Renewed from top to bottom in 2017, the Porsche Cayenne retains the setting of previous generations, although being a little longer and wider, it has greater momentum than the old model. The sportiness of the shapes is accompanied by all the elegance, inside and outside the passenger compartment. The 2.9 V6 biturbo 441 HP lives up to expectations Expert of a car with more than 2000 kg of mass when empty Real sports performance: 4.8 seconds declared figure (4.9 seconds) .But this car can also be appreciated in travel, thanks to the high comfort offered by the air suspension and effective soundproofing of the passenger compartment. A mole? The high price does not correspond to a complete equipment, also talking about the driving aid systems useful for safety: even the automatic emergency braking and the maintenance in the lane are paid separately.
Teardrop headlights (well connected to the hood) and the proportions of the bodywork make this SUV well recognizable, which as in previous generations maintains sinuous sides but without obvious ribs. On closer inspection, however, the increased dimensions compared to the old model (now the Porsche Cayenne is 6 cm longer and 4 cm wider) give an even more balanced line and the momentum that, before, a little was missing. The 441 bhp 2.9 V6 biturbo, well supported by the quick 8-speed automatic gearbox, is docile at low speeds, but if you press on the accelerator pedal it turns up with “badness” by pulling out an exhilarating rumble. I vigorously extend it up to 6800 rpm. And with the Sport Chrono package there is not even the launch control, for breathtaking starts as in hard and pure sports. The road holding is of a high standard, with an almost non-existent roll in curves, thanks to the air suspension (which are optional, while electronically controlled shock absorbers are standard). Precise and direct steering with variable assistance and effective off-road all-wheel drive.
Comfort is also excellent: the Porsche Cayenne has comfortable seats and excellent sound insulation (at constant speed). Others and low on the equipment: as standard there are eight airbags (including those for the driver’s and front passenger’s knees), full LED headlights and the electric tailgate, while paying for automatic emergency braking, keeping in lane and monitoring the blind spot of rear view mirrors (in all, almost 3,000 euros). And you cannot have the anti-sleep alert. However, in the Euro NCAP tests of 2017 the Porsche Cayenne obtained five stars, shining above all in the protection of adult occupants (95 points out of 100), while on active safety systems it reached only 62% of the available score.