Porsche Cayenne Estate 2007 - 2009

Porsche Cayenne Estate 2007 - 2009

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • One of the fastest, if not the fastest, 4x4 available
  • It's surprisingly good off-road
  • Excellent build quality
  • Brilliant fun to drive

Cons:

  • Firm ride around town
  • Very expensive running costs

Overview

The Cayenne was Porsche's entry into the 4x4 market while trying to merge some of the sports car heritage with the new breed of sporty 4x4's. Their experience in the sports car market has enabled Porsche to create a large 4x4 that is absolutely superb. The handling is perfect with pinpoint steering end excellent body control in the corners. The four-wheel drive system keeps the Cayenne well planted at all times and provides plenty of grip in all weather conditions and roads surfaces. The face-lifted models from 2007 are the ones to go for as they were restyled and received a whole new range of engines that replaced the older units.

Exterior and Interior

The Cayenne keeps the good looks of the Porsche brand and makes you feel like you're in a 911 on stilts as you stare down the bonnet from the drivers' seat. The interior is spacious and far more practical than a 911 being able to seat five adults in comfort and luxury, aided by the standard leather seats that have plenty of support. The boot is large too with enough room for everyone's luggage to fit in easily and for those big unwieldy objects you can always fold down the rear seats to increase to loading space, not that you would want to use this beautiful vehicle as a work horse. The interior is well constructed however it lacks a certain character with it feeling as though it was designed more for efficiency rather than luxury. All models come with plenty of kit with the more powerful engines receiving more than the smaller models. Go for models after the 2007 facelift as you receive more kit as standard and the exterior has been slightly changed making it look even more impressive.

Performance and Economy

All of the engines in the Cayenne are very impressive apart from the entry level 3.2-litre V6 with 250bhp as it lacks power when the car is fully loaded. If you can, go for the newer engines that arrived in the 2007 facelifted model as they are more powerful, fuel efficient and quicker. The 4.8-litre V8 is immensely powerful with plenty of low down pull and goes from 0-60mph in just 6.4 seconds whilst returning 19mpg. The 4.8-litre turbo is a monster of an engine that reaches 0-60mph in just 4.9 seconds and achieves the same 19mpg as the standard engine. The 3.0-litre V6 diesel is a good option if you want better fuel efficiency achieving 30mpg, whilst still being fairly quick going from 0-60mph in 8.0 seconds. As for insurance, all cars fall into group 20.

Like to Drive

The Cayenne's handling is simply superb. It feels more like a sports car rather than a large 4x4. Its blistering pace in all the engines (even the diesel) and the handling is spot on with perfectly balanced steering and body control making it just as good down country lanes as it is cruising down the motorway. The all-wheel drive system also supplies plenty of grip in all weather and on the worst of roads, making you feel safe whilst keeping the car composed. It may come as a surprise to some, but the Cayenne is actually a fairly decent off road vehicle too, although whether you'll ever take it off road is a different story. Around town and at lower speeds the ride can become unsettled and rough though due to its stiff suspension.

Faults and Repairs

There haven't been many major faults with the Cayenne, but we would advise to check the air con as there have been a few complaints with that in pre facelift models. There have been a few recalls though that affected the S and Turbo models built prior to April 2003. These included faults with the handbrake, a potential fire hazard in the fuel tank and finally a problem with the front passenger seat. When it comes to services you will spend a lot more than you would for rivals such as BMW and Mercedes. Any unscheduled repairs will be just as bad costing a not-so-small fortune with Porsche's hourly rates and average repair bills proving to be almost the highest of all manufacturers.