Yesterday, we run a controversial article about if Porsche should have built any 4-door vehicles. Let me state for the record, that after you drive a Porsche Cayenne, Macan or Panamera, you will go away with the same feeling you get when you drive one of the brand’s traditional sports cars. It is amazing how a large car like a Panamera feels like it shrinks around you when you hustle it around the track. When driving it you feel like you are driving a 911, if you don’t look back (and don’t notice that the engine sound is ahead of you instead of behind you).
Currently, I have a Dodge Challenger as my family car and it works well for four people (especially if your children are old enough to buckle themselves, but not yet teenagers). However, as your family grows additional space in a vehicle to haul the crew becomes needed. I prefer higher end performance cars and Porsche is one of my favorite brands, so the Porsche Cayenne is on the short list for a family cruiser.
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While the Panamera would be my preference over the SUV (especially after the latest facelift), it only seats two in the back, so isn’t quite as useful if you have over two children. This leaves us with the Cayenne or Macan as Porsche choices. Both are good options if you have up to three children (which fits most families in the US). But, what is your option if you have over three children or if you want to be able to take a few of your child’s friends along for a trip?
Currently, you’re out of luck if you want this and a Porsche crest on the front. You can choose something like an Audi Q7, a Volvo XC90 or, heaven forbid, a mini-van.
This brings me to the main point of this article. The Cayenne was fine being a five seater when the Macan didn’t exist, but now that you have a smaller SUV that seats five, should the Cayenne offer a third row of seats? Offering a seven seat version of the Cayenne would make Porsche ownership open to a new segment of the market.
If Porsche did decide to add two more seats to the Cayenne in the next model refresh, the Audi Q7 could be used as a base. Similar to how the Macan uses the same platform as the Q5. Just imagine being able to pass many traditional sports cars in a Porsche Cayenne Turbo with seven passengers.
What do you think? Should the next refresh of the Porsche Cayenne offer seven seats?