The redesigned-for-2019 Cayenne lives up to its Porsche pedigree with sharp handling, quick acceleration, and a beautifully finished interior. But this SUV’s demeanor may be too intense for drivers who care most about comfort.
The luxury midsized Cayenne is slightly larger than the outgoing version, yet it weighs less, is quicker, and it’s also more fuel efficient. The infotainment system is chock full of up-to-date technology.
Most Cayennes are powered by the base, 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine that produces 335 horsepower. This engine catapults the Cayenne from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, which is on the quick side for the class. That number doesn’t tell the whole story, though. In lower-speed, more congested driving conditions, the Cayenne’s drivetrain is often caught off guard and can be annoyingly hesitant at crucial moments—such as pulling into traffic, or when getting back on the gas pedal after a rolling stop. The rough engine stop/start feature doesn’t help matters.