Porsche Panamera review - interior and tech

The Panamera was the first application of Porsche’s new minimalist interior treatment; still looks and feels sharp and premium

Evo rating
  • Huge performance from Turbo models; infallible build quality; Porsche-like precision to the controls
  • Expensive; hybrids add unwanted mass and complexity to already big and heavy packages

The new Porsche Panamera’s cabin is among the best of any car, even after three years on sale. It was the first of the brand’s cars to feature a sleek, clean one-piece plastic centre console that removes the masses of buttons that litter the area near the gearlever on most modern Porsches. This design has since been spread across all Porsche’s models, except the 718 cars that are still a while away from being replaced.

The tech package is dominated by a 12.3-inch touchscreen in the middle of the dash, its predominantly black and white interface replicated on the glossy, touch-sensitive centre console. It looks sleek, modern and cohesive, but with no individual buttons to press you do find yourself deliberately peering down towards it whilst driving to ensure you are in fact cranking the heated seat up rather than switching into a firmer suspension mode.

There is a satisfying clunk when you do press the entire panel – it only does this when your finger is in the correct place to operate something, so accidentally touch a ‘dead’ area and the panel doesn’t move – but with no physical edges to the button areas you could press anything without dedicating some attention to where you’re poking.

As well as looking great, the quality of the materials feels high and there’s never any sense that it hasn’t been put together with the attention to detail that you’d expect of a luxury brand. The only real downside to the Panamera’s interior is that every time you touch the shiny new panel you leave visible fingerprints on it, and that doesn’t look very neat.

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