The Cayenne has long been the most performance-oriented of the luxury SUVs; but it continues to impress in somewhat unexpected areas—like interior spaciousness and versatility, and actual ruggedness and capability.
The Range Rover Sport has a mix of on-road performance and off-road ability similar to the Cayenne's, and its recent redesign shed pounds and added new performance computer systems; a new SVR trim goes after the hottest sporty SUVs.
And for a very capable alternative, check out the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT; it has performance that rivals that of the Cayenne Turbo, at a much lower price.
Infiniti's road-focused crossover, formerly the FX, is now called QX70; it continues to offer strong V-6 and V-8 powertrains in an attractive body but it doesn't come close to the Porsche's level of available performance assistants and equipment.
The Audi Q7 is a natural alternative to the Porsche Cayenne, as it's based on the same platform but is more spacious inside, with an available third-row seat, a different range of engines, and its own take on luxury and style.
Its supercharged V-6 engine also emerges as stronger in many respects compared to the Cayenne's base V-6.
BMW's X5 was new for 2014 and has since added a new version of the X5 M, which gives the Cayenne Turbo some good competition.
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|2016 Porsche CayenneBrowse Used Listings||2016 BMW X5Browse Used Listings||2016 INFINITI QX70Browse Used Listings||2016 Jeep Grand CherokeeBrowse Used Listings||2016 Land Rover Range Rover SportBrowse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6||Premium Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6|
|N/A||Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD|
|AWD 4-Door||RWD 4-Door sDrive35i||RWD 4-Door||RWD 4-Door 75th Anniversary||4WD 4-Door V6 SE|
|All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sports Activity Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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