2018 Porsche Cayenne

MSRP $60,600 - $77,400

Ranked #6 in Suv

8.0

Overall Rating

2018 Porsche Cayenne Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 25, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2018 Porsche Cayenne carries on unchanged from 2017. This big brute from Porsche is a great combination of performance and luxury. The Porsche Cayenne provides a strong engine line-up, with committed and precise handling and also a decent fuel economy considering its size and performance. The Cayenne packs a very plush and premium interior with loads of luxury options and advanced tech. There are also loads of ways in which one can customize the car inside out.

2018 Porsche Cayenne

The Cayenne also comes equipped with loads of safety features but lacks any safety ratings from any agencies. The 2018 Porsche Cayenne gets a 3.6L V6 engine as standard, with an 8-speed automatic transmission and All-wheel-drive as standard. The car is offered in two trims and starts at a price of $60,600.

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Pros

Precise handling

Powerful engine options

Top-notch interior quality

Loads of customization

Cons

Smaller cargo capacity

Optional equipment can get expensive

Expensive cost

What's New?

No major changes for 2018


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$60600

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

152 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 front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar, Independent rear multi-link suspension w/active anti-roll bar(optional)

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

passenger volume

40.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

62.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

7716 lbs.

payload capacity

1862 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.5 sec.

zero to 100 mph

16.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

156 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/20/24 mpg

highway range

382.8 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$60,600 onwards

Platinum Edition$66,700 onwards

S$77,400 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 Porsche Cayenne in Black color
Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.7

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

9.9

Exterior

8.5

Safety

9.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


The 2018 Porsche Cayenne marks the last year of the second-generation Cayenne, before the debut of the third generation in 2019. The Cayenne is a performance everyday SUV, and it's good at it. The car is powered by a 3.6L V6 engine that outputs 300 hp and comes mated to an 8-speed transmission. The car gets AWD as standard across all trim levels and actually is offered in six trim levels, most of which will be covered in a separate review. The Cayenne has excellent steering and handling, and its due economy is good as well, considering its size and weight.

2018 Porsche Cayenne S

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne is priced at $60,600, which is quite a premium over its fancy luxury rivals. The 2018 Porsche Cayenne goes up against the likes of the 2018 Audi Q7, the 2018 BMW X5, and the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport. Except for the Land Rover which is as exquisite as the Cayenne and more expensive, these cars offer mostly similar equipment options like the Cayenne, but are priced much cheaper and have lower ownership costs.


8.0/10
Features

8.7/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.9/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2018 Porsche Cayenne Features

8.0/10

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne SUV comes in six trim levels: Cayenne, S, S E-Hybrid, GTS, Turbo, and Turbo S. Out of these, the base Cayenne and the S trim will be covered in this review, with the other trims receiving a separate review. The base Cayenne is priced at $60,600, and the Cayenne S is priced at $77,400. All trims of the Cayenne are equipped with an AWD configuration. Standard features across both the trims include dual-zone climate control, power front seats, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, Xenon headlights, and a 7-inch touchscreen.

  Cayenne Cayenne platinum Cayenne S
MSRP $60,600 $66,700 $77,400
Key Features 3.6L V6 Adds to the base Cayenne Adds/Replaces features on the base Cayenne
  Power-folding heated mirrors Special exterior trim Sunroof
  Power tailgate 20-inch wheels Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  Partial leather upholstery Other options Driver-Seat Memory Settings
  7-inch central touchscreen   Turbocharged 3.6L V6

The Platinum edition is a special edition based on the base Cayenne and is priced at $66,700. Apart from this, there are tons of optional stand-alone equipment for the interior, exterior, and even the performance; and also packages available on the Cayenne but all this comes for an added cost. With the packages, the Cayenne can get quite expensive. Pricing for the stand-alone options ranges from $70 to $6,500 whereas the packages range from $330 to $9,100.

We recommend

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne S trim is the best option to go for. It is pretty well balanced in terms of performance and fuel savings, and also has loads of creature comforts on the inside apart from the usable practical equipment. The optional equipment list is long, and we recommend the Sport Chrono package and the Porsche Connect Plus package.

