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

Updated on: October 29, 2020

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The Cayenne badge is synonymous with performance, space, and luxury, and for being aPorsche sports car. Thismid-size SUV from Porsche’s stable has been held high, both by enthusiasts and luxury SUV buyers, alike. The Cayenne hybrid model was introduced in 2010 as part of the Cayenne’s second-generation. It was launched around the same time when the whole Volkswagen diesel gate scandal happened (Porsche is owned by Volkswagen).

Currently, in its third generation, the Cayenne hybrid is available in both Coupe and SUV style. When equipped with Porsche’s Sports Chrono package, this five-ton SUV can reach 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds, which is pretty fast for a car that weighs more 5000 pounds. With prices starting from $87,600 fro the coupe-style, and $81,800 for the SUV-styled Cayenne, it all comes down to - where do you wanna see yourself in?

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Pros

Exceptional handling capability

The efficient powertrain

Towing capacity 7,700 lb

Cons

Stiffer ride quality at times

Inadequate cubby storage

Expensive custom options shoot the price

What's New?

The Cayenne E-Hybrid will be a carryover model


Pictures & Videos

Videos
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Styles

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

9.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.7

Interior

7.8

Exterior

8.9

Safety

9.0

8.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV Base

Base

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$81,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8AM) Starting at $81,800 MSRP TBD TBD
TBD TBD 4
4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $81,800 MSRP TBD TBD
TBD TBD 4

Expert Review

8.7

Overall Rating


The E-Hybrid version is an attempt at making the Cayenne greener and more efficient, and we must say that it does that pretty well. The Cayenne’s luxurious interior with leather stitchings, soft-touch dashboard, and a very functional outlook, looks calm and comfortable both from the outside as well as the inside. To top it off, this hybrid SUV has the ability to give you spine-chilling performance for it gets a 3.0-liter V6 engine alongside an electric motor that produces 134 hp, with a combined power output of a whopping 455hp alongside a massive 516lb-ft of torque. The Cayenne competes with the Range Rover Sport and the Mercedes Benz GLE 350 and it gives them all quite a tough battle. Porsche has sold decent numbers of the Cayenne over the years, and we expect the streak to continue with the 2021 Cayenne as well.

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV front 3 quarter view
2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV rear 3 quarter view

9.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.7/10
Fuel Economy

7.8/10
Interior

8.9/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV Features

9.0/10

The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV comes in a single trim only. It is also available as Coupe and both come loaded with features.

Trim

Cayenne E-hybrid SUV

MSRP (AWD)

$81,800

Key Features

8-way power-adjustable heated front seats

 

Power adjustable steering wheel

 

20-inch Alloy wheels as standard

 

12.4-inch Infotainment system with Apple CarPlay

 

Hi-fi 10-Speaker Sound System

 

Heated and power-folding side mirrors with a fixed glass roof

 

Front and rear parking camera with parking sensors

 

Automatic dual-zone climate control

 

Full LED Headlamps with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus and Ambient lighting

The Cayenne E-hybrid Turbo aims to deliver the best of both worlds. As can be seen from the table above, you will get all the luxurious features, like power-adjustable, heated and cooled seats, Dual-zone climate control, LED headlamps, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. So as far as features are concerned, rest be assured, it ain’t compromised at all.

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

Porsche is known to make great lasting cars and the Cayenne further strengthens the claim. The car has been on the market for almost 2 decades and even the first-generation vehicles can still be seen on road, and owners are quite happy with their purchase even after such a long time. The Cayenne came out really strong on the reliability front. The Porsche Cayenne is a luxury performance SUV and it does come with the costs of a luxury car, so owning the Porsche Cayenne is going to be a slightly costly affair, as even the regular wear and tear and service are arguably expensive, but it is following segment standards and you will have to shell a similar amount if you buy any of the vehicles in this class.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

The Porsche Cayenne has been a reliable workhorse over the years, and from what we know, customers are more than satisfied with the vehicle. In fact, the Porsche Cayenne gets an 84/100 J.D. Power score and is second only to the BMW X5, making it a great buy. But if you’re buying a car of this class and this price bracket, you’re more or less prepared to bear those costs.

