2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel review notes – Autoweek

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2013 Porsche Cayenne review notes

The 2013 Cayenne Diesel is equipped a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine 240 hp and a whopping 406 lb-ft of torque.

The of the 2013 Porsche Cayenne had added flair with a spoiler, wheel well and black wheels.

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DIGITAL ANDREW STOY: Chevy millions of cars that the Corvette. and Ford cranks out 1,000:1, but no one begrudges them bread-and-butter. Porsche. on the other markets an SUV and the purists retire, behind closed drawing-room to weigh the relative merits of a to the head versus a snifter of

I get that Chevy and Ford are brands that ventured performance cars, versus perceived brand dilution by of its SUV and, … of horrors, But to paraphrase, a company’s gotta a living, and the people want rides. If you’re gonna do it, at do it right.

Porsche did. Cayenne diesel is an outstanding worth every penny of its base MSRP (more that in a moment). Any application of the conjures all 400 lb-ft of torque, and the automatic simply selects the gear that can take of it.

Given the low-rpm nature of the a hard launch from means you go from first to fifth and just rocket the street. It’s what imagine a bowling ball feel like after released, and it’s hellaciously And, thanks to the oil burner, a few launches and some regular driving still got me home a 25 mpg average.

Inside, the Cayenne feel familiar to anyone driven a Porsche in the past years — the tall console and myriad buttons reasonably well, though drivers will use just a of them on any regular basis. the seating position is excellent, seat legroom is ample, booster seats fit well and plenty of space in the cargo for Burberry bags and pocket-dog Which would be pockets, I

Remember that base If you’ve looked ahead noticed that $56k somehow morphed into insanity prior to its arrival at One Tower. Such is the German option sheet, unfortunately. blue paint?

That’s Two-tone interior? How about Air suspension? Another $4k.

Or how my personal favorite: #8220;Additional and sound deadening insulation: We can’t make this up folks — it’s all there on the Monroney. Since fleet cars are notoriously optioned, it’s safe to the Cayenne diesel you’d at a Porsche dealer (or that order yourself) would end up in the $70,000 range

That’s a lot of coin, but squarely in line the Range Rover Sport. BMW X5 and similar competitors; of course, shoppers will bypass the dealership, keep their and drive off in a Volkswagen Touareg which offers pretty everything the Cayenne does hood crest.

A VeeDub (or an Audi Q7 ) won’t be enough for For those buyers the Cayenne is an outstanding luxury SUV with QE2 of torque and remarkable fuel Park it in the garage next to ’73 Carrera RS and tell the to shove it.

EDITOR WES RAYNAL: Indeed and I had occasion to #8220;lol#8221; at this base price versus its price. More on that

And by the way it’s not Porsche building an SUV bugs me. I think the Porsche whatever that means, generally accepted the Cayenne by I mean what the hell it basically saved the company it? I do, however, wonder about a diesel.

Does that fit the (Hate that word.

That said, no automaker diesel SUVs as well as the Come to think of it, few automakers do SUVs period. That I can a near-4,800-pound SUV in supreme comfort in the cabin and get 20-plus mpg in the stop-and-go is impressive. This is a fine (Audi builds it), the the torque the TORQUE.

It actually the car fun to drive.

(Guess that my lame question about a diesel fits the brand, eh? question is a clichй anyway.

With the snow we had while I had the I didn’t learn much it’s a snowmobile in the messy It’s a big car but fairly easy to get in — thanks to the visibility very nice. It’s off the line from what I tell and except for the torque never know you were in a — the engine is too refined and to tell.

In automatic mode the are smooth. The ride is a little but I put that down to the awful streets and ginormous tires and I want to try it on dry roads.

I didn’t try the sport mode on the slick

I am not crazy about Porsche’s interiors of late, but there’s no it’s comfortable inside and the quality is outstanding. In fact, the car feels rock solid, as one expect of anything wearing a sticker.

Back to that for a second: Nobody ever Porsches were cheap, and thing is loaded to the absolute It’d be easy to whack sticker down into the range and still have a nice car.

Is it fun to drive In that weather, I have no But Porsche says the take on diesels is about a third, and I it.

I can absolutely see Porsche sports-car having one of these for the winter.

ONLINE EDITOR RORY I don’t like the Cayenne. I think it’s a little for Porsche to slap a fascia and a few on the VW Touareg and offer it at a significantly price. But the Cayenne has been a hit for Porsche and it would be ludicrous for me to that they #8220;remain and continue to build only cars when building and sedans can be done so profitably.

Porsche has been building the for more than a decade and continue to sell well. will tell whether #8220;diluted their brand.#8221;

The I don’t like the Cayenne has to do with whether or not Porsche be building it. Like I said, I think you can argue against it at point. No, it’s the same I don’t like all crossovers are marketed as SUVs: compromise. In the you have what is mechanically a But, crossovers tend to higher than minivans, so you pay a in fuel economy.

Unlike a SUV, the extra ride-height translate into much capability, it’s mostly for And, compared to a minivan, have limited cargo

So who needs a crossover? Anyone who one would be better served by a SUV, a minivan, a station or a van.

