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Porsche Cayenne review – interior and tech

Superbly built on the same ergonomic foundations as other Porsches. Materials, build quality and tech are all top-notch

Evo rating
  • Best large SUV to drive this side of an Aston Martin DBX; does have a Porsche ‘feel’; beautifully built
  • Hybrid models feel cumbersome and heavy; coupe model adds nothing to the package

The Porsche Cayenne’s interior is a masterclass of translating both architecture and detailing from an icon into another, altogether different, vehicle. The large central analogue rev-counter is a beacon of Porsche’s design heritage, and is joined by a multitude of digital interfaces, but so carefully are they woven into the layout that using the Cayenne’s controls remains a distinctive and rewarding experience compared to rivals.

The 12.3-inch central touchscreen is the command centre for the interior as a whole, with a clean and clear interface that’s quick to acclimatise too and easily configured to your preferences. Below sits the wide touch-sensitive panel that gives direct access to both the air conditioning and heating controls, plus some of the dynamic systems, such as the adaptive suspension mode.

Behind the interface and design though, the basics of the Cayenne are right. The seating position is about as good as it gets in an SUV and the seats themselves are firm, but superbly comfortable, especially over long distances.

Coupes fitted with the optional Lightweight Design package pick up bespoke Houndstooth interior fabric inserts, which not only reference heritage fabrics from Porsche’s back catalogue, but also lift the interior ambiance beyond that of just another premium SUV. It’s an interior that regardless of specification and price point feels fitting for the Cayenne.  

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