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2016 Porsche Cayenne Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Porsche Cayenne was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne's cabin has a posh style, according to reviewers, and soft-touch, premium materials cover every surface. They're especially fond of the cockpit-like, driver-centric control layout, though they note the center stack is covered with lots of buttons. Most critics agree the driver will be able to figure out the buttons after a short learning period thanks to their logical arrangement. Test drivers are impressed by the front seats' exceptional comfort and support, even for long trips. A few report visibility to the rear is limited, and the cargo space is smaller than rivals'.

  • "Porsche's interior design aesthetic is, simply put, beautiful. There's sumptuous, finely stitched leather mixed with real wood and metal accents. It's what you'll find in newer 911s, as well as the Panamera sedan." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As in every Porsche these days, that center console rises dramatically to meet the dash, creating a snug, jet fighter-like driving environment that emphasizes the Cayenne's sporty nature." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • The interior is very button-busy, borderline confusing, but also well built and the seats are terrific. Once one figures out what all the center-console switches do, it's not bad. It's also a little hard to see out of, even though you sit high. The mirrors are small and the rearview out especially seems a little difficult." -- AutoWeek (2014)
  • "I love the interior in the Cayenne. It's modern, sophisticated with an expensive feel, but more than anything, it's different. The sloping center console and compass on top of the dash, along with the vertical air vents make for a uniquely Porsche look." -- Jalopnik (2013)

Seating

There are seats for five occupants in the 2016 Cayenne on standard leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats and sliding and reclining rear seats. A heated steering wheel, upgraded leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front and rear seats and 18-way power-adjustable front sport seats with additional side bolstering are available. Test drivers rave about the front seats' all-day comfort and excellent support. They add the optional sport seats provide even more side support when taking the Cayenne around corners.

  • "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." -- Edmunds
  • "The front bucket seats are comfortable, with the right amount of support in all the right places for long drives, and they'll hold you place when you decide to throw the Cayenne around." -- AutoWeek (2014)
  • "The adaptive sports seats proved comfortable enough that I after spending 1550 kilometres behind the wheel I was no less for wear, and when the roads got interesting the 18-way adjustable driver's seat provided exceptional support." -- Examiner.com (2014)
  • "The seats are thronelike, thickly padded, and extremely supportive." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Interior Features

The 2016 Cayenne comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth and navigation. Optional features include quad-zone automatic climate control, a power sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, a Burmester or Bose surround-sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera system and Porsche Car Connect smartphone integration which lets you unlock doors, locate the SUV or view driving statistics remotely.

Most automotive journalists agree the many center stack controls have a sensible layout that is easy to use after drivers become familiar with it, while others say it is still confusing even after learning all the buttons' functions. Some note the infotainment system seems outdated compared to rivals' systems but is still simple to operate. The optional premium audio systems impress reviewers. 

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  • "However, while the interior's pretty, the numerous buttons, switches and knobs can be confusing, and not all of that confusion evaporates with familiarity, especially when it comes to using the navigation system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 50-plus buttons that adorn the console can feel daunting at first, but after a slight learning curve, their arrangement makes sense. The 7-inch touchscreen is slightly smaller and dated compared to other cutting-edge widescreen displays, but is functional and easy to use." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior can be a little intimidating. There are a lot of buttons and switches. But really, most of them make sense. All the stuff that's to the left of the gear shift is for driver climate controls, the right is for the passenger." -- AutoWeek (2014)
  • "For audiophiles, an available Bose and Burmester premium sound system produces lovely lows, mids, and highs, while safety junkies will appreciate such technologies as a dynamic Bi-Xenon light system, lane-change assist (aka, blind-spot monitor), and adaptive cruise control." -- Motor Trend (2011)

Cargo

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne has 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 62.9 cubic feet with them folded, which is less cargo room than most competitors offer. A power liftgate is standard, while an air suspension that can lower the rear of the Cayenne to ease loading is optional. Critics report the Cayenne offers fewer small-item storage compartments in the cabin than some rivals.

  • With the backseat in its aft-most position, the Cayenne has a luggage capacity of 23.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which is a pretty tiny number for a midsize crossover. Maximum space with the rear seatbacks flipped forward is a slightly more respectable 62.9 cubic feet, matching the rival Range Rover Sport." -- Edmunds
  • "Under-floor storage ranges from minuscule in conventional models, to non-existent in the Hybrid. Interior storage consists of an average-size glovebox, center console, and door pockets." -- Consumer Guide (2011)

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