Most SUVs share one main drawback: their shape in size makes them perfects instruments for the open road, regardless of the surface that can be found under their wheels, but the vast majority of owners have to use the to travel through urban areas and thus a compromise is born. Well, in the case of the Cayenne, Porsche must’ve held one or two meetings with Walter Rohl and, even though the race driver might have not been to pleased by having to contribute to the development of a two-tonne plus car, he seems to have done an excellent job.
The steering and the suspension setup form one side of the equation, while the commanding driving position and the good all-round visibility the other one. The air suspension, together with the Porsche Active Suspension Management manage to make the car feel like its half a ton lighter than what it actually weighs when you’re performing swift maneuvers through the urban environment.
The parking job is easily dealt with, as Porsche has smartly integrated the rear view camera, parking sensors display and audible warning into an assistance system that’s very intuitive and helpful. The only thing that limits you is the rear visibility, but the aforementioned system manages to overcome this.
The diesel engine manages to keep a reasonable relationship with the fuel tank – this is an area where Porsche’s obsession for efficiency, developed at the racetrack, brings a serious financial benefit.
We have to tell you that, despite the fact that the Cayenne has already been on the market for one year and that it’s far from the dramatic design of the other models of the carmaker, there’s a pretty hefty number of eyes that target the car as you move along through the city. Want to get rid of all this – go out on the open road
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
This car just screams “efficiency” in all the possible ways, it is one of Germany’s best products! Think about it: all the dynamics and the ergonomics of a Porsche, matted to a diesel engine that gives you an autonomy that’s almost unbelievable. How can you not want this car?
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