Porsche Cayenne vs Tesla Model X
In the market for a high-performance luxury SUV? Discover the difference between the new 2020 Porsche Cayenne and the Tesla Model X, see for yourself how they stack up in performance, style, and premium comforts. At first glance both come loaded with state-of-the-art features and offer outstanding performance, comfort and fuel economy. Let’s break down some of what each can bring to the table in this head-to-head comparison.
A Few Basics To Consider
Tesla has built its brand and reputation on advanced all-electric vehicles that offer outstanding performance and acceleration, however the Model X can only go 238 to 295 miles. The recharge after 30 minutes will only bring the batteries back up to 54 percent (and requires a specially-equipped quick-charge station). For a full, deep recharge at a conventional charging facility, you’re going to be waiting as long as 82 hours.
Fuel economy ratings for the 2020 Porsche Cayenne is 19 city and 23 highway mpg. For the hybrid model, that comes out to a range of 520 miles on a full tank of fuel.
Now, as for stopping power…
The 2020 Cayenne is available with optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors. Like ceramic brake pads, these rotors are hard and heat-resistant; in fact, they have a service life that’s ten to twenty times that of conventional cast-iron rotors. They won’t rust, they’re resistant to fade during high-speed stops and their lighter weight means less unsprung weight for better handling and acceleration.
The Cayenne can be ordered with 16.5” rotors in front (compared to 14” in the Tesla X) and 14.6” rotors in rear (compared to 14.4” in the Tesla). The result is much shorter stopping distances: 156 feet from 70 to 0 with the Cayenne (compared to 172 feet for the Tesla) and 106 feet from 60 to 0 (compared to 113 feet for the Tesla).
As if that weren’t enough, the 2020 Porsche Cayenne has an innovative braking assist feature that reads how hard the brakes are being applied and automatically boosts braking pressure to the maximum to prevent a possible collision. The Model X, of course, doesn’t come with this feature.
Porsche Cayenne vs Tesla Model X Performance Options
The 2020 Cayenne is available with a range of engines, starting with a base-model 3.0 supercharged V6 in the hybrid, putting out 416 horsepower. From there, you can choose from a 3.6 V6 (420 hp), 3.6 turbo V6 (440 hp), 4.8 turbo V8 (520 hp) or a turbo S V8 at 570 horsepower. With the Model X, you can only choose from three engine options, at 328 hp, 417 hp or 532 hp.
For the Tesla, that comes out to 0-60 times between 3.9 and 5.9 seconds, and quarter-mile runs from 12.4 to 14.2 seconds. Compare that to the Cayenne’s blistering 0-60 times (between 4.1 and 5.9 seconds) and quarter-mile times that range from 12.9 to 14.4 seconds.
Porsche Cayenne Premium Comforts
Here are a few features that the 2020 Cayenne offers that the Tesla X simply doesn’t:
Optional driver and passenger memory, with automated memory settings for mirrors, climate control, steering wheel position, seat position (Tesla offers only driver’s seat memory)
Automated entry system that raises the steering wheel and moves driver’s seat back when the ignition is cut off or door is unlocked
Heated windshield washer nozzles, preventing freeze ups of washer fluid in cold weather (standard on Cayenne, optional at extra cost on Model X)
Standard rear window wiper and washer
Headlight washers and wipers
Side window demisters to clear frost or condensation
Secondary sun visors to block glare from two directions at the same time
Air conditioned front and rear seats, taking the burn out of hot leather upholstery in the summer
Standard folding armrest for rear seat passengers