Buying Used First-Gen Porsche Cayenne: Worth It Or Not?

Apr 24, 2017 05:00 AM EDT | Paul Urban

Porsche has consistently been considered a gold standard in vehicle style and quality. With all-new Porsches released, questions remain if its worth it to buy a used first-gen Porsche Cayenne. Industry experts have weighed in their thoughts to see if it is a good option to consider or not. This is considering that there is a newer Porsche Cayenne S available in the market.

Several factors come to play in dealing with owning and purchasing a used first-gen Porsche Cayenne. The first factor to consider is where one resides. This is important to note given the fact that older gasoline-powered Cayenne is expected to chug down gas more compared to its newer counterparts. If one is a city-dweller and the used first-gen Porsche Cayenne is the everyday car, better look away.

Another factor is its passengers. The Porsche Cayenne has proven to be a reliable family car. If one is living in the U.S. (where gasoline prices are relatively cheaper than Europe) and has a slightly larger family, then the used Cayenne may be a good option. This is even better if one considers the facelifted model.

Since the first-gen Cayenne's were released during a time when the manual transmission is faster than the automatic, better think of this fact as well. If one is prepared to drive manual (surprisingly many still do), then this is a good option. Its six-speed tiptronic gearbox is considerably fast, but not as good as the latest ones as it only produces 290-horsepower and can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 8.5-seconds.

Price may well be the primary consideration in buying a used first-gen Porsche Cayenne. However, if it is not an issue, there is the 2017 Porsche Cayenne S. It retails $76,200 but definitely all worth it. It comes with 3.6-liter twin turbo V-6 engine which produces 420-horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

It also accelerates way faster than the used Cayenne for completing zero to 62 mph in just 5.1-seconds. It does have an even better gearbox among others of its kind. At the end of the day, buyers have their own motives in purchasing a car. Given all the setbacks, if one still decides to purchase a used first-gen Porsche Cayenne, it still is not a bad option altogether.

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