2015 Porsche Cayenne | new car review

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 by
2015 Porsche Cayenne
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AEDAED 273,000 - 692,800
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  • Exterior
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  • Interior
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  • Quality
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  • Features
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  • Performance
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  • Value for money
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  • Verdict
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Review Summary:

The Cayenne is a vehicle that has garnered mixed reactions since the first generation model surfaced back in 2002. Currently in third generation guise, the German SUV goes up against one of the most questionable vehicles out there, the BMW X6.

Pros

The new engine line-up is fascinating to say the least.

Cons

Practicality of the hybrid variant remains to be seen.

Looks

In its latest iteration, Porsche engineers have given the Cayenne an even sharper design with precise lines and purposefully placed light refracting edges. At first glance, the new Cayenne is a Porsche through and through with its bi-xenon headlights and four-point LED daytime running lights. Hop over to the rear, however, and that’s where majority of the changes have taken place. While alterations to the tail lamps and exhaust outlets are prominent, keen eyed Porsche enthusiasts will also notice the neater integration of the license plate and boot handle into the boot lid.

2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo front

Feels

Identical to its predecessor for the most part, much of the layout has been shaped around the driver, with a new multifunction sport steering wheel featuring paddle shifters as standard. The rear seating system has also been made more comfortable, with optional seat ventilation now available for the very first time.

2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid Interior

Engineering

Available in eight flavours, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne comes in numerous variations, with the highlight being the hybrid variant. Being the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, in conjunction with the Panamera S E-Hybrid and the 918 Spyder, make Porsche the world’s only car maker to offer three plug-in hybrid models.

2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo rear

What’s on offer?

The weakest engine in the line-up is the one that finds refuge under the hood of the 2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel. Putting out 245 horsepower from its 3.0 litre 6-cylinder engine, it is no match for the 4.8 litre Biturbo V8 unit found in Cayenne Turbo. Demolishing a 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 4.5 seconds, the 520 horsepower and 750 Nm of torque output is highly remarkable. Venturing into E-Hybrid territory, however, will bestow you with a 3.0 litre supercharged V6 engine that puts out a respectable 416 horsepower and a flatly astonishing 590 Nm of torque, that is made available from just 1,250 RPM.

2015 Porsche Cayenne S Diesel front

Summing it…

While the BMW X6 is a little long in the tooth, the latest alterations to the Porsche Cayenne give it a slightly fresher appearance. In addition to its exterior appeal, the SUV from Stuttgart also wears a lower starting price tag of just AED 273,000. The way we see it, it’s a no brainer, really.

2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel front

Specifications

Specifications2015 Porsche Cayenne2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel2015 Porsche Cayenne S
Engine/ Cylinders3.6 litre / 6-cyl3.0 litre / 6-cyl3.6 litre / 6-cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
300 hp @ 6,300 RPM245 hp @ 4,000 RPM420 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
400 Nm @ 3,000 RPM550 Nm @ 2,750 RPM550 Nm @ 4,500 RPM
Tranmission8 speed automatic8 speed automatic8 speed automatic
DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h7.7 secs7.3 secs5.5 secs
Top speed230 km/h221 km/h259 km/h
PriceAED 273,000AED 275,000AED 326,900

Specifications2015 Porsche Cayenne S Diesel2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS
Engine/ Cylinders4.1 litre / 8-cyl3.0 litre / 6-cyl3.6 litre / 6-cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
385 hp @ 3,750 RPM416 hp @ 5,500 RPM440 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
850 Nm @ 2,750 RPM590 Nm @ 4,000 RPM600 Nm @ 5,000 RPM
Tranmission8 speed automatic8 speed automatic8 speed automatic
DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h5.4 secs5.9 secs5.2 secs
Top speed252 km/h243 km/h262 km/h
PriceAED 331,800AED 321,200AED 372,100

Specifications2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
Engine/ Cylinders4.8 litre / 8-cyl4.8 litre / 8-cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
520 hp @ 6,000 RPM570 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
750 Nm @ 4,000 RPM800 Nm @ 4,000 RPM
Tranmission8 speed automatic8 speed automatic
DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h4.5 secs4.1 secs
Top speed279 km/h284 km/h
PriceAED 552,100AED 692,800

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