Best of Both Worlds
April 13, 2018
Primary goal was to get an luxury SUV. Looked at Escalade, Range Rover (this is me rolling my eyes), Q7, X5--(which is what I totally expected that I would end up with and my logic driven brain kept telling me to buy), XC90, F-Pace, etc.. And then I decided to throw the Cayenne in there just to do my "due diligence". A buddy of mine was telling me all morning not to do it because he said you're not going to want anything else. I thought to myself, I'm a rational, logical person, I can handle objectively making this decision...I was wrong! NOTHING, I mean NOTHING drives like a Porsche. That's number 1. Number 2, now I can drive a Porsche AND an SUV?!? Rainbows and unicorns people, rainbows and unicorns. LOVE the interior, especially the molded seats. I have the 2018 Base Platinum edition. Came with everything I wanted all the bells and whistles for a reasonable price. This point is important. I live in Houston. It's hot here. Trying to find an X5 or XC90 with ventilated seats was impossible. They kept telling me to order a custom build from the factory, which would be MORE than what I paid for the Cayenne. And to get all the same bells and whistles on the Q7, same price as the Cayenne. Dollar for dollar, the Cayenne is actually the best value. And I'm a finance guy saying that. I do find that the Base model not in "sport" mode is a little more sluggish than I would sometimes anticipate or like but then again, all the power I need is the touch of a button away. I came out of a Genesis R-SPEC that had 419 HP, so besides buying the Turbo or GTS, not much can touch that kind of power and speed anyway. And the dealership (both sales and service) experience is 2nd to none. Truly, other manufacturers can learn something from these guys. Single worse thing about the Cayenne (as part of the Volkswagen diesel settlement), the "auto start/stop" function defaults to the "on" position and it is not a setting you can save. In other words, if you want the auto start/stop function to be off, you have to manually turn it off every time you start the car...I blame Volkswagen for that one. I've had mine 3 months and I know that my next vehicle will be a Porsche, no doubt.