Tesla Model X vs. Porsche Cayenne: Photos, Features, Specifications, Test


I have to give the advantage to the Cayenne. But hardly!

Porsche cayenne coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupé.

Matthew DeBord / Insider

The Porsche Cayenne is the largest SUV ever made by human hands on planet Earth. This verdict was only reinforced for me the last two times that I drove the vehicle, in Cayenne Turbo and Coupé versions.

The X model, meanwhile, is now the most offbeat vehicle Tesla currently produces. But as an SUV, it’s something special. Even though it is 100% electric, I concluded in 2015 by launching that it was the most important since the Cayenne, which made its breathtaking debut more than a decade earlier.

The X is endlessly fun and rarely fails to attract a crowd of admirers. And while the Model S sedan was an important vehicle for Tesla – its first pristine design – the Model X was the company’s successful attempt to combine a lot of technology with substantial luxury and impressive EV performance. I’m not sure the company will be able to produce such a content-stuffed machine again, although I’m anxious to see what the Cybertruck offers.

In terms of price, the Model X has an advantage: the higher trim level starts at around $ 105,000, while the craziest Cayennes exceed $ 150,000. You will get all the Model X that you can handle before you even climb halfway up the mountain that is the Cayenne Turbo. (However, the Turbo offers a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.9 seconds, while the X Performance model performs the race in 2.6.)

Model X is also the way to go if you don’t want to spend college money on gas: it doesn’t consume gasoline and emits nothing from an exhaust pipe, which it doesn’t . The Cayenne, however, only gets around 20 mpg combined (less, if you really like the V8 versions) and makes a lot of noise as it spits fumes from its multiple exhaust ports. (There is a remarkably powerful hybrid version of the Cayenne, the Turbo S E-Hybrid, and there is a hybrid version of the base Cayenne and the Cayenne Coupé.)

That said, Cayenne remains the standard by which all other luxury goods are measured. The question is really whether you get what you pay for, and with the Porsche, there’s no question about it. You might wince when payments are due, but you will never be disappointed.

You also won’t have to wrestle with the neurotic complexity of the Model X. This SUV has depths that even the most enthusiastic and dedicated owners haven’t explored. The Cayenne has a slightly tricky infotainment system and a few ornate driving mode options, but otherwise you’re dealing with a fast SUV that wields its asphalt witchcraft behind the scenes. How can something so big and heavy manage so beautifully? Cue the confident laughter of the smiling German engineers.

So this is it. Model X is great. The Cayenne is slightly larger. But wow! A tight race.


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