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2021 Porsche Cayenne Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 14, 2020

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Totan Banerjee

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The 2021 Porsche Cayenne is the largest SUV by the brand Porsche and offers a diverse engine options to suit any application you choose it to fit for. It feels unique and athletic, well tuned and elated for ride and handling capability. Porsche’s SUV has always stood to the promises of being a german car and supersedes the slow driving SUVs with its fastback design. So, will the upcoming 2021 version bring any cool thing along. Let’s check out.

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne has always delivered on its promises, its spacious cabin is auspiciously designed and the engine drives so many options that will surely make you drive all of them. In the midsize SUV segment, there are many competitors to stand head to head with Porsche Cayenne. The Porsche Cayenne competes with Audi Q8, the Maserati Levante and BMW X5. Let’s see what 2021 Porsche Cayenne has to offer to attract customers.

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Pros

Spacious design on inside

Sports car DNA

Great towing capacity

Drives like a coupe

Cons

Stiff ride

Limited storage area

Too overpriced trims

What's New?

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne SUV will not bring any changes for this year and continue the same 2020 model.

However, the GTS trim will make a comeback and is supposed to get a 460hp twin-turbo V8.


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2021 Porsche Cayenne Exterior video
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Styles

2021 Porsche Cayenne in Biscay Blue Metallic color 2021 Porsche Cayenne in Lava Orange color 2021 Porsche Cayenne in Carrara White Metallic 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

8.7

Engine And Performance

9.3

Fuel Economy

8.7

Interior

7.7

Exterior

8.9

Safety

9.0

Competition

9.6

Final Verdict

8.2

8.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Porsche Cayenne Base

Base

power
335 hp @ 5300 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$66,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $66,800 MSRP (19/21/23) 335 hp @ 5300 rpm, 3 L, V-6, Premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Tiptronic S Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.9

Overall Rating


The Porsche Cayenne looks like an SUV but feels like a sports car with its performance and nature. Porsche has been producing Cayenne since 2003 with the belief of a sports car with seating capacity of 5 people. The 2021 Cayenne is coming with the GTS model again in its lineup. The Porsche Cayenne is the perfect package of luxury and sports. The base model of Cayenne is priced around $67,500 and goes up to $127,800 for the turbo variant. The power is generated through all wheels as the drivetrain is AWD.

2021 Porsche Cayenne SUV front third quarter view
2021 Porsche Cayenne SUV rear third quarter view

8.7/10
Features

9.3/10
Engine and Performance

8.7/10
Fuel Economy

7.7/10
Interior

8.9/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

9.6/10
Competition

8.2/10
Final Verdict


2021 Porsche Cayenne Features

8.7/10

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne comes with a standalone trim in the lineup, Cayenne, The base Cayenne comes with a lot of standard features at a price tag of $67,500

Model

Cayenne

MSRP

$67,500

Key Features

19-inch alloy wheels

 

Taillight Strip

 

Porsche 4D chassis control

 

LED main headlamps

 

Connect Plus module

 

Porsche Communication management

 

Porsche Advance Cockpit control concept

The base Cayenne, priced at $67,500, offers standard features like LED headlamps, connect plus module, Porsche communication management, and Porsche advanced cockpit control concept.

2021 Porsche Cayenne SUV side view

Besides the standalone features, there are also a plethora of customization options available to truly bring out the true bang-for-the-buck flavor of being a Porsche Cayenne. Ranging from cosmetics to features, there is a whole lot of things you can add to the ride. 

2021 Porsche Cayenne Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The Porsche is known for providing luxury and sportiness in their cars and the Cayenne fulfills all the expectations of the customer. The Porsche Cayenne is known for its premium cabin and powerful engine which performs like a sports car. The luxury SUV buyer firstly checks out the Porsche Cayenne for sure. The driving experience of the Cayenne is rated as 87 out 0f 100 by J.D. Power ratings.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

The Porsche Cayenne has maintained its fame from the past few years. The overall reliability ratings given to this car is 4 out of 5. And according to J.D. Power, the quality and reliability ratings given is 79 out of 100. This Porsche has consistently served its customer with satisfaction with premium quality materials and powerful performance. 

