Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid 5dr Car Review - March 2012

List Price: £61,882
Tax Band: J
Insurance Group: N/A
MPG: 34.4
CO2: 193
0-62 Mph: 6.5 secs
BHP: 333 BHP
Range: 643 miles
CarSite Verdict:  2/5
Porsche make a half-hearted attempt to appeal to the environmentally-conscious market with the Cayenne Hybrid but they're not folling anyone. It is cheaper than the standard car to run - although not by much - but if you care for the environment or worry about your fuel bills you're not going to buy a Cayenne.

PROS:  The Cayenne Hybrid offers superb performance and great handling. Thanks to the hybrid technology, it's also not as expensive to run as you might think.

CONS:  It is very expensive to buy and not especially practical, given that it only has five seats.

Behind the Wheel

The Cayenne Hybrid's 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine develops 328bhp and 324lb-ft of torque. This makes for a 0-62mph time of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 150mph. At speeds of up to 37mph, the Cayenne will run in electric-only mode which saves fuel but does make for a distinctly weird driving experience.

The Cayenne handles very well indeed and it feels more agile than almost any other car in its class. However, the steering is a let down and doesn't provide as much responsiveness as you'd expect.

Overall the Cayenne is relatively quiet - especially when running on the electric motor - although some wind noise is evident at motorway speeds.

Looks & Equipment

The Cayenne's looks are polarising. Some love it and others absolutely hate it. However, the interior is a paragon of good quality and immaculate taste and the whole thing feels well put together and robust.

Standard equipment includes climate control, electric windows, cruise control, part leather seats and a CD player. Sat-Nav will set you back £2137, Bluetooth costs £445, MP3 connectivity is priced at £77 and rear parking sensors add another £1044 to the bill. A this price, it is disappointing that Porsche haven't included a bit more standard kit.

Practicality, Safety & Reliability

The Cayenne offers plenty of space for five passengers although it is disappointing that Porsche don't offer a seven seat version. There's a lot of luggage space - 670-litres with the rear seats up and 1780-litres with the rear seats down.

The Cayenne hasn't been tested by Euro NCAP but should be very safe thanks to its sheer size and the number of airbags included as standard.

The Cayenne should also be very reliable - Porsches always are - and comes with a 3 year/unlimited mileage warranty.

Value for Money

The Cayenne S Hybrid is very expensive at £59,058 and you don't even get an impressive amount of standard equipment for your money.

Despite its hybrid technology, it can't even boast low running costs. You'll struggle to top 35mpg and CO2 emissions of 193g/km still incur hefty road tax bills under VED band J. Save yourself £13k and buy the diesel - it's cheaper to run.

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