  • Quality and Reliability- 79/100
  • Driving Experience- 87/100
  • Resale- 77/100
  • Dealership Experience- 88/100

When you’re spending a hefty sum on the Porsche, you’re not just spending on the car, you’re spending on a complete lifestyle experience, from the moment you enter the dealership you can feel the exuberance, and all of this carried over to the after-sales service as well. The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is a step ahead to make a greener performance vehicle, and we must say that it has been very well executed. The E-Hybrid packs in the power, punch, and thrill of the standard Cayenne alongside a greener footprint and a smaller fuel bill and all of this can be had at almost no extra ownership costs or maintenance issues.

Warranty

Porsche offers the Cayenne with an extensive warranty pack that covers the better part of the vehicle and will ensure a relaxed ownership experience. The car comes with a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty, a 12-year long life anti-perforation warranty, and a 4-year roadside assistance package.

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

4 year/50,000 miles (80,000 km) warranty for all new vehicles

Corrosion Warranty

12-year long-life warranty against rust perforation in the bodyshell

24-Hour Roadside Assistance

4 year/50,000 miles (80,000 km) warranty for all new vehicles

Porsche has a very good reputation when it comes to making quality cars, and most buyers will not face any issues with the car. Because the modern vehicles have an immensely complex build and pack in a lot of electrical components, which in some cases might malfunction or need a repair, and this is where the warranty comes as a big relief, to both, your mind and your pocket as the Cayenne is an expensive vehicle its spare parts to complement its ticket price.

Miles per Dollar

The modern-day buyer does not only look at the cost of buying the vehicle, but also at owning and maintaining one, and hence, it is important to understand the costs that come along with a vehicle, to make an informed decision. The factors taken into consideration while estimating the Miles Per Dollar figure include fuel costs. Financing, considering a 10% payment upfront, taxes, insurance, depreciation, and normal wear and tear, repairs and scheduled replacement of parts, after-sales and service expenses if any alongside little probability of unforeseen damage or expenses. We assume that an average buyer keeps the vehicle for about 5 years and drives the vehicle for about 15,000 miles a year, this brings us to a tally of about 75,000 miles at the end of 5-years. The estimated cost of owning the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid for a period of 5-year after considering all the aforementioned factors is expected to be between $40,000-$42,000, and it surely impresses considering the size, stature, and performance of the vehicle, and this is where you understand the perks of the E-Hybrid and how it helps cut down costs and at the same time reduce your carbon footprint. This brings the Miles Per Dollar figure of the Cayenne E-Hybrid to around 1.8 miles per dollar, which is very impressive for a car like Porsche, and it surely gets a big thumbs-up in this department.

 

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV Buying Advice

The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid comes in a single fully-loaded trim level, however, you do get the option between a more powerful and even more performance-oriented Turbo S E-Hybrid variant, which costs way more than the standard E-Hybrid variant, but it does come with mind-boggling performance, and it is truly a performance monster. 

As to which one should you buy; we feel that the standard version will satisfy most users and is more than adequate for the enthusiast as well as the family buyer, however, if you want a complete performance monster and you have the pockets for it, the Turbo S Variant too is a great proposition and it will surely put an evil grin on your face every time you drive it!

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

The Porsche Cayenne is quite a reliable vehicle, as we asserted earlier, and the vehicle has been in the market for quite a long time now, so finding a well-maintained example should not be a problem. The vehicle has a very well-engineered and durable motor and tranny, and Porsche has a reputation for making quality cars, so that department is sorted too, however, buying an earlier version means that you will be missing out on a lot of features, as Porsche has made a lot of additions to the Cayenne in recent past, and unless you’re getting a 2019 model car, you will be missing out on the brand-new cockpit inspired interiors, and that is just one item on the list.

The Cayenne depreciates about 19% annually, and as per reports, the best value buy would be a 2017 car, which would be quite easy on the pocket as compared to the current version. Now, coming to the point that you should go for it? If you’re going for an older version and are ready to let go of the modern features, you can go for it as it will save a decent amount of money, but the difference still won’t be too tall as the vehicle holds value quite well. 

For those willing to go for the 2019 iteration, the difference is going to be even smaller, but if you do manage to find an extremely well-maintained example with under 10,000 miles, you can easily save a few thousand bucks and that might be a good value proposition.

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The Cayenne E-Hybrid gets a 3.0Liter V6 motor which comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and this is accompanied by an electric motor that produces 134 hp. The combined power output from both the motors stands at around 455 hp at 516 lb-ft of torque.

