2005 Porsche Cayenne

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2005 Porsche Cayenne Review

The poor gas mileage gets offset by comfortable seating and enjoyable handling.

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Overview

Porsche unveiled its first V-6 Cayenne in 2004, and offers some improvements for the 2005 Porsche Cayenne. The midsize sport utility vehicle aims to transport multiple passengers in comfort and style. Although Porsche arrives late to the sport utility vehicle to market, technology from its sister company Volkswagen has given the Cayenne a good start.

The 7716-pound towing capacity makes the 2005 Porsche Cayenne a contender in the vacation and toy-hauler category. It offers room for the entire family to travel in comfort and style.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6, 4.5-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Cayenne Tiptronic, Porsche Cayenne S, Porsche Cayenne Turbo

What's New

Porsche makes a few improvements for the 2005 Porsche Cayenne. In terms of styling, the side sills and fascia use the same color as the body. The base model comes with an optional six-speed manual transmission, which works with Porsche’s Drive-Off Assistant System clutch. The improved clutch assists drivers with starting on a negative incline without sliding backwards.

The Turbo upgrade model includes more horsepower and an improved braking system, along with ?turn the corner? headlights. The optional navigation system offers voice control.

Exterior

Porsche departs from its traditional sporty styling with the Porsche Cayenne. The 2005 Porsche Cayenne still has the boxy shape of a sport utility vehicle, but with sleeker lines and the signature Porsche triple air intakes on the front fascia.

The rear liftgate design disappoints. When it rains, water falls both on the person and into the rear cargo area.

The 17-inch standard wheels seem somewhat small compared to the overall size of the vehicle. The optional 18-inch wheels make a better fit and conform to the concept of a vehicle that can be taken offroad.

Interior

Roominess describes the interior of the 2005 Porsche Cayenne. The bucket front seats offer full power adjustment with lumbar support, and the rear seat provides ample room to sit comfortably. Since the back seat folds, it provides additional space for moving large items. The Turbo version memorizes the settings for up to three drivers, including steering wheel settings.

Leather trim on the console, dash, doors, and steering wheel give the Cayenne an opulent appearance. The plastic trim appears fragile, leading to concerns about the durability of those items.

Three 12-volt outlets are available for the front seat, rear seat, and cargo area. Drivers find ample storage compartments throughout the vehicle for all passengers.

Twelve speakers and speed sensitive volume control remain optional on the Base model. The Turbo trim upgrades to 14 Bose speakers with two subwoofers for audio entertainment.

Performance & Handling

The base trim model has a 3.2-liter engine, with 247 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque. For short trips, the engine delivers an enjoyable experience. When loaded with vacation equipment and passengers, the 2005 Porsche Cayenne feels underpowered.

The Turbo trim level comes with a 4.5-liter engine that provides 450 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The drawback concerns the automatic transmission, which can be slow on the shifting, creating a perception of lag.

Cruising on a road trip lets the 2005 Porsche Cayenne shine. The vehicle feels fast, comfortable, and quiet. A full tank of gas can take you 400 miles or more before refueling.

The double wishbone front suspension gives the driver and front-seat passenger a smooth ride. Unfortunately, the multi-link rear suspension for the rear-seat passengers can feel bouncy.

Steering and cornering in the Cayenne are excellent; the all-wheel drive with limited-slip differential come together for confident and safe maneuvering of the vehicle. The overall experience makes drivers feel in control of the vehicle.

Safety

All trim levels of the 2005 Porsche Cayenne include a variety of safety features. Stability and traction control assist the driver with maintaining control of the vehicle. The front seats come equipped with side-mounted airbags, and the headrests in both front and back have airbags.

The 2005 Porsche Cayenne Turbo also uses xenon headlamps. The headlights self-leveling headlights come with ?turn the corner? technology that allows the driver to illuminate areas that would otherwise be blind. This trim level also has tire pressure monitoring.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows tests for this vehicle.

EPA Fuel Economy

Porsche Cayenne: 13/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Responsive handling
  • Comfortable for many passengers

You Won't Like

  • Costly maintenance and repairs
  • Stiff rear suspension
  • Low gas mileage

Sum Up

The poor gas mileage gets offset by comfortable seating and enjoyable handling.

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