A Porsche dealership used to mean one thing, which was basically sports cars for sale. That all changed significantly around 17 years ago when the German luxury brand then gave us the first high-performance crossover SUV in the shape of the Porsche Cayenne. The combination of an SUV body style with lots of space and practicality and the astonishing performance Porsche has always been known for proved a big success. Performance SUVs are now reasonably common, but the third-generation 2019 Porsche Cayenne is still the standard by which all others are judged.
If you go to a sports car dealer to check out a new 2019 Porsche Cayenne, you'll find it comes in four different trims. The traditional gasoline-powered versions are the Cayenne, Cayenne S and the Cayenne Turbo, but there's also now a more fuel-efficient Cayenne E-Hybrid too.
There are three gasoline powertrains in the 2019 Porsche Cayenne lineup, and all three are quite simply superb. The base engine is a 3.0-liter V6 turbo developing 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque that would be more than enough for most SUVs. That's just the start though, because the Cayenne S boasts a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 delivering a sensational 440 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. If that's still not enough the Cayenne Turbo has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 under the hood which then puts 550 hp and 567 lb-ft at the crossover's disposal.
Those with an eye towards fuel economy might prefer the hybrid option instead. It's certainly no compromise option though, as it still offers a combined 455 hp along with an electric-only driving range of almost 27 miles.
This is an SUV crossover that driving enthusiasts can love. The media agrees as the Car Connection wrote of the 2019 Porsche Cayenne: "The 2019 Cayenne sports familiar Porsche powertrains with copious thrust, a slew of electromechanical handling aids, and a sense of poise and composure that’s unattainable by some sports cars we know and love."
As Porsche hasn't tried to squeeze a third row of seats into the Cayenne, there's plenty of space for five people and a decent amount of cargo capacity. This third-generation model is 2.5 inches longer and around an inch wider than its predecessor, and that means even more practicality. This is a genuine five-seater, as the second row comfortably accommodates three adults, and comfortably is an understatement. As well as plenty of space, the interior is every bit as luxurious, cosseting and opulent as buyers would want and expect from a top-class luxury SUV.
Leather upholstery, power adjustable front seats, LED headlights, navigation, satellite radio, a ten-speaker audio system, and 19-inch wheels are standard, along with an impressive four-year/50,000-mile warranty. Stepping up to the S adds 20-inch alloys, adaptive suspension and a glass roof, while the Cayenne Turbo gets 21-inch wheels, heated front and rear seats and an active rear spoiler.
Because of the price and sales volume of the 2019 Porsche Cayenne there are no NHTSA or IIHS crash-test ratings, but buyers can rest assured, as the Porsche comes with a long list of safety features. A rearview camera, forward-collision warnings and automatic emergency braking are all standard. Higher trims then make adaptive cruise control, active lane control, a surround-view camera system, LED-matrix headlights and even night vision available.