2020 Porsche Cayenne

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2020 Porsche Cayenne Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 2, 2020

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The 2020 Porsche Cayenne with its dynamic design and efficient turbocharged engine is open to any adventure. The opulent and roomy interiors combined with cutting-edge technology offers both driver and passengers extraordinary comfort at a starting price of $66,800.

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Pros

Sports car-like handling

Powerful powertrain

Opulent interior design and cabin

Roomier and comfortable ride.

Plenty of customization options

Cons

Less standard equipment

Less Cargo space than most rivals

Pricier for the segment and features inclusion

What's New?

The wireless charging for enabled mobile devices.

The Sport Design package is now available in high-gloss black


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$66800

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

335 hp @ 5300 rpm

torque

332 lbs.-ft. @ 1340 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

MLB - evo

dimensions

wheelbase

114 in.

length

193.7 in.

width

78.1 in.

height

66.8 in.

curb weight

4582 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

60.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

7700 lbs.

payload capacity

1657 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/20/23 mpg

ev range

450.3 mi.

highway range

545.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Porsche Cayenne in Biscay Blue Metallic color  2020 Porsche Cayenne in Black color  2020 Porsche Cayenne in Carrara White Metallic color  2020 Porsche Cayenne in Lava Orange color  2020 Porsche Cayenne in White Pearl color
Biscay Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.7

Interior

7.7

7.8

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Porsche Cayenne Base

Base

power
335 hp @ 5300 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$66,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $66,800 MSRP (19/20/23) 335 hp @ 5300 rpm, 3L, V-6, premium unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Porsche Cayenne S

S

power
434 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
20 combined

$84,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $84,300 MSRP (18/20/22) 434 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.9L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.8

Overall Rating


The 2020 Porsche Cayenne is an SUV with a sports car performance. The 3.0L turbocharged engine at the heart feels powerful with a lot of punch. The Cayenne is the only SUV with diversified character, runs like a sports car, the luxury of a premium sedan and off-roading/towing ability of a full-size SUV. This third-generation Cayenne got the last redesign in 2019 and is manufactured in Slovakia. The Cayenne base models begin at an MSRP of $66,800.

The Porsche provides ample packages and ample options to suit your best needs making Cayenne a flexible package. The hot-SUV segment faces tough competition with the likes of German precision BMW, Japanese Lexus and America’s own Cadillac pushing hard to score better.

2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Front View
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Front View
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Rear View
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Rear View

7.7/10
Features

 
 
 

7.7/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Porsche Cayenne Features

7.7/10

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne starts at $66,800 for the 335-hp turbocharged V6 engine mated with 8-speed automatic transmission driving all wheels. The Cayenne offers intriguing interior features like standard leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front sport seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a power liftgate.

Trims

Porsche Cayenne Base

MSRP (3.0L Turbocharged V6 AWD)

$66,800

Key Features

19” Wheels

 

Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system

 

Rear Spoiler

 

Heads-Up Display

 

Keyless Entry

 

Adaptive Cruise Control

 

Hands-Free Liftgate

 

Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers

 

Climate Control

 

Heated and Ventilated front seats

 

Passenger Lumbar

 

Lane Keeping Assist

 

Brake Assist

The standard Porsche Communication Management Infotainment makes its way for a tech loaded multimedia experience. There are various packages like Premium Package, Premium Package Plus, Assistance Package, and multiple individual options for added convenience, safety technology, and improved driving dynamics.

What do we recommend?

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne comes in three trims, having standard body style, transmission, and a standard all-wheel-drive. The sole change to look out for is the different engine for more power, rest all features are available standard or optional for you to figure out. So stick with the base Cayenne and use the savings to add extra features.

2020 Porsche Cayenne Engine and Performance

The base Porsche Cayenne with a turbocharged 3.0L V6 engine flaunts a modest number, producing 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. That’s a half story, base Cayenne is capable of doing what you wish from it. The Porsche offers an engaging drive with the engine offering abundant low-end torque, ample mid-range poweress, and a pleasant acoustic signature.