According to the past surveys the Porsche Cayenne is stated to be most reliable with highly built quality. Till now, there are fewer recall issues recorded and also fewer complaints about the Porsche Cayenne. By NHTSA, three models were recalled due to some safety issues rather than that no other issues were recorded. Even in terms of providing schedule service, the Porsche is up to the mark and stands with the customer.

5 years Ownership and Maintenance Costs

In terms of the ownership cost, on an average, the Porsche Cayenne will pull $86,700 in 5 years if you buy a brand new Cayenne. The cost is comparatively decent other than the rival midsize SUV cars. The ownership costs is inclusive of the costs incurred during a period of 5 years or 75,000 miles. That indicates that you have to spend this amount for driving a vehicle that long and under general conditions.

Warranty

The Porsche provides a decent and competitive period in terms of powertrain and limited warranty. The limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles and the powertrain warranty covers the same 4 years or 50,000 miles. The rivals have more period plans for complimentary scheduled warranty than Porsche.

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

Four years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain Warranty

Four years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-hour Roadside Assistance

365 days/ 10,000 miles; whichever is earlier

The Limited and Powertrain warranty coverage is almost the same as the warranty period offered by the rivals. But the complimentary scheduled maintenance of the Porsche is limited and less than the rivals. Just 365 days of coverage seems to be less for such a premium car.

Miles Per Dollar

The fuel economy of Porsche Cayenne is not that impressive but provides decent numbers, in the city it's 19 mpg and on the highway, it is 23 mpg. So, overall the combined mileage is 21 mpg and it generates a range of 497.7 miles. For the total range with a full tank, it will cost you $423.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Buying Advice

Obviously budget won’t be a problem when someone is looking for a premium range of vehicles. So, the Cayenne S and GTS variants are value for money and mostly each and every feature is provided in this trim. The built quality of the vehicle and the premium styling it offers, definitely one can go for this car.

The 3.0L V6 engine gives this car a powerful performance and generates 335 hp power. The 8-speed automatic gear pushes the power to all wheels and this can also perform well at bumpy roads. Buying this car won’t be a bad choice but it will cost high to own.

Is buying a used Porsche Cayenne a good idea?

Purchasing a used Porsche Cayenne can be a wiser choice. More bucks can be saved by purchasing used Cayenne and also higher trim of used Cayenne can be bought at the same price of a new base variant. Some of the changes you may miss if you buy an old generation model.

If you buy the models which were launched before 2019, then some of the features will be missed. But buying a used car of 2019 and later will be valuable. The latest tech like 12.3-inch display is integrated instead of 7 inches which were offered before the 2019 redesigned model.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Engine and Performance

9.3/10

The cayenne lineup consists of five trims. The base trim Cayenne comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that generates 335 horsepower and 332 pound-ft of torque. Equipped with 8-speed automatic transmission, this engine drives the Cayenne with enthusiasm. 

2021 Porsche Cayenne SUV Engine

The mid-trim Cayenne S is equipped with a 2.9L twin-turbo V6 engine which gives 434 hp of power. The top trim is the Cayenne Turbo with its 4.0-liter dual-turbo v8 that makes 541 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne

2020 Audi Q8

2020 Maserati Levante

2020 BMW X5

MSRP

$67,500

$67,400

$75,800

$60,700

Engine

3.0L twin-turbo V6

3.0L twin-turbo V6

3.0L twin-turbo V6

3.0L twin-turbo Inline-6

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

335 @ 5300

335 @ 5000

345 @ 5750

335 @ 5500

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

332 @ 1340

369 @ 1370

369 @ 1750

330 @ 1500

The engine specifications of Porsche, BMW, Maserati and the Audi are almost similar but in pricing, the BMW is lower than the other two. But the Porsche gives more plush ride and even the rear spoiler opens up when the speed crosses 50 mph. This heavy SUV performs very well with its 4.0L turbo engine. 

2021 Porsche Cayenne Acceleration And Braking Performance

The sporty SUV Porsche Cayenne is good in acceleration, but the base trim is quite slower than the new GTS. The base trim completes a 0-60 mph flag in 4.7 secs where the GTS is just uncompromising and completes 0-60 in just 3.4 secs. This record is the fastest for such a midsize SUV. The top speed of the GTS is around 180 mph. 

