REVIEWS: 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel

August 5, 2013
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Although diesel-powered cars are becoming less of an oddity in the U.S., they are still relatively rare in the sport-utility segment. The Porsche Cayenne clatters a bit at start up and idle but otherwise drives like a gas-powered vehicle. Acceleration is less explosive than in the Cayenne S and GTS but it still gets to 60 mph in a respectable 7.2 seconds. Acceleration is most impressive from a stop and all-wheel drive prevents embarrassing tire squealing off the line.
The Cayenne gets shockingly good fuel economy for a 4800-pound vehicle. Its EPA ratings with putting it neck-and-neck with the VW Touareg diesel and surpassing the BMW X5 xdrive35d. The Cayenne feels heavier from behind the wheel than the diesel-powered VW and BMW but I found ingress, egress, and cargo loading far easier in the slightly lower Cayenne, even with the adjustable suspension set to normal. The small rear door restricts access to the back seat but it's no worse than in the BMW X5.
Jennifer Misaros, Managing Editor, Digital Platforms
The Cayenne remains a Cayenne with its newly available diesel engine, which is to say, it's still one of the best-driving SUVs on the market. What's not to like, really? You get strong, linear acceleration, fantastic range, and close to 30 mpg on the highway if you take it easy on the accelerator pedal, and there's only the faintest diesel thrum to remind you that there's a different sort of engine under the hood. Steering is light but precise. Aside from the powertrain, I like the excellent visibility afforded by the big side windows and relatively thin roof pillars.
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor

2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel

MSRP (with destination): $56,725
PRICE AS TESTED: $96,315
ENGINE:
3.0-liter DOHC turbo-diesel V-6
Horsepower: 240 hp @ 3500 rpm
Torque: 406 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm
TRANSMISSION:
8-speed automatic
DRIVE:
All-wheel
WHEELS AND TIRES:
21-inch aluminum wheels
295/35R-21 107Y Michelin Latitude Sport tires
FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway/combined):
19/29/23 mpg
CURB WEIGHT:
4795 lb
CAPACITIES:
Doors/Passengers: 4/5
Cargo (rear seats upright/folded): 23.762.9 cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): N/A
Headroom (front/rear): N/A
Towing: 7716 lb
EXTERIOR/INTERIOR COLOR:
Jet Green/Black
STANDARD FEATURES:
Dry sump lubrication system
6-piston front brake calipers
Front control arm, rear multilink suspension
18-inch aluminum wheels
Tilt-and-telescopic steering column
10-speaker audio system
Bluetooth
Power sunroof and liftgate
Cruise control
Homelink
5 12V outlets
Power folding heated exterior mirrors
OPTIONS ON THIS VEHICLE:
21-inch special-edition Cayenne wheels- $5265
Jet Green metallic paint- $790
Premium plus package- $10,180
SiriusXM satellite radio and HD radio receiver- $1120
Thermal- and noise-insulated glass- $1120
Online services- $210
Air suspension- $3965
Trailer hitch- $650
Panoramic glass roof- $1850
Wheel arch extensions in body color- $1150
Bose surround sound audio system- $1690
Dual tailpipes- $1290
Stainless-steel front and rear skid plates- $1480
Keyless entry and ignition- $1090
Brushed aluminum interior trim- $995
Alcantara headliner- $1990
Outer door entry guards w/model logo- $320
Adaptive cruise control w/Porsche active safe- $2490
Painted car key- $335
5-mm wheel spacers- $500
Telephone module- $265
Extended LED comfort lighting package- $845
KEY OPTIONS NOT ON THIS VEHICLE:
Carbon-ceramic braking- $8150
Rear seat entertainment- $2990
ADDITIONAL SPECS:
The Diesel finally comes stateside for 2013 and gets much better fuel economy than its hybrid stable mate. Porsche claims the Cayenne Diesel will get to 60 mph from a stop in 7.2 seconds.
COMPARE TO:
Audi Q7 3.0TDI, BMW X5 xDrive35d, Volkswagen Touareg TDI

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2013 Porsche Cayenne

Base 4WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6
starting at (MSRP)
$48,850
Engine
3.6L V6
Fuel Economy
15 City 22 Hwy
2013 Porsche Cayenne