The Porsche Cayenne was launched in 2003 to howls from Porsche purists. An SUV from an automaker that had beforehand made solely sports activities vehicles did look like a stretch on the time. However the Cayenne has develop into a mainstay of Porsche’s lineup, vastly outselling the German agency’s conventional sports activities vehicles.
Porsche pushed issues even additional with the introduction of a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the Cayenne in 2014. That concept apparently labored out as effectively, as a result of a redesigned 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is about to go on sale as a part of the third-generation Cayenne lineup. Porsche’s targets for this newest plug-in hybrid are as formidable as ever.
At a beginning value of $81,150 (together with a compulsory vacation spot cost), Porsche guarantees effectivity and SUV practicality, with out sacrificing efficiency. The newest Cayenne E-Hybrid additionally has to face off in opposition to plug-in hybrid SUVs from the likes of BMW, Land Rover, and Volvo. That’s loads to ask of 1 car.
Identical Porsche type
Some plug-in hybrids work arduous to promote their eco-friendly credentials, however that’s not the goal of the Cayenne E-Hybrid. Apart from vivid inexperienced brake calipers and badging trim (which may be deleted upon request), and a cost port, the E-Hybrid appears like every other Cayenne. That is just like different luxurious plug-in hybrid SUVs just like the BMW X5 xDrive40e, Land Rover Vary Rover Sport P400e, and Volvo XC90 T8. These automobiles are all thought of to be variants of their respective producers’ midsize SUVs, reasonably than standalone fashions. Within the case of the Cayenne, which means folks will discover that you simply’re driving a Porsche earlier than they discover that you simply’re driving a plug-in hybrid.
The Cayenne E-Hybrid inside follows the identical sample as the outside, which isn’t a nasty factor. Like different Cayenne fashions, the upright dashboard and central tachometer reference the Porsche 911. You even flip a key-shaped change, situated within the conventional Porsche spot to the left of the steering wheel, to start out the E-Hybrid. Little touches like these assist distinguish the Cayenne from different luxurious SUVs, giving the inside a bit of additional character.
The inside design isn’t all about fan service, although. The Cayenne E-Hybrid sports activities a 12.Three-inch touchscreen infotainment system with high-quality graphics. Porsche presents Apple CarPlay compatibility, however not Android Auto (that will change quickly). The central tachometer is flanked by reconfigurable digital shows, which may be manipulated utilizing thumb wheels on the steering-wheel spokes. The shows present issues just like the movement of energy from the battery pack and gasoline engine, in addition to how a lot power you’re recuperating from regenerative braking.
Once you change the Cayenne into its most aggressive setting, it really helps recharge the battery.
General, the inside is a pleasant place to be, however loads is dependent upon how it’s outfitted. We beloved the non-obligatory 14-way and 18-way energy adjustable sport seats, which provided each sturdy aspect bolstering and a cushty really feel, in addition to a therapeutic massage operate. The mix completely suited the Cayenne’s mission in life. The bottom seats, whereas comfy, lacked the bolstering to maintain the motive force in place throughout arduous cornering – one thing the Porsche badge encourages. Equally, we discovered the dearth of a typical power-adjustable steering column odd in a roughly $80,000 car ostensibly designed for driving lovers. A very good driving expertise begins with getting the steering wheel and seat in the proper place, and energy adjustability for the steering column makes that loads simpler.
On the sensible aspect, the E-Hybrid presents barely much less cargo house than another Cayenne variants. That’s as a result of the battery pack sits beneath the cargo flooring. The distinction isn’t very noticeable in actual life, although. Within the E-Hybrid, the cargo flooring is flush with the lip of the tailgate, whereas it’s barely beneath the extent of the tailgate in different Cayenne fashions. The lower in cargo house will possible be offset by larger ease in loading and unloading.
Plug-in hybrid variations of the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90 supply extra cargo house, however as a result of Porsche didn’t launch a whole set of inside measurements, it’s unattainable to make a direct comparability on passenger quantity. Nevertheless, it’s value noting that the Volvo XC90 is out there as a seven-seater, whereas the Cayenne is a five-seater solely.
A spacious inside and an honest quantity of cargo house are SUV stipulations, however what units the Cayenne E-Hybrid aside is the way in which it drives. A Porsche SUV with a plug-in hybrid powertrain was all the time going to be an uncommon proposition, however the E-Hybrid delivered in methods past the plain. Certain, the Cayenne E-Hybrid presents Porsche-worthy driving dynamics in an efficiency-focused bundle, however the way in which it does that’s exceptional. The advanced powertrain and its many associated tech options work so seamlessly that every one you must do is put your foot down.
The Cayenne E-Hybrid powertrain consists of a Three.Zero-liter turbocharged V6 and eight-speed automated transmission (not one of many PDK dual-clutch gearboxes utilized in another Porsche fashions), working with an electrical motor and 14.1-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. Collectively, the V6 engine and electrical motor ship 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque to all 4 wheels.
The cut up between gasoline and electrical energy is set by a knob on the steering wheel. The Cayenne defaults to E-Energy mode, which makes use of the electrical motor solely, supplied there may be sufficient cost within the battery pack. Hybrid Auto mixes gasoline and electrical propulsion, whereas Sport and Sport Plus deploy each energy sources within the identify of pace. When the Cayenne is working on electrical energy, pushing the proper pedal previous a particular detent level kicks on the V6 engine, just like the kickdown switches in standard automatic-transmission vehicles. We discovered the detent to be a lot additional into the pedal’s journey than the Bentley Bentayga Hybrid from Porsche’s sibling model, making it simpler to keep up an all-electric cruise. The Cayenne can drive solely on electrical energy at speeds as much as 83 mph, in response to Porsche.
