2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Dubbed A “Glorious Machine” During In-Depth Review

Two months ago, Porsche walked back their official statements from earlier in the year, finally confirming that they will no longer sell any diesel-powered vehicles, as demand for Stuttgart-built oil burners has gone down.

This means that the Porsche of the future will focus entirely on petrol, hybrid and fully electric powertrains, which might just give some SUV buyers cause to pause, since diesel engines remain very popular when it came to people haulers.

Right now, Porsche’s solution to that is the Cayenne E-Hybrid, which for pretty much the same price as a Cayenne S, will offer you 88 mpg UK (73 US mpg / 3.2 l/100km) on a combined cycle, courtesy of a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, an electric motor and a 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

The total system output is 461 PS (455 HP) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque, which on paper should get you from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.8 seconds – before maxing you out at 252 km/h (157 mph). Now, Porsche claims that the Cayenne E-Hybrid will cover 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.7 seconds, yet Carwow’s own 0-60 test concluded with a time of just 4.4 seconds, which is close to Cayenne Turbo performance.

Yet, as much as he was blown away by this SUV’s straight line performance, the reviewer was even more impressed by the Cayenne’s overall build quality, going as far as to call it a “glorious machine”.

Should we be in any way surprised by such statements? Absolutely not. The Cayenne needs to walk the line between two somewhat different worlds. On one hand, it tries to stay competitive with the likes of the BMW X5, Mercedes GLE and Audi Q7 when it comes to pricing, whereas on the other hand, it can’t feel in any way cheap compared to something like a Bentley Bentayga.


  • robotlogic

    Funny how the UK has a different Gallon than we do in the US, some people still don’t get that the UK gallon is bigger and come up with odd conclusions of why the UK cars get better MPG ratings.

    • Bill Nguyen

      Yeah, I don’t get why the Americans won’t change over to metric or at least some kinda standard gallon thingy.

      • badcyclist

        The Brits are of two minds about the metric system, as well, which figures into their ambivalence about the EU.

        The most important difference isn’t the US gallon vs. imperial gallon for gasoline, however– it is the American pint of beer vs the British pint. Brits get more beer to their pint, which is completely unfair and might be worth another revolution to fix.

        • Bill Nguyen


      • robotlogic

        At lease the US is consistent, the UK is all over the map on their units of measure. Stones and Pounds for a persons weight, Feet and inches for peoples height. Fuel is sold by liters but cars MPG is done by their own gallon unit, speed is MPH and roads are marked in miles but almost everything else else is metric.

        • Bill Nguyen

          Yeah, always thought that was weird. I figured they’d use Km/h like we do, but I noticed on British tv shows they use MPH.

  • Bill Nguyen

    Heh, I like this dude.

  • Callanish

    I like this guy’s reviewing style better than doug demuro’s.

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