Compare 2018 Porsche Cayenne vs 2018 Audi Q7

Specs at a Glance

2018 Porsche Cayenne

2018 Porsche Cayenne


  335 hp

Towing Capacity

  7,700 lbs

2018 Audi Q7

2018 Audi Q7


  252 hp

Towing Capacity

  4,400 lbs

2018 Porsche Cayenne vs 2018 Audi Q7

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There have been a number of updates for 2018 for the Porsche Cayenne. As an illustration of the improvements for 2018: the laminated glass enhances the soundproofing of this SUV and PSCB brakes and modifications to the air suspension chassis are now standard on the Turbo version.

Exterior Features

With the 2018 Porsche Cayenne, there is an overall impressive design. Remember, the aesthetic modifications are more profound than they seem at first sight. Its wheels also have a larger diameter: 21 inches as standard on the Turbo version. The Cayenne is therefore superior to the Q7 with because of its stylish appearance.


Moreover, even though a diesel V8 doesn’t sound exactly like a tractor, the sound of a compressor V6 is better suited for this SUV. Remember, a Porsche, even in an SUV version, is always a pleasure to drive. The new 2018 Cayenne, therefore, reaffirms its status as the best sports SUV on the market. Also, the Cayenne of today is closer to a Macan. The chassis is precise like that of a sports vehicle.

In the city, the car is not difficult to drive as the turning radius is extraordinary. Remember, the Mercedes GLE 500 and the BMW X5 xDrive50i are its closest competitors. Therefore, on the technical level, this car has become a showcase of aerodynamic engineering, and it has a high level of performance. Remember, the Cayenne is more advanced than the Q7.


The Porsche SUV rarely struggles to stay on the road. However, it does feel like it’s not happy on twisty streets, preferring straight lines to express its abilities powerfully. You also feel the power of the car and its advanced engine. In this context, the arrival of the new Cayenne E-Hybrid – based on the third-generation model released at the end of 2017 – is crucial and Porsche is not hiding this. Therefore, a large number of the Cayennes ordered this year will likely be hybrids.

The new Cayenne also has more power and 550 Nm of torque. However, the German brand has not taken the risk of changing the look of its large SUV, whose round yet energetic silhouette has become familiar over the years. The fully connected cockpit is inspired by the Panamera’s cockpit, with the Porsche Advanced Cockpit and its 12.3-inch touch screen, complemented by two 7-inch touch screens arranged around the sizeable digital rev counter. At the rear, there’s also plenty of room, and you won’t hear any criticism from the rear seat passengers.

You can also get the Cayenne in the S version, equipped with a 2.9-liter 440 hp V6, and in the Turbo version, fitted with a 4-liter V8 with 550 hp. Onboard, the cabin benefits from an extended wheelbase and a sliding rear bench seat. Also, the front end is redesigned and features a new grille with active flaps controlled by the engine management. Therefore, you can see that the Cayenne is superior to the Q7 in this respect as well.

One has to admit that this car shows off some real know-how on the part of Porsche and the engineering work is impressive. The SUV is also fun to drive, thanks to a very rigorous chassis, which is the same chassis as that of the Audi Q7. The angle of inclination of the backrest is also adjustable by several degrees.

Now that you know more about the excellent Cayenne, you should visit our dealership to test drive the Cayenne and compare it to the Q7.