- Petrol, PHEV
- Probably the most attractive coupe-SUV you can buy
- Also the best to drive with impressive agility
- Interior upgrades mean it feels modern inside
- Expensive to buy and run
- Smaller boot than the regular Cayenne SUV
- You're paying more for less
Intended to compete with other large coupe-SUVs (think the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe), the Porsche Cayenne Coupe sells in relatively small numbers compared to the standard Porsche Cayenne. You'll pay a premium for that exclusivity, though, with the Coupe priced around £3,000 above the regular car on the new market.
Not that £3,000 is likely to be a dealbreaker if you're in the market for a brand new Porsche Cayenne Coupe. It's one of the most expensive SUVs you can buy, with prices starting from around £73,000 and going well into six figures for the fastest (and most desirable) models.
The range consists of regular petrol Cayenne Coupes and a number of plug-in hybrid models (badged E-Hybrid). You can't get a diesel Cayenne Coupe, nor a pure-electric one. That's why we reckon the E-Hybrid models are probably the ideal compromise for most buyers; not least because the regular petrol models will be hugely expensive to run.
Now we've dealt with the thorny issue of economics, what's going in the Porsche Cayenne Coupe's favour? Quite a lot, actually. The interior is superb, with hugely comfortable seats and a suitably premium ambience. The interior was given a refresh in 2024 with new technology introduced - including a slick additional media screen on the passenger's side of the dashboard, as well as a new digital instrument cluster. Both of which do a good job of bringing the Cayenne Coupe's cabin up to date in a very competitive marketplace.
What really gives the Porsche Cayenne Coupe the edge over rivals, though, is the way it drives. It's as comfortable as a Range Rover when you want it to be, but it's also as fun to drive as a Porsche 911 when you want it to be. All Cayenne Coupes are quick, while the range-topping Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid Coupe is one of the most thrilling SUVs you can buy.
It would all be a bit silly if it wasn’t so seriously good. The Cayenne Coupe is supposed to drive like a Porsche while being as practical as an SUV and a tiny bit more stylish and it hits that brief down to a T. The Porsche Cayenne Coupe gives you the performance and feel of a Porsche, in an SUV body that’ll have no issues fitting into your family life.
Is the Porsche Cayenne Coupe right for you?
The Porsche Cayenne Coupe is right for you if you want a practical SUV that looks great and goes even better. It's one of the true SUV heavyweights when it comes to outright performance, while it's also one of the best sporty SUVs when it comes to handling.
What's the best Porsche Cayenne Coupe model/engine to choose?
It's worth looking for a Porsche Cayenne Coupe with plug-in hybrid power - not only will it prove to be more efficient (especially with regular charging), the electric motor also provides improved performance (not that any Cayenne Coupe will leave you wanting in that regard). The Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid Coupe is probably the sweet spot in the range, with a little more power than the regular Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe, but without the hefty price tag of the Turbo models.
What other cars are similar to the Porsche Cayenne Coupe?
The Porsche is similar to large coupe-style SUVs such as the Audi Q8, BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe, although you’ll have to go for a performance model of either to get a car that’s as sharp to drive as the Cayenne Coupe. You could also consider the Maserati Levante or Range Rover Sport, while the priciest Porsche Cayenne Coupes are up against cars like the Lamborghini Urus and Aston Martin DBX.
There are a few subtle differences between the Porsche Cayenne Coupe's interior and the cabin of a regular Cayenne. You sit ever-so-slightly lower in the Cayenne Coupe, which means you won't notice a headroom disadvantage from the sloping roofline. The rear seats, meanwhile, can accommodate just two people as standard - although you can get a Cayenne Coupe with a more conventional three-seat bench, too.
The Porsche Cayenne Coupe feels incredibly comfortable as standard, while it's impeccably well finished. Of course, in true Porsche fashion, there's no holding back if you wish to hit the options list hard. As an example, our Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe test car came with Race-Tex (think Alcantara...) grab handles (a £602 option), Race Tex roof lining (that'll be £1,296, please) and carbon floor mats with leather edging (£737). The good news is that none of this is necessary to lift the Cayenne Coupe's cabin - and neither are the £737 centre console grab handles, the £1325 carbon fibre interior package or the £353 Porsche crest on the headrests.