2018 Porsche Cayenne Engine and Performance

8.7/10

"The Porsche Cayennne is serious about its performance,  regardless of how big it is." -TheCarConnection

2018 Porsche Cayenne Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne is powered by a 3.6L V6 engine that outputs 300 hp @ 6300 rpm and 295 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm. The Cayenne S is powered by a turbocharged version of the 3.6L V6 engine and outputs 420 hp @ 6000 rpm and has a torque output of 406 lb-ft @ 1350 rpm. Both the cars come with an AWD system and are coupled with an 8-speed gearbox.

2018 Porsche Cayenne Engine

The 8-speed automatic transmission on the Cayenne is excellent, and shifts are smooth without any delay. The engine is refined and smooth. Even with the AWD, the base engine eagerly takes off from a stop, and revs quickly to the redline. The turbocharged engine does all this much better.

Models

2018 Porsche Cayenne SUV

2018 BMW X5

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2018 Audi Q7

MSRP

$60,600

$57,200

$66,750

$56,400

Engine

3.6L V6 Turbo 3.0L I-6 Supercharged 3.0L V6 Supercharged 3.0L V6

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Drivetrain AWD RWD 4WD AWD

Horsepower

300 hp @ 6300 rpm

300 hp @ 5800 rpm 

340 hp @ 6500 rpm

333 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

295 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

300 lb-ft @ 1200 rpm

332 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

325 lb-ft @ 2900 rpm

The Cayenne has the least torque output among these four cars. The Range Rover's torque output is the most, but the X5 benefits from a torquey low-end thanks to the peak torque kicking in at just 1200 rpm. It is also the car with RWD. The Cayenne's engine is neither turbocharged nor is it supercharged. In terms of power, the Range Rover has the most power output as well. It is also the most expensive car here at 66,750. The Q7 is the most affordable one.

2018 Porsche Cayenne Acceleration

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne with the 300 hp 3.6L V6 accelerates from 0-60 mph in a time of 7.3 seconds. The quarter-mile comes up in around 13.8 seconds. The car's top speed is rated at 152 mph. The Cayenne S however with the turbocharged 3.6L V6 takes 5.1 seconds to sprint from 0-60 mph. The top speed is rated at 162 mph. The standard Cayenne's acceleration is not very impressive.

Models

2018 Porsche Cayenne SUV

2018 BMW X5 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2018 Audi Q7

0-60 mph (sec)

7.3 6.5 6.7 6.6

Quarter mile

15.4 15 14.6 14.9

Engine

3.6L V6

3.0L I-6

3.0L V6

3.0L V6

Top speed (mph)

152

142

153 152

The 2018 Porsche is the slowest of the lot in the base trim, for every performance run. The X5 has the quickest 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds, thanks to the responsive gearbox, a lower ride height, and lower weight. The Audi Q7 sprints from 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds, whereas the Rover takes  6.7 seconds.  The Range Rover has the best quarter-mile time of 14.6 seconds. The Q7 falls just shot at 14.9 seconds. The X5 takes 15 seconds. Top sped is the most on the Range Rover as well, at 153 mph.

2018 Porshe Cayenne Riding and handling

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne with the AWD setup handles like a charm. The driving dynamics are on point, and the linear power delivery with the slick gearbox improves things even more. The handling for a car of this size is impressive. Driving this in the city will not be an issue, due to the supremely balanced chassis and the well-tuned suspension setup.

2018 Porsche Cayenne in motion

The steering is precise with good responses. Around turns, the steering turns as per the input and inspire confidence. On straights, the car is very stable and the ride quality is composed and smooth. The different driving modes on offer also change the steering characteristics and the load on the steering.

2018 Porsche Cayenne Braking

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne braking setup consists of an a13.8-inch front brake rotor and a 13-inch rear brake rotor. The car's curb weight stands at 4486 lbs, and the base Cayenne stops from 60 mph to a standstill within a distance of 126 feet. This is quite slow for an SUV of this segment, as rivals perform better.

2018 Porsche Cayenne brakes

The 2018 Cayenne S takes just 108 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is a major improvement from the lower trim base Cayenne. This is because the S trim gets a bigger front brake of 14.2 inches and a rear brake of 13 inches.

