If there is an SUV that puts 100 percent justice on being one that is actually good to drive and ride on, then it has got to be the Porsche Cayenne. It is not the most luxurious or comfortable SUV out there in its price range, but if you want something that goes like a dart, then your choices are pretty much limited here. The bucket loads of performance also bring great stress to the chassis. Thus making the occupant safety a primal aspect as great significance if something were to go wrong given the fact that this 4,000-pound hunk of metal is capable of reaching illegal speeds in no time.

Going with the LP72 platform, which is a lighter and stronger evolution of Volkswagen’s famous and trusted LP71 platform is a safe and solid underpinning to have, as we see it. Moreover, a sister vehicle that shares the same platform has been awarded a “Top Safety rating”, which further strengthens its safety credibility. 2012 Porsche Cayenne is priced at $49,195 for the base trim and at this price, you would be picking it up over other popular SUVs like the Audi Q7, the BMW X5, and the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class.

The 2012 Porsche Cayenne is based on the LP72 Platform which it shares with the Volkswagen Touareg. This platform is an evolution of the LP71 platform which has been in use since 2002 and has been the base for well-known SUVs like the Audi Q7. Moreover, Porsche includes a bumper safety system on the 2012 Cayenne which utilizes two cross-members and two crushes zones to improve frontal collision performance even better. In addition to the regular crop of safety amenities such as ABS, airbags, and TPMS, Porsche employ a few proprietary systems including Automatic Brake Differential (ABD), anti-slip regulation (ASR), and a Bumper safety system for this generation of Cayenne SUVs.

What features make the 2012 Porsche Cayenne safe?

Some features which make the 2012 Porsche Cayenne safe are –

  • Anti-lock brakes with brake assist- The system prevents wheel slip in and event of emergency braking and helps maintain directional control. The brake assist system enhances, pedal pressure when it detects a quick depression of the pedal, which indicates an emergency braking scenario.
  • Porsche stability management (PSM) - On-board sensors constantly monitor vehicle speed, yaw velocity, and lateral acceleration. If any motion from the desired direction is detected, the system starts braking interventions at individual wheels to bring the vehicle back on track.
  • Anti-slip regulator- Basically, it is just Porsche's fancy designation for traction control. The system constantly monitors individual wheel speed and cuts off engine power if a slip is detected when trying to accelerate on a wet or loose surface.
  • Automatic brake differential- The ABS unit applies brakes to individual wheels helping the vehicle maintain traction on uneven surfaces. It also provides a differential function by braking the inner wheel is the yaw sensors detect excess oversteer.
  • Bumper safety system- A proprietary design that includes two cross-members and two crush zones at the front, and behind the bumper, which helps in maximizing the absorption of impact energy in the event of a crash and prevents it from getting transmitted to the cabin.
  • Tire pressure monitoring- This system constantly monitors the tire pressure and warns the driver if it detects any variation or drops in air pressure in any tire.

Is the 2012 Porsche Cayenne safe?

The Porsche Cayenne has been in existence for about a decade now. Safety concerns have never been an issue on this SUV as far as we are aware. Moreover, the LP72 platform it houses is shared with several other vehicles in the Volkswagen family tree. Also, the 2012 VW Touareg, which is identical to the 2012 Porsche Cayenne under the skin, has been crash-tested by the IIHS for this model year and has been rated a “Top Safety Pick”. If that isn’t enough credits, Porsche has you covered with most of the passive and some proprietary Porsche safety features as well.

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