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is powered by a 3.0L V6 motor

The Cayenne E-Hybrid offers more than adequate power and torque for all your needs and most buyers will be extremely happy with the kind of performance it offers. The Cayenne offers the best power, torque ratio figures when compared to its rivals, and the good part is its steering setup, which is agile and responsive and takes the where you want it to go.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

2020 Range Rover Sport PHEV

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

MSRP

$81,100

$74,250

$61,150

Engine

3.0-liter V6

2.0-liter inline 6

3.0-liter inline 6

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive

Four Wheel Drive

All Wheel Drive

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

Power (hp@rpm)

455@5250

355@ 5,500

362@5500

Torque (ft-lbs@rpm)

516@1000

365@2000

369@1600

What makes this even better is its suspension setup, it works in immense harmony with the vehicle and despite the tendency to be on stiffer settings, by changing the settings to suit your driving style. 

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Acceleration and Braking Performance

The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid comes amongst the fastest car in its segment, hitting 60mph in just over 5.9 seconds. And if equipped with Porsche’s frames Sports Chrono package, the number drops by another whole one second and that makes it a really fast car. The Cayenne also turns out to be the fastest car in a quarter-mile drag, finishing in just over 11.5 seconds. 

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.9 sec

The vehicle has a top speed of about 180 mph, but it might be electronically limited in some regions to 157 mph. The engine is very refined and when mated to the slick transmission, the combination is butter smooth. The transmission responds very quickly and is amongst the slickest and fastest transmissions in the segment, the shifts are very smooth and it responds to your driving style in a very adaptive manner.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

2020 Range Rover Sport PHEV

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.9

6.9

4.6

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

11.5

11.8

12.2

Top Speed (MPH)

157

139

112

60-0 MPH (feet)

118

129

118

The engine gives a very strong punch and has a strong mid-range as well, whether you’re pushing the vehicle on track, or just cruising on the highway, the motor will impress you in all scenarios, it is very rideable, it's peppy and it engages you in it in a very immersive way. 

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid gets bespoke green painted brake calipers

Even when you’re driving in city traffic, the vehicle never feels sluggish or unresponsive. It has the comfort of a large SUV, but the driveability of a modern car.

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2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV Fuel Economy

8.7/10

The Porsche Cayenne, being a hybrid, is naturally expected to be a green car to drive, and it justifies the tag by returning almost 25 mpg in the city and almost 35 mpg on the highway. The Cayenne returns a combined figure of 30 mpg and has a 23.7-gallon fuel tank, which gives it an impressive range, and that makes it suitable for your weekend getaways.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

2020 Range Rover Sport PHEV

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

MPG (City)

NA

19

19

MPG (Highway)

NA

25

24

MPG (Combined)

21

21

21

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

19.8

27.6

22.5

Range (City/Highway)

NA

524/690

428/540

The car is way ahead of the competitors in this department as they are conventional vehicles, and they very well justify their built and orientations.

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2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV Interior

7.8/10

The Cayenne is built like a dream on the inside, the interiors are nothing less than lavish, rather extravagant, the materials on offer are top-notch, the cabin is spacious, and from the very moment you enter the Cayenne, you feel the luxury you’re paying that price for.

The Cayenne gets a nice, chunky steering wheel, a digital instrument cluster, an analog clock, and a cockpit-like, beautiful infotainment system alongside an additional capacitive touch button panel that acts as a center console for the air-con and other controls. There are a lot of finishes and textures to choose from for the interior color scheme, however, the Kohima Brown and Beige interiors look absolutely stunning and make the Cayenne’s cabin an uber-luxurious space to be in. 

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid boasts of top-tier build-quality

The seats hold you perfectly in position as this performance monster unravels itself, they are electrically adjustable, either 14-way or 18-way and you get lumbar support as well. The cushioning on both, front and rear seats is amazing and there are very few things you can complain about.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

2020 Range Rover Sport PHEV

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

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

NA

NA

40.5/59.3/40.3

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

NA

39.1/NA/NA

39.6/58.3/40.9

Cargo (cu.ft)

22.7

   

The front seats offer great support and have decent knee room. Moving on to the rear, you get adequate legroom and knee room and the headroom is just enough for a car this size. 

