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

Go for the upgraded charging and it’ll take two hours to charge. But why Porsche charges you for a cable is beyond us.

  • Range:25-27 miles (WLTP)
  • Battery:17.9kWh
  • Domestic three-pin:6 hours
  • Home wallbox/Public charger (3.6kW / 7.4kW):4 hours / 2 hours
  • Fast charging 20-80% (50kW):N/A

Range

Porsche claims you can eek out the pure electric range up to 22 miles, and it’s just about possible in the Cayenne E-Hybrid in perfect temperatures and ideal traffic conditions; although around 15 is more likely in the winter. Around 19 miles of range is possible in the Turbo S E-Hybrid – if you can trust yourself to drive it carefully. You can even run to 84mph in electric mode, too. Dive into the touchscreen and you can select Battery Hold – which keeps the battery’s power in reserve – or Battery Charge where you use the petrol engine to charge up the pack, in case you want to use it later in a city, for example. But this burns fuel of course, so the best thing is to plug in the car as much as possible. 

Battery

The Cayenne’s 17.9 kWh battery is a big step up from the earlier, previous model Cayenne S E-Hybrid and its 10.8kWh battery pack, and is a reasonable size for such a large SUV. However, it does look a bit weedy compared to the BMW X5 xDrive45’s 24kWh battery and that extra capacity allows the BMW to travel 51 miles on pure electric. Nevertheless, the Porsche’s battery doesn’t encroach on boot room which is a big plus point for a large SUV like this.

Charging

Porsche has put the charging flap on the rear wing of the Cayenne while the petrol cap is in the same place but on the other side of the car. While it looks neat it will probably involve some embarrassing moments at petrol stations and charging points while you get used to it. Embarrassment aside, when you flip open the charging flap you’ll find a Type 2 input and as standard the Cayenne charges up to speeds of 3.6kW. That means a full charge takes four hours. For £500 Porsche will increase the speed to 7.2kW, halving the charging time. You get a three-pin cable as standard but Porsche charges a whopping £300 for a Type 2 cable – yes, you read that right. There’s no DC rapid charging, either, but that’s fairly normal for a PHEV like this.

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