Porsche Cayenne hybrid practicality & boot space
The Porsche Cayenne hybrid isn’t as versatile as the seven-seat Volvo XC90, but it’s hard to fault by five-seat SUV standards
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Provided you don’t want the seven-seat flexibility and slightly bigger boot of the Volvo XC90 Recharge T8, the five-seat Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is a roomy and cosseting family car that’ll do executive luxury or outdoor adventuring with equal ease.
Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
The Cayenne is every bit the practical family SUV despite its performance-first approach. There’s masses of room for any size or shape of driver up front, and rear passengers sat in the outer two seats get legroom to spare as well as adjustable backrests. A middle-seat occupant will be fine for short periods, but given that they’ll be straddling a raised tunnel in the floor while perching on a very firm, flat cushion, it’s fair to say that they won’t be comfortable for long.
With a boot capacity of 645 litres (some 145 litres more than the BMW X5 plug-in hybrid), the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid offers masses of space to put you and your family’s gubbins in a well-shaped boot, complete with a boot floor that’s flush with the load lip. You can also drop the rear seats in a 40/20/40 split so that you can thread longer items through the middle and still have two passengers sat either side.
However, the Porsche’s generally huge boot – complete with a powered bootlid as standard – is marred by a lack of proper cable storage. No tidy underfloor storage, or even a neat bag to hang off the side of the boot; instead you get a huge rectangular suitcase that takes up too much of the boot space but does at least clip to the lashing eyes to keep it from sliding around. You also get a wall-mounting hook that simply screws into your wall at home so that you can keep the cable wrapped neatly out of the way.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Porsche Cayenne hybrid is a notch above its rivals in terms of driver reward, but we’d like to see lower CO2 emissions
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingFaster charging with a Type 2 charging cable costs extra, but otherwise the Porsche Cayenne hybrid is competitive with rivals
- 3Running costsThe Porsche Cayenne hybrid isn’t a cheap car to buy or run by any standard, but it’s competitive against class rivals
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Porsche Cayenne hybrid isn’t as involving to drive as you might hope, but it’s still the best plug-in hybrid performance SUV
- 5Interior & comfortThe Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid’s interior is one of its greatest strengths, combining practicality with comfort
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThe Porsche Cayenne hybrid isn’t as versatile as the seven-seat Volvo XC90, but it’s hard to fault by five-seat SUV standards
- 7Reliability & safetyGiven its list price, we’d like more advanced driver aids to be standard on the Porsche Cayenne hybrid, and there’s little reliability data