The Porsche Cayenne came in the market as a performance-oriented SUV in 2003 and the car has since then been regarded as not just highly practical for urban dwellers but was also one of the most appealing cars in the segment. The car gets a modern design language, powerful engine options, and a premium cabin. The brand has now launched the 2021 Porsche Cayenne with a better package to give tough competition to its rivals such as the Audi Q8, BMW X5, and Maserati Levante. The 2021 Porsche Cayenne can be had in three trim options and it not only gets a comfortable and very practical cabin but is one of the very few vehicles in the segment which gets such a great balance between ride and handling. With this being said, the Cayenne is not just beautiful and fun to drive, but also scores high in terms of practicality and overall convenience.
The 2021 Porsche Cayenne will be positioned as a comfortable and practical car for city usage and track usage and is offered with almost all the bells and whistles one can think of. In terms of styling, the Porsche Cayenne looks elegant and classy and the overall modern design language with the large grille up front gives it a nice visual appeal. The styling looks more aggressive and the engine and the transmission options are better than before. The cabin is well built and the prices are reasonable as well. Be it segment-leading cabin fit and finish levels, comfortable ride quality, or the overall practicality, the 2021 Porsche Cayenne has it all.
Three variants of the 2021 Porsche Cayenne are currently on sale and the car should be priced from $68,250. Is this car perfect for you? Let’s find out.
What’s New for the 2021 Porsche Cayenne?
Since the current generation of the Cayenne has not been in the market for too long, the 2021 Porsche Cayenne model is expected to remain similar to the 2020 model in terms of features, equipment, and overall design. However, the car now gets a completely remapped exhaust system. The car now gets two round ones on the center in addition to the rectangular peripheral exhaust pipe. The brand has reintroduced the GTS trim which is more performance-oriented and heavily feature loaded. Apart from this, there are no interior and exterior changes or modifications made to the car. With this being said, the Porsche Cayenne will continue to be a comfortable car with decently powerful engine options, comfortable interiors, and a beautiful design language.
How well does the 2021 Porsche Cayenne Perform?
The 2021 Porsche Cayenne is expected to be powered by three engine options. The first engine is the standard 3.0-L, twin-turbocharged, V-6 engine. This engine produces 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of maximum peak torque, enough to put a huge smile on your face. The second engine on offer will be the bigger, twin-turbocharged, 4.0-L V8 engine that churns out 460 hp and 457 lb-ft of peak torque. We also expect the brand to launch a plug-in-hybrid powertrain with the 2021 Porsche Cayenne. This engine is expected to put out a maximum power of 455 hp and a peak torque figure of 516 lb-ft.
The good thing about the gearbox is the brisk gearshifts. The engine and transmission combo feel great to drive and feel very comfortable to drive in the city while out on the highway, the engine does not run out of the breadth. The 8-speed AT gearbox, on the other hand, may not be as good as the manual gearbox but is one of the best automatic gearboxes in the segment.
2021 Porsche Cayenne Review and Trims
The Porsche Cayenne offers one of the best cabins in the segment. The quality and fit and finish level of the dashboard are hard to compete for its rivals. In addition, bright interiors make the occupants feel calm inside the cabin. The quality of the plastics used inside the cabin is great. At the front, the seats are comfortable and the seats provide the right amount of cushioning to its passengers. Ingress and egress from the car are easy because of the high stance and overall, the interiors are decent. The rear seat space of the Cayenne could have been better as there are limited legroom and shoulder room.
Moving to the trims on offer, the 2021 Porsche Cayenne will be offered with three trim options – Cayenne Base, Porsche Cayenne S, and the Cayenne GTS. The brand is yet to launch the lower two trims of the Cayenne but has lifted the covers off its GTS trim. With a starting price of $108,650, the GTS remains the most expensive and most powerful variant in the entire lineup. On the other hand, the base and the S trim of the 2021 Porsche Cayenne is expected to be priced around $68,250 and $85,750 respectively.
The base trim, Cayenne Base, gets almost all the essential and basic features such as multi-angle rearview camera, power front seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, traction control, automatic climate control, push-button start, and Bluetooth connectivity. Other features include walkway lock, blind spot information system, touch screen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, in addition to other features such as 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, tri-zone climate control, auto high beam headlights, and cross-traffic monitor.
The Cayenne S trim, which is expected to be priced at $85,750, is one of the most value for money trim in the entire line-up. The S trim comes with features such as the power-adjustable tailgate, in-built SD card navigation, optional rear-seat entertainment system, one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature, memory linked side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down, two-position memory driver’s seat, etc.
The GTS trim is the highest equipped trim and is priced from $108,650 and gets a powerful 4.0-L V8 engine. This feature also gets 21-inch alloy wheels and a number of other performance-related upgrades. The GTS does not just look great but is an extremely capable vehicle with some ballistic performance output figures.
Which variant should you buy?
The Porsche Cayenne S variant of the 2021 model is one of the most value for money variants in the entire line-up. The car gets all the basic and advanced features and scores high in terms of the overall practicality and convenience department. Considering the features which are on offer with the Cayenne S, this variant is a steal at an $85,750 price tag.
With this being said, it will not be wrong to conclude that with the 2021 update, the Porsche Cayenne now comes as a more mature and a well-packaged product in the segment. It is a highly comfortable, practical, and luxurious product in the segment and with the exhaust upgrades, features better performance and driving experience.
If you are out in the market for a comfortable and practical performance SUV, the 2021 Porsche Cayenne should be your preferred choice as it simply outshines its rivals with the package it offers for its buyers.