2019 Porsche Cayenne

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$65,700 - $82,900
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2019 Porsche Cayenne Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Aayush Yadav Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 15, 2019


Although people perceive it to be a midsize luxury SUV, Porsche believes the Cayenne to be a sports car for 5 people. They have been producing the Cayenne since 2003 based on the same belief and are now introducing the all-new 2019 Porsche Cayenne with many upgrades.

The 2019 Cayenne comes in two trims namely the Cayenne and the Cayenne S. The Cayenne is priced at $65,700 and is powered by a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine. While on the other hand the Cayenne S is priced at $82,900 and flaunts a 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 engine. Moreover this year the Cayenne comes with a redesigned body on both the front and back. Also, it looks like Porsche has worked a bit on making it lighter in weight.

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Pros

Unmatched handling prowess

Elegant yet sporty interior and build quality

Multiple customization options are available

Cons

Very few standard options available for the price being paid

What's New?

An all new generation (3rd generation) of the Cayenne is being introduced this year.

Redesigned body style

Introduced with many new interior features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$65700

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

151 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

335 hp @ 5300 rpm

torque

332 lbs.-ft @ 1340 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

MLB - evo

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

66.2/65.9

dimensions

wheelbase

113.9 in.

length

193.6 in.

width

78 in.

height

66.7 in.

curb weight

4377 lbs.

ground clearance

8.3 in.

capacity

towing capacity

1653 lbs.

payload capacity

1862 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/21/23 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

3 yr. / unlimited

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Porsche Cayenne in Black color  2019 Porsche Cayenne in Carrara White Metallic color  2019 Porsche Cayenne in Jet Black Metallic color  2019 Porsche Cayenne in Mahogany Metallic color  2019 Porsche Cayenne in Moonlight Blue Metallic color  2019 Porsche Cayenne in Palladium Metallic color  2019 Porsche Cayenne in Purpurite Metallic color  2019 Porsche Cayenne in White color
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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

9.3

Interior

8.0

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Porsche Cayenne Base

Base

power
340 hp @ 5300 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$65,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (3.0L V6 Turbo 8A) Starting at $65,700 MSRP (19/21/23) 335 hp @ 5300 rpm, 3 L, V-6, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5
4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $65,700 MSRP (19/21/23) 340 hp @ 5300 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Rhodium Silver Metallic
  Carrara White Metallic
  Palladium Metallic
  Moonlight Blue Metallic
  Black
  Biscay Blue Metallic

 2019 Porsche Cayenne S

S

power
440 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$82,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L V6 Turbo 8A) Starting at $82,900 MSRP (18/20/23) 440 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.9 L, V-6, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5
S 4dr SUV AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $82,900 MSRP (18/20/23) 434 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.9 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Rhodium Silver Metallic
  Carrara White Metallic
  Palladium Metallic
  Moonlight Blue Metallic
  Black
  Biscay Blue Metallic

Expert Review

8.4

Overall Rating


The Porsche Cayenne was one of the first "Sports" SUVs in the market and over the years, it has established itself as one of the best. The balance it strikes between being sporty and practical is also very impressive. After being alone in the segment for a very long time, it now faces tough competition from the newcomers into the market such as the Maserati Levante, Audi Q8 and the Jaguar F-Pace S. Can they take on the Cayenne, let's find out.

2019 Porsche Cayenne front three quarters gray
2019 Porsche Cayenne front three quarters
2019 Porsche Cayenne rear three quarters gray
2019 Porsche Cayenne rear three quarters

8.0/10
Features

 

9.3/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Porsche Cayenne Features

8.0/10

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne comes in 2 trims as mentioned before i.e., the Cayenne and the Cayenne S. Although the price difference between them is not so high. The Cayenne is priced at $65,700 and the Cayenne S is priced at $82,900.

The base trim i.e., the Cayenne comes with quite a power-packed 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine. Moreover it flaunts many features such as the new LED main headlights, taillight strip, partial leather seats, a 12.4-inch touchscreen, etc.

