The 2020 Porsche Cayenne combines hellacious engine power and sports-car-like handling with an opulent, roomy interior. However, it comes up short on cargo space. Because it lacks safety ratings, we don’t give the Cayenne an overall score or ranking
PRICE: $66,800 – $164,400
Pros & Cons
- Powerful engines
- Carlike handling
- Opulent interior
- Roomy, comfortable seats
- Less cargo space than rivals
- Some tricky cabin controls
- Expensive for the class
the Porsche Cayenne is an excellent luxury midsize SUV. The Cayenne has three lively engine choices, with horsepower topping out at 541. This SUV drives like a smaller car and tackles turns with gusto.
A posh interior with a sleek design, cool technology, and ample passenger room make the Cayenne great for long drives. The most notable downside is a shortage of cargo space compared to the rest of the class. The Cayenne Coupe, which is new for 2020, offers even less room for storage.
Should I Buy the Porsche Cayenne?
You should buy a Porsche Cayenne if you want one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs on the market. However, it’ll cost you. A base model starts at almost $67,000, one of the higher retail prices in the class. The S and Turbo models add more powerful engines, increasing the price to $84,300 and $126,500, respectively.
You may also want to consider the Audi Q8 or Mercedes-Benz GLE. Neither SUV quite matches the Cayenne’s driving thrills, but they exceed the Porsche when it comes to luxury, comfort, and technology. They’re a little less expensive as well.
The 2020 Porsche Cayenne is one of the few SUVs that can rival a high-performance sports car in handling and acceleration capability. This year’s Cayenne pushes the sports-car theme even harder with the addition of a so-called coupe body style that sacrifices some practicality for a more car-like profile.
The Cayenne Coupe rides on the same wheelbase as the regular Cayenne, so legroom and cabin storage are unaffected. But the chopped roof that gives the Cayenne Coupe a sleeker look also cuts into rear headroom and the cargo area. Moreover, the coupe’s driver-centric emphasis carries over to the seating configuration — a two-seat back row is standard, though a three-row bench seat is a no-cost option. What the coupe loses in usability, it gains in performance. A number of the Cayenne’s optional features are standard on the coupe, including an adaptive suspension system, the Sport Chrono package (which adds a more aggressive driving mode and launch control), and larger wheels with optional summer performance tires.
Regardless of body style, the Cayenne is one of the most versatile SUVs on the market. It far surpasses its competitors in its handling abilities, making it a true pleasure to drive. The powertrain range is diverse, including two powerful V6 engines, a turbocharged V8 and two plug-in models — including the new, range-topping Turbo S E-Hybrid. There is also a bevy of performance enhancements, an off-road package, and more luxury and safety options than you thought were possible. It has a few downsides — including poor rear visibility, a smaller-than-average cargo area and a high price tag. These minor drawbacks aren’t enough to keep us from recommending the Cayenne, however. If you’re in the market for a performance-minded SUV, or just want a well-rounded luxury crossover, you should put the 2020 Porsche Cayenne on your short list.