2017 Porsche Cayenne review

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Porsche Cayenne highlights

Customer rating


  • SUV sensibilities, sports car agility
  • Hugely desirable, with the potential for monstrous performance


  • A great all-rounder, but it’s not hugely accommodating for passengers
  • Premium alternatives keep getting closer to the Cayenne

Mileage (EPA estimate)

14 city, 21 highway, 17 combined

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The sporting and luxurious Porsche Cayenne remains a favorite

Porsche has always offered its Cayenne in a variety of guises, and that remains the case with this 2017 model. Whether you’re after outrageous outright performance and agility or plug-in conscience-salving electric mobility, there’s a Cayenne in the lineup that should suit your requirements, powered by a range of V6 and V8 engines. Long a favorite of driving enthusiasts, the Cayenne also offers a luxurious cabin but does fall short against its rivals in outright practicality. Competitors like the Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X5, for example, offer greater interior space as well as the possibility to seat seven.

The Cayenne counters with a drive that’s more sports car than sport-utility vehicle. Although it’s tuned for on-road dynamics, its standard all-wheel drive lets it venture into the dirt for some light off-roading if you desire. It’ll tow, too, with the Cayenne S rated at 7,718 pounds. Porsche underlined the Cayenne’s towing credentials in 2017 with a Turbo S towing a 285-ton Airbus A380, setting a world record in the process.

All Porsche Cayenne years

What is new for the 2017 Porsche Cayenne?

  • The Cayenne is available in a new trim called the Platinum.
  • The Diesel trim has been discontinued for 2017.
  • Cayenne trims have been upgraded with Leather & Suede Seats as standard equipment this year.
  • Apple CarPlay features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Base trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The S trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The GTS trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.

2017 Porsche Cayenne trims

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  • 3.6L engine, 18-inch wheels, Xenon headlights, power-folding heated mirrors, power tailgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, leather upholstery, slide and recline rear row with 40/20/40 split, seven-inch touchscreen, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, 10-speaker audio system, and more.


  • Adds 3.6L turbocharged engine, 19-inch wheels, Power Steering Plus, slide and tilt sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, eight-way power front seats with driver-seat memory settings, Bose speakers, and more.

S E-Hybrid

  • Includes hybrid powertrain (3.0L V6 and onboard electric motor), adaptive suspension dampers, Porsche Car Connect with E-Mobility, energy management display, and more.


  • Includes 20-inch wheels, adjustable air suspension, high-performance brakes, front sport seats, exclusive upholstery styling, and more.


  • Includes S trim equipment, and adds 4.8L V8 engine, adaptive LED headlights, heated steering wheel, full leather cabin interior, 18-way adaptive front sport seats, heated rear outboard seats, and 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system.

Turbo S

  • Adds 21-inch wheels, two-tone leather upholstery choices, carbon-fiber interior trim, leather-upholstered dashboard, active anti-roll bars, brake torque-vectoring, high-performance carbon-ceramic brakes, and more.


  • Adds 20-inch wheels, body-colored fender flares, heated front seats, smartphone integration, real-time traffic display, cornering lights, and more

S E-Hybrid Platinum

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5 reasons to buy the 2017 Porsche Cayenne

1. The platinum edition

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New for the 2017 model year, the Platinum Edition is a nice upgrade for the Cayenne base trim and the S E-Hybrid. These popular tech upgrades to the base model certainly feel worthwhile, even if you're looking for a sensible daily driver. The Platinum Edition includes 20-inch satin-finish alloy wheels, Platinum Edition logos, eight-way sports seats, and Porsche Connect Plus with navigation. These trim-exclusive touches will get you noticed while you ride in comfort and style.

2. Upgraded entertainment system

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For 2017, Porsche has given the Cayenne's infotainment system an upgrade. The seven-inch central touchscreen is high-resolution with tablet-style sensor responses, and is complemented by USB ports and Bluetooth® streaming abilities. Optional extras include Apple CarPlay® connectivity and an available Wi-Fi hotspot.

You'll come to appreciate the 2017 Cayenne's intuitive entertainment system on your daily commute.

3. Interior finishing

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While features can be replicated, character cannot, and nothing else truly feels like a Porsche. As the brand's first four-door sporty SUV in 2003, the Cayenne had a lot to live up to; and it continues to meet and exceed these expectations with the 2017 model. The Cayenne's interior is a sensory feast to enjoy. Soft, buttery leather upholstery in warm natural tones, high-end wood and chrome finishes, available surround-sound audio, and gentle, hushed door closes are just some of the interior highlights of this exceptional SUV sports car.