But, evaluating the purely on its merits it’s a good tall wagon. The is very good, and certainly the best looking in the luxury segment. I’m really up to Porsche’s button-heavy center

It’s not the most aesthetically thing in the world, but it’s to use, bordering on intuitive. the little paddle-shift buttons are than ideal, but let’s be no one is going to be using them.

is more than adequate, but nothing that’s going to you back in your seat. But the better-than-gas fuel economy hard to fault the diesel Though with gas prices generally lower than prices it is worth noting at 23 mpg, your fuel would be lower with a less-efficient gas engine.

Fuel are probably irrelevant for most but since they’re building a it’s fair to note crossovers that return gas in the high teens to low twenties are common.

With the radio and off, you can tell you’re a diesel. The wheel shakes a bit in hands at stops and the engine a bit more than the little in our long-term Volkswagen Passat I liked that about it.

But telling that Porsche #8220;additional thermal and sound insulation#8221; as a $1,120 option. many of the very expensive that accounted for $43,840 of our $100,565 price make the better, you should skip the deadening. It’s not totally

If Porsche is going to build the — and at this point have to — I’m they’re building a diesel. car wasn’t my cup of tea but I could imagine it the right person very It’s got a great, comfortable that looks cool and exclusive. It conveys a sense of consciousness, and it’s got a Porsche on the hood.

The person who’s to shell out the cash for a Cayenne wouldn’t ask for more. In that Porsche’s hit the nail on the head.

ROAD TEST EDITOR CONSTANT: Upon first I began falling in love this 2013 Porsche Diesel. The exterior looks with the dark blue job, rear spoiler and well extenders. I would opt for wheels rather than the but they still look

Inside things get even The color scheme of a grayish and black two-tone interior so sweet. Porsche’s attention to is so evident inside, too.

The stitching in the black areas the grayish blue perfectly. The roof is massive; there is a cool cubby in the center that fits my iPhone

At night the ambient lighting everything look so …! One of the things is the ambient lighting the center console that you can on or off depending on what you prefer.

The console, however, is packed buttons! In fact, I counted 50 plus the touchscreen. That’s

But in Porsche’s defense, the center is divided well into areas, making it easy to the control you want.

Back to the of the interior. The seats are comfortable. I Porsche was also clever they decided to put the button for the steering wheel on the back of the behind the bottom spoke.

On the it handles well, but that’s to be when it has the Porsche badge on it. The engine and eight-speed transmission well together. I also the adjustable suspension, ride and engine programming.

Whenever I the urge, I was able to quickly put the in Sport mode and enjoy added performance.

I know been gushing over the but it does have some that I didn’t like. a diesel this Cayenne is not like I expect a Porsche to be. get me wrong, it’s quick and with a purpose.

But it lacks push-you-back-into-your-seat power that I was for.

The other thing I stand at all was the manual shifters on the steering wheel. They paddles, but they are buttons move both fore and But what really irks me is both control up and down It’s kind of confusing you’re so trained that the button or paddle is for shifting up and the is for shifting down. I never the mistake of down shifting I was trying to go up a gear.

But I found thinking far more about the changes, which I can’t Truth be told, the inputs giving the car through the steering and pedals is all second nature. I have to think or focus on any one thing and instead focus on reacting to the car and my surroundings.

So it bothers me I have to focus on things gear changes.

Before you get all I know that it would me a few days max to get used to using the shifters to change gears. But I only have one night a car, it bugs me.

Overall, is an awesome machine that is but a blast to drive. I would to have a used Cayenne as a daily driver as long as the is a quarter of our tester’s. I also it’s far more practical people would first

EXECUTIVE EDITOR BOB GRITZINGER: The Diesel is the Porsche meant to the faithful, right? Not only is it an SUV (or or whatever), but it’s a diesel on top of it. Serious sacrilege.

Know To hell with the purists. the Cayenne, there’d be a lot less to lavish on developing better and Boxsters and 911s.

And from my the diesel is the most appropriate for the Cayenne — good torque, good fuel bulletproof operation. I love a Turbo S as much as the next but anybody with a practical would pick this in a heartbeat.

Most of the good and bad been covered, but I’d add that I love this sporty blacked-out appearance and its cockpit. Turning on the key at night off enough illumination to make a top gun envious. Love it.

SENIOR EDITOR MAC MORRISON: Ah, I see we are still the #8220;is this a real or not? Is it sacrilege or not that builds an SUV?#8221; angle the ground. Go back and review the decade’s worth of Autoweek notes: Every time a rolls through these the entries are nearly identical to in this file: it’s a clichй at this point, my

It’s time to let it go if for no other than it’s become and far too predictable to read automotive rapping endlessly on this topic. If any long-time, old-school customers have left the in protest, it certainly is not evident by the company’s sales numbers

Hell, Ferrari now builds a wagon . And the marketplace — and a part of the enthusiast community has demonstrated that it accepts vehicles with open We, the … faithful, might not it, but until the well-to-do pool of buyers speak with its by not purchasing these more Porsches, we’re also in the

It’s also a bit disingenuous to the Cayenne with the damning … of being nothing than a rebadged Volkswagen The point is valid to a degree in of shared platforms and general and even parts, but ignores the braking, engine and steering across a good chunk of the range. If there’s a Touareg that handles like a someone please point me in its because I’ve certainly driven one.

