The stable under the hood - down 50 horsepower from the lowest powered gasoline engine – makes the Cayenne Diesel the least powerful Porsche in recent years. Not so nice, right? Well, it also makes this the most economical Cayenne in the whole range. During the city course on our test drive we managed a fuel consumption of approximately 13 liters per 100 kilometers (US 18.1 mpg).
That's pretty good considering we're talking about a 2315 kilograms (5100 pounds) wildebeest on wheels. Sure, the official Porsche figures are a bit better, with only 11.6 liters of diesel used every 100 kilometers (US 20.3 mpg), but we should also take into account the fact that we drove it in a highly traffic-congested city. Unfortunately, throttle response at the low end of the rev scale, before the turbo begins to spool up, is sluggish, and the six-speed automatic tends to start in second gear unless manually controlled or fingered (no pun intended) by pressing a steering wheel shift button into first.
The Cayenne Diesel’s over 5,000 pounds of weight feels burdensome even for an engine this mighty though. But once it’s energized (read: over 2000 rpms), the 550 Nm (405.6 lb ft) of torque can rock this SUV back on its rear wheels while hurtling out of tighter city turns.
A second annoyance is steering that’s maybe a little bit TOO direct. Some drivers will require a day or two to adjust their reflexes. The Cayenne feels as if it’s tuned more for the race track and mountain road use than ordinary urban driving or suburban commuting. The key is to steer with tidy wrist action instead of major elbow motion. Fast drivers will love it, patient cruisers most likely won’t.
Porsche condones towing up to almost four tonnes ( 8,000 pounds) with the Cayenne, which might seem excessive for the V6 model, but not for the new torquey Diesel. The overall visibility is great thanks to the large windows and the gargantuan side-mirrors. Our test car was also fitted with front and rear parking sensors. No standard rear-view camera sadly, so lateral parking can become a bit of a pain sometimes, at least until you start getting along with the car's sheer size.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Ahahahahaha! You guys make me laugh with this... monstrosity! Thirteen liters every 100 kilometers (US 18.1 mpg) with a diesel engine? Only five seats for this much metal? What kind of chump would spend his money on this? A twenty year old 'merican truck is more road-worthy than this Japanese piece of junk.
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