On the other hand the Cayenne S comes with a very powerful 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 engine. It also flaunts almost al the features of the base Cayenne but in addition to them it also has Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), tinted taillights and a panoramic roof.

Trim Cayenne Cayenne S
MSRP $65,700 $82,900
Key Features LED main headlights All the features are the same as the Cayenne
  Taillight strip Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)
  19-inch alloy wheels Tainted taillights
  Porsche 4D Chassis Control Panoramic roof
  Porsche Advanced Cockpit control concept  
  Centre console with Direct Touch Control  
  Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including navigation module  
  Connect Plus module  

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Since the price difference between the trims is quite less, if you are ready to spend a little more, you can always go for the Cayenne S. Also though the standard features offered are quite less, the Porsche provides you with many customization options to customize your Cayenne as per your tastes and choice. Not to forget you also have the Optional Sport Chrono package available on both the trims to provide you with an even more power-packed than they usually provide, just at the push of a button.

2019 Porsche Cayenne Engine and Performance

9.3/10

"There's plenty of performance here no matter what your needs. The Cayenne is one of the best-performing SUVs you can buy." - Edmunds

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne is equipped with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine. This engine comes with a twin-scroll turbocharger which has been placed between the cylinder banks and helps in producing a horsepower of 340 hp along with a torque of 331 lb.ft.

This engine comes paired with 8-speed automatic transmission and a standard All-Wheel Drive System. Moreover, it is also equipped with the Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) feature which actively manipulates the aerodynamic behavior of the car, by controlling numerous flaps integrated into the air intakes thus improving the efficiency and performance of the engine.

Models Porsche Cayenne Maserati Levante Audi Q8 Jaguar F-Pace S BMW X5 xDrive 40i Range Rover Sport HSE
MSRP $65,700 $75,980 $67,400 $61,500 $60,700 $72,350
Engine 3.0L turbo V6 3.0L twin-turbo V6 3.0L TFSI V6 3.0L Supercharged V6 3.0L twin-turbo Inline 6 3.0L Supercharged V6
Transmission 8 Speed Automatic 8 Speed Automatic 8 Speed Automatic 8 Speed Automatic 8 Speed Automatic 8 Speed Automatic
Horsepower 340hp 345hp 354hp 380 hp 335hp 340hp
Torque 331 lb.ft 369 lb.ft 369 lb.ft 332 lb.ft 330 lb.ft 332 lb.ft

Although the Cayenne is equipped with quite an efficient engine, it still looks less powered while looking at the competition. The Jaguar F-Pace leads the class with a horsepower of 380 hp followed by the Audi Q8 and the Maserati Levante. Then comes the Porsche Cayenne at the end of the line on par with the Levante.

Acceleration

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne accelerates to the speed of 60 MPH in 5.9 seconds and finishes a quarter mile in 14.4 seconds. This sluggish acceleration is due to the low power of the engine. However, if you want your Cayenne to perform a bit better you can spend around $1,000 more to get the Sports Chrono package that helps it the car accelerate to 60 MPH in 5.6 seconds. With this package you get a SPORT PLUS mode in which the engine becomes more responsive, the damping gets harder and the steering gets more direct.

Models Porsche Cayenne Maserati Levante Audi Q8 Jaguar F-Pace S BMW X5 xDrive 40i Range Rover Sport HSE
0-60 MPH 5.9 Sec 5.8 Sec 5.6 Sec 5.1 Sec 5.3 Sec 6.8 Sec
Quarter mile 14.4 sec TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Engine 3.0L turbo V6 3.0L twinturbo V6 3.0L TFSI V6 3.0L Supercharged V6 3.0L twinturbo Inline 6 3.0L Supercharged V6
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4,377 4,649 4,938 4,090 4,813 4,839

The sluggish acceleration of the Cayenne puts it at the end of the line. Even here the F-Pace S leads the class followed by the Q8 and the Levante.

