The Cayenne is so much more than just a car, it is a story, one that shows just how complex human nature can be. So let’s take it from the Big Bang,- its birth was one of the least probable events in the automotive history - how could the most motorsport-addicted automotive producer in the world release a meaty SUV?
Over the years, Porsche has denied the reintroduction of an entry-level model, thus depriving many of the ownership experience, claiming that its cars must meet a certain dynamic standard and that such a vehicle would be to weak to deserve its badge.
Well, the company broke that vow when it released the first generation of the Cayenne, but this didn’t go unnoticed. The Cayenne, and we are going to use another superlative, is probably the most advertised car in recent history, as nothing attracts the masses more than controversy, a concept that surrounded the Cayenne’s launch. Many criticized the looks, others pointed their fingers at the platform sharing with other VW Group cars, while purist considered a Porsche SUV as being a sacrilege.
However, the car took these critics down one by one and not only managed to leave the outcast image behind, but also became a huge commercial success. This is because Porsche didn’t move one finger to wrestle those that were pointed at the Cayenne - instead, the company focused on gifting the car will both elements coming from it legacy, as well as the VW Group’s infinite technical garden.
The shock had not only passed, but the vehicle had turned into a major hit, when the carmaker placed a new wave of pressure on the world (or was it the other way around?) by releasing a diesel version of the car, which would also be the first diesel Porsche. History repeated itself and the vehicle became a huge success.
Now that the second generation of the Cayenne is already an established presence on the market, it has become obvious that the vehicle has gone far beyond offering a package that mixes performance driving with off-roading and luxury, helping Porsche sports cars by pumping profit into Porsche’s veins.
Now that the cities are getting more and more crowded and the fuel prices are more eager to set new records than athletes, the diesel version seems more of a viable option than ever, which is why we invited it to our test drive section. No, there are no badges and the exterior of the car certainly doesn’t lead you to think that there’s an oil burner under the hood, but trust us, this is the version we chose.