We’ll start with a little conclusion: the Cayenne’s engine range starts here (or with the V6 petrol, since there’s not such a big difference between the two) and climbs to more than double, but the 240 horses of the VW-sourced oil burner are enough to provide a decent experience.
Of course, you won’t get to enjoy the spirit of the Porsche brand using his engine, which is unacceptable for certain drivers, but the setup allows the car to sustain long distance travel. And this is where we get to the best use for the Cayenne diesel: a long distance companion – the car’s range, along with its interior comfort, basically inspire you to reconfigure your route and go for a longer drive.
The Porche Active Suspension Management and the air suspension make sure that the duality needed to tackle B-roads at Autobahn speeds and to deal with the driving surface’s indiscretions is there.
As for the stopping power, the Cayenne range comes in three sizes for the brakes: under our test car’s pedal, we could find the smallest one (the following one also uses a steel setup, while for the next level Porsche brings out the carbon ceramic weapons), but for the speeds you get to develop with this engine, the handled their job fine.
We were driving along nicely, when we passed a construction site located in a mountain area and the Cayenne seemed like it wanted to steer into it. We obeyed and that led us to a little adventure, with the Cayenne leaving its tux at the entry and putting on a lumber jack shirt and a pair of hiking boots.
Once you get off the road and decide to start playing, the Cayenne brings out a brilliant mix between the rough terrain abilities of heavyweight off-roaders, such as the Mercedes G-Class, with the suppleness of light crossovers. What we got once we raised the air suspension and we engaged the off-road mode, was the power to pass over difficult section, all with a lot of control over the car, gained through the agility of the chassis.
Our test drive car didn’t come with the extensive off-road protection, so we didn’t get to climb all the way to the top of the mountain we were playing on, but we can tell you that the aforementioned combination makes the car unique in its segment.
However, the Diesel Cayenne is actually more about comfort
- as we’ve said, it can be dynamic, but the engine doesn ‘t really invite you to step on the throttle.Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
Haven’t we reviewed this car before? You already know I find it OK, so why waste my time with it again? Hmm... on second thought, let’s go for a little ride - that red leather interior looks pretty good and all that carbon makes it tough, I love that, it’s like a rugged-look beard for a car, but without the tactile drawbacks.
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