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2020 Porsche Cayenne

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2020 Porsche Cayenne Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Fred Meier

The world didn’t exactly need another four-door SUV “coupe,” but Porsche did, and it’s making up for lost time with its new 2020 Cayenne Coupe. It’s silly to call these things “coupes,” but at least this one is from a company that also has a great line of actual coupes. The Cayenne Coupe follows the current fashion of taking a big SUV, trading practicality for a trendier look and jacking up the price over the SUV upon which it is based: The Cayenne Coupe starts just shy of $10,000 more than a squared-off Cayenne, at $76,550.

Related: 2019 Cayenne: Porsche Didn’t Mess With a Good Thing

Porsche is late to get into this competition. The Cayenne Coupe will challenge the X6 from BMW, which also already has the X4 and X2 SUV coupes; Mercedes-Benz offers coupe versions of its GLE– and GLC-Class SUVs; and Audi is in the game (sorta, given the more moderate profile) with the new Q8. Still, better to be a little behind the trend than too far ahead — a moment of silence here for the dearly departed Acura ZDX.

What you don’t get for more money with the Cayenne Coupe versus the Cayenne classic is more power. Under the hood of the base model is the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 putting out 335 horsepower, good for zero-to-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 151 mph. The top-of-the-line Cayenne Turbo Coupe gets the familiar twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 putting out 541 hp; Porsche puts its zero-to-60 time at 3.7 seconds and top sp...

The world didn’t exactly need another four-door SUV “coupe,” but Porsche did, and it’s making up for lost time with its new 2020 Cayenne Coupe. It’s silly to call these things “coupes,” but at least this one is from a company that also has a great line of actual coupes. The Cayenne Coupe follows the current fashion of taking a big SUV, trading practicality for a trendier look and jacking up the price over the SUV upon which it is based: The Cayenne Coupe starts just shy of $10,000 more than a squared-off Cayenne, at $76,550.

Related: 2019 Cayenne: Porsche Didn’t Mess With a Good Thing

Porsche is late to get into this competition. The Cayenne Coupe will challenge the X6 from BMW, which also already has the X4 and X2 SUV coupes; Mercedes-Benz offers coupe versions of its GLE– and GLC-Class SUVs; and Audi is in the game (sorta, given the more moderate profile) with the new Q8. Still, better to be a little behind the trend than too far ahead — a moment of silence here for the dearly departed Acura ZDX.

What you don’t get for more money with the Cayenne Coupe versus the Cayenne classic is more power. Under the hood of the base model is the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 putting out 335 horsepower, good for zero-to-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 151 mph. The top-of-the-line Cayenne Turbo Coupe gets the familiar twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 putting out 541 hp; Porsche puts its zero-to-60 time at 3.7 seconds and top speed at 178 mph.

The starting price for the Turbo, the only other model that will be offered at launch in the U.S. in the fall, is $131,350, a relative bargain at just $5,500 more than the Cayenne Turbo’s $125,850 entry price. If you check all the option boxes, including orange paint and black 22-inch wheels, you could pad the check to just shy of $200,000 (configurator here), or you could be more restrained and use the savings to also take home a Boxster for your weekend car.

Here are six things you do get with a base Cayenne Coupe versus a regular Cayenne for 10 grand more:

1. A (Much) Sleeker Roofline

The roof starts 0.78 inch lower, creating a shorter windshield, and front roof pillars curve back and down into a slightly broader rear end that’s better looking than most in this genre. As with the Panamera, the slope and shape of the back pillar are intended to evoke the 911 roofline.

2. A Glass Roof (Carbon Fiber Optional)

The standard roof is a fixed panoramic dark-glass panel (with a sunshade included). A carbon-fiber roof is optional as part of one of three “lightweight sports packages” that shave a few pounds from the hefty SUV.

3. Two Rear Spoilers

The sloping roof allows both a standard roof spoiler above the rear window and a standard adaptive spoiler below the window that rises 5.3 inches at speeds above 56 mph. The regular Cayenne makes do with a roof spoiler (adaptive on the Cayenne Turbo).

4. More Standard Performance Gear

The base model includes Porsche’s adaptive suspension, Sport Chrono Package with launch control and 20-inch wheels.

5. A Cozy Backseat

Standard individual sport seats create a backseat for two, though you can opt for the Cayenne-style bench. Porsche did not offer specs for room but noted that the Coupe’s rear seats are 1.18 inches closer to the floor (and your knees higher) to provide “plenty of headroom despite the vehicle’s sporty lowered silhouette.”

6. Less Cargo Space

Cargo space in the base model is 22 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 54.3 with the seat backs folded. That compares to 27.2 and 60.3 cubic feet, respectively, in the base version of the Cayenne SUV. The Turbo has even less room for your stuff, at 21.2 and 53.3 cubic feet.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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(4.7)
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Value For The Money
(4.3)
(2.0)

Porsche Factory has quality control issues

by JamesC from San Jose, CA on October 16, 2020

The Porsche factory has lowered their quality control and is letting surprising defects through the pipeline. The hope is that the end customer won't notice until after they sign the purchase docs. I ... Read full review

(4.0)

Looks sexy, smooth ride

by DDC from Westwood, Ma. on October 12, 2020

Auto shut off is extremely annoying and the car surprisingly doesn’t provide instant torque unless you are in sports mode. You step on the gas to go but it takes 3 seconds for the car to move...and ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Porsche

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    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

  • Powertrain

    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

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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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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