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2018 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid has an attractive cabin that’s filled with high-quality materials. Both rows of seats are spacious and comfortable, and there are plenty of standard and available tech features. The cargo hold is smaller than many rivals’, but it does have some user-friendly features.

  • "Build quality is something at which Porsche consistently excels, and the Cayenne is no exception. The interior design is thoughtful and functional, with high-quality materials and tight fit. Everything is finished to an elegant standard." -- Edmunds
  • "Porsche's interior design and build quality are among the best in the world, combining an artistic aesthetic with sumptuous, finely stitched leather and real wood and metal accents." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The interior is brimming with attractive, soft-touch surfaces. Nearly every plastic trim piece on the entry models can be replaced by leather, wood, carbon fiber or simulated suede." -- Edmunds (2017)

Seating

The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a leather steering wheel and shift knob, and driver's seat memory settings. Available features include heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and 14- or 18-way power-adjustable front seats.

The Cayenne E-Hybrid's seats are extremely comfortable, and the optional Adaptive Sport seats allow drivers to achieve their ideal seating position through multiple configuration options. The rear seats are just as comfortable, with plenty of room for two tall passengers. Additionally, they slide forward and backward, creating either more cargo space or more legroom.

The Cayenne E-Hybrid has ample room for child seats, with two sets of LATCH anchors in the rear outboard seats that are easy to access and connect to. The three top tethers are also easy to access. Porsche also offers the Porsche Baby Seat and Porsche Junior Seat ISOFIX that comes with its own five-point seat belt system for added child safety.

  • "The standard eight-way power seats are extremely comfortable, but 18-way sport seats are available for those who want their seating positions just right. The sculpted rear seats not only recline, but also slide fore and aft to create extra rear cargo space."-- Edmunds (2016)
  • "Rear passengers aren't forgotten, with a sliding and reclining seat and a pair of LCD screens in the front headrests." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • There was ample room for two adults in the rear seats, but no third row is offered." -- MarketWatch (2012)

Interior Features

The Cayenne E-Hybrid comes standard with Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, a USB port, HD Radio, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, and smartphone integration through the Porsche Communication Management system.

Available features include a 14- or 16-speaker surround sound audio system, satellite radio, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane change assist, adaptive cruise control, and two rear-seat-mounted touch screens with an integrated DVD drive and two USB ports. Porsche's Car Connect service is also available for your smartphone. This allows you to use your phone to lock your vehicle, find your last parking location, check to see if you closed your windows and locked your doors, check fuel consumption, and set a time for charging to be completed by. Additionally, Porsche Connect Plus is available. This comes with a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, navigation integration with your smartphone, and real-time traffic, weather, and fuel prices.

The Cayenne’s infotainment system seems confusing at first glance because of the many buttons and knobs across the dashboard. However, they’re well-organized and pretty intuitive once you get used to the layout.

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  • The console provides the needed real estate for the swath of buttons that control everything from the dual climate zones to suspension settings. It may appear daunting at first, but the layout is very logical and becomes second nature in little time. The 7-inch touchscreen is still a little on the small side, but gets updated to the latest PCM 4.0 that has proximity sensors and multi-touch gesture control." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • While the interior's beauty is undeniable, the complexity of its numerous buttons, switches and knobs can be confusing, especially when it comes to using the navigation system." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "PCM groups the car's audio, navigation (if equipped) and communication functions into a single easy-to-use interface that packs a 40 GB hard drive, a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Cargo

The Cayenne E-Hybrid has 20.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 59.7 cubic feet with them folded. Most class rivals offer more space. On the bright side, loading cargo is easy; the air suspension lowers the vehicle to provide a low liftover height. There’s also plenty of small-item storage throughout the cabin, and a power liftgate is available.

  • "On the plus side, the air suspension can be lowered at the rear by 1.57 inches to facilitate easier cargo loading." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • Buyers who prioritize space should be warned the hybrid drivetrain reduces cargo capacity to 20.5 cubic feet with five occupants on board and 59.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat." -- Left Lane News (2017)
  • "One downside is the just under 60 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats down, a bit below the competition." -- MarketWatch (2012)

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