Porche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Porche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Base MSRP: From $75,095
EPA Range: 31 electric miles, 430 total
Battery: 10.8 kWh
Charging Acceptance Rate: 3.6 kW

Destination Charge: $995
Tax Credit: Up to $3,750

Reviews of the Porsche Plug-In Hybrid

Overview

Performance: 14.1-kWh battery pack, twin-turbo V6 and electric motor combine for 455 horsepower
Mileage estimate: Equivalent of 62 mpg

Price estimate: $79,900

Warranty: 4 years / 50,000 miles
Drivetrain warranty: 4 years / 50,000 miles
Roadside assistance: 4 years/ 50,000 miles
Corrosion warranty: 12 years / unlimited miles

2019 Porsche Cayenne

Porsche has stated publicly it will be making a major commitment to electric vehicles (EV). The German automaker says that by 2025 it will have a 50-percent mix of battery-electric vehicles.

Porsche has slowly dipped its toes into the EV world with the Porsche Cayenne. The sport utility vehicle has three trim models that includes the E-Hybrid. Overall, the Cayenne resides near the top of the luxury electric-hybrid SUV rankings.

Although no definitive plans have been announced for a totally electric Cayenne, Porsche is moving forward, debuting its first all-electric vehicle. Reportedly, the Porsche Mecan will be unveiled Sept. 4 (2019) and sold initially in only Germany, Canada and China. It’s expected to have a lofty price tag of approximately $130,000 for the privilege of owning the 600-horsepower vehicle that will have an estimated 300-mile range.

EV sales in the U.S reached 361,307 last year, a small number considering there were more than 17 million new vehicles sold overall. The brighter news is that 2018 figure was an increase of 81 percent from the previous year, according to industry figures.

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne is worthy of admiration. Its fully redesigned this year, replacing last year’s S E-Hybrid. The Cayenne features a combination of luxury and performance. It also has an appealing exterior; some folks swear it bears resemblance to the long-heralded Porsche 911.

Despite its hefty weight (4,700 pounds), regular Porsche admirers will feel right at home because the Cayenne possesses those familiar Porsche driving characteristics of speed and handling.

Like many EV hybrids, the Cayenne electric-only range is unimpressive at a mere 27 miles. And that’s nearly double the range of the 2018 Cayenne S E-Hybrid. The E-Hybrid version can reach a high of 83 mph. Recharging with the 3.6-kW unit, using a 220-volt source, takes around six hours. For an additional $840, the optional 7.2-kW charger dramatically drops the time between two-three hours.

Expect fantastic performance from the Cayenne E-Hybrid, which has a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that combines with an electric motor to generate 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The all-wheel drive Cayenne has an eight-speed automatic transmission and delivers in the fun department, accelerating quickly in all driving situations.

The Cayenne has been clocked going 0-60 in 4.7 seconds and can tow up to 7,700 pounds. The speed is there and so is the ride quality. The athletic E-Hybrid has a smooth ride and there’s virtually no body roll when testing the Cayenne’s agility around tight turns. In short, it drives like a true Porsche.

Inside, the Cayenne has a classy look and is well constructed. There are new touch-sensitive controls that are easy to access from the center console. The Cayenne has a 12.3-inch touch screen, five USB ports, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, standard Apple CarPlay, and the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system.

One knock against the Cayenne is there’s no third row; it only seats five people. Yet those five people all reside in comfort, where spacious seating makes even long drives way more tolerable. Three adults in the back seat are not an issue. The cargo area is 27 cubic feet and expands to 60 when the rear seat is folded down.

Porsche smartly decided to remodel the 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid and the result is an even more efficient, high-performing green SUV. The quality is evident in all areas and the Cayenne has few faults.

— J.W.

For more manufacturer details on this vehicle visit: www.porsche.com

Recommended Power Level of Charging Station for Porsche Cayenne = 16A

Vehicle Acceptance rate: 3.6kW

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