2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV

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2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: September 10, 2020
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Rishabh Mehra

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The German marquee needs absolutely no introduction, they are a legend in the game. And to car enthusiasts, the Cayenne needs no introduction as well. The Cayenne has always been the sporty SUV that has ripped apart performance charts and made a name for itself as the go-to performance SUV. Now it is even more tree-friendly and comes with a hybrid drivetrain. The standard 3.0L turbocharged V6 is coupled with an electric motor and the combo produces 455 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The Cayenne E-Hybrid trims start from $87,600 and range up to $166,200. All trims come standard with AWD.

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Pros

Superior fuel economy

Sporty driving dynamics

Plenty of performance under the hood

Cons

Electric-only range is limited

Battery eats up into the boot space

Safety features are not offered as standard

What's New?

A carry-over model for 2021


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV in Biscay Blue Metallic color 2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV in Carrara White Metallic color 2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV in Lava Orange color
Biscay Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.2

Fuel Economy

5.2

Interior

7.8

Exterior

7.6

Safety

8.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV Base

Base

power
N/A
fuel
N/A
mpg
combined

$87,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $87,600 MSRP TBD TBD
N/A N/A N/A

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


The Cayenne lineup is pretty crowded, with six different versions and their respective coupe counterparts, making it a total of 12 different versions. The 2021 Cayenne E-Hybrid carries forward the legacy of the 2020 Cayenne E-Hybrid, with little to no cosmetic changes, and still upholds its sporty DNA. The performance SUV segment is red hot right now and there are now many options to choose from like the Audi SQ8, BMW X6 M50i, and Maserati Levante to name a few.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV front view
2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV rear view

8.0/10
Features

 
 
 

7.2/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.2/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.8/10
Interior

 

7.6/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV Features

8.0/10

The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe is offered in two distinct trims - E-Hybrid Coupe and Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe. There are tons of options available to add to the Cayenne. The base E-Hybrid Coupe is priced at $87,600 and the Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe is priced at $166,200. Porsches don’t come cheap. Both have a hybrid powertrain, with 14 miles on an electric range. Both have all-wheel drive as standard, and standard safety features like front and rear park sensors, automatic emergency braking.

Models

E-Hybrid Coupe

MSRP

$87,600

Key Features

Eight-way power-adjustable front seats

 

Dual-Zone climate control

 

Keyless entry

 

12.3” infotainment system

 

Apple CarPlay

 

SiriusXM Radio

The E-Hybrid Coupe starts at $87,600 and is powered by a turbocharged 3.0L V6 hybrid. It comes with eight-way power-adjustable seats, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, Apple CarPlay, and SiriusXM radio.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The German auto-marquee is currently undoubtedly one of the most reliable car manufacturers in the industry. Porsche's luxurious fame is also backed by its unmatched reliability. The Germans have been ranked 2nd, drawing with Toyota, in 2019 JD Power Reliability rankings, with an average of 108 problems per 100 vehicles. That is a very impressive feat and to match the likes of Toyota in reliability does speak volumes for itself. Consumer Reports also branded the Germans as one of the most reliable manufacturers.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

Even though Porsche is highly reliable, the same cannot be implied to their Cayenne. According to JD Power, the 2020 Cayenne received 3 out of 5 stars, making it about average. According to RepairPal, the average repair and maintenance cost annually for the Cayenne is about $1,231, with the average being $807 for luxury midsize SUVs. The frequency of repairs and the severity of issues are also well above average. Reliability Index sticks an unbelievably high index of 415 for the Cayenne, which equates to it being very poor in reliability. With Porsche's plethora of addable options, the total price of the vehicle would shoot well south of the original asking price.

On average, the 2021 Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe would cost you $87,600 for the base model without adding any options. The biggest issue with the Cayenne is its high repair cost and frequency of repairs. On the contrary, Porsche's 911s are very reliable. We hope that Porsche brings the same dependability to their Cayenne for 2021. The true cost to own can accumulate to amount a lot over the years.