Model

2018 Porsche Cayenne SUV

2018 BMW X5

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2018 Audi Q7

Brake Front (in.)

13.8

13.7

14.3

14.8

Brake Rear (in.)

13.0

12.6

13.8

13.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4488

4680

4839

4938

60-0 MPH (ft.)

126

120

124

117

Despite the Cayenne being the lightest car in this comparison, it stops the last. The Q7 is the heaviest car and the quickest to stop at 117 feet. The X5 takes 120 feet to stop, whereas the Range Rover Sport stops within a distance of 124 feet. The Q7 gets the biggest front brake rotor at 14.8 inches, whereas the Range Rover and the Q7 get the largest rear brake at 13.8 inches.

2018 Porsche Cayenne Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne with the 3.6L V6 returns 18 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 20 mpg combined. The Cayenne S returns 17 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and has a combined mileage of 20 mpg. The Cayenne gets a fuel capacity of 26.4 gallons. With the 3.6L standard engine, the car range stands at 475.2 city miles and 633.6 highway miles.

Model

2018 Porsche Cayenne SUV

2018 BMW X5

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2018 Audi Q7

MPG (city)

18

18

17

19

MPG (highway)

24

25

23

25

MPG (combined)

20

21

19

21

Fuel Capacity (gallons) 26.4 22.4 27.3 22.5
Range (city/highway) (miles) 475.2/633.6 403.2/560 464.1/627.9 427.5/562.5

The least efficient car with a combined mileage of 19 mpg is the Range Rover thanks to its supercharger and more power output. The BMW X5 and the Q7 have the same mileage at 21 mpg combined, which is the best among these four. The Q7 is the most efficient in the city with its 19 mpg mileage, whereas the X5 and the Q7 are the most efficient on the highway with a mileage of 25 mpg. The Range Rover has the most fuel capacity at 27 gallons and this gives it a range similar to the Cayenne. Despite being very fuel-efficient, the X5 and the Q7 do not provide the kind of range the Range Rover and the Cayenne provide. The most city range and highway range is on the Cayenne itself.

2018 Porsche Cayenne Interior

9.9/10

"The Porsche Cayenne is comfortable for a crowd, but it may not be as spacious as the size woud indicate ." - TheCarConnection

2018 Porsche Cayenne Seating and Comfort

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne's interiors are like other Porsche cars: excellent in terms of build quality. The interiors of the Cayenne boast seamless panels with no gaps, soft-touch surfaces, and a variety of trim-finished surfaces. The materials in the cabin are of high quality, and the overall fit and finish of the Cayenne's interiors are very attractive. The Cayenne's interior placement and arrangement of the buttons, knobs, features are very thoughtful and logical, with a very practical approach. The driving position will accommodate all, and it's very much normal (like other SUVs) unlike the low-slung seating in the 911s.

2018 Porsche Cayenne front seats

The five-seater Cayenne has a quiet interior, with no outside noises leaking into the car. There are a ton of front-seat designs on offer, and all these seats offer similar levels of cushioning and comfort. Even the bolstering and back support is excellent, which can make the Cayenne a great car for long journeys. The rear seat comes with reclining and sliding functionality, and the 40/20/40 split function makes the rear a great comfortable place to sit for hours in. Ingress and egress are easy, thanks to the car's wide and large doors, which are not very heavy to open or close. Visibility throughout the cabin is excellent, thanks to the large side windows and broad windshield. 

Model

2018 Porsche Cayenne SUV

2018 BMW X5

2108 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2018 Audi Q7

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

7

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

39.6/58.9/N/A

40.5/61.5/40.4

39.5/60.7/42.2

38.4/59.5/41.7

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

N/A

38.8/60/36.6 39.1/59.5/37

38.8/58.5/38.8

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

N/A

N/A

N/A

35.9/49.4/29.2

There's not much information available about Cayenne's interior data. Apart from the Q7, all seat 5 cars whereas the Q7 is a seven-seater. In the front, the X5 has the most headroom, whereas the Range Rover has the most legroom. The middle row has the most height in the Land Rover Range Rover, whereas the middle row legroom is the best in the Q7. The Audi Q7's third row is not very comfortable, but it'll do for short drives.

