Porsche Drive: Renting your dream car is an expensive experience

This spring, the automaker Porsche launched its subscription and short-term rental program in Quebec: Porsche Drive.

that Car guide put themselves in the shoes of a consumer and tested this service that is now available with us.

Subscription or rental?

From the start, you should know that the German manufacturer offers two services through this program: subscription and rental. In the first case, everything is included – except petrol! – and we aim for a long-term relationship. If you like to change cars more than once a year, you will not be penalized too much. This service includes insurance, roadside assistance, maintenance and seasonal tire changes. It provides access to a parking space that varies according to availability. You can find everything there, from the Macan to the Taycan, including of course the essential 911. As for the monthly price, it varies between $2,650 and $4,200 per month, depending on the model chosen. You can rent the car for one or three months.

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In the second case, Porsche suggests that you get closer to your dream by renting one of its vehicles for one or more days. Essentially, Porsche is taking back control of its brand image. In fact, in recent years we have seen luxury car rental companies multiply like rabbits.

In the description of its program, Porsche highlights the concierge service. At the time it was put to the test, it was still in the break-in phase. In other words, we noticed a delay in delivery and we weren’t the only ones who had to deal with this situation. Porsche won’t hand over the keys to its cars to just anyone either! It requires the reporting of the SAAQ driving record to be provided, which we consider to be quite normal. Please note that drivers must be at least 25 years old and have insurance.

An expensive service

Buying a Porsche is only available to a handful of consumers. But don’t think that anyone can rent a Porsche to realize their dream. This is a very expensive service: for a rental of one to three days, for example, you have to pay $349/day to drive a 718 Boxster. To slide behind the wheel of a 911 or a Taycan for the same duration, the price rises to $539/day. In our case, the seven-day loan for a Cayenne was $2,303 (plus tax).

Unfortunately, the vastness of our country somewhat hinders this service, which is offered in a few large Canadian cities. In the case of rental, the home delivery service is only offered if you live within a radius of 50 kilometers from the Porsche Rive-Sud dealer in Saint-Hubert. So if you live further than, for example, Boisbriand, Beauharnois or Sorel, you will have to go to the dealer to pick up the vehicle.

Porsche Drive gives up to 400 kilometers per hour. day rental, giving plenty of time to test drive the vehicle or take a short drive if you fancy.

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And Cayenne in all this?

During this Porsche Drive service experience, we therefore spent a few days driving a Cayenne. It was a version S, navy blue and whose cabin married black and red. Honestly, it was very classic. During the kilometers driven, we were able to understand the reasons why it is a benchmark in its segment.

The S version seemed to us to be perfectly balanced. Its 2.9 L V6 engine is turbocharged. It develops a power of 434 horses, and that is clearly sufficient. Although the test vehicle was equipped with 21-inch wheels, the comfort was there. The hanging elements do an excellent job. For this purpose, we also recommend activating the Sport driving mode while keeping the suspensions in their most flexible state. Thus, we take advantage of the liveliness of the engine and the responsiveness of the eight-speed transmission without having to suffer from every imperfection of the road.

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