2020 Porsche Cayenne Engine Bay
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Has a 3.0L V6 Turbo Engine

Models

Porsche Cayenne AWD

RX 350 F Sport AWD

BMW X5 AWD*

Cadillac XT5 AWD

MSRP

$66,800

$51,750

$61,200

$55,095

Engine

3.0L V6 Turbo

3.5L V6

3.0L I-6 Twin Turbo

3.6L V6

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

Power

335 hp @ 5300 rpm

295 hp @ 6300 rpm

335 hp @ 5500 rpm

310 hp @ 6700 rpm

Torque

332 ft-lbs. @ 1340 rpm

268 ft-lbs. @ 4700 rpm

330 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

271 ft-lbs. @ 5000 rpm

This is still a Porsche, be it base. The engine is aided by an 8-speed automatic transmission with standard all-wheel-drive. The automatic transmission quickly shifted and blended easily with daily driving needs as well. However, this dual-clutch isn’t the Porches best.

How fast is the Porsche Cayenne?

The base Cayenne mill accomplishes the 0-60 mph milestone in just 5.9 seconds and the one with Sport Chrono package enhances the time to 5.6 seconds. The engine manages the top track speed of 152 mph. The numbers are striking for a 4,582 pounds big SUV.

2020 Porsche Cayenne Front View
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV 0-60 MPH In just 5.9 sec

Models

Porsche Cayenne AWD

RX 350 F Sport AWD

BMW X5 xDrive40i AWD*

Cadillac XT5 AWD

0-60 MPH

5.9

6.9

5.3

7

Quarter mile

N/A

15.3

N/A

N/A

Engine

3.0L V6 Turbo

3.5L V6

3.0L I-6 Turbo

3.6L V6

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

7.7

8

N/A

The transmission is well-calibrated. Generally, for any big SUV, don’t expect it to be quick but the one wearing a Porsche badge, it needs to be quick. However, the 2.9L engine of Cayenne S feels tempting, this base Cayenne will not disappoint you.

How comfortable is a Porsche Cayenne on the road?

The Cayenne displays the intoxicating combination of confident, athletic handling with composed and luxurious ride quality. Justifying every bit of Porsche engineering, the stock Cayenne without any performance upgrades like adaptive air suspension, Dynamic chassis control, rear-axle steering, or even an oversized wheel, impresses with superior handling. Charging into curves almost instantly, and making its way out with vigor, unlike any other big SUV.

2020 Porsche Cayenne Front View
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Front View

The standard 19-inch wheels accompany a superior ride quality which might take a setback with bigger rollers of up to 22-inch. The available Sport Chrono package adds drive modes and improves acceleration. Also, the performance upgrades enable for a flatter cornering and improved maneuverability.

How do the brakes perform on the Cayenne SUV?

The Cayenne’s brakes can be upgraded to Porsche Surface Coated Brakes (PSCB) i.e. iron-tungsten brakes or costly carbon-ceramic rotors for better response and high fading stability. The base model, without any of the above upgrades, took only 159 feet to stop from 70 mph.

2020 Porsche Cayenne Brakes
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Front Brake is 14.2 in.

Model

Porsche Cayenne AWD

RX 350 F Sport AWD

BMW X5 AWD*

Cadillac XT5 AWD

Brake Front(in)

14.2

12.9

N/A

13.6

Brake Rear(in)

14.2

13.3

N/A

12.4

Curb weight(lbs.)

4582

4387

4813

N/A

70-0 MPH (ft.)

159

N/A

N/A

N/A

The ceramic brakes boost already impressive stopping power and complement the performance-tuned Cayenne with superior ride quality. The brake pedal is firm and gives proper feedback for an engaging ride.

2020 Porsche Cayenne Fuel Economy

The Cayenne falls behind the rivaling BMW X5 and Lexus RX, earning EPA estimated ratings of 23 mpg combined. With a performance-oriented drivetrain, one will have to drop the idea of economical Porsche. That’s a bargain, I wouldn’t mind at all, tempting power with slightly less fuel efficiency provided it is a luxury mid-size SUV.