2018 Porsche Cayenne rear seats

Some interior features on the Cayenne are:

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Eight-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Carbon-fiber interior trim (opt)
  • Partial/Full leather upholstery
  • Front sport seats (opt)
  • Heated steering wheel (opt)

2018 Porsche Cayenne Infotainment

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne gets Porsche's PCM 4.0 infotainmet system. This is a very simple and user-friendly system, thanks to the straightforward layout that makes navigating through the various menu options an easy task. The touchscreen is quick at responses, and has a fluid motion to ts working. The infotainment system on the Cayenne has more optional features than any other SUV in this segment. Standard features include satellite radio, USB/auxiliary input, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, navigation, and a 10-speaker audio system. There is also a 4.8-inch driver information display on offer.

2018 Porsche Cayenne dash and infotainment

Some other infotainment features include:

  • AM/FM stereo
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Radio Data system
  • Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment ($2,590)
  • Bose Surround sound system ($1,690)
  • Burmester High-End Surround sound system ($5,700)

2018 Porsche Cayenne Cargo capacity

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne has a standard cargo capacity of 23.7 cu-ft, which is quite under par. The maximum cargo capacity stands at 62.9 cu-ft, with the rear row folded down. This is actually not bad for a luxury SUV. 

Model

2018 Porsche Cayenne SUV

2018 BW X5 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2018 Audi Q7

Standard cargo capacity (cu-ft)

23.7

35.8

27.5

14.8

Cargo capacity with seats folded down (cu-ft)

23.7

35.8 27.5

37.5

Maximum cargo capacity (cu-ft)

62.9

76.7 62.2

71.6

The Q7 has the least standard space at 14.8 cu-ft, whereas the X5 has the most at 35.8 cu-ft. The Range Rover has a standard cargo space of 27.5 cu-ft, similar to the Cayenne. The maximum cargo capacity is on the X5 again, at 76.7 cu-ft. The Range Rover offers a similar space to the Cayenne at 62 cu-ft. The Q7's maximum cargo capacity is 71.6 cu-ft.

2018 Porsche Cayenne Exterior

8.5/10

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne's exterior gets no changes at all. The exterior on the Cayenne is very elegant and sports a beautiful design language. There are a few design cues that come straight from the 911, but that is not a bad thing at all. Upfront, the Cayenne features the same quad headlight as seen on other Porsche cars. The grille is wide and is complemented with foglights just under. From the side, the car's crossover styling is very evident, and every angle shows the rounded muscular shape of the Cayenne that emits vibes of a sports car. The huge wheels with the deep wheel arches suit well with the car's dimensions, and there are a few good options for rim design as well.

2018 Porsche Cayenne three quarters front view

The rear of the car is very simple, with a roof-mounted spoiler and oval-shaped taillights that remind us again of the Porsche performance coupes. The Cayenne gets black brake calipers, whereas the Cayenne S gets silver calipers. Dimensionally, the Cayenne is 4488 lbs heavy, has a length of 191 inches, is nearly 79 inches wide, and is 67.5 inches tall. The car has a ground clearance of 8.5 inches, with a wheelbase of 114 inches. The car also comes with loads of optional exterior equipment as well. 

Model

2018 Porsche Cayenne SUV

2018 BMW X5 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2018 Audi Q7

Curb weight (lbs.)

4488 4680

4839

4938

Length(in)

191.1

192.4

192

199.6

Width(in)

78.7

76.3

78.7

77.5

Height(in)

67.4

69.4 71

68.5

Ground clearance (in)

8.5

8.2 7.9

9.3

Wheelbase (in)

114.0

115.5

115.0

117.9

Track width (in) F/R

65.2/65.7

64.7/65

66.5/66.3

66.1/66.6

Dimensional differences between the Cayenne, X5, and Range Rover Sport are not easy to make out. The Q7 is substantially longer, at nearly 200 inches. The Range Rover and the Cayenne have the most width, which also explains the roomy open seating in the Cayenne. The Range Rover is the tallest with a height of 71 inches. The Q7 has the longest wheelbase. The Cayenne is the lightest car here, whereas the Q7 is the heaviest.

