Consumer Reports Loves the 2021 Porsche Cayenne, But Not as Much as This Midsize Luxury SUV

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Porsche Cayenne a high score, but there’s a midsize luxury SUV that they love even more: the 2021 BMW X5. Let’s look at the Porsche Cayenne and the BMW X5 to see what makes the X5 the highest-rated midsize luxury SUV.

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Both midsize luxury SUVs have a good road test score

Consumer Reports tests vehicles at its enormous Connecticut facility. They purchase the cars so that there’s no question about bias or whether car manufacturers are giving them sound vehicles that don’t represent the model as a whole. Consumer Reports conducts tests such as emergency handling, braking, and comfort. 

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Porsche Cayenne scores a 4/5 for its acceleration. It can reach 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds. Its transmission scores a 4/5. Routine handling receives an excellent 5/5, while emergency handling only gets a 3/5. The Porsche Cayenne’s max avoidance speed is 50 mph.

On the other hand, Consumer Reports gives the 2021 BMW X5 scores a 5/5 for its acceleration. It can reach 0 to 60 in 6.0 seconds. Its transmission scores a 5/5. Routine handling receives a 4/5, while emergency handling only gets a 3/5. The BMW X5’s max avoidance speed is 52 mph.

As far as comfort, the 2021 Porsche Cayenne gets a reasonable 3/5 for its ride. It’s quiet: it scores a perfect 5 for its noise. Both front and rear seat comfort also get perfect scores. Interior fit and finish get a perfect 5. The trunk and cargo space scores only a 3/5, with just 32 cubic feet of storage space.

As far as comfort, the 2021 BMW X5 gets a very good 4/5 for its ride. It’s quiet: it scores a perfect 5 for its noise. Front-seat comfort also gets a perfect score, while rear comfort gets a 4/5. Interior fit and finish get a perfect 5. The trunk and cargo space scores only a 3/5, with just 36.5 cubic feet of storage space.

Both the Cayenne and X5 value safety   

Consumer Reports recommends a slew of advanced safety features that car shoppers should consider. These include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking at city and highway speeds, lane-keeping assistance, and lane departure warning. Consumer Reports also says that pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic warning are important to have. 

Rearview cameras are standard in all new cars. You should also look for anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and daytime running lights.

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne comes standard with nearly all of these features. The exceptions are lane-keeping assist and blind-spot warning, which are optional. Unfortunately, rear cross-traffic warning isn’t available. 

The 2021 BMW X5 comes standard with nearly all of these features. The exceptions are automatic emergency braking at highway speeds and lane keeping assist, which are optional. 

Reliability and owner satisfaction is excellent in both the 2021 Porsche Cayenne and 2021 BMW X5

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Porsche Cayenne a 3/5 for its predicted reliability. Although there are no reliability ratings for 2020, 2019 shows an average reliability rating. Problem spots in the 2019 include the engine minor, brakes, and power equipment.

Despite this mediocre reliability rating, Porsche Cayenne owners seem to love their SUVs. The owner satisfaction score is a 4/5. Most notably, the driving experience and comfort are a 92. Styling receives an 85. Value, however, is just a 35. 72% of Cayenne owners would buy their Cayenne again.

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 BMW X5 a 3/5 for its predicted reliability. The 2020 has a very good reliability rating. Problem spots in the 2020 include the climate system, paint and trim, and in-car electronics.

Despite this mediocre reliability rating, BMW X5 owners give the X5 a 4/5 for owner satisfaction. The driving experience is high, at a 93, and the comfort is a 92. Styling receives an 88 and the value is a 34. 79% of X5 owners would buy their X5 again.

Altogether, the 2021 BMW X5 gets better scores. With its excellent road test score, it’s no surprise that the 2021 BMW X5 is Consumer Reports’ highest-rated midsize luxury SUV.

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