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but unlike the hybrid Volvo XC90, there is no seven-seat option in the Porsche. Shoulder room is a bit tight but you can run the back seats fore and aft to increase legroom. It’s very easy to get comfortable in the driver’s seats and the infotainment system doesn’t require a science degree to operate. I did have an issue with the centre armrest, which needed a full-on wrench to open. E-Hybrid is equipped with automatic boot opening, auto wipers and lights, climate control and cruise control. You have to pay extra for satellite navigation, Bluetooth and DAB, of course – which seems more than mean. Road noise is intrusive in the Cayenne, mainly because of the wide tyres needed to put all that performance to good use. But it is also the only sound you will hear when the Porsche is running in electric mode. Cayenne styling has improved dramatically since it was first introduced in 2003 – it now looks like an SUV that wants to be a sports car. However, not everybody approves and the latest XC90 is more imposing in the metal. It’s always a joy to drive any Porsche but it has to be said that stop-start driving in Cayenne E-Hybrid takes some getting used to. Then you need the consumption figures to stack up – and that really depends on how the car is used. Those faced with long motorway journeys and lengthy commutes to work should really consider a diesel model. The E-Hybrid is really for commuters who live in the city and have a relatively short drive to the office. That way you can keep the accountant happy and fully benefit from all that extra technology on tap. Cayenne S E-Hybrid, £64,512 OTR, porsche.com

CAYENNE S E-HYBRID

What The Cayenne Has To Beat…

THE VITALS RPM For Max Power 5500 Maximum Power hp/PS 416 Maximum Torque Nm 590 RPM For Maximum Torque 1250 Number Of Speeds 8 Driven Wheels 4x4

Range Rover 3.0 HEV (£103,000) Land Rover’s first production hybrid is as plush and refined as any Range Rover can be. Supersmooth performance and a technology showcase that proves you can power a massive SUV perfectly well with a diesel-electric mix. It’s just a shame the price is so high. landrover.co.uk

Max Speed mph 151 Max Speed km/h 243 Acceleration 0-62 mph 5.9

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine (£64,555) The latest XC90 is a revelation. Most will choose from a range of diesel motors but the T8 petrolelectric is by far the most desirable. Hugely practical, comfortable and very safe, there’s little to distinguish this model from other versions – apart from discreet badging and a flap covering the plug-in socket. It’s faster than the Porsche, too. volvocars.com

BMW xDrive40e (£56,705) The X5 is hugely popular in diesel form – but the petrol-electric drivetrain in this latest SUV will tempt buyers because of the price alone. It’s another plug-in that wears the hybrid badge discreetly but demands to be taken seriously. However, the XC90 beats it for performance and practicality. bmw.co.uk

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City Magazine March 2017  

Welcome to the March edition of The City magazine, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features, articles and r...

City Magazine March 2017  

Welcome to the March edition of The City magazine, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features, articles and r...

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