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Porsche Cayenne review – design

Now one of the more attractive luxury SUVs, it belies its size with clever detailing and a subtlety missing in rivals

Evo rating
  • Best large SUV to drive this side of an Aston Martin DBX; does have a Porsche ‘feel’; beautifully built
  • Hybrid models feel cumbersome and heavy; coupe model adds nothing to the package

Where once the Cayenne was seen as a stain on the automotive design landscape, so now it is actually one of the more subtle, sophisticated and attractive large SUVs on sale. There are three different styling angles, with the standard and Turbo models having distinctive front ends, with a further Sport Design option available on all models. 

No variation is particularly distinguishable from the other, save for the Turbo’s double-bar running lights that have come to define Turbo models in Porsche’s range. Opt for 21-inch wheels or above and Porsche will throw in some subtly flared arch linings in a body-coloured finish, which are also standard fit on the Sport Design package.

LED lighting is standard fit across the range, with two different options available on the front (with and without Matrix functionality) and in either a standard silver, or darkened internal finish. Porsche’s now trademark rear light bar is also an essential part of the rear design package, with the rear exhaust tips also varying between the different models. 

Turbo models without the optional sports exhaust package have a different design again, with four oblong pipe finishers, but all Cayennes are able to be fitted with a sports exhaust system with four round pipes in silver, or black. There’s also a further centrally-mounted sports exhaust option for the GTS.

The Coupe’s design specification generally mimics that of the standard body, but unique to it is the Lightweight Design package which pairs the Sport Design bumpers, with a carbonfibre roof, bespoke 20-inch wheels, a subtle lip at the end of the active rear wing.

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