Quality and finish
Almost all the plastics in the Porsche Cayenne Coupe feel expensive, and you can choose from a wealth of optional trim levels that range from sporty to luxurious. The cabin finish is first-class, too, with an impeccable attention to detail. Everything is covered in smooth, soft, high quality materials. The build quality is high too, which means you're unlikely to hear a worrisome squeak or creak from any of the interior fittings when you travel over a speed hump or navigate a bend in the road.
Infotainment: Touchscreen, USB, nav and stereo in the Porsche Cayenne Coupe
All Porsche Cayenne Coupe models come with a 12.3-inch central infotainment screen, officially known as the Porsche Communication Management display. This is as impressive to use as you'd expect in an expensive Porsche SUV - the graphics are sharp, responses are quick and it comes with everything you could possibly wish for as standard: including internet access, a WiFi hotspot, navigation, DAB radio and even native Spotify/Apple Music apps.
The big news for 2024 is the option of a 10.9-inch digital display on the passenger side of the Cayenne Coupe's dashboard. This means your passenger can browse the infotainment offerings, stream video content or keep an eye on performance data. If this sounds a bit distracting for the driver then don't fear - a special filter ensures that the driver can't see this display. It actually works very well, too.
There's also a new 12.6-inch floating digital instrument cluster which looks suitably modern and adds a degree of customisation that wasn't available before.
Space and practicality: Porsche Cayenne Coupe boot space
The Porsche Cayenne Coupe measures 4930mm in length, 1983mm in width (2194mm including door mirrors) and 1678mm in height. That means its external dimensions are pretty much identical to the regular Cayenne, although the sloping roofline does hinder practicality. That's particularly noticeable in the boot area, where a petrol Cayenne Coupe can carry 554 litres of luggage (compared to the Cayenne's 698-litre capacity). You'll notice a bigger compromise on the Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid models. These have an official boot capacity of just 404 litres - which is significantly less than a regular Cayenne E-Hybrid's 545-litre boot.
The Cayenne Coupe's seats are positioned slightly lower than in the regular car. You'd have to try them both back-to-back to notice any real difference, although the big benefit is that the roofline doesn't eat into headroom. It certainly feels spacious enough - those in the front get just as much space as in a regular Cayenne, while the voluminous door bins and an array of cubbies mean you won't be short of places to store your odds and ends.
One significant difference between the standard Porsche Cayenne and the Cayenne Coupe is in the rear. As standard, the Coupe comes with two individual back seats - which is great news for comfort but not-so-great if you wish to squeeze three people side-by-side. You can swap the individual rear seats for a more conventional three-seat rear bench as a no-cost option when new; it's worth deciding which option suits you best and looking for a Cayenne Coupe with this feature on the used market.
Some options are worth looking out for if you want one of the most agile Porsche Cayenne Coupes you can buy. Four-wheel steering is available, providing a small improvement in stability when cornering at high speeds as well as improving manoeuvrability at low speeds. The GT Package (offered on the Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid Coupe) takes things even further, with bespoke suspension tuning working with the 22-inch alloy wheels (with performance tyres) and ceramic brakes to ensure anything this side of a Lamborghini Urus won't see which way the Cayenne Coupe has gone.
Despite its sporting setup, the Porsche Cayenne Coupe generally rides well, even on larger alloys. It's worth buying one with air suspension, though, as that does make a noticeable difference compared to the standard steel springs. There's no disguising the weight of the E-Hybrid models, but the Cayenne Coupe does a good impression of handling like a large hot hatch rather than a bulky SUV.
What engines and gearboxes are available in the Porsche Cayenne Coupe?
You can't really get a slow Porsche Cayenne Coupe. Even the entry-level car comes with a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 that produces 353PS (340PS on earlier models) - enough to take it to 62mph in 5.7 seconds.
The Porsche Cayenne S Coupe was updated quite significantly in 2024, with the old twin-turbo V6 replaced by a V8 petrol engine. That means it now produces 474PS, taking it from a standstill to 62mph a second quicker than the regular Cayenne Coupe.
A lot of Porsche Cayenne Coupe buyers go for one of the plug-in hybrid models. The Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe and Cayenne S E-Hybrid Coupe both combine a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine with a 25.9kWh battery pack and an electric motor. The former packs 470PS, taking it to 62mph in 4.9 seconds (with the optional Sport Chrono pack) and on to a top speed of 158mph. The latter has a bit more power - 519PS, to be precise - taking it to 62mph in 4.7 seconds.
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid Coupe, meanwhile, uses a 4.0-litre petrol engine along with an electric motor. This is ferociously fast, reaching 62mph in as little as 3.7 seconds.
