2018 Porsche Cayenne vs. 2018 BMW X5

Both the 2018 Porsche Cayenne and 2018 BMW X5 are renowned names in the SUV industry. The BMW X5 comes with chic interior and latest technology, but the Porsche Cayenne delivers more power and excellent handling. Which one to go for?

Design & Style

Both the models can grab attention with its outstanding exterior styling. For the interior part, the BMW X5 is equipped with 14-way power adjustable front seats and supportive cushions. The 5-seater car has a well-built interior with synthetic leather and wood trim materials, however, there’s more scope of improvement for the price you pay.

With the 2018 Porsche Cayenne, you are jumping into one of the well-cushioned front seats with sliding and reclining seats on the rear side.  The interior is solidly built with high-grade materials and leather-trimmed seats.  There is sufficient legroom and headroom in both the rows and the cargo space is big enough to accommodate some beach chairs and tailgate supplies.

Technology & Safety

Technology-wise, the 2018 BMW X5 comes with an iDrive interface with user-friendly controls and straightforward menus. The large display has crisp graphics and sleek look, including a touch interface. Navigation is also included, but you don’t have standard features like Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay in the base model. With only a rearview camera and parking sensors, the vehicle lacks in advanced safety features.

On the other hand, the Porsche Cayenne comes with a fairly intuitive system, including the Porsche Communication Management Interface and responsive touchscreen. There are numerous dials and buttons surrounding the gear selector so that you don’t have to rely only on the touch screen to adjust settings. There are plenty of driver assistance features available with the model, including a rearview camera, lane departure warning, lane change assists, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view camera.


The base X5 sDrive35i comes with a 300 HP six-cylinder engine that delivers energetic acceleration and smooth performance, with a typical gas mileage of 25 mpg on the highways and 18 mpg in the city. In this respect, the Porsche Cayenne has an upper hand with a V6 3-liter turbocharged engine that can produce up to 335 Horse Power.

The Bottom Line

From an athleticism viewpoint, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne is certainly the one class rival that BMW X5 can’t keep up with. It also features a classy cabin that offers plenty of comforts. Overall, it finishes high in the class rankings compared to other rivals, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t choose it over X5.

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Feel how it is like to drive a luxury car offering the total package like that of what the 2018 Porsche Cayenne offers. You can drive this stellar car here with us at Manhattan Motorcars. We are located in New York, and service the needs of car buyers in the Tri-State area. Visit us today at our showroom or call us to book your Porsche Cayenne test drive appointment in advance.

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