2021 Porsche Cayenne SUV accelerate 0-60 mph just in 4.7 sec.

Even with the heavy body, it manages to brake the vehicle in a shorter time. From 60-0 mph it just stopped at 118 ft. Equipped with a front brake of 13.7 inches and rear brakes of 12.8 inches.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne

2020 Audi Q8

2020 Maserati Levante

2020 BMW X5

0-60 (seconds)

4.7

3.8

5.1

3.6

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

11.9

11.85

12.2

12.2

Top Speed (mph)

147

139

112

125

60-0 (ft.)

118

129

118

113

The BMW X5 is faster than rivals and also the braking power of BMW is great. It just takes 3.6 secs to complete a 0-60 mpg sprint, where it gets slower till completing the quarter-mile drag. 

The stopping strength of BMW is impressive and stops itself from 60-0 in just 113 ft. Next comes the Porsche in braking performance and Audi Q8 has the best acceleration performance.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Fuel Economy

8.7/10

The Porsche delivers decent figures in terms of fuel economy. For the city, it delivers 19 mpg and 23 on the highway. Carrying the big fuel tank capacity of 23.7 gallons, it manages to hold the range of 450.3 miles in city and 545 miles on the highway. Overall, it can deliver the minimum range of 450 miles which is quite decent.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne

2020 Audi Q8

2020 Maserati Levante

2020 BMW X5

MPG (City)

19

17

16.2

20

MPG (Highway)

23

22

24

26

MPG (Combined)

21

19

20.2

23

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

23.7

22.5

21.1

21.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

450.3/545/498

382.5/495/428

341.8/506/426.2

438/569.4/503.7

The Porsche Cayenne is powerful and also delivers a great economy but BMW is also a champ in this segment. By delivering a great mileage on the highway, the range of X5 is 569.4 which is impressive for an SUV. Though, the Cayenne is not so far from BMW. It has more city numbers than the BMW.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Interior

7.7/10

The Porsche Cayenne’s interior is best in class and also more luxurious than the rivals. With all the leather upholstery top in front to the dashboard with a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The Cayenne is known for its comfort in the cabin and also the sporty elements it provides. The premium package is also provided by paying some extra $9000 bucks.

2021 Porsche Cayenne SUV front seat

The center console of Cayenne is so beautifully designed by some plush materials engaged with it. The cabin is kept spacious with prime ambient lighting which is soothing. The cabin does not let the noise enter in, it keeps the cabin silent. The heads-up display in the top trim will add one more prime element to the ride.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne

2020 Audi Q8

2020 Maserati Levante

2020 BMW X5

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.6/58.9/42.8

38.2/59.5/41.7

39.2/57.8/44.3

40/60.0/39.8

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

N/A

38.1/58.5/40.2

37.8/56.9/38.3

40/58.1/37.4

The exact dimensions of the Cayenne are not yet revealed, but the front row is pretty spacious and the driver feels comfortable and also enjoys the drive. Overall, BMW provides more cabin space than its rivals. The headroom, shoulder room, and also legroom in both front and rear row is quite spacious.

How’s the 2021 Porsche Cayenne’s infotainment system?

A standard 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system set up is placed within the middle of the dashboard. Its easy interface consists of a configurable home menu and plenty of personalized settings. While the device is responsive and smooth to operate all through, the display attracted smudges. Each Cayenne has a Porsche Connect Plus System, which includes a wireless hotspot and Apple CarPlay functionality, while the Android auto is missing.

2021 Porsche Cayenne SUV dashboard

A set of upgraded audio systems includes a premium 14-speaker Bose unit or a much pricier Burmester setup that pumps 1455 watts through 21 audio systems. Even the rear passenger is also kept entertained with a 10-inch display which is integrated at the back of the front headrests.