Ride and Handling

Despite the high stance of the vehicle, looks like the Cayenne handles itself fine. Its steering is quite exceptional. Its electrically assisted power steering feels quite powerful. Moreover, its newly integrated chassis controlling analysis multiple driving situations and accordingly adjusts the chassis accordingly to provide optimum performance.

Moreover, it is also equipped with various other features such as adaptive air suspension, rear-axle steering, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), etc to make your drive more easy and comfortable. On the other hand, the Cayenne S comes with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as a standard feature.

Braking

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne has quite an optimum braking performance for the aggression it shows. It has a front brake of 13.7 inches and a rear brake of 12.9 inches. Moreover, the bite feels smooth when paired with the adaptive air suspension, thus avoiding a jerk in emergency situations. Also due to its heavy and well-balanced weight, the car doesn’t turn around from its path when the Brakes are applied at high speed.

Model Porsche Cayenne Maserati Levante Audi Q8 Jaguar F-Pace S BMW X5 xDrive 40i Range Rover Sport HSE
Brake Front (in.) 13.7 14.9 14.8 TBD TBD 14.2
Brake Rear (in.) 12.9 12.9 13.8 TBD TBD 13.7
60-0 MPH (ft.) TBD 118 TBD TBD TBD TBD

2019 Porsche Cayenne Fuel Economy

The fuel economy of the 2019 Porsche Cayenne for the US are not available so far. However, the manufacturer have stated that the new powerful 2.9-liter twin turbo V6 on the Cayenne S would consume more fuel than its predecessor.

Model Porsche Cayenne Maserati Levante Audi Q8 Jaguar F-Pace S BMW X5 xDrive 40i Range Rover Sport HSE
MPG (city) 25* 16.2* 17 18 20 17
MPG (highway) 35* 24* 22 23 26 23
MPG (combined) 30* 20.2* 19 20 22 19
Emission(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 5.04* 6.4* TBD TBD TBD TBD

* The fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval.

2019 Porsche Cayenne Interior

8.0/10

"Exceptional build quality is everywhere you look in the new Cayenne." - Edmunds

The interior of the 2019 Cayenne also gets a few major upgrades. First of all is the ambient lighting is pretty soothing. Cayenne's the build quality is quite impressive with good sound insulation and supportive seats. Moreover, the front passengers enjoy ample space and the driver are going to enjoy the comfortable drive behind the wheel.

Model Porsche Cayenne Maserati Levante Audi Q8 Jaguar F-Pace S BMW X5 xDrive 40i Range Rover Sport HSE
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) TBD TBD TBD 37.8/57.7/40.3 40/60/39.8 38.7/NA/42.2
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) TBD TBD TBD 37.5/55.8/37.2 40/58.1/37.4 39/NA/36.9
Passenger Volume (cu.ft) TBD 108 TBD TBD TBD TBD

Infotainment

Like all the other Porsche the 2019 Cayenne comes with the standard Porsche Connect Infotainment system. The Porsche Connect system comes with various features to keep you infotained before, after and while you are driving. Some of them are:

  • Satellite Radio Service
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Satellite Radio Satellite Radio
  • 10 Total Speakers
  • USB Connection
  • 150 Watts Stereo Output

Interior Features

  • Front Seatback Storage
  • Cruise Control
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Climate Control
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
  • Cooled Storage Compartment
  • Front And Rear Cupholders
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
  • Front Door Pockets
  • Transmission Controls and Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Interior Air Filtration

Cargo volume

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne offers a fair amount of space to load it up with all the necessities that you want for a both a long drive and a day to day ride around the city. It has a cargo volume of 27.1 cu.ft

Model Porsche Cayenne Maserati Levante Audi Q8 Jaguar F-Pace S BMW X5 xDrive 40i Range Rover Sport HSE
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 27.1 19.4 N/A 33.5 33.9 56.8

The cargo capacity seems quite acceptable when compared to the other in the line such as the Jaguar F-Pace, BMW X5, etc. However it has a better cargo volume than that of the Levante.

