2019 Porsche Cayenne

2019 Porsche Cayenne vs. BMW X5 vs Mercedes-Benz GLE

Today’s modern performance SUVs offer far more than quick acceleration and sportscar-like handling. In order to meet the demands of the most discerning SUV buyers, these models are now infused with striking styling, spacious interiors, and luxurious amenities. As versatile as they are comfortable, this new brand of performance SUV is perfectly suited for drivers demanding utility in addition to raw performance.

Since its introduction, the Porsche Cayenne has revolutionized the performance SUV market and has spawned a series of imitators from other manufacturers looking to follow the model’s success. To help illustrate why the 2019 Cayenne remains the best choice in the segment, we’ve assembled this competitive comparison which puts the Cayenne up against two of its biggest rivals — the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV. Let’s take a closer look at how the Porsche Cayenne remains the benchmark for the modern luxury SUV.

Porsche Cayenne vs BMW X5

2019 Porsche Cayenne

2019 Porsche Cayenne Base


2019 BMW X5

2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i

$65,700 MSRP $60,700
335 Horsepower 335
332 ✓ Torque 330
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
First up to challenge the 2019 Porsche Cayenne is the 2019 BMW X5. These familiar competitors have both been redesigned for the new model year. Both SUVs are powered by turbocharged six-cylinder engines offering virtually identical performance numbers. However, drivers craving the most from their SUV will be quick to notice that the Cayenne offers an impressive 436-pound weight advantage over the X5. This provides more nimble handling through the corners along with greater agility on the straightaway thanks to less unsprung weight. As a result, the Cayenne also has the advantage when comparing top speeds for both vehicles.

The Cayenne also delivers a turning radius which is nearly a foot shorter than the BMW X5, making it much more manageable to navigate congested parking lots or squeezing into a tight parking space. A larger fuel tank on the Cayenne lets you travel farther than the X5 on a single tank, making it the superior option for drivers that enjoy taking extended road trips.

2019 Porsche Cayenne

Other key advantages for the Cayenne can be found inside the interior. For example, the Cayenne comes standard with genuine leather seating surfaces. In comparison, X5 owners will have to settle for Sensatec Leatherette seats which lack the supple feel of genuine leather. Height-adjustable front seat belts allow Cayenne drivers and front seat occupants to get comfortable, another feature which is not found on the BMW X5.

Standard satellite radio provides endless options for entertainment, news, and music. Finally, the Porsche Cayenne comes equipped with all-season tires which perform across the entire spectrum of weather conditions, Although the X5 has similar tires, they’re also run-flats which traditionally compromise road feel and handling performance in favor of convenience. Drivers looking to get the most out of their SUV should choose the Porsche Cayenne.

Porsche Cayenne vs Mercedes-Benz GLE

2019 Porsche Cayenne

2019 Porsche Cayenne Base


2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE 400

$65,700 MSRP $55,700
335 ✓ Horsepower 329
332 Torque 354
7,700 pounds ✓ Towing Capacity 7,200 pounds
LED ✓ Headlight Type Halogen
Standard ✓ Fog Lights Not Available
Leather ✓ Seat Material MB-Tex Leatherette
40/20/40 Split ✓ Rear Seat Design 60/40 Split
ParkAssist front and rear ✓ Parking Sensors Optional
10 ✓ Number of Speakers 8
Standard ✓ Navigation System Optional
Variable Intermittent ✓ Windshield Wiper Speeds Fixed Interval
Up next to face off against the Porsche Cayenne is the Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 SUV. As was the case previously, the GLE 400 offers an identically-sized V6 engine along with virtually the same performance data as the Cayenne. However, the Mercedes-Benz is slightly lacking in terms of horsepower and like the BMW is nearly 400 pounds heavier than the Cayenne.

Comparing lighting technologies of both vehicles, it’s clear that the superior choice is the Porsche Cayenne. It comes standard LED headlights and fog lamps, offering greater longevity and clarity than the inferior halogen units fitted to the Mercedes-Benz GLE 400. Also related to visibility, the Cayenne comes standard with variable intermittent windshield wipers while the GLE only offers fixed intervals.

Shifting our attention to the interior, the Cayenne continues to outperform the GLE 400. The MB-Text Leatherette seating surfaces of the GLE may offer some added durability but they fall short in terms of comfort and support as compared to the genuine leather found inside the Cayenne. The Porsche offers a rear seatback which is split 40/20/40 which provides more options for carrying cargo and passengers than the 60/40 rear seatback of the Mercedes-Benz.

Other premium amenities included as standard or as optional equipment on the Porsche Cayenne help prove why it’s the better choice than the Mercedes-Benz GLE 400. A greater number of speakers from the standard audio system helps create an improved listening experience for all occupants. Standard navigation helps you arrive at your destination safely and on time, a feature GLE shoppers will have to shell out extra cash for at the Mercedes-Benz dealer. Similarly, front and rear parking sensors take the guesswork out of parallel parking your Cayenne. Available speed-sensitive power steering provides additional confidence at high speeds along with improved maneuverability and lower speeds.

2019 Porsche Cayenne Exterior

Winner – Porsche Cayenne

Now that we’ve tallied the results, the winner of this matchup of performance SUVs is the Porsche Cayenne. Both of the competitors from BMW and Mercedes-Benz are unable to match the luxurious standard features, cutting-edge technology, performance engineering, and precision craftsmanship found on every Cayenne model.

When you’re ready to experience all that this inspired SUV has to offer, our team of Porsche Brand Ambassadors at Porsche of Ann Arbor are ready to introduce you to the Porsche Cayenne. Whether it’s the Cayenne, Cayenne S, or Cayenne Turbo that has your interest, we’re standing by to help you select the model which perfectly suits your lifestyle and driving habits.

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