New for this year, the Cayenne gets a diesel engine, a request that has long been made by enthusiasts. The 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel SUV will be powered by a 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6 that delivers 240 horsepower and an unbelievable 406 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are both standard.
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Although Porsche says zero to 60 mph is achieved in 7.2 seconds there are others who have tested it and managed to shed an entire second off this time. Either way, it is pretty quick and not only that, fuel-economy is great. Cayenne Diesel returns an average of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
It should be noted that if you are trying to blow other vehicles away off the line, diesel is not recommended. This is the Cayenne model you choose when you either want better fuel-economy or you have a load to tow, as it can haul up to 7,700 pounds.
As for the ride, it is about as smooth, comfortable and responsive as you would expect from this manufacturer. The air suspension maintains a consistent ride height while the variable steering ratio offers a sportier driving style.
Crash tests are rarely done on vehicles at this price point, but with the long list of safety features and world-renowned Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, one can only expect this to be a safe vehicle to be in should a collision occur. Just a few of the countless safety features to offer peace of mind include:
The 2013 Cayenne Diesel is a stunning crossover, thoughtfully designed to appeal to a wide range of consumers. It is youthful, yet sophisticated with its contoured lines and sporty grille, rear spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels. Choose from nine gorgeous colors and add on roof racks for a little more versatility.
You know you are in a luxury vehicle when you take a seat in the Cayenne Diesel. The rear seat is as comfortable and roomy as those in the front, all embellished in supple leather and finished off with detailed stitching. Even the three-spoke steering wheel is trimmed in leather and decorated with the Porsche crest.
Cup holders are in the front and rear, and all of the controls seem to be right at your fingertips. Although, most will feel there are a few too many buttons and gauges to fuss with.
If you haul large or awkward shaped items, you will love the 2013 Cayenne Diesel. Behind the rear seat, there is 23.6 cubic feet for everyday use. If you need more space, simply unlock and fold the rear seat and you are awarded with 62.9 cubic feet.