General, the inside was a pleasant place to be. However loads is dependent upon how it’s outfitted.
Porsche claims the Cayenne E-Hybrid will do zero to 60 mph in four.7 seconds with launch management engaged, and attain a high pace of 157 mph. That’s considerably faster than the BMW X5, Vary Rover Sport, and Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrids, though none of these fashions supply launch management. Then once more, that exhibits the place Porsche’s priorities are. We didn’t get to check launch management, however simply pulling away from a cease is lots thrilling. We’ve pushed many different automobiles that depend on the moment torque of electrical motors for fast acceleration, however within the Cayenne E-Hybrid it was like we had been experiencing it for the primary time.
As if that wasn’t sufficient, the Cayenne E-Hybrid additionally has a “Sport Response” button that provides a 20-second increase of energy. It could look like a gimmick nevertheless it actually is useful for one of the necessary on a regular basis purposes of automotive efficiency: passing slower automobiles. Pull out into the overtaking lane, press the button (which is situated on the drive-mode knob) and people gradual pokes can be in your rearview mirror very quickly.
The Cayenne E-Hybrid isn’t simply good in a straight line. It could be a tall, heavy SUV, nevertheless it corners like a sports activities automotive. Energetic suspension is commonplace, whereas Porsche Dynamic Chassis Management is out there as an choice to tame physique management. With each options, the Cayenne takes corners effortlessly. You merely level it in the proper route, and it follows the highway like a slot automotive. Porsche additionally presents a rear-wheel steering system (which works at speeds as much as 49 mph), and carbon-ceramic brakes (cast-iron brakes are commonplace). These options work collectively seamlessly; all the motive force must do is twist the drive-mode knob into Sport or Sport Plus mode and the Cayenne transforms from comfy cruiser to nook carver. Letting the automotive do the entire work does take a few of the enjoyable out of driving, admittedly, nevertheless it in the event you crave extra involvement, you may all the time purchase a Cayman.
The sensible stuff
The principle motive to purchase a plug-in hybrid just like the Cayenne E-Hybrid over a traditional SUV is decreased gasoline consumption, however EPA fuel-economy and electric-range rankings for the Porsche aren’t out there at the moment. We achieved 21.9 mpg over a day of (admittedly vigorous) driving, in response to the automotive’s journey laptop. As with all plug-in hybrids, the extent of effectivity depends on how a lot time is spent working on electrical energy. The E-Hybrid must be frequently charged and pushed in electrical mode to get the utmost profit.
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A Three.6-kilowatt onboard charger is commonplace, however consumers can improve to a sooner, 7.2-kW charger. Nevertheless, Porsche doesn’t supply a DC fast-charging choice. The Cayenne may recuperate a restricted quantity of electrical energy on the go, with each E-Cost and Sport Plus modes. Sure, whenever you change the Cayenne into its most aggressive setting, it really helps recharge the battery. Sport Plus mode is the faster approach to recuperate power, nevertheless it’s additionally much less environment friendly as a result of the gasoline engine is working more durable. Even within the slower E-Cost mode, we had been capable of recuperate three miles of electrical vary in about 10 minutes of downhill driving.
Porsche presents a four-year, 50,000-mile, guarantee with a 12-year corrosion guarantee. The automaker additionally pays for the car’s first servicing at a dealership. The E-Hybrid is a brand new mannequin, however different variations of the Cayenne have obtained lower-than-average reliability scores from Shopper Studies. As a model, Porsche ranked pretty low in the newest J.D. Energy Preliminary High quality Research. Crash check scores from the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) aren’t out there at the moment.
With the 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid, Porsche got down to create three automobiles in a single. This newest model of the third-generation Cayenne was designed to be a sensible SUV and an environment friendly plug-in hybrid, whereas retaining the soul of a sports activities automotive. It’s arduous to imagine one thing like that could possibly be attainable, till you get behind the wheel.
Driving round city or cruising in visitors, the Cayenne E-Hybrid is a superbly civilized luxurious car with a high-quality inside and spectacular infotainment system. However that can be stated of competitor luxurious plug-in hybrid SUVs. The Volvo XC90 T8 is arguably the higher SUV, because of its additional cargo house and non-obligatory third-row seat. Upcoming new variations of the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE plug-in hybrids might additionally surpass the Cayenne in relation to utility and luxurious.
However no rival can match the way in which the Porsche responds whenever you put your foot down and level the nostril right into a nook. The Cayenne E-Hybrid is quick whenever you need it to be, however doesn’t require any compromises whenever you don’t.
How DT would configure this automotive
Our superb 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid would come with a number of non-obligatory extras. We might swap the usual entrance seats for the 18-way power-adjustable sport seats, and go for the non-obligatory 7.2-kW onboard charger. We might additionally add Porsche Dynamic Chassis Management, rear-wheel steering, and carbon-ceramic brakes. Porsche hasn’t launched pricing for particular person choices, however it will add as much as a big improve over the Cayenne E-Hybrid’s $81,150 base value.
Must you get one?
Sure. The Cayenne E-Hybrid just isn’t low-cost, nevertheless it’s an ideal all-rounder. It presents SUV practicality, and the added effectivity of a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Whereas it’s not as pure a driving expertise as you get in, say, a Boxster, the Porsche DNA is unmistakable.