DIESEL PER­FOR­MANCE

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2013 Porsche Cayenne S Diesel When peo­ple talk about how much they love a V8, they’re prob­a­bly not talk­ing about a diesel V8. Ad­mit­tedly, a tur­bod­iesel V8 doesn’t of­fer the pro­gres­sive power and vis­ceral thrill of a naturally as­pi­rated petrol one, but it does of­fer great per­for­mance cou­pled with de­cent econ­omy. This 2013 Porsche Cayenne S Diesel is pow­ered by a 4.2-litre V8 that de­liv­ers 283kW of power and 850Nm of torque. Con­sump­tion, mean­while, is ridicu­lously low. Ac­cord­ing to Porsche, fuel con­sump­tion is pegged at around 8.0 litres per 100km. That might be achiev­able if you drove con­ser­va­tively, but you’re not go­ing to do that. The Cayenne S Diesel is far too much fun for that. Top speed is 252km/h, and the SUV can sprint from 0–100km/h in 5.4 sec­onds. This ex­am­ple has just 48 000km on the clock, and it has a full fran­chise ser­vice his­tory.

THE GOOD: Fru­gal for a per­for­mance SUV.

THE BAD: Ex­pen­sive to main­tain out­side ser­vice plan. Re­pairs will also be pricey.

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