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VIDEO | New Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid review – the king of luxury SUVs?

Rory takes a drive in the new - and significantly improved - Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Mark Nichol

Words by: Mark Nichol

Published on 13 March 2024 | 0 min read

Believe it or not, it’s been more than two decades since Porsche made its first production SUV. And it’s easy to forget just how controversial it was – how loud the voices were that berated Porsche for daring to make a massive SUV like the original Cayenne.
But Porsche has been proven right, because the Cayenne has been hugely successful, helping the company remain profitable and allowing it to keep building incredible sportscars. It paved the way for Porsche’s best-selling car, too - another SUV, the Macan. Now it’s time for a new Cayenne… well, new-ish. It’s actually an update of the 2017, third-generation model. But it’s been changed significantly, especially on the inside, which looks and feels brand new. Inspired by the newer Taycan electric car, the Cayenne’s interior is an absolute screen-fest, with twin displays embedded across the length of the dashboard. The engine options are completely refreshed too, including the entry-level Cayenne and Cayenne S petrol models, and three hybrid models; Rory is driving the E-Hybrid model in our video review, which combines a V6 petrol engine with an electric motor for 470 horsepower and 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds. The E-Hybrid isn’t the quickest Cayenne – that’s the 739 horsepower Turbo Hybrid, which hits 62mph in a staggering 3.6 seconds - but the ‘basic’ E-Hybrid is probably the best blend of high performance and reasonable… yes, that’s “reasonable”… running costs. Porsche claims 188mpg, which is of course not a figure you’ll get anywhere near, but even a third of that in real life is remarkable in a car this quick and luxurious. Tax breaks galore for company car drivers, too. But the main question is, does the new Cayenne manage to be a truly luxurious SUV while also keeping the spirit of a proper Porsche? Is it fun to drive as well as comfortable? Rory answers that, and more, in our video review. Hit play above to watch. And if you’re not already a subscriber to our YouTube channel… well, you should be. It’s great. Do it.