2010 Porsche Cayenne | new car review

Posted on May 13, 2010 by









The 2010 Cayenne is the first major overhaul to ’s luxury SUV since it was launched in 2003.

Although the original was facelifted in 2007, this new 2010 model is all-new; bigger and with revised styling, more power, reduced fuel economy and improved interior quality, while the range has been slimmed down.

For the first time, Porsche is offering the Cayenne in diesel and hybrid forms and well as with conventional petrol power. As well as the luxury expected in a car that starts at 241,000AED, Porsche promises that the Cayenne will perform both and off-road, and it has the technology to back that claim up.

2010 Porsche Cayenne

2010 Porsche Cayenne

The entry-level car in the range is the Cayenne, which comes with a 3.6-litre V6 engine producing 300bhp (10bhp more than the 2009 model). Fuel consumption is reduced compared by 20 percent compared to its predecessor, and it’s 165kg lighter.

The Cayenne diesel boasts a 3.0-litre, 240bhp V6 engine and an impressive 550Nm of torque, while the Cayenne S puts out 400bhp from its 4.8-litre V8 (up 15bhp) and cuts its weight by 180kg.

The Cayenne S Hybrid uses a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 engine and a 47bhp electric motor to produce combined figures of 380bhp and 580Nm of torque and just 1,000rpm.

This takes it very close to the regular Cayenne S in terms of performance, but with polluting CO2 emissions lower than the base Cayenne and fuel economy of just 8.2 litres per 100km (combined).

The range-topping Cayenne Turbo boasts a turbocharged version of the 4.8-litre V8 engine and puts out 500bhp.

2010 Porsche Cayenne

2010 Porsche Cayenne

All the 2010 Cayennes come with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, which Porsche says is advanced enough to mean that a low-ratio box is not necessary for off-road use.

The equipment range is also impressive, but beware – the options list can significantly ramp the price up if you’re not careful.

Available features include 18-way adjustable sports seats, Porsche Communications Management, a rear seat entertainment system and sound systems from either Bose or Burmester.

Safety features include front, front side curtain airbags as standard, while rear side airbags are optional. Also included is a rollover detection system and Porsche Stability Management, which brings together ABS, electronic stability control and traction control, as well as a trailer stability system. High performance carbon-ceramic brakes are available as an option.

2010 Porsche Cayenne

2010 Porsche Cayenne

Crash test information about the 2010 Porsche Cayenne is not available.

2010 Porsche Cayenne

Engine: 3.6-litre V6
Max power (bhp/rpm): 300/6,300
Max torque (Nm/rpm): 400/3,000
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Kerb weight: 1,995kg
Price (AED):

Cayenne Diesel
Engine: 3.0-litre V6
Max power (bhp/rpm): 240/4,000-4,400
Max torque (Nm/rpm): 550/2,000-2,250
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Kerb weight: 2,100kg
Price (AED): 247,600


2010 Porsche Cayenne

2010 Porsche Cayenne

Cayenne S
Engine: 4.8-litre V8
Max power (bhp/rpm): 400/6,500
Max torque (Nm/rpm): 500/3,500-5,300
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Kerb weight: 2,065kg
Price (AED): 289,400

Cayenne S Hybrid
Engine: 3.0-litre V6 supercharged
Max power (bhp/rpm): 380/5,500 (combined)
Max torque (Nm/rpm): 580/1,000 (combined)
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Kerb weight: 2,240kg
Price (AED): 308,900

Cayenne Turbo
Engine: 4.8-litre V8 turbo
Max power (bhp/rpm): 500/6,000
Max torque (Nm/rpm): 700/2,250-4,500
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Kerb weight: 2,170kg
Price (AED): 474,300

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