The 2024 Porsche Cayenne line-up is significantly simplified as it debuts a mid-generation refresh that wears updated front and rear bumper, hood, tailgate, and lighting designs. The Cayenne remains available as a traditional crossover, or in a more sleek Coupe version that uniquely offers a high-performance trim.
Choosing Your Porsche Cayenne
The 2024 Cayenne notably brings back the V8 engine for the S trim, while the V6 gains 13 horsepower and 36 pound-feet of torque over last year’s engine. The significantly more powerful and capable hybrid system is only offered with the V6 (with no plans to pair it with the V8 as in the 2023 model) and can replenish its 25.8 kWh battery pack in about 2.5 hours. All of the engines are turbocharged and are hooked to an eight-speed automatic and all models feature all-wheel-drive as standard equipment. The EPA has not yet released fuel economy or provided an estimated EV range for the new Cayenne.
|Engine Type / Trim
|Fuel Economy (Combined)
|3.0L Turbo V6 Cayenne
|3.0L Turbo V6 E-Hybrid
|4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 S
|4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Turbo GT
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Cayenne is a five-passenger crossover that stretches 194 inches in length and sits 78.1 inches wide. That is about the same size as the new Range Rover Sport, the BMW X5, and the Mercedes-Benz GLE. Inside, the standard Cayenne offers 22 cubic feet of space behind the back seat and 55 cubic feet with the seat folded, which is slightly less than the competition. The Coupe lessens the space only marginally to 20.3 and 52.4 cubic feet, respectively.
Maximum towing capacity is 7,700 pounds.
The Cayenne includes only the fundamental driver assist systems such as automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and parking sensors. Adaptive cruise control is available through the Premium Package while a surround-view camera is available as a stand-alone option for $830. New for 2024 is a passenger-side dashboard 10.9-inch touchscreen that can be used for controlling navigation, infotainment, and other multimedia functions for $1,490.
The base Cayenne incorporates a landscape 12.3-inch touchscreen display with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, wi-fi, a 10-speaker sound system with 150 watts, four USB ports, and a wireless charging pad.
The updated Cayenne receives additional standard features and is equipped with 20-inch wheels, LED headlights and tail lights, adaptive dampers with revised settings for improved low-speed comfort, proximity entry, a dash-mounted gear shift switch, a 12.6-inch curved digital gauge cluster, heated front seats with partial leather covering, eight-way power front seats with memory positioning, dual-zone climate control, and ambient lighting.
The Premium Package is priced at $3,590 and includes a panoramic sunroof, an upgraded sound system, heated front and rear seats, and ambient lighting while the SportDesign Package ($6,230) replaces molded-in-black exterior trim pieces for body-color paint. There are many individual features offered as well such as leather sets ($4,180) with 14-way adjustability (another $1,290) or with an actively adjustable system for $1,710. Ventilated seats require another $850 and massaging functionality can be added for $1,810. On the performance front, the base Cayenne can be equipped with rear-axle steering for $1,280 although it requires air suspension ($2,390), the Sport Chrono Package for $1,110 that adds a higher performance drive mode and a sport mode button on the steering wheel.
The hybrid Cayenne is fitted with unique 20-inch wheels with enhanced aerodynamic performance but it is otherwise outfitted with the same level equipment as the base model.
The Cayenne S is outfitted with its own design of 20-inch wheels and red brake calipers while otherwise offering essentially the same packages and a plethora of individual options.
The top-of-the-line Turbo GT is loaded up with performance hardware and unique looks. Stand-out features include 22-inch forged satin gold wheels with off-set front and rear performance tires, air suspension, rear axle steering, a locking rear differential, carbon ceramic brakes with yellow brake calipers, an active exhaust system, and suede-like interior surfaces with contrast stitching and carbon fiber trim. Many of the options offered on the base trim remain extra-cost items even on this trim.
The base Cayenne may provide enough performance for most, however, the return of the V8 S model adds a couple of extra doses of thrill and is tempting enough for us to make the jump.