Practicality and Boot Space
As you’d expect from such a large SUV, there’s loads of interior space. It’s big up front and even six-footers can get very comfortable in the back seats; middle passengers, less so - but that’s pretty normal. The Cayenne has an enormous 645-litre boot which is larger than the BMW X5’s, but unlike the Volvo XC90 Recharge, the Porsche is a strict five-seater – but that’s what you’d expect from an SUV that prioritises performance. The boot offers no practical touches, though, other than the large space on offer. There’s no underfloor storage and the charging cables live in a large case – not a squishy bag, and consequently are quite intrusive.
The amount of standard technology on board is pretty good. The E-Hybrid gets a large touchscreen with sat nav and Apple CarPlay, LED headlights, cruise control and front and rear parking sensors. The Turbo S E-Hybrid adds fancier, anti-dazzle headlights, Sport Chrono pack (a dashboard-mounted stopwatch and extra driving modes) and a Bose sound system among other nice things. But, in typical Porsche style, all the really nice toys are on the options list so that means using the online configurator which opens up millions of different combinations. It will also mean you have to open up your cheque book...
The Cayenne gets a full five-star safety rating from independent crash testers, EuroNCAP, with a very impressive 95% score for adult safety. As standard, the Cayenne gets a whole raft of airbags, crash prevention systems and even an active bonnet (that pops up and cushions an unfortunate pedestrian’s head), but again, some of the most desirable safety and convenience features are on the options list. Blind spot assist – a feature that comes as standard on cars costing half the Cayenne’s price – is a £545 option and Night Vision (which beams an infrared image onto the dials to aid driving at night) costs £1,500.