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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
lots of room for outboard passengers
materials quality is superb
with rear seats up, the Cayenne accommodates a substantial 19 cubic feet of cargo
Kelley Blue Book
Editors at TheCarConnection.com have mixed reactions to comfort and quality in the 2009 Porsche Cayenne. Materials are quite good, but there's something missing in its overall utility.
Up front, ConsumerGuide finds that the Porsche Cayenne features "ample head room," along with "generous seat travel" and "excellent lateral support, though seat bottoms may pinch some physiques." The 2009 Porsche Cayenne features a "five-seat interior," according to Cars.com, while ConsumerGuide mentions that there is "good leg" and "toe space" for rear passengers. However, ConsumerGuide points out that the rear seats are "too firm for some testers," and "passengers need to twist ankles to clear door frames on exit." Edmunds is more critical, grumbling "rear-seat comfort is mediocre."
ConsumerGuide mentions that the Porsche 2009 Cayenne has "adequate cabin storage." Cargo room, however, is tight overall. This rear cargo space is "good," according to ConsumerGuide, but "not expansive for an SUV." Edmunds has harsh words for the 2009 Porsche Cayenne, claiming "cargo capacity, at 62.5 cubic feet, is on the small side for a midsize luxury SUV." That 62.5-cubic-feet figure is the maximum overall cargo capacity with the rear seats folded, but Kelley Blue Book says that "with rear seats up, the Cayenne accommodates a substantial 19 cubic feet of cargo."
Motor Trend laments the "cramped, somber, and plasticky interior" of the 2009 Porsche Cayenne. However, Kelley Blue Book gives the 2009 Porsche Cayenne high marks for having leather that "decorates the steering wheel rim, door handles, grab handles and other areas where many luxury models use simulated coverings." ConsumerGuide says that the cabin materials are "classy, but not opulent for this price level," and though Edmunds crows "materials quality is superb," other reviewers disagreed. Aside from the materials, construction and build quality is superb, and Edmunds proclaims that "fit and finish, especially with the optional wood or metallic accent packages, is excellent."
Also earning high praise on the 2009 Porsche Cayenne is the SUV's noise reduction capability. Detroit News reports that the Porsche Cayenne is capable of exceeding 160 mph, and "even at those speeds, the cabin is quiet enough to hear the gasps from the back seat." In their tests, ConsumerGuide finds that the Porsche Cayenne exhibits "little wind rush below 70 mph" and emits an "appropriate exhaust growl."
The 2009 Porsche Cayenne has some definite good points, but less plastic and more cargo room certainly wouldn't hurt.