2011 Porsche Cayenne Review Ratings
2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Review
amazing handling, gorgeous interior, great looks
expensive, not great gas mileage
Stealth Missle.. — Wanted to find a sporty drive that I can also use to take kids to school, throw my bike in for trips, has good handling in the snow and is a ton of fun to drive... viola... First off this car is quite expensive so that has to be taken into consideration right off the bat. But, having said that this is the most amazing car I've ever driven. The truly amazing thing about this car is the handling. This is a fairly heavy SUV, but it handles like a small sports car. yes it is very fast in a straight line but what is bizarre is how tight and stable it is going into turns. It is like it is a small 911 or other sports car. This is achieved with quite a bit of technology - namely PDCC. Porsche uses special software and shocks to manage body roll in the car so the car is absolutely flat going into turns. it is strange how nimble this car feels in hard cornering. The interior of this car is simply amazing. The seats are sports seats and hold you in tight, vs. sloppy bucket seats. The interior has tons of wonderful leather. The back seats are plenty large for 2 adults or 3 kids. Cargo space is pretty decent and you can put the back seats down for a very large cargo space. I used to own the 2005 cayenne turbo and my biggest complaint about that car was the transmission. It was a 6 speed transmission but the software for the shifting was horrible. The car was always in the wrong gear, resulting in hesitation on acceleration or bad handling in turns. This car has a wonderful 8 speed transmission that seems to know exactly what gear to be in. You can switch to manual shifting but in this car you won't need to as the transmission is perfect. Always in the right gear. Iphone integration is wonderful. You songs and phone book map beautifully with the display in the car so you have access to all that information in the car via a great touch screen display. The gas mileage in this car is not great, it is greatly improved over previous versions 18 city, 24 highway but the mileage is not great. Overall, this is an expensive car.... let's get that on the table first off. But.... if you want a sports car feel for a wonderful "sports sedan" that can haul your 3 kids to school, handle your ski or biking gear and is a ton of fun to drive (including the winter snow weather), this is an amazing car. but.. it is expensive.... Update 2 years later - I've now owned this car for 2 years and I actually love it more than the day I bought it. Continue to be amazed at the handling of this car. Despite it being an SUV, it handles like a sports sedan. The car is very tight and handles curves like a 911 - goes into and stays flat in turns with no sway. The only downside to this car is the mileage, the price and the fact that you have to pay attention when on highways. This car is so stable and quiet that if you do not pay attention you will be going 90 MPH before you now it.
Primary Use: Commuting to work
2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid Review
Sporty image, reliability, and 25MPG+. Very good for long distance driving.
As with any Porsche, in the unlikely event of problems, you dont have warrantee, repairs could be pricey. The Hybrid doesnt have low/high gear settings for true off-road driving.
Best Car I Ever Owned — Great car. Interesting how it affects your driving style, trying to conserve fuel and use electric power as much as possible. Accelerates smoother than the basis Cayenne V6, but probably not as fast as the V8. I like the features on the car - lots of electronics. Weird experience that engines starts/stops at any speed, braking is a bit different. Not quite the Formula 1 KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), but the principle is very similar!
Primary Use: Commuting to work
2011 Porsche Cayenne S Review
quality, looks, drive
plastic wheel arch trims, costs
Quality, Practical And A Good Drive To Boot — well mines on order, an S due to arrive late september so these comments relate to a test drive of the S. Bare in mind this was about a 30 mile drive with the sales rep sat next to me so theres a limit to how much i was going to push the car. Clearly i liked it or i wouldnt have bought it, but these are the things that stood out. First was quality of the interior. The seats were very comfortable and i like the distinctive new look and the way it feels. On the move i was struck by how quiet/refined the drive felt, the engive volume was very subdued unless pushed very hard. the 8 speed tiptronic was smooth, i'm not that used to tip tronic so maybe didnt get the best out of it but it seemed to get caught out a few times when i stamped on the loud pedal - maybe i didnt have it in the sport setting at the time. the ride felt pretty good in all modes (it had air suspension). over rough surface i notied a feeling of vibration (difficult to describe exactly but jittery feel)as if the suspension cant react quickly enough to the surface change. the car had 20 inch wheels with 275 width tyres (why do they mix imperial and metric on tyre sizing) which may have contributed. handling was as expected very good for a big car with no lack of grip and very good body control in the sport and normal setting. Brakes must have been fine because i didnt think they felt bad in any way but i cant say i really pushed them with full on braking efforts It felt reasonably quick. i have a carrera s which feels tighter and quicker but thats probably no surprise. overall as a family car that can seat 5 and luggage and be a work horse as well as enjoyable to drive im struggling to see what can beat it. if i had to choose one car out of the carrera s or the cayenne it would have to be the cayenne on practicality grounds. Oh and the exterior looks...well miles better than the old version and overall i like it. it does look a bit Hyundai santa fe from certain angles and i dont like the plastic wheel arch trims, crikes they cant stick with these surely on what is an premium price car. was it fun to drive? yes i think it was and mixing this into a very practical package is some feat. hope this helps.
Primary Use: Family transportation
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All In All This Ia An Exceptional Vehicle And The Pro's Definately Outweigh The Cans.
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