One of the few dedicated performance crossovers, the five-passenger Cayenne offers all-weather capability along with thrilling handling and potent acceleration on dry pavement. The uninitiated will be amazed at how well a vehicle with four doors and cargo space can deliver genuine sports car excitement.
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2016 Porsche Cayenne Overview
What's New for 2016
All models receive new nose and tail treatments, and the Turbo S returns with even more power.
Choosing Your Porsche Cayenne
With the departure of the non-turbo V6 engine, the 3-liter turbo-diesel V6 becomes the Cayenne's new base engine. It's good for 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, and achieves 23 mpg in combined driving. The available turbocharged 3.6-liter produces the same amount of torque, but horsepower leaps to 420.
Performance really takes off with the optional twin-turbo 4.8-liter V8, which lays down 520 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. So equipped, the Cayenne hits 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and tops out at 176 mph. In top Turbo S trim, the V8's output increases to 570 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, and the sprint to 60 mph shrinks to just 3.8 seconds.
An eight-speed automatic transmission is used with all engines.
With the diesel, you get a single-mode all-wheel drive system. The other engines are paired with a more sophisticated setup that includes two off-road modes and a locking rear differential. All Cayennes can tow up to 7,716 pounds, a good deal more than you would expect from a performance crossover.
There's a separate trim level for each available engine:
The Turbo and Turbo S's sound system and apps can be added to the lesser models with the optional Infotainment package. Available on all models, the Premium package adds several features (if they're not already standard), including 14-way heated and ventilated front seats with memory, extended LED accent lighting, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, auto-dimming mirrors, front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. The Diesel gets a single-panel sunroof with this package, while the others upgrade to a panoramic one.
The Premium Plus package throws in even more goodies (again, if not standard), including adaptive LED headlamps, keyless access and ignition, heated rear seats, power rear sunshades and blind spot monitoring. Enthusiasts will like the Sport Chrono package, which adds a Sport Plus driving mode with launch control and in-dash analog and digital stopwatches.
The Diesel and S are very competitively priced for performance-luxury crossovers of this capability. The V8-powered Turbo and Turbo S are altogether more exclusive and priced accordingly.
2016 Porsche Cayenne Review
While many crossovers are rewarding to drive, very few take performance as seriously as the Cayenne. Even though it seats five in undisputed luxury, most buyers choose the Cayenne for its thrilling road manners and roster of powerful engines.
Equipment & Pricing
There's a separate trim level for each of the Cayenne's available engines:
- Priced from $58,300, the Base model carries a 300-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. Standard equipment includes everything you would expect in a prestige crossover like a power tailgate, a heated steering wheel, navigation, a panoramic sunroof and a 10-speaker sound system with HD radio.
- The $74,800 S gets a twin-turbo version of the V6 that produces 420 horsepower. You also get standard 19-inch wheels, speed-sensitive power steering and front and rear parking sensors.
- The S E-Hybrid ($77,200) is powered by a supercharged 3-liter V6 and an electric motor that together develop 416 horsepower. The hybrid system features plug-in technology that allows it to run on electricity alone for the first 20 miles.
- Buyers in search of more power can step up to the GTS for $95,550. The GTS carries a massaged version of the V6 turbo that achieves 440 horsepower, plus upgraded exhaust and suspension systems.
- The Cayenne Turbo ($114,700) receives a turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 with 520 horsepower on tap. Other upgrades include and an adjustable air suspension, front and rear sport seats and a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system.
- The performance star of the line, the $157,300 Turbo S is blessed with a 570-horsepower version of the V8 turbo.
Many of the comfort and convenience features found on the Turbo models are optional elsewhere in the line. All models except the S E-Hybrid are eligible for a Sport Chrono package with launch control, a Sport Plus driving mode, and built-in stopwatches.
Every Cayenne comes equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive with a terrain selector.
Performance highlights include:
- Steering/Handling: The Cayenne might not be as nimble as the brand's two-seaters, but it comes commendably close. Few crossovers can hold the road and indulge your sporty side as convincingly as the Cayenne.
- Acceleration: The Turbos are astonishingly fast. The regular Turbo hits 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, while the Turbo S does it in just 3.8 seconds. It's hard to believe that these times apply to a five-passenger crossover with all-wheel drive.
- Fuel Efficiency: The S E-Hybrid delivers 22 mpg in combined city and highway driving when operating in hybrid mode. But remember that your first 20 miles or so are gas free (if you use the plug-in function), so you could do significantly better depending on your driving habits.
- Models equipped with the base V6 go from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds. That might be fine for some other luxury crossover, but it's disappointing for a Porsche-branded vehicle.
- We found the standard suspension setup too harsh for comfortable long-distance travel. You'll have to add the adjustable air suspension (standard on Turbos) to achieve a relaxing ride.
- The Cayenne's cockpit would look right at home in a sports coupe, and the front seats are relatively low. After a few miles of driving, it's easy to forget you're behind the wheel of a crossover.
- The rear compartment is more passenger-friendly than you might expect in a performance crossover. The seat's slide and recline functions offer a good deal of travel, and legroom is generous. The standard panoramic sunroof lends an open feel.
- With the rear seat in use, you're limited to 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space. That's slim pickens for a midsize crossover.
- The seat doesn't fold completely flat, which means some cargo must rest at a precarious angle.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
The Cayenne can tow up to 7,716 pounds, which puts it in league with truck-based SUVs that handle like barges by comparison.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
Options are numerous and on the pricey side. It's easy to add $10,000 or more to the price with trim upgrades alone.
The Bottom Line
The Cayenne is proof that Porsche can build something besides sports cars without tarnishing its performance legacy.