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STYLING | 8 out of 10
The new-generation Cayenne looks far smaller than it did before, though this is mostly due to styling magic, notably a lower nose and a forward-raked C-pillar.
Edmunds' Inside Line
The all-new interior mirrors the elegant styling of the Panamera sedan – very upscale and meticulously finished from its beautiful wood and aluminum accents to the leather stitching on the dashboard.
The Panamera cues carry over inside, where the Cayenne bears a striking resemblance to Porsche's four-door gran turismo.
Contrary to its slight size increase, the new model looks slightly smaller and tidier than its predecessor.
Car and Driver
If you blend a rather sleek, modern utility-vehicle silhouette in with the rough approximation of the 911's curves, you'll get the Cayenne—which is at odds with the more traditional SUV, but ever closer to the crossover styling norm with each new model year, it seems.
There's very little rugged about this design—even though it's deft off-pavement. It's also a far cry from the design of Porsche's legendary sports cars, like the legendary 911 and now-iconic Boxster, but it does have just enough of those models' style and panache. You'll notice that the hood is a bit longer than in some other crossover models; there's also in recent years been more of a styling synergy between Porsche's SUVs and sports cars, if only in the grille and front fascia. In back, there's only a gentle hat-tip to Porsche's sports cars, with gentle roof spoilers and an upright-yet-aerodynamic look that flows all the way to the back.
Visually setting apart the range-topping Cayenne Turbo S from lesser models is a high-gloss black finish on the air intakes, headlight surrounds and lower part of the side mirror housing, unique 21-inch alloy wheels, Cayenne Turbo S badging, and quad-exhaust tips finished in polished aluminum.Inside, the Cayenne is even less typical, with a coupe-like cockpit up front, with curved surfaces, upscale materials, and even an analog clock. The cabin is characterized by a sweeping yet cockpit-like instrument-panel arrangement, with plenty of curved surfaces, sculpted vertical vents, a sloped center console, and upscale materials—borrowing here and there from the stunning Panamera four-door's interior. Matte-metallic brightwork cheers it up from the drab appointments of Cayenne models past, while there's generally a coupe-like feel from the driver's seat.
In the Turbo S cabin, there's unique two-tone leather trim, special carbon fiber inserts, Alcantara headliner, and the aforementioned Sport Chrono package.
Otherwise, visual variation between models in the lineup—including the Cayenne Hybrid—is quite subtle, with wheels and badging being the main differences.
The 2014 Cayenne is unmistakably a Porsche on the outside and a luxury vehicle on the inside—although not everyone will warm up to the SUV shape.