Model

Porsche Cayenne AWD

RX 350 F Sport AWD

BMW X5 AWD*

Cadillac XT5 AWD

MPG (city)

19

19

20

18

MPG (highway)

23

26

26

25

MPG (combined)

20

22

22

20

Fuel Capacity (gal.)

23.7

19.2

21.9

21.7

Range (Cty/Hwy) (miles)

450/545

365/499

438/569

391/542

With the Porsche S or Turbo, the excitement bar raises to a new high and MPG rating drop further below but it is not a drawback anyway. For better efficiency in the mind, one can always opt for an E-Hybrid Cayenne.

2020 Porsche Cayenne Interior

7.7/10

The interior of the 2020 Porsche Cayenne got even bigger and roomier. The authentic Cayenne gives a proper sports car experience, something relatable to 911. The Cayenne offers the same number of seats as the Macan but the increased wheelbase provides ample room with easy slide in and out. The front seats coddle you with all-round support with eight-way power adjustments.

2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Front Seats
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Front Seats

Porsche Cayenne cabin is a canvas, open to be crafted as per the taste and requirements of the owner. The list goes end-less with almost every customization option. There are available plush wood or carbon-fiber interior, but believe us the base is equally intriguing.

Model

Porsche Cayenne AWD

RX 350 F Sport AWD

BMW X5 AWD*

Cadillac XT5 AWD

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume (ft. cube)

N/A

99.8

N/A

104.5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.6/58.9/N/A

39.4/57.8/44.1

40.8/60.0/39.8

37.9/58.3/41.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

N/A

39.1/57.6/38.0

38.7/58.1/37.4

36.6/56.3/39.0

The cockpit controls give a high-quality feel but some of the controls are awkwardly placed behind the gearbox but anyways those are redundant as most controls are mounted on the steering.

What about the infotainment and automation technology in Porsche Cayenne?

The poster of Cayenne with the redesigned infotainment will be the highlight. The infotainment system features a 12.3-inch tall touchscreen placed in the middle of the dashboard. The centerpiece features one of the best interfaces in the class, slick enough to offer a highly configurable home menu and many personalized settings. The instrument cluster features multiple displays and touch-capacitive controls are both attractive and impressively simple to figure out.

2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Infotainment System
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Has a 12.3-inch Touchscreen Display

Every Cayenne features Porsche Connect Plus, imparting a 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple Carplay compatibility. Android Auto is missing. The audio system suffices the purpose but for audiophiles, an upgrade to Bose or Burmester audio speakers is available. The voice recognition seems a bit lousy.

Key Infotainment Features:

  • Online Navigation Module
  • Bluetooth
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • USB and Aux-in
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Voice Activation
  • Radio Data System
  • CD/DVD-Audio
  • 40 Gb Internal Memory
  • Apple Carplay
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot

How spacious is the cargo on offer?

 The Porsche Cayenne fulfills the daily storage needs but offers a lower storage capacity than most of the rivals in the segment. The Cayenne is the largest Porsche SUV with the rear cargo space of 27 cubic feet and with the 40/20/40-split rear seats folded there are just 60 cubic feet of space. However, the shape of the cargo enables better storage than what the numbers reflect.

Model

Porsche Cayenne AWD

RX 350 F Sport AWD

BMW X5 AWD*

Cadillac XT5 AWD

Behind Rear Row (ft. Cube)

27.1

18.4

33.9

30.2

With Rear Seat folded (ft. Cube)

60.3

56.3

72.3

63

The internal cubbies are present but are not roomier. Every Cayenne includes a power-operated liftgate and optional passive-entry system which allows it to be opened or closed with a foot gesture.

The standard interior features include:

  • Bucket Front Seats with Leatherette Black material
  • 40-20-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Flip Forward Cushion/Seatback Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
  • Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
  • Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch, and Panic Button
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Headliner/Pillar Ducts, and Console Ducts
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Dashboard
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Dashboard
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Interior
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Interior
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Door Handle
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Door Handle
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Gear Shifter
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Gear Shifter
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Seats
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Seats

2020 Porsche Cayenne Exterior

The third-generation Cayenne flaunts an aggressive layout, no less in any way from the higher Cayenne trims. The 2019 redesign took inspiration from the Panamera and 911, for good. The base Cayenne ditched almost all grim exterior traits, replacing them with attractive front-fascia flaunting horizontal intakes. The rear flaunts a 911 like light strip tying the two lamps and also serving home to new “Porsche” badging.

