2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid first-drive: ticks all the boxes

The Cayenne E-Hybrid is positioned between the newly redesigned Cayenne S and the speed-demon Cayenne Turbo for 2019. In southern France, I had the opportunity to test out Porsche’s sharp end of the sword against competitors: a “sporty” and “luxury” variant based on options and I’m here to report back that the E-Hybrid is mighty-impressive.

Having a lot more goodness, meaning that there are options available as a first for any Cayenne which includes a head-up display, remote park assist, seat massagers and 22-inch wheels. Unfortunately, all four options were unavailable in both the sporty Purpurit Metallic and luxury Quarzite Grey Metallic test cars that we drove.

Regardless, I was here to test the newly electrified Cayenne’s engine and handling performance. So how does it fair for a 5,000-pound car? Shockingly agile… to the point where you won’t even notice the additional few hundred pounds that it gained over the Cayenne S. Part or the weight gain due in part to the 14.1 kWh battery. Our test cars came equipped with rear-axle steering so, at higher speed, it helps to extend the wheelbase while shortening the wheelbase making it feels smaller than it is.

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