2005 Porsche Cayenne

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Porsche Cayenne. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2005 Porsche Cayenne

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

2005 Porsche Cayenne Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.


Exterior
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.


Interior
Seating for up to five occupants on leather seating surfaces is standard; full leather seats are available...
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.


Exterior
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.


Interior
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.


Safety
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.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Coolant Rubber Hoses & Stater are major issues

by PorscheFan from Chicago, IL on July 6, 2018

Costly Labor cost and parts to fix coolant rubber hoses. Should?ve been a recall item. Around $4K worth of repair. If burst, starter will go out too. Current/ Future owner must watch out this issue. Read full review

(5.0)

Fun car, great in snow, super-fast

by alocowboy from Saint Paul on January 18, 2018

This car is fun to drive and very safe in the winter. It's very nice knowing you're the fastest car around you when on the freeway. You can blow right past any issue and avoid those passive-aggressive ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Porsche Cayenne currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Cayenne received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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