2018 Porsche Cayenne vs. Its Competition

2018 Porsche Cayenne
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Porsche Cayenne has been a standard for luxury SUVs thanks to its performance on the road.

Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport (SVR), Jeep’s Grand Cherokee (SRT), and BMW’s X5 (M) all offered performance versions to compete with the Cayenne, but none had the same integration of speed and comfort that the Porsche made famous.

Audi’s Q7 is a competent family hauler with a third row, if that’s all you’re asking from the crossover.

The BMW X5 offers a shorter third row, and better in-car tech.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers an extreme Trackhawk model, if all you care about is speed.

The Mercedes-Benz GLE Class offers near as much polish as the Cayenne, and prolific speed in AMG trims, but its racy fastback coupe shape hasn’t grown on us.

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Quick Specs
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The 2018 Porsche Cayenne is a richly appointed luxury SUV that earns its Porsche badge. It's one of few cars on the road that manage to feel special in standard or top trims, despite a $100,000 price difference.
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The 2018 Audi Q7 delivers exactly what luxury buyers want: room for the whole family and some of the most advanced technology ever fitted to a new car.
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The 2018 BMW X5 remains a thoughtful crossover SUV for families, although enthusiasts may be left wanting unless the right options are selected.
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Only poor crash test scores keep the Grand Cherokee down, as this talented family hauler offers luxury and utility and buyers can choose off-road capability, track talent, or even more luxury.
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The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is near the top of the luxury SUV mountain—mostly because it can climb there without trouble.
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Performance, plug-in, or pedestrian: there’s a 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE for almost every luxury-SUV buyer.
MSRP From     
$60,600$49,900$57,200$30,895$66,750$52,200
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
N/AStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
AWD2.0 TFSI PremiumsDrive35i Sports Activity VehicleAltitude 4x2 *Ltd Avail*V6 Supercharged SEGLE 350 SUV
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
575555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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