2016 Porsche Cayenne

MSRP $58,300 - $74,800

Ranked #10 in Suv

8.0

Overall Rating

2016 Porsche Cayenne Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Porsche introduced the Cayenne in 2002 to up the ante of the performance-oriented SUVs and absolutely nailed it with the brilliance of the SUV. The Cayenne shares its platform, body frame, doors, and electronics with the Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7, the other two SUVs offered by its parent company. It got a facelift in 2014, along with small external changes.

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Pros

Athletic handling

Wide range of powertrain options is available 

Plush and comfortable interior

Numerous customization options

Excellent performance

Cons

Hefty price tag

Cramped cargo space

High ownership costs

What's New?

Base Cayenne, GTS, and Turbo S trim reintroduced to the lineup


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$58300

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

142 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

300 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

295 lb.-ft. @ 3000 rpm

transmission

8 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent frnt duble wishbne suspensin w/anti-rll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspensin w/anti-rll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

114 in.

length

191.1 in.

width

78.7 in.

height

67.4 in.

curb weight

4488 lbs.

ground clearance

8.5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

62.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

7716 lbs.

payload capacity

1862 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/21/24 mpg

highway range

475.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$58,300 onwards

S$74,800 onwards

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.6

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.7

Exterior

8.5

Safety

8.5

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


The 2016 Porsche Cayenne is in the second generation model of the SUV. It was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show after an online reveal. For the 2016 model year, the SUV remains untouched, barring the addition of three older trim levels into the lineup. In the segment, the SUV goes up against the likes of the BMW X6, Mercedes Benz GLE 350, and the Land Rover LR4.


8.0/10
Features

8.6/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.7/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

8.5/10
Safety


2016 Porsche Cayenne Features

8.0/10

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne is available in a total of six trim levels, although all of them except the Base one is reviewed separately. The Cayenne comes in a well-equipped state right from the base trim, and some of the features include xenon headlights, automatic wipers, power-folding heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, and eight-way power front seats among other features.

Trims

Cayenne Base

MSRP (AWD)

$58,300

Engine

3.6-liter V-6

Key Features

Front Fog/Driving Lights

 

100 Watts Stereo Output

 

Power Steering

 

Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment

 

Bucket Front Seats

 

8 -Way Power Driver Seat

 

All-Season Tires

 

Sport Tailpipes

 

4 One-Touch Power Windows

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The best value amongst all the different trim levels available is from the GTS variant. You can opt for the base trim if you’re not in need of all the fancy features of the higher trim levels. You can also opt for any of the four optional packages as per your choice. The Sport Package makes the most sense since it adds the famed Sports Chrono package along with an adaptive air suspension system for greater comfort.

2016 Porsche Cayenne Engine and Performance

8.6/10

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne has a base 3.6-liter V6 motor that makes 300 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, which honestly, are not earth-shattering numbers, but still, can be adequate for daily driving and highway cruises. The motor is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with a dedicated manual mode for a sporty driving experience. The engine portrays excellent refinement levels and delivers performance as you’d expect from it.

No matter which engine is under the hood of the Cayenne, the flawless handling and exquisite steering feel of the Cayenne is what make it a gold standard among sport SUVs. Cornering in the Cayenne is done with little to no body roll when equipped with the PDCC system, which makes it essential for anyone looking to have some fun in their Cayenne. 

Models

Porsche Cayenne Base AWD

BMW X6 sDrive 35i RWD

Mercedes Benz GLE 350 AWD

Land Rover LR4

MSRP

$58,300

$60,600

$53,600

$50,900

Engine

3.6-liter V-6

3.0-liter I-6

3.5-liter V-6

3.0-liter V-6

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

300 @ 6,300 rpm

300 @ 5,800 rpm

302 @ 6,500 rpm

340 @ 6,500 rpm

Torque (lb.-ft.)

295 @ 3,000 rpm

300 @ 1,300 rpm

273 @ 3,500 rpm

332 @ 3,500 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.3

5.7

7.5

7.4

Quarter mile (sec)

NA

15.4

15.5

15.5

Braking 60-0 MPH (ft.)

106

108

112

113

The BMW X6 generates similar power to the Cayenne and marginally more torque than the latter as well. Not so surprisingly, the X6 is a lot quicker than the Cayenne. The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 has slightly more power output than the Cayenne but is slightly slower than the latter. The Land Rover LR4 has the maximum power and torque output here but lacks the sportiness of the Cayenne or the X6.

2016 Porsche Cayenne Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The fuel economy of the 2016 Porsche Cayenne is varied due to the different engine types available. The Cayenne base has a fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. The ratings are commendable for the power and performance on offer. The SUV gets a sizable 26 gallons gas tank which offers some impressive driving range too when combined with the base V6 motor.