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is equipped with supremely comfortable seats

The rear seats have great cushioning and offer decent under-thigh support. The central tunnel is a bit high, so the place might not be too comfortable for 3 passengers, but you do get the option of heated, cooled, and massaging seats.

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid seats 5 passengers

How’s the 2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid’s infotainment system?

The Cayenne comes with an all-new, hi-tech-cockpit-like infotainment system, which Porsche calls the ‘Porsche Communication Management Infotainment System’. It has a huge, 12.3-inch display and the visuals and graphics are crisp and clear, the complete center console either has rockers or feather touch/capacitive touch buttons. 

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid gets a state-of-the-art infotainment

The infotainment system is very easy and intuitive to use and comes mated to an optional Burmester sound system. The system also comes with Sat-Nav, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, and to keep you connected all the time, the vehicle offers smartphone remote connectivity as well.


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2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV Exterior

8.9/10

The Porsche Cayenne is a very attractive car to look at, and it has a very aerodynamic design as well, and Porsche being Porsche, mostly gets the design just right. The Cayenne is a performance SUV, but it has the dimensions of a traditional people mover, and it is big by all means. It is relatively lighter than the competition, but still quite heavy, though the good part is that even after all this weight the performance does not suffer. 

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid looks identical to the regular version

The dimensions of the Cayenne are well within segment standards, and if we're up to us, we’d say that it has the best exterior, it is big, intimidating, has immense street presence, but at the same time has such an advanced design which makes it very quick, nimble and agile, when compared to the rivals. 

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

2020 Range Rover Sport PHEV

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

Curb Weight (lbs)

5164

5135

4991

Length (inches)

193.7

192.1

194.3

Width (inches)

78.1

NA

76.7

Height (inches)

66.8

71

70.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

-

-

-

Wheelbase (inches)

114

115.1

117.9

The Cayenne does have the shortest wheelbase, and this is quite evident while you’re on the back seat, but the difference is only relative and the vehicle is quite spacious in itself, on the flip side, the shorter wheelbase makes it a better handling car, and hence making it a better proposition for enthusiasts.

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2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV Safety

9.0/10

The Cayenne has not been tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS, but the car does offer a host of safety and security features, which makes it safe to assume that the vehicle is going to be a safe one. Porsche has loaded the Cayenne with the most modern and advanced driver assistance measures and the car has a very intricately developed structure, body, and chassis, which has years of research and development invested into it, with special emphasis on structural integrity and stability.

Some of the standout safety features are as follows: 

  • 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
  • Forward collision warning
  • Adjustable front head restraints
  • Break-resistant glass

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2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV Competition

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid vs 2020 Range Rover Sport PHEV

The Range Rover Sport is going to be amongst the toughest rivals for the Porsche, and the Range Rover Sport will give an even more stern competition The vehicle looks very attractive too and has a little price advantage over the Cayenne. 

2020 Range Rover Sport PHEV

So the decision that the buyers would make is whether they want to save a few thousand bucks and get a downsized Urus, or they want to shell out that extra money and get a true Connoisseurs car. The Range Rover Sport too drives very well and will impress a wide range of audiences.

20212 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

The GLE too is a very popular SUV and it makes a very compelling package that appeals to a very large set of buyers. The car has a great motor and tranny combination and comes with very comfortable interiors alongside the goodwill of Mercedes-Benz.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

 

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV Final Verdict

The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is a great vehicle which has a lot of thought process invested into it, the car is fast, it's comfortable and it has the street presence of a big SUV. The Cayenne being a hybrid has that extra practicality and is going to be quite easy in your pocket. All-in-all, it is going to a great buy, and you are going to enjoy owing to the vehicle immensely.

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2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid FAQs

What is the battery capacity on the 2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid?

For 2021, Porsche has bumped the battery capacity of the Cayenne E-Hybrid from last years 14.1 kWh to 17.9 kWh which results in improved range and fuel efficiency.

What kind of Warranty does Porsche offer with the Cayenne E-Hybrid?

Porsche offers the following warranty package:

  • Limited Warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever is earlier
  • Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever is earlier
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for 1 year or 10,000 miles, whichever is earlier

How many miles to the gallon does the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid return?

The new 2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is capable of returning almost 25 mpg in the city and almost 35 mpg on the highway for a combined total of 30 mpg which is admirable for a vehicle this size.

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