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Porsche Cayenne S 2018 review: snapshot

At $155,100 the Porsche Cayenne S sits between the Cayenne E-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo.
At $155,100 the Porsche Cayenne S sits between the Cayenne E-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo.

At $155,100 the Porsche Cayenne S sits between the Cayenne E-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo, and is powered by a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 delivering 324kW from 5700-6600rpm, and 550Nm between 1800rpm and 5500rpm.

All models now feature an eight-speed ‘shift-by-wire’ ‘Tiptronic S’ auto transmission, with drive going to all four wheels courtesy of Porsche’s ‘Active Traction Management’ system.

Claimed 0-100km/h time is 5.2sec (4.9s with the optional Sport Chrono package), balanced by claimed fuel economy for the combined (ADR 81/02 - urban, extra-urban) cycle of 9.4L/100 km (emitting 213g/km of C02 in the process).

As you’d expect in this part of the market the standard equipment list is solid, with the Cayenne S featuring partial leather trim, cruise control, dynamic (directional) LED headlights, daytime running lights and tail-lights, rain-sensing wipers, dual zone climate control, privacy glass, front seats with 14-way electric adjustment and memory settings, twin dual-tube tailpipes, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, pedal faces in stainless steel, and metallic paint in any one of seven colours.

You can also expect remote central locking with ‘Keyless Go’, cruise control, the twin digital instrument displays, multi-function sports steering wheel (with gearshift paddles), auto tailgate, ‘Adaptive Porsche Active Suspension Management, 20-inch alloy wheels, and ‘Porsche Communication Management’ (PCM) with the 12.3-inch screen controlling nav, phone and a 710-watt Bose ‘Surround Sound System’ with 14 speakers (including subwoofer).

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Range and Specs

(base) 3.6L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $86,900 – 109,890 2018 Porsche Cayenne 2018 (base) Pricing and Specs
Diesel 3.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $81,600 – 103,180 2018 Porsche Cayenne 2018 Diesel Pricing and Specs
Diesel Platinum Edition 3.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $82,300 – 104,060 2018 Porsche Cayenne 2018 Diesel Platinum Edition Pricing and Specs
E-Hybrid 3.0L, Hyb/PULP, 8 SP AUTO $104,900 – 132,660 2018 Porsche Cayenne 2018 E-Hybrid Pricing and Specs
James Cleary
Deputy Editor