2020 Porsche Cayenne Three Quarter View
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Three Quarter View

The Porsche styling tweak did not take away the authentic Cayenne shape, it’s just got bigger and curvier than the before. Though the interior recieves gutsy changes, the exterior remains uniform, maintaining its originality of 2002.

Model

Porsche Cayenne AWD

RX 350 F Sport AWD

BMW X5 AWD*

Cadillac XT5 AWD

Curb Weight(lbs.)

4582

4387

4813

 

Length(in)

193.7

192.5

194.3

189.6

Width(in)

78.1

74.6

78.9

74.9

Height(in)

66.8

67.7

68.7

66.1

Ground clearance(in)

N/A

8.2

8.7

7.8

Wheelbase(in)

114

109.8

117.1

112.5

Track width(in) F/R

66.2/65.9

64.4/64.0

66.1/66.9

64.80/64.80

Key Exterior Features:

  • 19-inch Wheels, an option of up to 22-inch available.
  • Body-colored Front and Rear Bumper
  • Metal-Look Side WindowsPower Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Deep Tinted Glass
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Black Grille w/Chrome Accents
  • Front And Rear Fog Lamps
  • LED Headlamps and Taillamps
  • LED Brakelights
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Rear Light
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Rear Light
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Rear
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Rear
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Exhaust
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Exhaust
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Side View
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Side View
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Rear View
2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Rear View

2020 Porsche Cayenne Safety

The Porsche has equipped the Cayenne with few safety features like front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The advanced active driver-assistance technology comes at a cost with premium package which includes adaptive headlights, blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view parking camera system, a head-up display, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, traffic sign recognition, night vision assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

As for crash testing, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crashed the Cayenne, mostly the case with luxury and premium vehicles.

Key Safety Features include:

  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology
  • Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist

2020 Porsche Cayenne Competition

Porsche Cayenne Vs Lexus RX 350 F-Sport

The Porsche engineered vehicles clearly demarcate themselves with an extraordinary performance for an inspiring driving experience aided by utmost luxury and convenience, so is the Cayenne. The price to own the luxury crossover SUV is high but for a Porsche, it’s even higher. The Lexus safety and reliability are uncomparable and the handsome cabin with roomy interiors makes the RX 350 an affordable package to opt for.

2020 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport
2020 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport

Porsche Cayenne Vs BMW X5

The BMW X5 base starts at $61,400, about $5000 cheaper than the Porsche Cayenne for similar powertrain configurations. The Cayenne and X5 both are spacious and are pretty evenly matched but the Cayenne takes the edge with its premium genuine leather upholstery. The Cayenne leads with its plush performance showcasing better acceleration, ride and handling, off-roading ability, and surprisingly exceptional towing ability. The BMW X5 is good for a family-oriented drive with bigger Cargo, advanced standard tech and safety features and better fuel economy. The Porsche Cayenne is a clear winner.

2020 BMW X5
2020 BMW X5 SUV

 Porsche Cayenne Vs Cadillac XT5

The Cadillac XT5 is cheaper, lighter and slimmer than the Porsche Cayenne. The Cadillac is neither powerfull enough for a peppy ride nor efficient for a family or daily driving. The Cadillac offers a better cargo space but trails in almost every department, be it performance, luxury or athletic driving dynamics. Cadillac needs a lot of hard work to match the class of Porsche.

2020 Cadillac XT5 SUV
2020 Cadillac XT5 SUV

 

2020 Porsche Cayenne Final Verdict

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne offers a thrilling driving experience with an opulent interior, comfortable seating and advanced luxury features. However, it’s hard for a Cayenne to qualify as a value package. For its price, there are rivals available but none are well-rounded. Also, the performance of Porsche is unrivaled and the cost seems justified considering the drivability and a solid built of the Cayenne.