The S E-Hybrid model delivers up to 416bhp, but will cost more than the diesels to buy outright. It’s also heavier, but 0-62mph can be done in 5.9 seconds, which is impressive. It combines an electric motor with a supercharged V6 petrol engine.
If you want a complete petrol model, though, you should train your eyes on the the muscular 420bhp V6 power plant. It takes care of the 0-62mph sprint in 5.5 seconds, while a more expensive Turbo model does it in 4.5 seconds.
Like the Range Rover Sport, the Cayenne will be really expensive to run if you do go for a petrol model. The Cayenne S can’t return better numbers than 29.7mpg, though the diesels will be more popular. The cheapest diesel to run is the S, which is good for 42.8mpg, while the hybrid model can return fuel economy of 83.1mpg and is free to tax. However, there are variables involved here – to achieve those numbers, you would need to rely on electric power alone a lot of the time, which means extensive charging.
The Cayenne’s interior is luxurious and well-built. The wraparound design of the dash enhances the sporty flavour of the car, while the leather seats offer plenty of comfort, support and – in the case of the driver’s seat – adjustability. Everything feels solid, and there are plenty of ways you can personalise the car.
A minor criticism, however, is that compared to the Range Rover, the Cayenne’s dash contains too many buttons.
It’s a family friendly SUV, though, which comes with lots of interior space upfront and in the back for five occupants, a 670-litre boot, and lots of storage spaces, including cup holders in the rear seat rest and centre console and a big glovebox. If you ever need more legroom or boot space, the rear seats can slide back and forth.
Porsche – £52,700 – £119,700