2005 Porsche Cayenne

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

188.2” x 66.9”


All-wheel drive



The good:

  • Superlative handling
  • Abundant power in Turbo
  • Comfortable, supportive seats
  • Porsche reputation for sportiness
  • Premium luxury fittings of Turbo

The bad:

  • Price, especially for Turbo
  • Automatic-transmission hesitation
  • Fuel economy
  • Wind noise

3 trims

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Notable features

  • New manual-shift V-6 model
  • Available bi-turbo V-8
  • Offroad capability
  • Side-impact and side-curtain airbags

2005 Porsche Cayenne review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Porsche finally introduced its eagerly awaited Cayenne sport utility vehicle in early 2003. Like the stimulating pepper of the same name, this luxury midsize SUV ranks as a hot number � especially when it’s the Cayenne Turbo, which has a 450-horsepower twin-turbo V-8. A 340-hp Cayenne S and a base model powered by a 247-hp V-6 are also offered.

A standard six-speed-manual transmission is fitted in the V-6 Cayenne for 2005. New options include Sirius or XM Satellite Radio and a Sport Design package.

All models have permanent all-wheel drive, an inter-axle differential lock and additional Low-range gearing. The Porsche Stability Management stability system is standard. Volkswagen markets a related SUV named the Touareg.

Even though the Cayenne’s styling is distinctive, its front end is reminiscent of the automaker’s 911 sports car. Like the 911 coupes, the Cayenne exhibits what Porsche calls “taut lines and tight curves that communicate a feeling of elegance and speed.”

The Cayenne Turbo gets additional front air inlets, power domes on the hood and a quartet of tailpipes. Each model rides a 112.4-inch wheelbase and measures a little more than 188 inches long overall. The Turbo’s pneumatic suspension adjusts to six ground-clearance levels, from 6.18 to 10.75 inches. Cayennes are available with 17- , 18- , 19- or 20-inch wheels.

Seating for up to five occupants on leather seating surfaces is standard; full leather seats are available. Front and rear parking assistance is included. Cargo capacity totals 19.1 cubic feet and expands to 62.5 cubic feet when the backseat is folded.

Under the Hood
The Cayenne S and Turbo use 4.5-liter V-8s that team with a six-speed-automatic transmission featuring a manual gear-shift provision. The V-8 in the Cayenne S develops 340 hp and 310 pounds-feet of torque. With its bi-turbo setup, the Cayenne Turbo’s V-8 produces 450 hp and 460 pounds-feet of torque.

Porsche’s V-6-powered Cayenne produces 247 hp from its 3.2-liter engine. It works with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic with a manual-shift provision.

Porsche claims the Cayenne Turbo can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 5.6 seconds. Permanent all-wheel drive is standard on all models. A rocker switch engages Low-range gearing. Towing capacity is 7,716 pounds.

Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags are standard in all models.

Driving Impressions
Both Cayenne V-8 models are refined, civilized and muscular, but their performance personalities differ as much as their prices. Acceleration from a standstill is downright startling in the Cayenne Turbo. Passing and merging response is less consistent � sometimes it’s ferociously fast but it’s occasionally hesitant at lower speeds. Tiptronic shifts are barely noticeable, especially in the upper gears. You may feel a bit of motion transmitted from the road in Sport mode, but never a hint of less-than-perfect control.

Cayenne handling could hardly be better. Reactions are quick, certain and confident. The seats are firm but excellent, with snug bolstering and long bottoms for superior thigh support.

Performance is strong in the less-flamboyant Cayenne S but not in the same league as the Turbo. The Cayenne S may suffer a similar hesitation from the transmission when cornering, but it’s about as surefooted and confident as its more costly sibling.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.1
  • Exterior 4.4
  • Reliability 4.0

Most recent consumer reviews


It's a Porsche!

It has tons of complicated features. Itis a gadget hounds dream, and a shade tree mechanics nightmare. It feels heavy but not underpowered. A nice "toy" car to have.


Fastest most luxurious SUV I’ve ever driven,

This vehicle is terrific in the snow and rain, it is very reliable, and extremely safe with the capability to tow a large boat or trailer if needed. The styling is timeless, and it had almost every modern feature newer cars have plus a built in compressor to inflate your tires on the go!


Been a great car

I got a 2005 turbo in 2017 for 11k with 125k miles I have done the breaks and fixed a brake hose. I had a problem with the steering column lock which required taking it out and sending it to a specialist. But besides that it has been very reliable, comfortable car, more power than needed. Only real knock is MPG which I get 16. I also burn a quart of oil every 450 miles which is not abnormal for these cars

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Porsche
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
120 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
13 Years/124,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired
2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired
Dealer certification required
111-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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