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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Kelley Blue Book
cramped, somber, and plasticky interior
The 2010 Porsche Cayenne sees essentially no updates inside or out, with the front and rear exterior updates of 2008 and the intake/exhaust updates of 2009 carrying forward to 2010. The contoured taillamps and Turbo-specific LED versions are still characteristic of the vehicle’s styling, and the prominent lower air dam up front balances the dual exhausts out back.
Though the 2009 updates saw the Cayenne get new styling despite a dearth of other changes, even that much seems to be out of the question for 2010, with the Cayenne in an apparent holding pattern.
The Detroit News praises the Cayenne’s "sophisticated look," and Kelley Blue Book reviewers note that Cayenne’s design serves both a "functional sense" and an aesthetic one, since the front end’s design poses "an aerodynamic benefit" with a substantially lower coefficient of drag than the previous-generation Cayenne. Motor Trend likes the Cayenne’s look, saying it’s almost “911-like from certain angles.”
Inside, the 2010 Porsche Cayenne isn't quite up to the same standards, though it does draw inspiration from Porsche’s sports car offerings. Edmunds claims the "interior is all Porsche," but that’s not the compliment you might think--instead, that "means that the climate and audio controls are comprised of many small, look-alike buttons that take some getting used to." Motor Trend calls the cockpit of the Cayenne is “somber.” Consumer Guide goes the opposite way, liking the Cayenne’s “large, simple toggles for climate, suspension, [and] transfer-case settings.”
While the 2010 Cayenne doesn’t see much in the way of visual updates, there are a pair of special editions that add to the pack. The Transsyberia S gives the Cayenne some serious off-road flair, while the GTS Porsche Design Edition 3 gets a unique, thoroughly modern urban look. The Transsyberia S is available in four different color combos, including black, silver metallic, black with grey accents or grey with silver accents. The GTS Porsche Design Edition 3 is available only in black with black leather accented by red stitching.
The 2010 Porsche Cayenne is more attractive outside than inside, but it’s still a Porsche through and through.