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Road Test: Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid 5dr Tiptronic S

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Published: 05 May 2015
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SPEC HIGHLIGHTS

  • Battery
    Capacity

    10.8kWh

  • BHP

    416bhp

  • 0-62

    5.9s

  • CO2

    75g/km

  • Max Speed

    150Mph

  • Insurance
    group

    49E

The Cayenne's midlife facelift has brought an overhaul for its petrol-electric variant. It's now a plug-in hybrid, its usefulness exponentially increased through the ability to be plugged into a socket. The battery has six times the capacity of the outgoing car's, the result of which is a 22-mile electric range, and - get this - CO2 emissions of just 79g/km, making this heffalump tax-exempt. Don't buy the 83.1mpg claim - we saw 34mpg.

Drive modes comprise E-Power (electric only), Hybrid (328bhp s'charged V6 and electric motor working in harmony) and E-Charge, where surplus power is harvested to feed the battery. Sport mode brings everything together for maximum power.

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The Cayenne performs least admirably in the last of these, the injection of pace highlighting the hybrid's extra 270kg bulk over other versions, while its new electric-steering system lacks feel. Lighter, more potent Cayennes shrug off their mass, and handle like porky hot hatches; the E-Hybrid is less agile.

In its more parsimonious modes, it's good enough to justify itself to those who really want a hybrid. But it's a Porsche for those who don't prioritise driving satisfaction. Those who do should opt for the similarly priced, 627lb ft-strong Cayenne S Diesel.

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