Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Review

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It mixes a fun driving experience you’d expect from a Porsche with relaxing electric power.

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8/10

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  • Battery size: 14.1 kWh
  • Company car tax: 13%
  • Emissions: 73-81 g/km
  • Range: 25-27 miles (electric)
  • Fuel economy: 91 MPG
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Driven and reviewed by Electrifying.com・ Published: 12/08/2020・Updated: 14/09/2022

Tom Says

“Ok, so you can attach the ‘e-Hybrid’ tag to most Cayennes now, stretching from the base (456bhp/ 0-62mph in 5 seconds) to the Turbo S (676bhp and 62mph in 3.8) and the various Coupes. But they only manage around 20 miles of e-range, and they’re fast, but expensive. ”

Nicki Says

“There's so much to love about the Cayenne and the combination of electric and petrol power means you can cruise through city traffic without running the engine and then enjoy all the driving enjoyment you'd expect when out on the open road. But you have to pay through the nose for it!”

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Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

The 671bhp Turbo S is ballistic – you’re better off sticking with the merely mad E-Hybrid.

  • 0-62mph:5.0 seconds (E-Hybrid) / 3.8 seconds (Turbo S E-Hybrid)
  • Top speed:157mph (E-Hybrid) / 183mph (Turbo S E-Hybrid)

Performance 

No matter which Cayenne plug-in you go for it can run up to 84mph in electric mode, but getting to 84mph in ‘E-Power’ mode takes some time and battery power. That’s because the Cayenne weighs some 2.4 tonnes and if you press the throttle a little too hard the petrol engine will wake up, destroying the eerie silence. With both the 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 and electric motor working together, the performance is staggering and it’ll match a Porsche 911 in a straight line. It does make you think why you’d need the extra 215bhp of the Turbo S E-Hybrid. With 671bhp it’s an impossibly high power figure for UK roads.  

Drive 

Many plug-in hybrid SUVs impress with their on-paper figures and tax benefits but when it comes to actually driving them, the positive words dry up. Not with the Cayenne. Porsche has remembered that even though the two models come with a plug, they are at heart Porsches and they have to thrill owners. The extra weight of the plug-in Cayennes is evident but it doesn’t really matter as the big Porsche goes round corners with better precision than a Range Rover Sport P400e, BMW X5 xDrive45e or a Volvo XC90 Recharge. The steering is direct and the ride is comfortable, and there are a multitude of driving modes – from E-Power (EV mode) to Sport. The only negative point is the brake pedal. It feels a little more rubbery than it does in the BMW, but it’s only a minor niggle.   

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