4. Pleasurable daily driving

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What does daily driving mean to you? If it's the commute downtown or taking on the errands that keep family life on the move, the Cayenne's 23.6 cu-ft of cargo space and split-folding rear row can comfortably accommodate your passengers, equipment, groceries, and luggage. How about being the driver for your group's regular canyon hike? No problem. Throw your trail packs in the trunk and enjoy the Cayenne's standard all-wheel drive and dual-zone automatic air conditioning.

5. Engine choices

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Porsche is a luxury brand that has produced some of the world's best sports cars, and the 2017 Cayenne powertrains are part of that fine heritage. Base models feature a 3.6L V6 engine capable of producing 300 horsepower, and a zero to 60 time of less than eight seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). Take on the 2017 Turbo S, and you'll be driving a turbocharged 4.8L V8 powerhouse, with a manufacturer-advised zero to 60 speed of 4.1 seconds (with launch control engaged) and a top speed of 173 mph (according to the manufacturer, when new). Exciting, huh?

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The Jaguar F-Pace has an exceptional pedigree, pairing upscale style with capability. Joining the Jaguar line-up in 2017, the F-Pace is a five-seat, all-wheel drive SUV available with a wide choice of trims (six in 2018) and engine sizes. Improving engine availability and choice throughout this first generation, the F-Pace SVR arrived in 2019, equipped with a supercharged 5.0L V8 engine. Keep an eye out for these standard features on the 2017–2018 Jaguar F-Pace:

  • 18-inch wheels

  • 40/20/40-split folding rear seats

  • 11-speaker Meridian sound system

  • Automatic speed limiter

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


RepairPal gave the Porsche Cayenne an overall reliability rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Average. This rating ranks Porsche Cayenne 25th out of 29 among Luxury Midsize SUVs.

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Porsche Cayenne features and specs

Platinum 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Burmester Audio
  • Full Leather Interior
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather & Suede Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear A/C Seat(s)
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Running Boards
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

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Overall length






Head room

F 39.6"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

772/7716 lbs.



2017 Porsche Cayenne FAQ

More about the 2017 Porsche Cayenne

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Exterior colors:

  • Black

  • Carmine Red (not available on Platinum models)

  • Carrara White Metallic

  • Jet Black Metallic

  • Mahogany Metallic

  • Meteor Grey Metallic (not available on Platinum models)

  • Moonlight Blue Metallic (not available on Platinum models)

  • Palladium Metallic (not available on Platinum models)

  • Purpurite Metallic

  • Rhodium Silver Metallic

  • Sapphire Blue Metallic (not available on Platinum models)

  • White

Interior colors:

  • Agate Grey

  • Black

  • Black/Cohiba Brown

  • Black/Cream

  • Black/Garnet Red

  • Black/Luxor Beige (not available on Turbo or Turbo S trim)

  • Black/Saddle Brown

  • Espresso

  • Espresso/Cognac

  • Luxor Beige

  • Saddle Brown

  • Saddle Brown/Cream

  • Saddle Brown/Luxor Beige

All 2017 Cayenne models are finished in leather upholstery. Deviated stitching, and soft-touch microfiber seat center options, are available on the GTS trim.

Interior details

Get comfortable; the 2017 Porsche Cayenne has a regal and hushed interior that creates a sense of star quality for you and your passengers. Inside, you'll find sumptuous leather upholstery and deep-tinted glass to protect your privacy. Plush carpeting, discrete cargo covers, and thoughtful interior lighting are all standard. Rear row passengers enjoy slide-and-recline seating with optional heat and cool functions. Front row seating is generous, with 58.9 inches of shoulder room.

Child seat details

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne can fit up to three car seats in the rear row. Each outboard seat has a full set of LATCH connectors (two lower anchors and one tether anchor), the middle seat is tether only. The 2017 Cayenne can accommodate front- and rear-facing convertible seats, infant seats, and child booster seats. The 2017 Cayenne's spacious second row means most adults can comfortably take a seat in the rear, alongside two occupied child seats. It's worth noting that some rear-facing seats may impact driver seat position.


Driving an impressive sports car means you'll often be asked for its stats. All 2017 Porsche Cayennes have all-wheel drive as standard. When it comes to speed, drive the range-topping 2017 Cayenne Turbo S and you'll make it in 4.1 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). The Turbo S has a 4.8L turbocharged V8 engine, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg combined.

If you're considering the 2017 Cayenne e-Hybrid, you can expect an EPA-estimated 46 MPGe.


According to EPA estimates, the AWD 2017 Porsche Cayenne tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 432 grams per mile.

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