Design elements of the 911 are apparent on this SUV, but only lightly so. The Cayenne has been on the market long enough for us to accept a Porsche SUV, although there are die-hard holdouts out there. Happily, this model strikes its own approach to the market with its curvy layout and handsome details.
What’s familiar here is the headlight design, which it shares with other Porsche models. The long hood is imposing, but it isn’t an overwrought look. The rear suggests a powerful haunch, but it doesn’t go further than that. We’re glad because when you add all the elements together, you come away with a sensible design.
Inside, the cabin is very comfortable, quiet, and beautifully decorated. We find the Cayenne easy to get in and out of. The driving position doesn’t pretend to mimic Porsche’s sports cars, but it's snug and sporty. The build quality is excellent, though there's more room up front then there is in the back and the cargo space is actually smaller than what most rivals offer.