It's a showcase for Porsche's hybrid tech, but the E-hybrid is still a fun car to drive
Here’s proof that you don’t have to compromise on fun handling by choosing a hybrid model. The plug-in Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is just as capable as the conventional diesel and petrol models when it comes to corners, which means it’s a cut above the SUV norm when it comes to fun driving dynamics.
There’s a bit more weight (around 200kg) to deal with compared to the Cayenne Diesel, but the hybrid model is agile and sharp where many rivals are soft and stodgy. And this is very much a performance hybrid that just happens to be efficient, too. A 0-62mph time of 5.9 seconds is a touch behind the XC90 T8, but it’s nearly a second and a half ahead of the Cayenne diesel.
Interior space isn’t the best – it’s a tight 5 seater when most rivals now come with 7 seats – but the hybrid system works seamlessly and without intrusion, so it doesn’t compromise Porsche’s famous sporting prowess, or its cruising talents.
Best hybrid SUVs
- 1. Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine
- 2. Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
- 3. BMW X5 xDrive 40e
- 4. Audi Q7 e-tron
- 5. MINI Countryman S E
- 6. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
- 7. Lexus RX 450h
- 8. Kia Niro
- 9. Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e
- 10. Lexus NX 300h