Warranty 

All of the competitors offer the same warranty package. Porsche comes with a 4 year/50,000 mile (whichever comes earlier) warranty scheme for both the basic and powertrain warranty. There is also 24*7 roadside assistance which can be availed for a period of 4 year/50,000 mile package also. Since it is a hybrid vehicle, it comes with battery/hybrid component warranty too, for an 8 year/100,000 miles package.

Criteria

Period

Limited warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Hybrid/Electric components warranty

8 year/100,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-hour roadside assistance

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

All the vehicles mentioned offer the same warranty of 4 year/50,000 miles (whichever is earlier), so they’re on level grounds here. The Cayenne Coupe, being a plug-in hybrid, also offers a standard warranty on hybrid/electric components for a period of 8 years/100,000 miles (whichever is earlier). So the German marquee offers a fairly decent period for the warranty. Nothing too extraordinary or out of the blue here.

Miles Per Dollar

The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid has an estimated MPG figure of 21 (on gasoline). The average US gas price in recent times is $2.53. So, computing the MPD of the Cayenne, we get a figure of 8.3 miles per dollar, meaning you can go for 8.3 miles per dollar.

It must be noted that the Cayenne is a hybrid, and it can run purely on electric motors for 14 miles.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV Buying Advice

If you have got deep pockets and want to show off your new hybrid Porsche to your friends and family, then go for the base E-Hybrid model. It is blazingly fast, although not as quick as the Turbo S E-Hybrid, still it is pretty quick for an SUV. It’s got the classic Cayenne look with AWD for better handling and driving dynamics. It’s also got all that you’d expect – keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, SiriusXM radio, etc. The best part is it’s not as expensive as it’s elder brethren. Since its price is not as high, its true cost to own drops significantly over the years.

However, if you’re not the type of man to compromise for anything, then you can also go for the big Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe, which is insanely fast and has some sweet additional features as well. Bear in mind though, it will cost you a fortune.

Is buying a used Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid a good idea?

Porsche Cayenne generally loses about 17-18% of their value in the first year, which computes to $19,000. Cayennes don’t hold their value as well as the other Porsches and they can depreciate significantly. So if you’re in the market looking for a used Porsche Cayenne E-hybrid, then you can get one for a lot less than the original asking price. But don’t look up to the resale value in a few years since they might depreciate even further. Plus, the repair cost and maintenance will pile up more and more, over the years.

According to depreciation values, the 2017 models are the best ones to look out for. Expect to pay around 52% of the original asking price with about 75% of the vehicle lifetime remaining. That is a fairly sweet deal and if you play your cards right, you might find one under warranty. Also, look out for the 2018 models, as they have a low risk of massive depreciation over the next few years.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV Engine and Performance

7.2/10

The base variant of the 2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid houses a turbocharged 3.0L V6 plug-in hybrid belting out 455 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Those are impressive stats but wait until you look at the Turbo S E-Hybrid. The Turbo S features a monstrous 4.0L twin-turbo V8 plug-in hybrid that delivers a whopping 670 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque. Both are fitted with an 8-speed automatic transmission and both feature All Wheel Drive (AWD) drivetrain.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV has 3.0L turbocharged hybrid engine

Those are some serious digits for an SUV!

Models*

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe

2020 Audi SQ8

2020 BMW X6 M50i

2020 Maserati Levante S GranLusso

MSRP

$87,600

$94,500

$85,650

$88,990

Engine

3.0L, turbocharged, V6, hybrid

4.0L, twin-turbo, V8

4.4L twin-turbo, V8

3.0L, twin-turbo, V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

Power

455 @ 5,250rpm

500 hp @ 5,500 rpm

523 hp @ 5,500 rpm

424 hp @ 5,750 rpm

Torque

516 lb-ft @ 3,750 rpm

568 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm

553 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

428 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm

*2020 figures used for reference

The BMW X6 M50i tops the chart with its 523 hp power output, with the Audi SQ8 coming second and Cayenne E-Hybrid coming third. The BMW offers the most powerful engine, at least on paper, at a slightly lower price than the Cayenne. The BMW demands $164 per horsepower, while the Cayenne asks a massive $193 per horsepower.

