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2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid and Porsche Panamera Hybrid

You just know it when you see a Porsche, your heart thumps more than it ordinarily does. One such vehicle that goes beastly on the roads and gentle on Mother Nature is the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid 2016 edition. With notable looks, sumptuous interiors and an outstanding driving experience, here is a detailed analysis on the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid. This is no simple car folks, this car’s performance, quality and technology contributed to its prestigious 2016 Best Luxury Brand Award.

No ordinary performance:

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid is plenty powerful for a luxury SUV. It has a 3.0-liter V6 engine and an electric motor, which produce a combined 416 horsepower. The  2016 BMW X5,  in comparison, is rated at only 300 horsepower. It is said that the Cayenne Hybrid has quick acceleration and ample power, and some think it’s nearly as muscular as the gas-only Cayenne, particularly when in Sport mode. However, Only one transmission is available – the eight-speed Tiptronic automatic. Its shifts are lightning fast and well timed. You can also pick your own gear using paddle shifters on the steering wheel or the gear selector’s manual mode. All-wheel drive is standard. It’s a fun and sporty plug-in hybrid, tuned with driving enthusiasts especially in mind. But don’t be misled by the hybrid label: The Cayenne Hybrid isn’t the vehicle to pick if you’re looking to lower your carbon footprint with a fuel-efficient vehicle. Though a few electric-only miles can be extracted, the Cayenne Hybrid’s fuel economy is paltry compared to other hybrid vehicles. Instead, the most impressive advantage of the electric motor comes into play during extreme acceleration, when it helps launch this midsize hybrid SUV to 60 mph in only 5.4 seconds.

Porsche Panamera:

The Porsche Panamera starts off its range with the 310-horsepower base V6 to the ballistic 570-hp Turbo S), eco-friendliness (there’s a plug-in hybrid model), poor-weather friendliness (all-wheel drive is available) and interior space (regular and “Executive” extended-wheelbase models). And then there’s the abundant equipment. Although the Panamera boasts more standard features than the typical Porsche sports car at the right amount of money.


Luxury on the Inside:

This is perhaps the most ultimate luxury of now. The Porsche Cayenne Hybrid is designed with exquisite craftsmanship and posh materials. The cabin is full of leather, which wraps the seats, center console, gear selector, and door handles. More than two dozen options are available if you want even more leather in your Cayenne Hybrid cabin. Surfaces that aren’t covered in leather are finished in soft-touch materials, or you can upgrade your accents to carbon fiber, brushed aluminum, or one of four natural woods that include yachting mahogany too. This vehicle not only looks luxurious, its uber comfortable as well. Its front seats look stunning and come with eight-way power adjustments and rear seats that slide and recline. To spoil yourself and your passengers even further, add on heated seats throughout, ventilated front seats, or sport seats with 18-way power adjustments. There is even enough room in the back seats for adults. If that’s not it, the car has a power moon roof, rain sensing wipers, heated exterior mirrors and a power lift gate.

In terms of cargo space and storage, the Cayenne Hybrid has 20.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold these seats down, and space expands to 59.7 cubic feet. Sadly, the Cayenne hybrid has lesser cargo space than its rivals. This is one space where the competitors get roomier than the Cayenne Hybrid. The rear seats in the Cayenne Hybrid are split 40/20/40, which grant you a little extra leeway when configuring your cargo area. These seats don’t fold flat though.

Pan into Panamera:

The base rear-wheel-drive Panamera and all-wheel-drive Panamera 4 are powered by a V6 and include 18-inch wheels, automatic bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, front and rear parking sensors, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, cruise control, a sunroof, a power lift gate, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated eight-way power front seats, partial leather upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a 60/40-split rear seatback.



 Cayenne’s Prime technology:

Innovation is definitely in this ride and the cayenne hybrid hosts a plethora of innovative technologies. To start with, the car has Porsche Communication Management (PCM) that is the brand’s innovative infotainment platform. In addition it has navigation, and communication functions with one tap that has swipe, pinch, and rotate menus on the 7-inch touch screen. PCM even offers additional menus when it senses your finger near an area of the screen. This system also features Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, an auxiliary port, and a hard drive navigation module. After a short initiation, PCM is easy to use, without the lag that some interfaces struggle with. This car has an abundance of buttons, if you’re not into buttons, you will dislike this car. They adorn the steering wheel, border the touch screen, and completely cover the center stack. The value of this design decision depends on how you prefer to interact with your vehicle. If you enjoy the one-stop infotainment center, the number of redundant buttons may seem excessive. On the other hand, if you like the eyes-free convenience of a button, or if touch screens in general make you cringe, you won’t be tied to the PCM when driving a Cayenne Hybrid. You need to know the placement of buttons because it would definitely make you feel like a pilot in the cockpit.

Panamera Technology:

Standard tech features include a navigation system, a 7-inch central touchscreen, smartphone app integration, Bluetooth connectivity and an 11-speaker sound system with satellite and HD radios, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port and a media player interface. The Edition trims add special badging and design cues, the Turbo’s 19-inch wheels, two-tone leather upholstery, a power-adjustable sport steering wheel, 10-way power front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment and memory functions and heated rear seats. Other than the design elements, this equipment is optional on other Panamera models.

Cayenne Pricing:

The vehicle comes in 1 trim level; the Cayenne S E Hybrid. Even without any extra add-ons, the base model is equipped with plenty of high-end comforts, as you would expect when spending almost $80,000 on a vehicle with the Porsche badge. If you still want more, Porsche offers three different packages to augment your interior or your performance.

Panamera Pricing:

Panamera is priced competitively albeit the competition. The vehicle ranges between $ 97,000 to $ 120,000/-.

Bottom Line:

If you’re into technology and wish to be on the greener side of the roads and life, The Cayenne Hybrid you’d want in your garage.

Meanwhile, if you’re into sports cars and live on the edge and pay a little attention to green cars, then the Panamera from Porsche is your bet.


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