2021 Porsche Cayenne vs. 2021 BMW X5

See How the New Porsche Cayenne Stacks Up Against the New BMW X5 in Roswell, GA

You value the finer things in life, so you won't settle for anything but the best when it comes to a luxury SUV. Porsche and BMW are both German automakers that are known for building luxurious, high-performing cars. The new Porsche Cayenne and the new BMW X5 are two of the best midsize luxury crossovers on the market. You can't go wrong with either of these vehicles, but here at Hennessy Porsche North Atlanta, we think the Cayenne is better. Keep reading to see why the Cayenne offers more of what Roswell, GA drivers want from a midsize luxury SUV.


Both the Porsche Cayenne and the BMW X5 come with base engines that deliver 335 horsepower. However, people in Roswell will like that most of the Cayenne's engines produce more torque than the X5's. Torque is a crucial part of generating power from a car's engine, as it represents the load an engine can handle to generate a certain amount of power to rotate the engine on its axis. Therefore, torque is what dictates how effectively a vehicle can accelerate at different speeds and it's important for high-performance SUVs like the Cayenne and X5. While the X5's optional motors put out more horsepower, the Cayenne's available engines deliver more torque. Here are the actual numbers for both SUVs:

Porsche Cayenne Engines

  • Base: Turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque
  • Optional: Twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 with 434 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque
  • Optional: Twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 453 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque
  • Optional: Twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 541 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque

BMW X5 Engines

  • Base: Twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 335 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque
  • Available: Twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and an electric motor with a combined 389 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque
  • Available: Twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine with 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque
  • Available: Twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine with 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque

It doesn't matter how much torque or horsepower your engine has if the vehicle is not dependable. Roswell drivers can trust the new Porsche Cayenne because it earned an 82 out of 100 predicted reliability score from J.D. Power. The new BMW X5 only scored 80 out of 100 for predicted reliability.


The new Porsche Cayenne is rife with posh materials like soft-touch plastics, wood, leather, faux suede, carbon fiber and aluminum trim. It comes standard with leather upholstery, and there is a huge variety of options and color schemes for Roswell drivers to choose from. The X5 also has high-quality cabin materials, but it comes with synthetic leather upholstery instead of the real thing. It also doesn't offer as many material choices as you'll find with the Cayenne.

Infotainment Tech

People in Roswell will appreciate how much of a breeze the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system is to use, with a highly configurable touch screen that responds quickly to inputs. The X5's standard iDrive infotainment system is also responsive, but it has so many options that there is a long learning curve before you get the hang of it.

Safety Tech

Both the Porsche Cayenne and the BMW X5 are safe luxury SUVs with a wealth of standard and available driver assistance features. Porsche's InnoDrive system couples traffic jam assist with adaptive cruise control, allowing the Cayenne to provide some semi-automated acceleration, braking and steering in low-speed traffic. The BMW X5 also offers traffic jam assist, but it comes separate from the adaptive cruise control feature.

Test Drive the New Porsche Cayenne at Hennessy Porsche North Atlanta

The new Porsche Cayenne is a fun-to-drive midsize luxury SUV with an opulent interior. The BMW X5 also has powerful engines and a nice cabin, but it doesn't quite have the lavish materials or muscular torque you'll find in the Cayenne. Visit Hennessy Porsche North Atlanta and test drive the new Porsche Cayenne today.