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe Acceleration and Braking Performance

The Cayenne E-Hybrid sprints from 0-60 MPH in a mere 4.7 seconds and completes a quarter-mile run in 13.3 seconds. Those are fairly impressive numbers, but the Turbo S is even more impressive, with a 0-60 MPH timing of a blisteringly fast 3.6 seconds and a quarter-mile timing of an insane 11.5 seconds. Porsche means business with their Turbo S hybrids.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV accelerate 0-60 mph in 4.7 sec

The braking figure for the 60-0 MPH is unknown, as of yet, but the 2020 Porsche Cayenne's braking distance from 70-0 MPH is about 159 ft. The BMW's 60-0 MPH is 129 ft, but the Maserati comes to a halt at just 118 ft, perhaps displaying one of the best braking performances.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid 

2020 Audi SQ8 

2020 BMW X6 M50i

2020 Maserati Levante S GranLusso

0-60 MPH 

4.7 sec

4.3 sec

4.1 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile 

13.3 sec

12.4 sec

12.7 sec

12.2 sec

Top Speed 

157 MPH

155 MPH

155 MPH

156 MPH

60-0 MPH

N/A

N/A

129 ft

118 ft

*2020 figures used for reference

Looking at the chart, it’s clear that these cars are neck to neck with their performances, however, the BMW is a tiny fraction faster than it’s opponents with a 0-60 of 4.1 seconds, 0.6 secs faster than the Cayenne. The Maserati completes the quarter-mile in just 12.2 seconds, beating out the second-placed Audi by a mere 0.2-second margin. Cayenne delivers the highest top speed of 157 MPH, but others are practically the same.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV Fuel Economy

5.2/10

The 2020 Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe gets a combined (city/highway) driving MPG figure of just 21. Its electric motor is good enough for MPGe of 41 combined driving. Those are pretty disappointing figures, but then again, this is a performance-oriented SUV. On the electric motor, it can run up to 14 miles. With a household-style power outlet, the battery can be fully charged in 5 hours, however, that can be cut down to 2.5 hours with a faster charger. The 2021 models would probably vary from these ratings.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe

2020 Audi SQ8

2020 BMW X6 M50i

2020 Maserati Levante S GranLusso

MPG (City)

N/A

15

16

15

MPG (Highway)

N/A

21

22

21

MPG (Combined)

21

17

18

17

Fuel Capacity 

19.8 gallons

18.7 gallons

21.9 gallons

21.1 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined) 

N/A/416 miles

281/393/318 miles

350/482/394 miles

317/443/359 miles

*2020 figures used for reference

None of the cars are particularly impressive with their fuel economy figures, but the Cayenne E-Hybrid offers the best figure of 21, 3 more than the second-placed BMW. Cayenne also offers the biggest range of 416 miles, with BMW X6 M50i coming second with 394 miles on a full gas tank, thanks to its spacious 21.9-gallon tank capacity.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV Interior

7.8/10

“Luxury” is the word you would utter when you would first hop inside the Cayenne E-Hybrid. Wrapped in leather, the interior feels posh, premium, and very befitting to your taste, since it is a luxury SUV. It can seat up to 5 people and offers dual-zone climate control with power-adjustable seats. The seats will hug you tight and offer a smooth, comfortable journey through the highway as you adorn the luxurious cabin you’re in. There is also an option for Alcantara upholstery to further enhance the feel of the interior. With a 12.3” infotainment system at the center and a modern, stylish gauge cluster behind the wheel, you’ll feel the amalgamation of sporty and luxury in one single cabin.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV cockpit area

Despite being a Coupe with a sloping roofline, the Cayenne doesn’t compromise the rear row headroom as an average adult can easily fit without issues.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne (Expected)

2020 Audi SQ8

2020 BMW X6 M50i

2020 Maserati Levante S GranLusso

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

38.2/59.5/41.7

39.3/60.5/40.3

39.2/57.8/44.3

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

38.1/58.5/40.2

37.9/57.9/35.6

37.8/56.9/38.3

*2020 figures used for reference

The exact interior dimensions of the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is unknown to us, but it does have decent space both in the front and rear row for comfortable seating. The BMW X6 provides the most spacious front row with excess headroom, while the Audi SQ8 offers a slightly more spacious second row than the Bavarian. The Maserati is average and decent.

