has an EPA estimated electric driving range of 14 miles.

Handling and Braking

The 2017 Cayenne E-Hybrid comes standard with all-wheel drive and, despite its heavy weight, has agile handling, even when in electric-only mode. The Cayenne E-Hybrid's regenerative brakes are smoother than those in most other hybrids, and the SUV gives a good feel of the road.

  • "On the next day's high-speed, multi-cornered Sport Plus jaunts through desolate forests, the S E-Hybrid upheld the range's reputation as an astute hustler and agile mover despite its large dimensions and heftiness." -- Motor Trend (2015)
  • "What's more impressive is how the E-Hybrid stops, or rather how it decelerates. The regenerative braking actually has some modulation in the pedal and doesn't operate with the on/off action of some other hybrids. It's a light at the end of a long and dark tunnel of nonlinear hybrid brake feel. It isn't perfect, and what feel there is remains meager, but it's an exciting step for enthusiasts and evidence that electrification isn't the end of all things fun." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "We even got to like the way that 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid sails along occasionally with the engine at rest. There's not much battery regenerative deceleration in the default mode, yet the drivetrain doesn't feel disconnected and the action of the regenerative brakes is very linear." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

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