The 2004 Porsche Cayenne provides the second edition of the brand’s sport utility vehicle. Though not many changes improve the 2003 debut, the Cayenne still has a lot to boast about, both on and off the road.
Drivers enjoy the fact that the Cayenne gives a sport utility the same gusto found in sports cars. In fact the performance stays on-par with other vehicles from the brand. It boasts the ability to adjust the height of the ride, as well as a suspension damping control. It offers ample cargo space, making it an excellent vehicle for trips that require hauling a lot of items.
However, the SUV does not meet the demands often placed on this type of vehicle. Though it often gets compared to the Range Rover, when it comes to off-road adventures, the Rover always wins. The interior also does not measure up to the competition in terms of elegance.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.5-liter V-8, twin turbo 4.5-liter V-8, V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Porsche Cayenne S
Since the Cayenne debuted in 2003 it did not undergo significance chances for the 2004 release. Buyers can expect such treats as all-wheel drive, differential locking, and a low-range gearing. One of the biggest changes concerns the addition of anti-roll bars activated by the driver.
The 2004 Porsche Cayenne boasts a design much like the 911 and offers plenty of room inside for up to five people. It has the ability to hold anywhere from 19.2 to 62.5 cubic feet of cargo.
The outside of the Porsche Cayenne looks unique. However, it takes some styling cues from the Porsche 911. The look of the 2004 Porsche Cayenne intends to symbolize potency and influence and it achieves this goal. It appears both fast and graceful in design. The difference in the outer appearance depends on the purchased model. The turbo features air inlets on the front, domes on the hood, and extra tailpipes for purpose and style. The suspension system allows the vehicle to ride at a variety of heights. Porsche also offers three wheel sizes.
The interior of the 2004 Porsche Cayenne looks much like the interior of any high-end SUV. It has an abundance of leather inside and space to easily seat five people. The cargo space seems ample with 19.2 cubic feet standard and 62.5 cubic feet available with the back seat folded.
However, the interior simply does not measure up to the competition. The Range Rover offers far more cargo room and costs a bit less than the Cayenne.
Performance & Handling
While Porsche adds an entry-level V-6 option for the Cayenne most utilize the 4.5-liter V-8 engine. It mates with a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission that has the ability for manual gear changing. The Cayenne S model boasts 340 hp, while the Cayenne Turbo offers 450 hp. The SUV easily reaches 62 mph in less than six seconds.
Permanent all-wheel drive comes standard. Drivers can turn on low-range gearing and the vehicle has massive towing power. Yet on the road the Cayenne shows its prowess.
Drivers can expect the ride to feel smooth and refined. However, the way it shows off on the highways depends on the model. The Turbo provides much faster acceleration, but the Cayenne S tends to handle everyday driving tasks better.
Buyers do not notice shifting unless they activate Sport Mode. The 2004 Porsche Cayenne has precise handling and extensive comfort out on the road.
Standard safety features on the 2004 Porsche Cayenne include side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, antiroll bars, and a Stability Management System.
EPA Fuel Economy
Porsche Cayenne: 12/17 mpg city/highway
- Sporty feel
- Roomy interior
- Nice amount of cargo room
- Adjustable ride height
You Won't Like
- Less off-road adventures
- Slightly less elegant inside
A Porsche for the daily driver.
If You Like This Vehicle
- Land Rover Range Rover
- Volkswagen Touareg