Infotainment System

Porsche's infotainment systems have always impressed us and this one is no exception. Porsche offered everything they could to keep you entertained, except Android Auto. The Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe is fitted with premium 14 speakers from Bose to provide you with the best musical entertainment while you blitz down the road. Both the trims will feature a 12.3” infotainment touchscreen at the center that will fulfill every demand of yours.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV dashboard

Some of the features of the infotainment system are:

  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • 1455W premium amplifier
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • Primary monitor touchscreen
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • 14 BOSE premium surround speakers

2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV Exterior

7.6/10

The Cayenne's design aspect has always attracted customers with it’s sleek, modern, and supersport design, even for an SUV. The smooth curves give it a sensual look, which is carried throughout the entirety of the body. The 2021 version isn’t expected to bring any significant cosmetic changes to the exterior. Since this is a coupe version, the roofline is sloping and the C pillar is inclined to offer a more dynamic sporty look.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV

There are the 4 pieces of LED headlight at the front and the grille which makes it look aggressive but at the same time, attractive. The weight is fairly high due to the hybrid powertrain which does cause slight body roll while cornering.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe

2020 Audi SQ8

2020 BMW X6 M50i

2020 Maserati Levante S GranLusso

Curb Weight 

5,164 lbs

5,180 lbs

5,155 lbs

4,650 lbs

Length 

193.7”

196.3”

194.5”

197”

Width 

86.4”

78.5”

78.9”

77.5”

Height 

66.8”

67.1”

66.8”

66.1”

Ground Clearance 

9.6”

8.7”

8.5”

8”

Wheelbase 

114”

117.9”

117.1”

118.3”

*2020 figures used for reference

All of these are heavy vehicles, with the Levante being the lightest at 4,650 lbs. It’s also the longest vehicle with the highest wheelbase. The Porsche is the widest with a huge ground clearance of 9.6 inches. It’s also the height of the BMW X6. Overall, the Cayenne E-Hybrid is pretty dynamic in both interior and exterior looks.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV Safety

8.0/10

Unfortunately, neither NHTSA nor IIHS have rated any of the Porsche Cayenne models, so the safety cannot be quantified. However, Porsche has added all the necessary standard safety features that you would expect from a luxury SUV at this price point. The AWD provides a great grip and helps the car stay planted on the road. There is also a package option for the Porsche InnoDrive, which is a semi-autonomous system that includes adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist to aid the driver. Some standard safety features of the Cayenne are:

  • Lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adjustable front head restraints with tilt
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Electronic stability
  • Adjustable front head restraints
  • Break-resistant glass
  • Forward collision warning
  • 360° camera view

2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV Competition

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid vs Audi SQ8 

The Cayenne just feels and looks sportier than the SQ8. Although quite similarly poised on performance grounds, the Audi slightly pulls ahead; but the Cayenne does make up for it with it’s better fuel economy and hybrid powertrain offering. Porsche is also generally more reliable than the Audi SQ8 and it also costs more.

Audi SQ8

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid vs BMW X6 M50i

Once again, the Porsche looks much sportier and more dynamic. The BMW X6 M50i slightly pulls ahead with its performance figures and more spacious interiors but the Porsche Cayenne offers better fuel economy, premium interiors, and an overall much sportier vibe that cannot be rivaled against.

BMW X6 M50i

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid vs Maserati Levante

The Levante is quite similarly priced to the Cayenne E-Hybrid, it also pulls ahead of the Cayenne with better performance figures. The Levante also looks pretty stylish and sporty but it can’t compete with Porsche's interior, hybrid powertrain, and reliability.

Maserati Levante

 

2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid SUV Final Verdict

The Cayenne E-Hybrid is a great offering to those looking for a hybrid performance-oriented SUV with stunning looks, as the base variant won’t charge you as much as it’s rivals. The Cayenne is a legendary SUV and the stylishly designed “Coupe” factor further attenuates its beauty. Other than that, you get to brag about owning a Porsche and showing off at parties. The Cayenne has impressed for generations and this year shouldn’t be any different.

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