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STYLING | 7 out of 10
A slightly more aggressive stance than last year's model
The Turbo model's front end features two thin vertical bars in its larger grille, as well as unique horizontal turn indicator lights
Cramped, somber, and plasticky interior
The 2008 Porsche Cayenne gets a slightly different look, with new front and rear styling, including more contoured taillamps, with LED versions to distinguish the turbo. All 2008 Porsche models retain the recognizable smooth Porsche snout and lower air dam in front and prominent dual exhausts in back.
The exterior of the 2008 Porsche Cayenne is subtly different from past models, but reviews read by TheCarConnection.com approve of the restyle. The exterior changes on the Porsche Cayenne include headlights that "are flatter, and the leading edge in front of the hood is more defined than before," according to Cars.com. The Detroit News says "the subtle changes create a more sophisticated look," thanks to the fact that "the turn signal indicators have been removed from the headlight assembly and lowered onto the grille." Kelley Blue Book reviewers note that the redesign serves a "functional sense" as well as a styling one, since the new features bring "an aerodynamic benefit" as "the coefficient of drag has been lowered substantially offering potential fuel economy benefits."
The interior of the Porsche 2008 Cayenne isn't received quite as well as the exterior. For the Porsche Cayenne, ForbesAutos writes that "the Cayenne's interior is identical to the outgoing model's, which is somewhat of a disappointment" because "there are some minor annoyances that could significantly improve" the cabin. Edmunds reviewers say that the Porsche Cayenne's "interior is all Porsche," which, unfortunately, "means that the climate and audio controls are comprised of many small, look-alike buttons that take some getting used to." On the positive side, ForbesAutos is pleased to find that "Porsche stayed away from any form of multifunction knob-controlled system as seen on virtually every new luxury vehicle from foreign manufacturers," such as BMW's iDrive. Also winning praise are the "large, simple toggles for climate, suspension, [and] transfer-case settings," which ConsumerGuide appreciates. One negative review comes from Motor Trend, where reviewers feel that the interior of the 2008 Porsche Cayenne is "somber," though such strong negative sentiment is rare.
Despite a redesign for 2008, the Porsche Cayenne is still largely similar to previous models, for better and for worse.