Porsche Cayenne Diesel Review

May 22, 2023
David Sunnyside

The Cayenne is a mighty beast, and while Porsche purists are aghast at the idea of a diesel SUV bearing the company's hallowed crest, the fact is that it makes sense for this hefty sport-ute. The diesel engine combines compact car highway fuel economy with brisk acceleration and adequate towing capability.

Our tester, which was loaded with $43,840 in options, including the $2205 18-way adaptive sport seats and memory package, had a V6 turbodiesel rated at 193 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. This provides plenty of grunt for a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds and a top towing rating of 7,716 pounds with a braked trailer. Its quiet and refined nature also means that you can drive it on the highway without suffering from the usual diesel clatter or rattle you'd expect to hear.

The Cayenne is the most agile SUV in its class and has an impressive amount of driver assist tech, too. A blind spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert are standard, while a lane departure warning system and forward-collision prevention with automatic emergency braking are available. Its standard infotainment system is easy to use and features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. It has not been crash-tested by the IIHS or NHTSA, but it does offer a rearview camera and an advanced front-collision warning system with autonomous braking. Upgrades include surround-sound systems from Bose and Burmester. A trailer hitch is also available. This year, a new exterior design brings a more streamlined look and a lower grille with sculpted borders that's reminiscent of the 911 sports car. It's a subtle change that may be difficult to spot unless you compare two Cayennes side-by-side.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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