2012 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid


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2012 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid was new.


Interior: 6.8

The 2012 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid is comfortable, with plenty of cargo room and rear-seat space, as well as outstanding build quality and materials. Testers rave about the dash’s attractive design and high-quality materials, but admit that the Cayenne Hybrid doesn’t come standard with as many features as competitors offer, and its abundance of tech goodies can be complex and will take time for drivers to learn.

  • "Its cabin is a wonderful place to spend time.” -- Automobile Magazine
  • “The center console mimics the beautiful Panamera design with a neat array of buttons on an upward sloping panel.” -- Car and Driver
  • "Materials and assembly quality are first rate across the board. Springing for the optional full leather brings a leather-wrapped dashboard that makes the cabin look and feel even more classy.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Like other Porsches, the Cayenne features the finest interior materials put together with excellent craftsmanship. Handsome wood, alloy trim and leather upholstery further add to the luxurious ambience.” -- Edmunds


The Porsche Cayenne Hybrid's seating for five is plush. The standard driver’s seat is 12-way power-adjustable and leather-upholstered, though you’ll have to pay extra if you want heated or ventilated seats. Most SUVs in this price range include heated front seats standard. You can also opt for Porsche’s adaptive sport seats, which are 18-way adjustable and include seat, steering wheel and rearview mirror memory settings.

Test drivers say the back seat is plenty spacious for two adults, or three in a pinch, but reviewers can’t agree on the front seats. Some say it’s easy to find a good seating position, thanks to all the available adjustments, but others say they’re not comfortable for long distances.

  • "(Front-seat) Headroom and legroom are generous. A wide range of seat travel in most all directions means drivers of most any size will find a comfortable position.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "First, though multi-adjustable, heated, and cooled, the Porsche seats are a little on the firm side for a long day at the wheel. Mrs. MacKenzie and I climbed out of the yellow Cayenne each day with random aches and pains. I don't think it's because we're getting old, because we were just fine after a couple of recent 500-mile stints in a Mercedes S-Class. We'd like a little more seat padding, please.” -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

Reviewers say the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid’s interior is upscale and well-made, but doesn’t come with many standard features. That’s fairly typical for German luxury brands like Porsche and BMW, but buyers will find much more standard interior tech in an Infiniti FX or a Cadillac SRX.

Standard features on the Cayenne Hybrid include a 12-speaker audio system, an air-filtered climate control system and heated and power-folding side mirrors. Options include push-button start with keyless entry, adaptive cruise control, a navigation system and dynamic headlights. With such a high starting price, reviewers expect the Cayenne to come standard with features that it offers as part of packages, like its optional Bose sound system, heated front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirrors and front and rear parking sensors.

Reviewers say that despite the Cayenne Hybrid’s top-notch assembly and materials, there are too many buttons on the dash, and its electronics are complicated and confusing.

  • "Fine design and materials combine with a multitude of controls in an elegantly busy cockpit that's richer and more interesting than a BMW X5's.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "With so many buttons, it can be difficult to find what you're looking for quickly, though once you know where everything is, you might argue that this Porsche system is more efficient than the many knob-and-screen systems found in its competitors. Or you could argue that it's hopelessly busy.” -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin tech interface is not well integrated with the car, and there is no voice command. Audio sources are minimal.” -- CNET
  • "The only thing that mars the interior is the fact that there are simply too many buttons and switches. I counted: there are 24 buttons and 5 toggle switches on the center console, 15 buttons on the stereo, and 11 on the overhead console.” -- Automobile Magazine


The 2012 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid can hold up to 59.7 cubic feet of cargo, which is a bit less than other Cayenne models have because of its large battery pack. Porsche doesn’t say how much the Cayenne Hybrid can hold when the back seats are in use, but the 2011 model could hold about 19 cubic feet of cargo space in that configuration. A power liftgate is standard.

  • "The cargo area offers class-competitive space, with rear seat backs that fold flat. … Interior storage consists of an average-size glovebox, center console, and door pockets.” -- Consumer Guide

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