2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Driver Notes | Performance, fuel economy, handling

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is a sneaky performance crossover disguised as a plug-in hybrid. Porsche puts it below the Cayenne S in its price and performance hierarchy, but the E-Hybrid is arguably more fun and enjoyable to drive than the S. Thanks to a 134-horsepower electric motor that delivers all of its torque immediately, delivering all the power to 455 horsepower and With 516 pound-feet of torque. It uses a 3-liter single-turbo V6 base from the Cayenne, producing 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque as its fuel source. Then there's an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels.

Porsche uses a 14.1 kWh battery in the new E-Hybrid, which is enough for the EPA's 13 miles of power range. It doesn't sound like much, but short shifts can be done without a gas engine shot if you use your throat carefully. Outside of other Porsches, it also has steering wheel mode to switch between different drive modes. The default is E-Power, where the gasoline engine will not fire unless you accelerate the accelerator pedal to lock the engine or run out. Then, there is the hybrid mode. This will make Porsche work like a regular hybrid, allowing you to get into the engine as you wish. The last two – Sport and Sport + – keep the engine running and ready to deliver aggressive levels of varying degrees at any given moment.

The Cayenne E-Hybrid is more money than the base Cayenne, but it's also cheaper than the S. And You get $ 6,712 in federal tax credit to buy one. Base Cayenne E-Hybrid starts at $ 82,450 $ 1,350 $ after destination fee. Our goods came in at $ 97,270. This included numerous efficiencies, such as the $ 2,170 Adaptive Air Suspension and the $ 3,590 Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control. The $ 6,470 Premium package also contributed greatly to our tester’s huge price tag.

Editor's Assistant, Zack Palmer: The Cayenne E-Hybrid's 0-60-minute drive in 4.7 seconds feels like a rough overhang from behind. Activate the car's "Startup" start control mode and it will feel closer to four seconds than five. It becomes noticeable instantly from the electric motor as it advances faster than I thought it would be. This allows the turbocharged V6 to run and select where the electric motor fades. It is brutally effective. Instead of the E-Hybrid being a boring, efficiency-driven Cayenne, it is a fast and efficient car, once again arguing that power electrification is a great way to make a fast car even more fun.

The E-Hybrid is a spectacular car that drives speed, if not the goal. When the battery is charged, it switches to a conventional hybrid, shifting the forward momentum between the engine and the electric motor. All jumps are seamless. This superb eight-speed gearbox was right where I needed to get as many shots as I needed. I didn't notice any distortions or strikes on my couple, Cain. In fact, it's so impressive smooth sometimes that it's hard to even start the engine. This electricity is so versatile that I can easily get it from both the base Cayenne and the more expensive Cayenne S. Without driving for 15 minutes, without using gasoline, you just enjoy the deal.

Associate Editor, Joel Stocksdale: The smoothness of the Cayenne E-Hybrid and its impressive combined power are absolutely good, as Zac says. The plug-in hybrid, part of the car ride is just the ability to drive a good distance on electricity, and this experience is just fine. The range is fine; The EPA has rated the Cayenne as an electrical range of 13 miles, though, when I leave Auto Club The garage was fully loaded, showing a range of about 20 miles. I used to run a normal house, go a few miles, my one-way commute is about a 10 mile fast city and interstate drive. And I was able to accelerate and maintain interstate speeds in full electric mode. Given that we had low 30 degrees weather here, the range is probably somewhere between the EPA and SUV ratings.

So you can go full electric with the Cayenne, but it will stop the Porsche feeling. As Zack puts it, the electric motor generates 134 horsepower, which is great when it comes to gasoline in concert, but feels painfully slow when surrounded by a 5,200-pound SUV. Yes, it reacts quickly in the city, but the power dissipates quickly, so while driving an electric motor, an electronic engine can be patient. It is also disappointing that there is no strong bandwidth regenerative braking system like many electric cars. If you don't take care of this feeling, it can be a plus. The Cayenne still switches gears to electrical mode, so it feels very ordinary, just slow and quiet. I greatly appreciate the fact that Porsche has added a soft paddle to lift the pedal so you can clearly tell where the petrol engine will hit. Overall, I appreciate the full electric mode as a way to both save and reduce fuel. Separation I just wish they had more Porsche in this mode.

Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliori: Everyone is talking about how the E-Hybrid moves, so I will talk about how it looks, which is quite similar to normal Cain. Except you get "acid green" badges and brake calipers. Cool. They are big enough to pay attention to, but they are not as superfluous as a stick. Neon is, so it's likely that many compatriots don't know the green-style elements of Signal Hybrid Tech, or & # 39; e-Hybrid, as the previous quarter panels read. Depending on your brakes, depending on the brakes you choose, you You can get them gray or yellow.

Senior Editor, Green, John Belz Snyder: Huh! This sucker meets! I know we've said it already, but it does repeat itself.

But this is more correct than its straight line speed, the ability of this item to carry speed all over the place. It feels very stable in corners, with plenty of power and minimal roll. Yeah, it's heavy, and I couldn't manage to get electricity alone for more than half a mile before I just said "screw", and switched back to the usual hybrid mode. But that extra weight is so low in the body that it feels great when pushing – and forcing Heavy – Highway cloverleafs.

Although it works well, wearing it has no punishment. I was stuck in his harsh environment for almost the entire time I had a car. It soaks up the occasional bump and pothole with ease. It was only when I climbed this sidewalk and repeatedly turned to washing and washing machines to fill it with a softer environment, and only because my four-year-old complained about the rough road. In a more comfortable environment, he closed and we explored some of the fascinating country lines to the northeast of Ann Arbor.

We have even cut down on tractor supplies to feed the chicken. I thought this would be a weird environment for a Porsche hybrid, but I was wrong. With the popularization of super high-end pickups, as well as the use of well-worn hybrids and PHEVs in the parking lot, it was neither green nor green. It just combines both features really.

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