Find a car review

Make
Model

2013 Porsche Cayenne S Diesel review

The Porsche Cayenne S Diesel delivers huge torque and mighty acceleration. Is it fun, too?

Evo rating
Price
from £59,053
  • Torque, range, all-round performance
  • Price with options, GTS drives better

What is it?

The Porsche Cayenne S Diesel, with one of the highest torque figures on sale new in the UK. With 627lb ft, it lags only behind a trio of twin-turbo V12 Mercedes AMGs, the Bentley Mulsanne, Pagani Huayra and Bugatti Veyron, while costing a small fraction of each of them, prices kicking off at £59,053.

Subscribe to evo magazine

If you're passionate about the world's greatest performance cars, experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Try your first 5 issues for £5.

>Porsche Cayenne range review

Technical highlights?

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Of course, there’s a reason for all the Porsche’s torque – its 2195kg kerb weight. This means the 377bhp twin-turbocharged 4.1-litre V8 engine needs all of its 627lb ft for this Cayenne to deliver on the sporty promise of its ‘S’ badge. The S Diesel is frighteningly quick off the line (0-62mph in 5.7sec) and explosive in its mid-range urge (50-75mph in 3.8sec). The in-gear pace and elevated driving position make it a great overtaker, and its width makes it a top blocker too…

What’s it like to drive?

The engine is smooth and responsive, and the eight-speed automatic ’box ensures you’re always surfing the fattest part of the torque curve (2000-2750rpm). Control the gears yourself and you experience a muted but growly V8 throb – enjoyable and very undiesel-like.

The four-wheel-drive system and colossal 21in wheels and tyres offer obscene grip, and while Porsche would have you believe the car has rear-wheel-drive characteristics, it doesn’t. However, the S Diesel is neutral and composed when cornering and the optional PTV Plus torque vectoring increases its overall agility.

Buy a used Porsche Cayenne from under £10k

Being a Porsche, the control weights are fine and measured, and while the steering can’t offer genuine feel, it is at least accurate and linear. Likewise, brake and throttle response are great, but then Porsche is a master in this area.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The S Diesel’s performance is mighty, as is its comfort and build quality, but you rarely feel inclined to indulge the car’s dynamic side, aside from the odd overtaking squirt.

How does it compare?

The Cayenne S Diesel offers Cayenne GTS pace (if not handling acuity) but with more favourable residuals and lower running costs. But it’s a car you buy with your head and not your heart; the true drivers’ SUV remains the V8 petrol GTS. Diesel alternatives elsewhere include the BMW X6 M50d (£62,775, 377bhp, 545lb ft) and Range Rover 4.4 TDV8 (£78,120, 339bhp, 516lb ft).

Anything else I need to know?

While Porsche claims 34mpg combined, we struggled to exceed 26mpg. Fill the 100-litre tank from empty and you’ll spend about £134 and be able to cover around 570 miles – well above the range of a comparable V8 petrol Cayenne.

Specifications

EngineV8, 4134cc, turbodiesel
Max power377bhp @ 3750rpm
Max torque627lb ft @ 2000-2750rpm
0-605.7sec (claimed 0-62)
Top speed156mph (claimed)
Advertisement

Have You Considered

Visit/mercedes/gle/201748/2019-mercedes-gle400d-review-a-worthy-original
Mercedes GLE

2019 Mercedes GLE400d review – a worthy original

12 Sep 2019
Visit/porsche/porsche-911-carrera-4/201744/2019-porsche-911-carrera-4-and-carrera-4-cabriolet-detailed
Porsche 911 Carrera 4

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet detailed

12 Sep 2019
Visit/mercedes/201726/mercedes-amg-electric-car-to-target-porsche-taycan-and-tesla-model-s
Mercedes

Mercedes-AMG electric car to target Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S

10 Sep 2019
Visit/volkswagen/18328/2020-volkswagen-id3-revealed-vws-electric-revolution-is-here
Volkswagen

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 revealed - VW’s electric revolution is here

9 May 2019

Most Popular

Visit/spy-shots/201770/porsche-cayman-gt4-rs-spied-718-to-receive-rennsport-treatment
spy shots

Porsche Cayman GT4 RS spied – 718 to receive Rennsport treatment

More power, more aero and less weight are already on the cards for Stuttgart’s fastest Cayman
19 Sep 2019
Visit/best-cars/201772/best-v8-cars-past-and-present-our-favourite-eights-and-the-cars-theyre-found-in
Best cars

Best V8 cars past and present – our favourite eights and the cars they’re found in

Whether it’s smooth and sophisticated or motorsport-like in its aggression, the V8 remains one of our favourite engine types, warts and all
20 Sep 2019
Visit/volkswagen/golf/21122/volkswagen-golf-mk8-spied-near-free-of-camouflage-before-october-debut
Volkswagen Golf hatchback

Volkswagen Golf Mk8 spied near-free of camouflage before October debut

All-new eighth-generation Golf is only weeks away from its reveal – this is all you need to know.
18 Sep 2019
Visit/features/22907/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-col-de-turini
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019