Redesigned 2019 Porsche Cayenne Is Heavy on Sportiness and Light on Ride Comfort

CR's testers offer their first impressions of this luxury SUV

Porsche’s midsized Cayenne has always been one of the sportiest, most responsive luxury SUVs available. Now, after about a decade with few major updates, Porsche has redesigned the Cayenne, giving it more powerful engines, higher-tech cabin features, and an increased level of advanced safety systems.

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne is slightly larger than the outgoing car, yet it’s actually lighter. We bought a 2019 Cayenne for our test fleet, and these are our first impressions. 

2019 Porsche Cayenne front driving

What we bought: 2019 Porsche Cayenne
Powertrain: 335-hp, 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbocharged engine; eight-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
MSRP: $65,700
Options: $12,540 (Premium package, adaptive cruise control, parking assist with surround-view camera, ventilated front seats, metallic paint)
Destination fee: $1,050
Total cost: $79,280 

Overview

The redesigned 2019 Porsche Cayenne keeps the serious driving character and well-made cabin it’s known for, but it now gets slightly improved fuel economy. Interior technology has taken a leap forward, too, but with it has come a frustrating level of complexity. The Cayenne oozes Porsche’s sporting DNA, but a stiff suspension creates a ride that's hard to live with on a daily basis.  

The Cayenne competes in the luxury midsized SUV segment with vehicles such as the Audi Q7BMW X5Lexus RXMercedes-Benz GLELand Rover Range Rover Sport, and Tesla Model X.