2018 Porsche Cayenne three quarters rear view

Some exterior features on the Porsche Cayenne are:

  • Foglights
  • Sunroof
  • 18-inch/19-inch alloy wheels
  • Xenon headlights
  • Power tailgate
  • Roof-mounted spoiler

2018 Porsche Cayenne Safety

9.0/10

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne has not been crash-tested by either the NHTSA or the IIHS, so there are no safety ratings available. However, the Cayenne gets an impressive list of safety features, and there are optional features as well. There are no standard advanced safety features. The list of safety features comprises six airbags, traction control, stability control, seatbelt pretensioners, tire pressure monitoring system, and engine immobilizer. ParkAssist Front and Rear cameras are standard as well.

2018 Porsche Cayenne Platinum edition

Other safety features are:

  • Forward Collision warning
  • Lane departure warning with active lane control
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Surround-view camera system
  • ParkAssist Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Hill-descent control

2018 Porsche Cayenne Competition

2018 Porsche Cayenne v 2018 BMW X5

The 2018 BMW X5 is a better car than the Cayenne in most terms. The X5 is quicker than the Cayenne, has a powerful engine, and also has better braking performance. The BMW X5 also is more fuel-efficient than the Cayenne, but the Cayenne offers a longer range thanks to its larger fuel tank. The Cayenne also has more premium interiors, but the BMW is not far behind. Both the cars have great driving dynamics, but we prefer the Cayenne's handling to the X5's.

2018 BMW X5

The X5 is a comfortable and spacious 5-seater with a better cargo capacity than the Cayenne. It also has high safety ratings and benefits with better reliability ratings as well. The X5 is more oriented as a family-luxury SUV, and this opens up a lot of opportunities for the BMW X5. Also, it's much cheaper than the Cayenne.

2018 Porsche Cayenne vs 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a direct competitor to the Cayenne, with both the cars having blown-out price tags. The Range Rover Sport has a powerful and torquey engine, and this gives it better performance run times as well compared to the Cayenne. The Cayenne on the other handis more fuel-efficient with slightly more range. In terms of driving and handling, the Land Rover is excellent, but the Cayenne's mix of comfort, high speed, and handling is hard to match.

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Both the cars have plush interiors and are very luxurious. The Range Rover Sport can also double up as an off-roader, a much much better one than the Cayenne. Both the cars have not been crash-tested, but the Range Rover's standard safety list is just a notch better than the Cayenne's. Both the cars get tons of optional equipment that can raise the costs pretty tall, but all in all the Cayenne is more affordable than the Range Rover.

2018 Porsche Cayenne Final Verdict

Deviating away from the boxy looks of an SUV with its monocoque body and 911 inspired front fascia the 2018 iteration of a once accused of diluting the racing heritage of Porsche is all round stunner in almost every parameter. 2018 Porsche Cayenne is the last of the second generation of Porsche which was released in 2011 due to the facelift that is scheduled for 2019. The 2019 Porsche Cayenne will be start of the third generation of the Cayenne series and will have a major facelift and spec bump too. Cayenne is the way to go if not then go with one of its foes.


2018 Porsche Cayenne FAQs

How much does the 2018 Porsche Cayenne cost?

The MSRP for the entry-level 2018 Cayenne is $60,600.

How does the Cayenne fair in terms of reliability?

There have been no major reliability issues on the Cayenne, thanks to the car's solid build.

What's the yearly maintenance on the 2018 Porsche Cayenne?

The yearly car maintenance costs for the Cayenne come to around $1,240.

How many miles will the 2018 Porsche Cayenne run for?

The Cayenne should run for at least 150,000 miles with proper maintenance.

Which car can be a good alternative to the 2018 Porsche Cayenne?

Check out the 2018 BMW X5 on carindigo as an alternative to the Cayenne. It offers a similar performance, has similar interiors, and also gets high safety ratings. The X5 is more affordable as well and has lower annual maintenance costs.

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