Drivers craving proven performance and unparalleled refinement combined with exceptional versatility and style often turn their attention towards midsize luxury SUVs. Whether you have a growing family or life an active lifestyle, these SUVs are a great choice for carrying cargo, passengers, or a mix of both to your destination in total comfort. Since its introduction in 2002, the Porsche Cayenne has defied convention by blending the exhilaration of a sports car with the go-anywhere capability of a luxury SUV. With a growing number of entrants in this segment, choosing the right luxury SUV for your needs may seem difficult at first. To give you a bit of help, Blue Grass MOTORSPORT has assembled this in-depth comparison in which the Porsche Cayenne squares off against two of its largest rivals — the BMW X5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE.
2020 Porsche Cayenne
2020 BMW X5 xDrive40i
|152 MPH ✓||Top Track Speed||130 MPH|
|7,700 lbs ✓||Towing Capacity||6,603 lbs|
|23.7 gallons ✓||Fuel Tank Capacity||21.9 gallons|
|All-Season ✓||Tire Type||Run-Flat All-Season|
|19.8 feet ✓||Turning Radius||20.7 feet|
|Leather ✓||Seat Material||Sensatec Leatherette|
|Standard ✓||Satellite Radio||Optional|
Although they are certainly familiar rivals, you will notice several significant advantages of the Porsche Cayenne when compared to the BMW X5. Although they share virtually identical performance numbers, the Cayenne is the obvious choice for drivers who want the most from their midsize luxury SUV. As an example, the Cayenne as a 22-MPH higher top track speed as compared to the X5.
Even if high-speed thrills aren’t a regular aspect of your typical drive, driving a Porsche Cayenne means that you’ll receive an impressive 7,700-pound towing capacity rating. Offering over 1,000 pounds more towing capacity than the X5, you can bring along even your largest toys along for the adventure with your Porsche Cayenne.
Speaking of adventures, the Cayenne has a 1.8-gallon larger fuel tank than the X5 which allows you to go further in-between fill-ups at the gas station. It also offers a turning radius which is nearly 1 foot shorter than the BMW, making it the better option when squeezing in or out of a tight space. While both the Cayenne and the X5 come equipped with all-season tires, the BMW tires are also a run-flat design which can reduce road feel and steering feedback for a less-engaging drive at all speeds.
The standard genuine leather seats of the Porsche Cayenne offer greater comfort than the synthetic Sensatec leatherette seats found on the BMW X5. Standard satellite radio is another reason to choose the Cayenne over the X5.
2020 Porsche Cayenne
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 4MATIC
|3.0-Liter Turbocharged V6 ✓||Engine Size||2.0-Liter Turbocharged I4|
|4,582 lbs ✓||Curb Weight||4,696 lbs|
|Standard ✓||Fog Lights||Not Available|
|Leather ✓||Seat Material||MB-Tex Leatherette|
|40/20/40 Split||Rear Seat Design||40/40/20 Split|
|24 gallons ✓||Fuel Tank Size||23 gallons|
|10 ✓||Number of Speakers||8|
|12 Months / 10,000 Miles ✓||Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance||Not Available|
|Variable Intermittent ✓||Windshield Wiper Speeds||Fixed Interval|
Next up to challenge the Porsche Cayenne is the Mercedes-Benz GLE 400. Unlike in the previous matchup, these two luxury SUVs share very different performance numbers with the Cayenne holding the advantage in terms of horsepower, torque, and engine size over the GLE 350. A lower curb weight helps the Cayenne outperform the GLE 350 when cornering.
When it comes to visibility on the road, having superior lighting can not only enhance the appearance of your SUV — it can also make a tremendous difference in the safety of you and your passengers. This is exactly why the Porsche Cayenne comes standard with LED headlights and fog lights. Also, the Porsche Cayenne comes standard with variable intermittent speed windshield wipers for greater visibility than the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350.
Comparing the interiors of both vehicles, there are some noticeable benefits of driving a Cayenne instead of a GLE 350. The genuine leather seating surfaces of the Cayenne offer greater comfort and refinement than the synthetic MB-Tex Leatherette used inside the Mercedes-Benz. Perfect for accommodating a mix of passengers and longer cargo such as skis, the rear seat of the Cayenne is split 40/20/40.
Another great reason to choose Porsche over Mercedes-Benz is the fact that you’ll enjoy a complimentary scheduled maintenance visit within the first 12 months or 10,000 miles, whichever comes first. A greater number of speakers ensures that your favorite music will be heard the way it was intended to be inside your Porsche Cayenne.
Now that the results have been tallied, the clear winner of this competitive comparison is the Porsche Cayenne. From performance and capability to advanced tech features and premium refinement — the rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz are simply no match for the impressive Porsche Cayenne. Now that you’ve seen why this midsize luxury SUV remains a popular choice, our team of Porsche Brand Ambassadors at Blue Grass MOTORSPORT are standing by to introduce you to the impressive Porsche Cayenne.
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