The midsized Cayenne is one of the sportiest, most agile SUVs on the market. Even the base V6 provides good power, the V8 and hybrid engines more so. All use a new, supersmooth eight-speed automatic. The ride is supple and steady but rather stiff at low speeds. The seats are comfortable, and the cargo area is roomy enough. Interior fit and finish is impeccable, but the controls are confusing. The stop/start feature shuts the engine off at idle to save fuel but is slow to restart at times; luckily it can be disabled. First-year reliability has been well below average. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 will soon be available.
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