From £47,390
At almost half the price of the Turbo it's difficult to ignore

What is it?

Forget the Turbo, this is the crucial Cayenne. At least it is in the UK, where the diesel powered Cayenne is forecast to account for more sales than any other model.

Given that diesel power only arrived in the previous Cayenne towards the end of its life cycle, it is perhaps not surprising that the engine is one of the few elements not to have been changed for this next generation model.

So we still have a 3.0-litre V6 producing 237bhp and 406 lb ft of torque. However, like every other Cayenne, the diesel benefits from a considerable weight loss, (in this case 140kg), improving performance and economy.

What’s it like?

When we road tested the previous model, our conclusion was that Porsche’s first diesel had just enough performance at low-medium speeds to justify its badge, but lacked punch above 60mph. While this latest model partially addresses this, generally the conclusion remains the same; more than fast enough for any normal application, but don’t come here expecting 911 rivalling pace.

If you can get past that psychological hurdle, and we could, the Cayenne Diesel makes for an extremely well rounded machine. The styling is now less brash, with the tapered nose giving the impression of a smaller car, even though new Cayenne is actually 48mm longer. 40mm of that comes from an extended wheelbase, meaning the Panamera inspired interior is not only more upmarket, but more spacious.

The Cayenne always hid its mass well, but from the wheel this latest model does feel lighter and more agile. It’s body control (even on the standard steel springs) and steering feel better than many lighter and more obviously sporting cars.

Part of the weight saving that contributes to that feeling comes from the fact that Cayenne no longer has a separate low-ratio gearbox. Porsche say that its new 8-speed automatic (standard on diesel) provides a sufficient spread of ratios.

For those venturing off-road, it is worth noting that the diesel has a less sophisticated permanent all-wheel drive rather than active system fitted to the petrol only models. Back on road the torque converter box comes with stop-start, which works just fine, better than it does with Porsche’s PDK.

Should I buy one?

On second thoughts don’t forget the Turbo, because its an astonishing machine, but for almost half the price the diesel is difficult to ignore.

Jamie Corstorphine

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arielB 23 May 2012

The Porsche Cayenne is a five

The Porsche Cayenne is a five seat mid-size luxury crossover manufactured by the German manufacturer Porsche since 2002, with North American sales beginning in 2003. It is designed to operate on fuels with an ethanol content of up to 10%. Americans often cannot buy the diesel models of many cars that are purchased in the U.S., though it is largely because barely anyone buys diesel vehicles. Porsche, however, is planning to release the Cayenne diesel this Sept. You can pay for a new car if you get auto loan for bad credit.

Juzoik 17 June 2010

Re: Porsche Cayenne Diesel

am i the only here who prefers the old model? i mean if you're going to buy munter buy a munter. don't by a munter that has excessive make up and some surgery too. i like the old one for what it was. an ugly but bloody good car. this one isn't going to win a beauty contest unless it was against the Tribeca or Rodius so i'd rather the old one. at least everyone would know i've lost it

david RS 15 June 2010

Re: Porsche Cayenne Diesel

A good car.

Good MPG, torque at low revs.

It lacks a 7 places.

Hope in FWD to increase the MPG.