It’s been nearly 20 years since Porsche cracked the mold and revealed its first SUV. The 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid packs a ton of sports car swagger as it joins the lineup of the third generation of Cayenne vehicles. Traditionalists who turned their noses up at a Porsche SUV in 2002 would be wise to turn their attention to this new hybrid gasoline-electric bruiser.
What’s New for 2019?
The Cayenne E-Hybrid benefits from the generational updates that the gasoline-only model received for 2019. A new platform with a new exterior design, new interior, new infotainment display, new powertrain and more. The E-Hybrid-specific features include a new, 43% more powerful electric motor and a battery pack with about 30% greater capacity than the outgoing model. See the 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid models for sale near you
What We Like
- More power, quicker and faster performance
- Precise steering and sharp handling
- Tailored and elegant interior
What We Don’t
- Pricey, starting at $81,100 ($14,300 more than a base Cayenne)
- Standard acid-green-painted brake calipers won’t appeal to all tastes
Cayenne E-Hybrid is available in one trim level starting at $81,100.
Fuel economy estimates for the 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid have not yet been announced. The 2018 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid was rated to achieve 47 MPGe and 22 miles per gallon in combined driving, and we expect the new E-Hybrid to improve on those figures.
Standard Features and Options
The Cayenne E-Hybrid comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine that’s tuned to produce 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, along with a permanent magnet asynchronous electric motor that puts out 134 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, for a total system horsepower/torque rating of 455 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, routed through an 8-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission.
The battery pack is a fluid-cooled 14.1 kWh Lithium-ion unit that can be charged with a standard 3.6-kW onboard charger (7.2 kW optional) that has Level 1 and Level 2 capability. A charging cable with a J1772 EV plug is included, and additional accessory cables are available. Charging time is approximately eight hours using 120-volt household current, or about 2.5 hours with 240 volts. Significantly, the Cayenne E-Hybrid does not have DC Fast Charging capability.
Full LED lighting is standard on the exterior, including headlamps, running lights, taillights and turn signals. Nineteen-inch wheels are standard, with wheel sizes up to 22 inches available (a first for the Cayenne). Paint is available in two standard exterior colors, seven metallic colors and a special color, Lava Orange. Acid green-painted brake calipers are standard. An automatic power rear lift gate is standard. The Sport Chrono Package is standard, as is Porsche Traction Management (PTM).
The Standard Interior comes with partial leather or leather seats. Leather Interior and Club Leather Interior options are available upgrades. Eight-way power seats are standard, 14-way power seats with memory function are available, and Sport Seats Plus with 18-way power adjustment and memory function and massage are the premium option. The rear seat is a 40/20/40 split with a folding center armrest and individually folding backrests.
Porsche 4D Chassis Control is standard, and the standard suspension is a multi-link front and multi-link rear with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) dampers. Air suspension is available. Steering is electromechanical with a variable ratio. Front and rear ParkAssist with a reversing camera is standard, along with cruise control. A proximity key with keyless start is standard. Manual tilt and telescopic adjustment puts the steering wheel in the perfect driving position. The cabin has three 12-volt charging ports and four USB charging ports, along with four cupholders (2 front/2 rear) and a bottle holder in each door panel.
Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with a 12.3-in landscape screen provides the visual interface to infotainment, HVAC, navigation and other vehicle functions. Navigation, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, Apple CarPlay, Voice Control, Wi-Fi, a telephone module, USB and aux-in are standard. A 150-watt, 10-speaker audio system is standard.
Dual-zone climate control, tinted thermally-insulated glass, a particle/pollen filter with an active carbon filter, and auxiliary cabin conditioning help keep the cabin comfortable.
There’s no spare tire onboard — just an inflation kit.
Several options packages are available, including the Premium Package ($6,470), Premium Package Plus ($8,950) and Assistance Package ($6,240). Available audio upgrades include a Bose Surround Sound System ($1,200), Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment ($1,920) and the glorious Burmester 3D High-End Surround Sound System ($7,000). Scores of interior and exterior appearance upgrades are also available, including various leather, Alcantara, wood, aluminum, stainless steel and carbon fiber packages.
Performance upgrades include Adaptive Air Suspension ($2,170), Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control ($3,590), Rear Axle Steering ($1,620), Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes ($9,080) and more.
The Cayenne E-Hybrid comes with standard Porsche Side Impact Protection System, plus a full complement of airbags, LATCH mounting points on the rear seats, engine immobilizer with remote central locking and an alarm system with radar-based interior surveillance and Warn and Brake Assist. Available safety systems include lane-keeping assist with traffic sign recognition ($1,200), Porsche InnoDrive ($3,610), a head-up display ($1,720), Night Vision Assist ($2,240), lane change assistant ($950), and adaptive cruise control ($2,000).
Behind the Wheel
The Cayenne E-Hybrid is not like other hybrids. While its electric motor will certainly help improve fuel economy and efficiency, and can even be used in EV mode for distances up to an estimated 22 miles and speeds up to 83 mph, that’s not where it shines. The electric motor works with the gasoline engine almost like a turbocharger, supercharger or even a shot of nitrous, but in a completely controlled and predictable way. It takes a stock turbo V6 from eager to wild, with the instant availability of electric motor torque on tap at any speed. Zero-to-60 mph is quoted at 4.7 seconds, a full 1.2 seconds quicker than the base gasoline-only Cayenne. Top speed is 157 mph. The Cayenne E-Hybrid feels rock solid at elevated speeds (we may have seen triple digits during passing maneuvers), and delivers the thrill of speed.
With this third generation of production, the Cayenne has really come into its own, taking on more sports car personality than ever before. The new chassis and suspension work together with the steering system to deliver precise handling and great road manners. Just point the Cayenne into a curve, and it holds a line perfectly — no mid-corner adjustments are needed. Four drive modes are standard: E-Power, Hybrid Auto, Sport and Sport Plus. The modes are quickly accessible via a machined wheel in the steering wheel. The center button in that wheel unleashes Sport Response Mode, a 20-second burst where all of the SUV’s settings are in their most performance-focused mode, effectively turning the Cayenne up to 11. A timer in the instrument panel provides a video game like countdown that gets the blood pumping.
With all of the Cayenne’s athletic prowess, it’s easy to overlook its tailored, elegant interior. We’re not completely sold on the smooth surfaced haptic touch controls on the center console, but they certainly look sleek and clean. Every knob and button on the Cayenne’s dash gets a premium finish, and the cockpit like interior encourages long drives. Second-row passengers get plenty of space, with the bonus of reclining seat backs.
Other Cars to Consider
2020 Land Rover Range Rover PHEV and Range Rover Sport PHEV — Announced for late summer 2019, these two new plug-in hybrid SUVs will start at $95,950 and $79,000 respectively.
Sports cars are great, but sometimes you’ve got to take the dog to the vet and pick up a few bags of mulch on the way to the kids’ music lessons. The 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid lets you get your sports car thrills while fooling your friends and neighbors into believing that you are doing your part for the environment. Which you are doing, whether you suffer for it or not. Find a Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid for sale
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