All eyes are on the new Cayenne Coupe these days, as the brand finally has a BMW X6, Audi Q8 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe rival. However, this one’s not out yet, so Consumer Reports went for the 2019 Cayenne, buying one to find out if it’s worth the price of admission.
Their Cayenne came with a few optional extras such as the 14-way adjustable power seats with memory setting, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, Bose sound system, sunroof and a few other things, bringing the grand total to $79, 280. That’s about $4,000 more than the entry-level Cadillac Escalade and roughly $5,000 more than the (larger) BMW X7 xDrive40i.
Like its predecessors, the new Cayenne has sporty styling and, more importantly, agile handling, quick acceleration and good brakes. The base version is are powered by a 335 HP (340 PS / 250 kW) 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It needs 5.9 seconds to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) and has a 152 mph (245 km/h) top speed. Further up there are the Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne E-Hybrid.
Inside, users will find some of the best materials in the segment. The front and rear seats are comfortable, there’s enough legroom and headroom at the back and the boot, with its wide opening, offers sufficient space.
The 2019 Cayenne has some drawbacks, which the reviewer points out, but we’d better let him talk you through them. So, this would be a good time to take a short break and check out CR’s quick drive footage of the SUV below.