Porsche’s engineers have made the new Cayenne more attractive in terms of exterior styling, so the car doesn’t look so scary when it comes to city driving. The car is indeed an SUV but it surely doesn’t feel like one when you need to squeeze through the other cars on the road on tight portions of the road. Not to mention the driving position that gives you a perfect angle on the road and superior visibility.
The SUV ground clearance of 8.7 inches (220 mm) means that the Cayenne can run over basically everything and when we say everything, we really mean it. Of course, we’re not talking about the other cars on the road but, with a little effort, this could be possible as well…
Anyway, speed limiters and road kerbs are absolutely nonexistent and the suspension system does an excellent job minimizing shakes produced by uneven roads. The new Tiptronic S eight-speed automatic transmission has been specifically optimized to meet all driving styles, thus having a significant contribution to the overall comfort provided in urban environments.
As for fuel consumption, the new Cayenne achieves surprising ratings for an SUV. Official figures are pointing to 14.5 l/100km (16.2 mpg) and reality isn’t much different. The best we could get was 17 l/100km (13.8 mpg), after treating the car like an old lady suffering from rheumatism.
But the German carmaker has made real efforts to make the Cayenne more fuel efficient. First of all, it implemented a Start-Stop function that automatically idles the engine when not in motion and, although it could be a little annoying for those who want to turn the Cayenne into a racecar, it does improve mileage when driving in crowded cities.
Second of all, the engineers have reduced the overall weight of the car, thus improving efficiency, while also implementing some other technologies, such as optimized thermal management on the engine and transmission cooling system, on-board network recuperation, and intelligent lightweight construction. All of these lead to a fuel consumption reduction by almost 23 percent, if we are to trust what Porsche said when the Cayenne was officially rolled out.
Judging by what a car must have when talking about urban cruising, the Cayenne seems to be a pretty decent solution. Perfect visibility at both the front and the rear (leaving the exterior mirrors aside), high ground clearance, front and rear parking sensors plus rear-view camera, a very advanced transmission system for increased comfort and many, many infotainment functions that could keep passengers entertained while waiting for the damn traffic light to turn green.
If you’re planning to use the new Cayenne as your everyday ride, although it would be a real waste of money given the fact that the car has so much to offer, you wouldn’t be disappointed at all. A large trunk that measures 670 liters means that you can carry almost everything you want, regardless if we’re talking about shopping bags or six suitcases as Porsche said. As if this isn’t enough, those who’d like to live in the car can pretty much put their furniture in the trunk if the rear seats are folded, thus obtaining a maximum volume of 1780 liters.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Well, I think you now agree with me when I’m saying that German engineers really know what the automotive industry is all about. Building an SUV with such great features is almost impossible if you’re talking about Japanese, Koreans or other weird nations that think they can also manufacture cars…
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