This is now my third Cayenne, and actually own two right now. It's the complete balance that I love about the Cayenne. If you are searching for a sports car, but really need the practicality of an SUV...
This is now my third Cayenne, and actually own two right now. It's the complete balance that I love about the Cayenne. If you are searching for a sports car, but really need the practicality of an SUV it doesn't get much better than a Porsche Cayenne. From a sport perspective, the Cayenne's handle like a sports car (ever seen an SUV drift?!?!), brakes are incredible and the feel from the extra thick steering wheel is solid and predictable. The sound from the exhaust is intoxicating, and the acceleration will make you smile.
From an SUV perspective the Cayenne is very capable, but you may need to change tires as the sporty Cayenne's come with very wide tires (like a performance sports car), and thus are horrible in snow/ice. However, a simple change to less wide all seasons or even snows and the Cayenne turns into a winter weather beast. Cayenne's can even come with a factory tow, so it's no stranger to pulling. The rear seats are comfortable, and it actually as more room than an ML (which we had for 1 year and traded to get back into the Cayenne).
Styling is a matter of opinion, but I feel the Cayenne just looks fast. It maintains the sports car look/feel with a sleek hood, slanted rear window, and wide rear quarter panels (this SUV has "hips").
Overall, for me it's the swiss army knife of SUV's, actually having the Sport, which many Suv's overlook. One of the only vehicles that I can have spirited drive on my way to Home Depot, to then load it up and take bags of mulch, lumber, etc home.