The Porsche Cayenne is something of a household name, these days; the real poster child of the posh, performance SUV. And the plug-in hybrid version, named E-Hybrid, goes to great lengths to try and justify that reputation as the leader of a competitive field.
The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is fun to drive, and living with it on a day-to-day basis comes with a certain lustre. It offers an official electric range of 27 miles from its 14.1kWh battery, and charging will take around eight hours from a normal domestic plug socket. A dedicated AC car charger of 3.6kW or more will do it in four, and you can even pay a bit extra to up the fastest charging speed from 3.6 to 7.2kW: this will see your charging time drop to around two and a half hours from any charger delivering 7kW or over.
However, bear in mind that the real world electric driving range is around 20 miles, or less if you utilise its top speed of 84mph in electric mode. After the battery has run out, you’ll be seeing 30mpg at best – probably more like 28mpg in normal use – from the turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine.
Ultimately, as long as you plug the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid in regularly, you’re going to see remarkably low fuel costs given that you’re running about in a 456bhp, prestige 4×4. And it feels just as fast as you’d expect, given that power figure.
Acceleration is properly gut-churning, even from a mid-range prod of the throttle rather than a full-bore standing start, and there’s also some of the trademark Porsche handling ability – just perhaps not as much as you might hope for.