2019 Porsche Cayenne Exterior

"The 2019 Cayenne breaks no new ground from the outside; inside, it’s been beautifully streamlined." - The Car Connection

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne looks quite new but still looks identical to its predecessors. Its revamped looks include heavily emphasized front wings, the long sloping bonnet with power domes and the three-piece air intakes, which have become even larger and more dominant. Moreover what makes it look much stunning are the main LED headlights and the tail light strips. On the other hand, the redesigning of the Cayenne has cut down a lot of weight to glide more swiftly through the wind.

Model Porsche Cayenne Maserati Levante Audi Q8 Jaguar F-Pace S BMW X5 xDrive 40i Range Rover Sport HSE
Curb weight (lbs.) 4,377 4,649 4,938 4,090 4,813 4,839
Length(in) 193.7 197 196.6 186.3 194.3 192.1
Width(in) 86.4 85 86.2 81.5 78.9 87.4
Height(in) 66.8 66.1 67.2 65 69 71
Ground clearance (in) 8.2 TBD 5.75 8.4 TBD 8.3
Wheelbase (in) 114 118.3 117.9 113.1 TBD 115.1
Track width (in) F/R 66.2/65.9 63.9/66 66.1/66.8 64.6/65.1 TBD 66.6/66.4

With a length of 193.7 inches, a width of 8.6 inches and a height of 66.8 inches, it looks like the Cayenne perfectly fits amongst its competitors in the class of midsize SUVs.

Exterior Features

  • Rear Defrost
  • Privacy Glass
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Tires - Front Performance
  • Tires - Rear Performance
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Wheel Locks
  • Exterior Mirrors Painted In Exterior Color
  • LED-Headlights In Black W/Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS)
  • Roof Rails In Satin Aluminum

2019 Porsche Cayenne Safety

The all-new Cayenne comes loaded up with abundant features to keep you safe and assist in keeping you aware of the surroundings while driving. These safety features are:

  • Dual Front And Dual Rear Side-Mounted Airbags
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks
  • Cornering Lights
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Rear Center 3-Point Belt
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Front And Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes
  • 2 Front Headrests
  • 3 Rear Headrests
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • LED Headlamp
  • Auto Delay-Off Headlamps
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control

IIHS and NHTSA have not yet rated this vehicle

2019 Porsche Cayenne Competition

2019 Porsche Cayenne vs Maserati Levante

The 2019 Maserati Levante is quite might look a little powerful than the Porsche Cayenne. But even after having a twin turbocharger, a horsepower of 5hp would not be an appreciable power when compared to the turbocharged V6 of the Cayenne. Moreover, it performs on par with the Cayenne. Moreover, in terms of interior quality, the Porsche offers you a cake. So paying up the $10,000 more for a tad more power doesn’t justify what you are going to pay for.

2019 Porsche Cayenne vs Audi Q8

Previously the Audi Q7 was usually considered as a competitor from Audi for the Cayenne. However, it was not an identical competitor in many aspects. Now with the Q8 in the market the whole scenario changes. It’s the first year for the Audi Q8 into the market of mid-size SUVs and crossovers. It looks like a more identical competitor but with more power and better performance than the Cayenne. Although most of its other specs and features are still not available, paying around a $2,000 for the power-packed performance it provides than going for the Sports Chrono package by paying a $1,000 more.

2019 Porsche Cayenne vs BMW X5

The Porsche Cayenne and the BMW X5 have been rivals for more than a decade now. The Cayenne is more powerful but the X5 provides better performance. Both of them are technologically well equipped, have a luxurious interior. Although the X5 has an option to fit in a 3rd row which the Cayenne can’t afford. Still, the X5 looks a bit dated when compared to the all-new look of the Cayenne. However, that can be justified for the price being paid. So looks like the X5 might have a slight upper hand there.

2019 Porsche Cayenne Final Verdict

The Porsche Cayenne has been in the market for quite more than a decade now. This is one of the most credible midsize SUVs of this age. Moreover, with the all-new generation of the Cayenne that comes this year, the stakes might be a bit high. But still considering its rivals, the Cayenne has much more to improve for the price being paid.