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Porsche Cayenne hybrid reliability & safety rating

Given its list price, we’d like more advanced driver aids to be standard on the Porsche Cayenne hybrid, and there’s little reliability data

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating

3.0 out of 5

Price
£80,190 - £154,390
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety assist
5 stars (2017)95%80%62%

For the second year running, it was Porsche that topped the Driver Power list of the 29 best carmakers, with owners praising their cars' reliability among many other attributes. Although there was no data specific for the Porsche Cayenne when it comes to faults or issues, around 30% of Porsche owners who responded to the survey reported faults with their cars. There were also some complaints about running costs as Porsches are expensive to service, insure and tax, according to those who responded.

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In terms of safety, it seems cynical in the extreme to ask extra for road-sign recognition and adaptive cruise control on a car costing nearly £75,000, but the Cayenne did at least pass Euro NCAP's independent safety evaluation with flying colours in 2017, as you can see from the scores above.

Porsche Cayenne hybrid reliability & problems

There’s very little data with which to judge the Porsche’s reliability, but the company has a good reputation for building solid cars that should be as durable as those of its rivals. There’s also a comprehensive warranty and European roadside assistance, so just be sure to maintain it properly according to the service schedule. And don’t expect parts or labour to be cheap if something does go wrong out of warranty.

Safety

The Porsche Cayenne is an innately safe car given the security offered by four-wheel drive and the full range of traction aids and airbags, which includes knee airbags for both driver and front passenger and two sets of ISOFIX child-seat fittings in the outer rear seats. However, while you do get autonomous emergency braking at city speeds, it’s a shame that you have to pay extra for lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring, and even for traffic-sign recognition and a reversing camera. Sure, you can add all of this and more – including a system that senses if the driver has become unresponsive and brings the car to a halt – but it would be reasonable to expect adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assistance and traffic-sign recognition as standard on a car of this cost and prestige.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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