Model

Porsche Cayenne Base AWD

BMW X6 sDrive 35i RWD

Mercedes Benz GLE 350 AWD

Land Rover LR4

MPG (city)

19

18

17

15

MPG (highway)

24

25

22

19

MPG (combined)

21

21

19

16

Fuel capacity(gallon)

26.4

22.4

24.6

22.8

Range(mi.)(city/highway)

501/633

403/560

418/541

342/433

The BMW X6 has marginally lower gas mileage ratings than the Cayenne. The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 takes the third spot here, and its fuel economy ratings do disappoint considering the performance it has on tap. The Land Rover LR4 has the least fuel economy here owing to its significantly more horsepower and torque output, but it’s hardly acceptable for the segment, considering the lethargic performance it offers on-road.

2016 Porsche Cayenne Interior

8.7/10

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne interior sees the common three-spoke steering wheel design from the brand but is adorned with the Porsche coat of armor at its center and buttons and controls mounted on either side of the wheel. The interior is covered in high quality and soft materials. All of the cheap plastic surfaces can be covered in expensive trim of leather, wood, faux suede, or carbon fiber. The standard eight-way powered seats are comfortable enough for most people, however, the eighteen-way powered seats are available for those who want their seating position to be precise to their liking. 

Model

Porsche Cayenne Base AWD

BMW X6 sDrive 35i RWD

Mercedes Benz GLE 350 AWD

Land Rover LR4

Cargo Volume in trunk (cu.-ft.)

23.7

26.6

38.2

44.5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.6/58.9/NA

38.3/59.9/40.4

40.4/58.5/40.3

40.4/59.2/42.4

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

NA

37.2/57.0/35.9

38.5/58.4/38.4

42.4/59.0/37.6

The BMW X6 has a luxurious and tech-rich cabin like the Cayenne, but it is quite impractical owing to the cramped rear seats. The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 has an impressively spacious cabin here with a generous amount of headroom and legroom for all the passengers. The Land Rover LR4 has the most spacious cabin here and has an extravagant amount of headroom on offer owing to its high roofline. Some interior features are:

  • 40/20/40-split folding rear seatbacks
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and front co-passenger seat
  • A power-adjustable steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Driver memory settings
  • Carbon-fiber interior trim(optional)

How intuitive is the 2016 Porsche Cayenne’s infotainment unit?

The base Porsche Cayenne comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen display with the PCM interface. It offers a majority of the infotainment and connectivity options along with a fluid and user-friendly interface. Some of the features on offer with the higher trim levels are a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system, satellite radio, and HD radio among other features. Some infotainment features are:

  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth
  • Navigation
  • Rear-seat entertainment system
  • A Burmester or Bose surround-sound stereo
  • Satellite radio
  • HD Radio 
  • Smartphone integration system

2016 Porsche Cayenne Exterior

8.5/10

The exterior of the 2016 Cayenne looks unmistakably Porsche, which is never a bad thing. Porsche also has not made too many styling changes to the Cayenne since its launch. Design-wise, it has almost a coupe-like sloping front and rear design, which is becoming more and more common among performance SUVs. This basically means, if the buyer likes Porsches, they will love this SUV as well, and even if they do not have any such biases, they probably will still find it to be a stylish and handsome SUV. The sloping rear roofline does, however, mean reduced cargo room and visibility.

Model

Porsche Cayenne Base AWD

BMW X6 sDrive35i RWD

Mercedes Benz GLE 350 AWD

Land Rover LR4

Length(in)

191.1

192.0

189.1

190.1

Width(in)

78.7

78.1

75.8

75.4

Height(in)

67.4

66.5

70.7

74.1

Ground clearance (in)

8.5

8.1

NA

7.3

Wheelbase (in)

114.0

115.5

114.8

113.6

Track width (in) F/R

65.2/65.7

64.7/67.2

64.7/65.2

63.2/63.5

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,488

4,630

4,751

5,655

The BMW X6 has the most practically inconvenient yet visually appealing design here with its sloping roofline at the rear. It also offers a decent ground clearance to take on some rugged terrains as well. The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 has the most aggressive design here with its head-turning front-end design. The Land Rover LR4 wears the typical design from the brand with a chunky and boxy appeal, yet its higher-than-average roofline translates to oodles of headroom inside the cabin. Some exterior features are:

  • Sun/Moonroof (Optional)
  • Running Boards (Optional)
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Power-folding heated mirrors

2016 Porsche Cayenne Safety

8.5/10

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne has not been tested by IIHS and NHTSA, yet its wide range of safety techs and strong build quality offers absolute peace of mind. The Porsche Cayenne comes with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front and rear side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags as standard. Also, the "multi-collision brake system" is standard as well, which automatically slows down the vehicle to a crawl of 6 mph in case of an initial collision, to reduce further damage. Few salient safety features include:

  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control

2016 Porsche Cayenne Final Verdict

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne has the performance to excite even the dullest of souls along with exquisite comfort and luxury to pamper the most spoiled of people. The car might not always make perfect sense, but it makes up for it by being extremely fun. Additionally, Porsche provides enough options and packages to customize the Cayenne precisely to one's liking and make it truly their own. It's one of the finer choices among SUVs, one that would suit the gentleman in you perfectly.

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