The Cayenne has been the best-selling vehicle for Porsche in North America since ever. Being one the first SUVs to fully exploit the “S” abbreviation, this SUV has found a niche of its own with an ever-growing customer base. Apart from being sporty, people generally assume SUVs to be inherently solid and safe. Unsurprisingly, Porsche did the right thing, by choosing the renowned VW MLB platform as the base for the Cayenne. Even though there is no official documentation by the NHTSA of the IIHS, we are pretty sure that this basic platform, shared by a lot many vehicles in one form or the other, in no way compromises safety. The base prices for the 2020 Porsche Cayenne starts from around $66,800 and the main competitor at this price tag would be the BMW X5, the Audi Q7, and the Mercedes Benz GLE Class.

Based on Volkswagen’s MLB Evo platform, the 2020 Porsche Cayenne shares its body and frame with cars like the Volkswagen Touareg, the Audi Q7/Q8, and the Bentley Bentayga. With the variation of this platform being in use for at least a decade now and with many cars built on it scoring the “Top Safety Pick” rating and a five-star rating from the IIHS and NHTSA respectively, there is no doubt about the stability and integrity of the 2020 Porsche Cayenne’s structure.

In addition to the capable structure in use, Porsche also offers a whole host of passive and active safety systems including dual-stage airbags, vehicle stability control systems, park assist with front/rear parking sensors, tire pressure monitoring system, warn and brake assist, and a front collision mitigation system as standard fitment for this model year. That said, premium features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist system, heads-up-display, traffic sign recognition, and a surround view monitoring system were a must-have at this price. But unfortunately, Porsche charges you extra for it with the assistance package.

What features make the 2020 Porsche Cayenne safe?

Some features which make the 2020 Porsche Cayenne safe are –

  • Vehicle stability control systems- The ABS, ESC, and traction control work in tandem to regain vehicle control, with minor brake application and steering correction in case the vehicle slides off course due to heavy braking or quick directional changes.
  • Lane keep/ lane change assist- A series of frontal cameras and sensors help keep the vehicle between the road lane without severing off and also warn drivers about oncoming traffic when changing lanes.
  • Traffic sign recognition- Cameras situated at the front of the vehicle car detect road signs and inform the driver about important traffic signs and caution, if by chance the driver misses it, thereby preventing the risk of a crash.
  • Heads-up-display- This system employs a projector that has been set beneath the dashboard, which projects important vehicle statistics such as speed, engine RPMs, gear, and a handful of other parameters on the windshield. This helps the driver keep his vision on the road while browsing through the information rather than looking down at the instrument console causing a loss of forwarding vision for a fraction of a second.
  • Seat belt pre-tensioners- When the vehicle detects an imminent frontal crash, it automatically tightens the seats to prevent slacks in the system which helps in providing the best restraint to the occupants.
  • 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.
  • Dual stage airbags- Airbags have two inflator modules in which the primary unit helps in deploying the system while the secondary one, helps the airbag inflate to full capacity and last longer. It is known to be safer than a single-stage unit.

Is the 2020 Porsche Cayenne safe?

The Porsche Cayenne is an all-out safe SUV. Even though official data on the different safety parameters are unavailable from the NHTSA or the IIHS, sharing the platform with cars like the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga does not even raise a single question in our minds regarding safety. Also, Porsche has the full suite of passive safety equipment and a handful of driver assistance features equipped on this SUV as standard, further improving safety. However, at this price, we would have loved to see features like Lane keep assist systems, adaptive cruise control, and surround view cameras to comes in as standard fitment rather than offering it a $6,000 assistance package over the already monstrous base price tag.

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