Drive Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid Review

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There’s a car maker around that finally acknowledged the benefits of cars. The most recent is specialist Porsche. Having on its promise never to build a the car maker has now bitten the environmental and fitted a petrol-electric drivetrain to its Cayenne SUV.

The Hybrid is of a five-model Cayenne range which also comprises V6, V8 and V8 Turbo models — is aimed at giving those who may considered the V8 a reason to enjoy performance, using less

Price and equipment

It’s in the middle of the Cayenne range stretches from $103,500 to a $239,900(all plus on-road for the Turbo but the Hybrid is priced and more similarly to the V8 than the affordable V6 models. At $159,900, a $12,000 stretch more the V8, bringing with it claimed 22 per fuel economy benefits.

The Hybrid comes with airconditioning, partial leather front and rear parking reversing camera and electric the driver’s seat, steering and mirrors also have a function. The central colour that controls the main and the satellite-navigation also includes menus specific to the Hybrid to how efficiently you’re driving.

iPod integration is included, as is a sound system, although should consider the optional set-up. It’s one of many expensive) options, some of are standard on the Turbo.

The Cayenne been independently crash yet, but safety features six airbags and a stability control

Under the bonnet

It may be a hybrid, but Porsche hasn’t about performance expectations. The V6 has a supercharger to boost output, with the modest 34kW motor. Overall output is while the impressive 580Nm of torque is available at just

The Hybrid, however, will use its electric motor on its own for gentle from a standstill.

Once the engine kicks in (early) it over most of the driving although call on maximum and the electric motor assists. to throttle inputs are initially though, requiring a more squeeze to spark the 2.2-tonne into action.

The shift to the engine when more is required is generally seamless as are the shifts from the traditional auto the Cayenne Hybrid rather than the CVTs in most hybrid cars. when you come to a stop it occasionally let out a mild rumble and can be some confusion with the brakes when stopping up a

Unlike other Cayennes can split torque infinitely front and rear wheels, the allots 60 per cent to the rear and the 40 per cent to the front.

Of course, the purpose of a hybrid is to save After a generous freeway run and a around town we averaged 11 litres per 100 kilometres.

That’s by four-wheel-drive standards — more so when you consider the is a decent performer able to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds — Lexus’s 4WD hybrid is noticeably efficient.

How it drives

The Cayenne is one of the competent off-roaders through the The electric (rather than steering is reasonably accurate and its doesn’t detract from the of stability.

The brakes, though, let the down. Trying to recapture normally lost as heat, the system is too sensitive and occasionally

They take some used to and never inspire the feel of other Porsches. the most obvious sign the Hybrid has lost some of Porsche precision. The ride the air suspension is a mixed bag, depending on the setting you’ve comfort, normal or firm.

Gone is the low-range four-wheel-drive that was part of the original and allowed slow-speed hill or serious off-roading. Instead, the control system is designed to the most of what is decent but unlikely to scare the traditional

Comfort and practicality

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It may look compact from the outside, but the Cayenne is quite spacious.

no seven-seat option but rear get decent legroom, although a central seat makes it for three.

While the car sits on the road, the view from the seat is more low-slung, the sporty intentions.

Unlike the the cabin of the Cayenne Hybrid is un-hybrid. The layout is almost to that of the regular Cayennes, some tweaks.

An otherwise decent, flat-floored is largely ruined by the spare that sits upright on its side (batteries are beneath the





Engine 4.2-litre V8 diesel, 250kW, 800Nm use/CO2 emissions 9.2L/100km, Pros More efficient as of recent update; oodles of from punchy V8; quality Cons Looks and feels Our score Not yet rated. Price (plus costs) .


Rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars

The second-generation is a more convincing effort the original, though enthusiasts still grumble that not a real Porsche.

That the Hybrid is less compelling predominantly diesel-powered competition. The fuel economy is only OK, it does have the advantage of on cleaner-burning petrol.

Still, that doesn’t the problem that the Cayenne feels somewhat removed the Porsche philosophy of superb controls and enjoyment; the sensitive are a case in point.

And when the more powerful V8 can save you it makes the Hybrid difficult to

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