Diesel is a dirty word at Porsche, but can petrol-electric power fill its shoes in the new Cayenne?
Offering a large SUV without a diesel engine would have been unthinkable even two years ago but, in the wake of Dieselgate, that’s exactly the position Porsche finds itself in 2018. One is coming, the famous sports car maker claims, but it can’t (or won’t) tell us when. Until then, those who would have bought a diesel-powered version of the new Cayenne have been asked to consider the plug-in E-Hybrid instead. On paper, it seems a fair trade. If you can live with having to physically plug it in regularly, Porsche says the E-Hybrid is not only fast, but can average a miserly 3.2L/100km with the added bonus of a 44km pure-electric range. Read on to find out if it’s a real diesel substitute.
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