And if there’s a available that matches the and driving fun of upper-range Cayennes GTS, Turbo — never run across that VW, either.

Now, on the other whether or not you think that differences are actually worth the differential is another matter. And Cayenne turbodiesel, with its VW is certainly more similar to a than a GTS or Turbo version is. to its $7,000 premium versus the Cayenne, you’ll need to how important owning a diesel of this vehicle is to you. The V6 is rated at 16/23 mpg, the at 20/29.

Towing capacities with the Tiptronic gearbox are the exact across the Cayenne range 7,716 pounds — of engine. So while the diesel obviously pull something on the side of its towing capacity less strain than the V6 hp, 295 lb-ft of torque) will, it mean you’re going to a 32-foot fishing boat the road.

If you aren’t going to use Cayenne for any towing, or any relatively towing, it becomes a fuel game unless you happen to be a diesel enthusiast. So just to check out how the price of diesel compares to premium gasoline, how miles per year you expect to and calculate how long the improved is going to take to earn the $7,000 you paid upfront for the of driving the turbodiesel Cayenne.

going to be a while, perhaps years. It’s at least considering: What else you have done with over that same of time?

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This phenomenon is not to the Cayenne Diesel; the new Jeep Cherokee EcoDiesel faces the questions. I’m not casting upon either, rather pointing out some facts in the of a reality check.

You’re by point no doubt thinking, OK, you must not like the Cayenne then. To the contrary, I enjoyed minute behind its wheel. I was to find that this does not rob it of character or, let’s be useable performance. Yes, a different type of performance and when you throttle up, but there’s torque to push you back in seat and make you smile.

I was somewhat as I climbed aboard this would feel the #8220;poor man’s#8221; Cayenne, and was pleased to find the opposite.

is correct when he says you can there is a diesel under the but only the most sensitive/experienced will do so. I don’t think I know outside of the automotive would have the faintest this engine doesn’t run on if I let them drive it.

Thanks to the things mentioned above make a Cayenne feel a Porsche and not a VW, the diesel version is a luxury-loaded (yes, loaded is looking at the options list) ute that accomplishes its mission sacrificing those attributes put it at the top of its relevant food chain.

TEST EDITOR JONATHAN Well said, Morrison. The notion of Porsche producing the is played out. They do an SUV and they sell a ton of them.

it, and the fact that it helps the fund other activities building world-class sports and move on.

And what a SUV this Porsche Cayenne Diesel is. no other vehicle in this can touch it. Yes, the Volkswagen which it shares a platform is actually a fine handler in its own but I will say the Cayenne is sharper and is a involving vehicle to drive.

Just go through the list of traits and the Cayenne is at the top of its class. is responsive to inputs and offers a feel. Brakes are grabby and slow things down. corners the suspension keeps the surefooted and body motions are controlled.

If there is a better station wagon on the market, I driven it yet.

When it to comfort, even on the wide wheel and tire, it’s not too Of course, you can’t expect a smooth ride, but the adaptive can be set to Comfort and it’s plenty The front seats are supportive and be great to spend time in the long haul.

Seating is nice and the button-laden center is busy, but I’m a fan of having right there for easy

As for the diesel engine, I’m a Besides the respectable fuel numbers, the instant payoff to is the torque. There’s 406 lb-ft of available at 1,750 rpm to help the spring forward.

That if you happen to do a lot of towing. The eight-speed gearbox cracks off shifts and efficiently.

So, we have an entertaining SUV offered in a variety flavors this diesel to wild and turbo models. It’s a one and certainly is the SUV I would want in my if I was shopping for one.

Of course, add in the factor of cost and that probably change. Our test as already mentioned, has a sticker that’s absurd. It really is and at the same time insane how crazy you can go with the options on these days.

2013 Cayenne Diesel

Base $56,725

As-Tested Price:

Drivetrain: 3.0-liter turbocharged V6; AWD, eight-speed automatic

240 hp @ 3,500-4,000 rpm, 406 lb-ft @ rpm

Curb Weight: 4,795 lb

Economy (EPA City/Highway/Combined): mpg

AW Observed Fuel Economy: mpg

Options: Burmeister high-end sound system ($5,690); leather interior mixing and titan blue ($4,085); air system including self-leveling and adjustment ($3,980); PCM and navigation ($3,675); 18-way sport seating ($2,205); panorama system ($1,850); rear and front- and rear-park assist wheel arch extensions Sirius XM and HD radio receiver additional thermal and sound insulation ($1,120); heated and rear seating ($1,050); assistance ($850); front-seat ($800); dark blue paint ($790); trailer ($650); six-disc CD changer cargo management system power steering plus telephone module ($265); steering wheel ($250); comfort package with ($250); high gloss package ($150)

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