The original Porsche Cayenne, as conflicting and divisive of a product it was, proved to be a massive sales success. It wasn’t particularly good looking (the facelift changed that), it felt heavy to drive and the cabin was a far cry from being exquisite.

While the second-generation model brought commendable improvements to the table, it was quickly supplemented with the smaller Macan, thus detracting the Cayenne’s proposition of the sole SUV in Porsche’s line-up. All things considered, both models did favourably well, racking up sales in countries like the US and China.

With the latest Cayenne, Porsche is holding nothing back in terms of creature comforts and performance, although the same can’t quite be said for the exterior design. That’s subjective, of course, and to each their own. Nevertheless, third time seems to be the charm – the new Cayenne is impressive on all accounts, especially in the driving department.

This particular Cayenne S is powered by a 2.9 litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine, producing 440 PS at 5,700 to 6,600 rpm and 550 Nm at 1,800 to 5,500 rpm. That’s more power than the older Cayenne S, which originally had a 4.8 litre petrol V8 that makes 400 PS, before the being replaced by a 420 PS 3.6 litre twin-turbo V6 in the mid-life update. Power is sent to all four wheels (the E3 Cayenne gets active all-wheel drive system as standard) through an eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission.

It’s also full of electronic driving aids, easily making it the most advanced Cayenne ever produced. But just how well do they work in unison? Find out in this review, and don’t forget to leave a comment! Also, happy Chinese New Year, everyone!