The base Cayenne actually seemed to be the smoothest, with the boost from its single turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine gliding on with less drama than than the others.
If you’re more used to naturally aspirated engines, the base model is the one to have. It puts out 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, good for a 0 to 60 mph time of 5.9 seconds according to Porsche. It’s an increase of 40 HP over the last base Cayenne and drops the 0 to 60 time by 1.7 seconds.
If someone was inclined to track their Cayenne, the entry level can hit 152 mph. But what’s it like in more common driving situations? Absurdly competent. On the roads around Sitia, Crete, and Agios Nikolaos, the Cayenne’s bounty of technology earns its keep. The adaptive air suspension management, rear axle steering—which can slightly steer the rear wheels to help push you out of a corner—and dynamic chassis control, all work in tandem to build your confidence to superhuman status.
Inside, the Cayenne sees an updated interior, complete with a 12.3-inch touchscreen for control over most of the SUV’s systems. It’s very similar to the one found in the current Panamera. The instrument panel, too, has been updated with two 7-inch multifunction digital displays. The cargo area has been made larger for 2019, too.
Of course, Porsche still provides a myriad of personalization options for every Cayenne. Combinations can seem almost endless and include a wide variety of colors, wheels, interior materials and performance-related upgrades. But all of these options can send the price straight into orbit.