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Equipment

4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Lots of hi-tech kit available on the Cayenne
  • A lot of it comes as standard
  • But even more is available from the options list

Porsche Cayenne SUV: will my gadgets work?

You can currently choose from four different versions of Porsche’s big SUV: Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne E-Hybrid.

Each trim level is limited to one engine choice and the standard equipment list naturally grows the higher up the pecking order you go. Bear in mind, though, that the standard equipment list increases based on performance parts for the car, rather than additional luxuries.

Standard Porsche Cayenne SUV equipment

Standard Cayenne and E-Hybrid models come with Porsche Connect Plus which features a 12.3-inch infotainment screen with navigation and Bluetooth telephone connectivity and cruise control. Apple CarPlay screen mirroring is included, too, but weirdly Android Auto isn’t.

The 12.3-inch screen in the Porsche Cayenne

Each car also has 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, automatic lights and wipers, keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors and eight-way electrically operated front seats.

You can also expect leather upholstery, 40:20:20-split rear seats, a powered tailgate and automatic climate control.

Moving up to the Cayenne S nets you different 19-inch alloys, adaptive suspension (called PASM), larger brakes and of course the more powerful 2.9-litre twin-turbo engine.

Rear end of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo

The Cayenne Turbo gets a Bose hi-fi system along with air suspension, tungsten-carbide-coated brakes (also bigger than the S’s), 21-inch alloys, a larger 90-litre fuel tank, an active roof spoiler, sports seats, leather upholstery and an Alcantara roof lining.

Optional Porsche Cayenne SUV extras

Depending on your Cayenne of choice, there are a huge number of potential mechanical bits, interior luxuries or trimmings to add to your Porsche SUV.

Performance upgrades stem from everything including higher performance Porsche Surface Coated Brakes (PSCD) or a even carbon-ceramic alternative, Porsche’s Active Stability Management and Dynamic Chassis Control, plus rear-axle steering (a first for the Cayenne), the quintessential Sport Chrono Pack and air suspension upgrades for non-turbo cars.

There’s also a huge amount of interior trim tweaks, from wood and aluminium appliques to Alcantara, as well as both Bose and Burmester stereo upgrades.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Porsche Cayenne SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Partial leather seat trim
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Partial leather seat trim
S optional equipment
None available

Turbo equipment

Turbo standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sports seats
Turbo optional equipment
None available

Safety

4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Lots of standard safety equipment included
  • Various pieces of driver assistance kit also available
  • Cayenne is a safe and solid family car

Porsche Cayenne SUV: will my Isofix child seat fit?

No surprise that when the safety kit-laden Cayenne was crash-tested by the experts at Euro NCAP at the end of 2017 it achieve a full five-star rating.

Key safety items on all Porsche Cayennes includes:

Porsche Cayenne: optional safety kit

On top of the above features, there’s a good spread of optional extras on hand to bolster the Cayenne’s safety and driver-assistance credentials.

You can order adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, a reversing camera, a 360-degree parking camera, a fire extinguisher, night vision display, lane-change monitor, side airbags in the rear and electric roll-up sunblinds for the back windows. 

WATCH: Porsche Cayenne SUV Euro NCAP crash test video

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Porsche Cayenne SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 95%
Child Occupant: 80%
Pedestrian: 73%
Safety Assist: 62%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.

Interior & boot space

4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Spacious cabin
  • Plenty of rear space
  • Plenty of storage too

Porsche Cayenne SUV: will my family fit?

The Cayenne is a big car – in fact it’s larger inside than the previous generation – and you’ll seat four adults perfectly well.

A fifth is possible, though legroom is restricted compared with the outer seats thanks to a wide transmission tunnel and centre console. 

There will be no complaints from those in the front, with a huge amount of adjustment in the seats, and the cocooning feel (thanks to the high central tunnel) doesn’t mean it feels cramped.


Porsche Cayenne SUV: will it fit in my garage?

 

With dimensions such as these, it’s a good job the Cayenne has rear parking sensors as standard – it’ll be a challenge to park in an average-sized UK space between two other cars otherwise.

However, its elevated driving position means you’ve got excellent visibility, but we’d still consider specifying a model with cameras to aid manoeuvres.

An automatic parking system is available as an optional extra, while a system to park automatically via your phone becomes available later in 2018. 


Porsche Cayenne SUV: will my luggage fit?

The Cayenne’s boot has grown by 100 litres to 770 with the rear seats up, so it’s already a winner in the practicality race against its predecessor.

For comparison, a Range Rover Sport bests it (only just) at 784 litres, but it completely trounces a BMW X5.

It’s worth noting that, if you buy a Cayenne E-Hybrid, boot space decreases by about 100 litres as the battery pack is located beneath the boot floor.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Porsche Cayenne SUV compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Porsche Cayenne SUV 645 litres
Maserati Levante SUV 580 litres
BMW X5 4x4 500 litres
Land Rover Range Rover Sport 221 litres

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