Refinement and noise levels
The Porsche Cayenne Coupe is a car of multiple characters. When you want to reach your destination in peace, it's sublimely refined - with little in the way of road or engine noise making its way into the cabin. That's especially true when the Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid models are running off electricity; when this happens, the Cayenne Coupe is as quiet as a pure-electric vehicle.
When you're in the mood for a bit of drama, switching between drive modes and being a bit heavier with the accelerator will wake up the engine and allow a bit more of a rumble into the Cayenne Coupe. For maximum effect, look for a model with the optional sports exhaust system. This is quite muted as standard but can be triggered via a special exhaust button in the cockpit.
Safety equipment: How safe is the Porsche Cayenne Coupe?
The Porsche Cayenne Coupe hasn’t been Euro NCAP crash-tested for safety but you can expect it to perform as well as the standard Cayenne which was awarded five-stars in 2017.
All models of Cayenne Coupe come with automatic emergency brakes as standard and you can specify a range of additional safety options that means the car can accelerate, brake and steer itself on the motorway to take the strain out of long motorway journeys.
The Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid can officially travel up to 46 miles under electric power alone, which is ideal if you keep it topped up with electricity and use it mainly for short journeys. Once the battery's empty, it'll only be marginally more efficient than a regular Porsche Cayenne Coupe - and you certainly won't see anywhere near its official 188.3mpg fuel economy figure.
Avoid the E-Hybrid models and you'll have to be prepared for some hefty fuel bills. The regular Cayenne Coupe has an official fuel economy figure of up to 26.2mpg, while the Cayenne S manages just 22.8mpg.
How reliable is the Porsche Cayenne Coupe?
While the Porsche Cayenne Coupe is likely to have high running costs, the brand's build quality is pretty spot on. We'd expect fewer issues than you'd get with a Range Rover Sport, while a new Cayenne Coupe comes with a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. Even the complicated Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid models ought to be pretty dependable, with the hybrid system backed by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.
As a brand, Porsche ranked an impressive fourth place in a recent ownership survey by HonestJohn.co.uk.
Insurance groups and costs
It's worth spending some time on insurance comparison websites before deciding on a new (or used) Porsche Cayenne Coupe. As a powerful (and expensive) SUV, it could cost quite a lot to insure - particularly if you're an inexperienced driver or live in a high-risk area. The Cayenne Coupe sits in insurance groups 45 to 50, making it one of the most expensive cars to insure.
VED car tax: What is the annual road tax on a Porsche Cayenne Coupe?
You're going to be stung pretty hard in terms of tax for the Porsche Cayenne Coupe - but the same can be said for rivals, too. The first year's VED is based on emissions and lumped into the on-the-road price. Buy a secondhand one and you'll pay £570/year in tax, or £560/year for E-Hybrid models. That's made up of the £180/year (or £170/year) 'standard rate' plus an additional £390 a year in 'premium car tax' for vehicles with a list price of more than £40,000.
The good news is the premium car tax is dropped once the car reaches six years old, so you'll pay £170 or £180 a year in tax. There's no avoiding this - even the new electric Cayenne (set to arrive in 2026) will be charged the standard tax rate.
While the Porsche Cayenne Coupe is one of the most desirable SUVs money can buy, it's also one of the most expensive. Expect to pay upwards of £80,000 for an E-Hybrid model, while the quickest Cayenne Coupe will cost you more than £130,000. While standard equipment is comprehensive, there's also a long list of optional extras available to push the monthly payments even further.
While the Porsche Cayenne Coupe generally holds its value better than most premium SUVs, you can save money by seeking out a used example. Prices start from around £50,000 for an early Cayenne Coupe, with the regular V6 petrol engine generally being the most affordable. You won't get the latest 2024 updates for that kind of money, you do get a still-very-desirable premium SUV.
Trim levels and standard equipment
The Cayenne Coupe is organised by engines rather than trim levels. All models come with 20-inch alloy wheels, Park Assist at the front and rear including reversing camera, Porsche Active Suspension Management adjustable dampers, and the Sport Chrono Package that includes launch control and a stopwatch on the centre of the dashboard.
From there you need to choose whether to go for the standard Cayenne Coupe, the E-Hybrid, the S, S E-Hybrid or Turbo E-Hybrid model. Adding equipment is simply a matter of going on the options list where you can select everything from larger wheels (up to 22-inches in size) to rear-wheel steering and powerful carbon-ceramic disc brakes.
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