2021 Porsche Cayenne basic SUV dashboard
2021 Porsche Cayenne basic SUV front seats
2021 Porsche Cayenne basic SUV cockpit area
2021 Porsche Cayenne basic SUV steering wheel
2021 Porsche Cayenne basic SUV infotainment screen

2021 Porsche Cayenne Exterior

8.9/10

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne will carry the same design of its ongoing generation. There may be some minor tweaks but no major updates will take place. The GTS trim will retain the 4-piece LED headlamps, the blackened elements at the rear will be body-colored for GTS. The new Cayenne GTS will be all set with adaptive split spoilers at the rear for better aerodynamics and performance.

2021 Porsche Cayenne SUV side view

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne

2020 Audi Q8

2020 Maserati Levante

2020 BMW X5

Curb Weight (lbs)

5164

4938

3060

4813

Length (inches)

193.7

196.6

197

194.3

Width (inches)

78.1

86.2

85

78.9

Height (inches)

66.8

67.2

66.1

69

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.2

5.75

8

8.7

Wheelbase (inches)

114

117.9

118.3

111.8

The Porsche Cayenne’s exterior is a perfectly designed SUV with alluring performance. The weight of Cayenne is the healthiest among the competitors. The Porsche exterior design is kept with the smooth going lines rather than the sharp cuts. The ground clearance of Cayenne is 8.2 and BMW offers more with 8.7 in.

2021 Porsche Cayenne basic SUV front view
2021 Porsche Cayenne basic SUV rear three quarter view
2021 Porsche Cayenne basic SUV rear view
2021 Porsche Cayenne basic SUV rear view
2021 Porsche Cayenne basic SUV right side view
2021 Porsche Cayenne basic SUV three quarter view
2021 Porsche Cayenne basic SUV left side view

2021 Porsche Cayenne Safety

9.0/10

For the 2021 Porsche Cayenne, no crash test has been initiated by NHTSA or IIHS. But the safety features offered are much premium to keep the occupants safe. 

The driver-assistance technology is available, all the trims carry a forward-collision warning, parking sensors, and also night vision with an optional infrared camera. The standard safety features like auto-leveling headlamps, daytime running light, brake assist, and more are present.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Competition

9.6/10

2021 Porsche Cayenne vs 2020 Audi Q8

The Audi Q8 has been left behind in all the comparison by Porsche Cayenne. The Porsche Cayenne offers many premium features where Audi can not cope up with it.

2021 Audi Q8 

However, Audi does offer Android Auto, where Cayenne does not offer. But still with the overall comparison, Porsche Cayenne can be a perfect choice.

2021 Porsche Cayenne vs 2020 Maserati Levante

The Maserati Levante is priced more than the Porsche Cayenne. There is no head to head competition with Levante in any segment, whether it is the engine, comfort, design, and even the interior. In all the segments, Cayenne offers better results than the Levante. And especially the 2021 Porsche is much more valuable than Levante.

2020 Maserati Levante

2021 Porsche Cayenne vs 2020 BMW X5

If there is someone to give proper competition, then it is only X5. In terms of cabin space, the BMW beats Porsche but when the talk is about comfort and luxury, then the Porsche does step ahead.

2020 BMW X5

The fuel economy of the Cayenne and X5 is quite similar. But when it is about Sports Utility Vehicle then performance is prior then Cayenne does not disappoint in that.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Final Verdict

8.2/10

If you are looking for an SUV with performance and luxury both equipped in one, then Porsche Cayenne is the perfect package. Though the price will rise when you select the higher trim, it is worth it. If high performance is your need then you should definitely go for the new GTS and Turbo variant. At this price, you will get the latest technology with the legacy of Porsche. The Porsche has much more to offer at this price segment than the rivals. So, if you are looking for a car with a powerful engine and luxury cabin, the Porsche Cayenne won’t disappoint you.

Used Porsche Cayenne for Sale

Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2020 Porsche Cayenne 7 Great Deals Out of 1349 $59,991 1349 Listings
2019 Porsche Cayenne 19 Great Deals Out of 329 $54,500 329 Listings
2018 Porsche Cayenne 2 Great Deals Out of 108 $35,998 108 Listings
2017 Porsche Cayenne 11 Great Deals Out of 229 $33,995 229 Listings
2016 Porsche Cayenne 6 Great Deals Out of 133 $24,929 133 Listings
2015 Porsche Cayenne 0 Great Deals Out of 27 $24,895 27 Listings
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