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2017 Porsche Cayenne Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Porsche Cayenne was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne features upscale interior materials that consist of soft-touch finishes, genuine wood-grain trim, and leather upholstery with contrast stitching. Critics compare being in the driver's seat to being in a cockpit because of the alarming number of buttons. However, they say it gets easier to use the dashboard controls over time. The latest iteration of Porsche’s infotainment system works well, but the Cayenne’s screen is smaller than some rivals’. Seating is comfortable throughout, but rearward visibility is poor for the driver. Cargo space is below average for a luxury midsize SUV.

  • "The cabin of the 2017 Porsche Cayenne is instantly recognizable to anyone who has driven a new Porsche in the last few years. The center console sits high and creates a cozy cockpit-like feel as it bisects the driver and passenger. The console provides the needed real estate for the swath of buttons that control everything from the dual climate zones to suspension settings." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • 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)

Seating

All Cayenne models seat five on standard leather upholstery. Eight-way power-adjustable front seats and sliding/reclining rear seats are also standard. Upgrades include heated rear seats and 14-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats. You can also add leather wrapping or inserts for everything from the dashboard, door panels, and center console to the steering wheel and shift knob.

Both front and back seats in the Cayenne offer remarkable levels of support and comfort. Front seats are comfortable during spirited driving, with impressive side bolstering that keeps everyone in place during fast cornering. Also, the Cayenne’s ergonomic seats are perfect for long commutes or highway trips.

For those who plan to install car seats, the Cayenne’s LATCH system provides complete sets of anchors on both outboard rear seats and a tether-only connection for the middle seat. Infant, booster, and forward-facing convertible seats fit well, but rear-facing convertible seats can be a little tricky to anchor into place due to their wide bases.

Unfortunately, the Cayenne has poor rearward visibility, thanks to its large rear pillars and small sideview mirrors, so you’ll want to use the rearview camera each time you reverse.

  • "If we had to call out a weak point, we'd say it's rear visibility. The rear pillars create some sizeable blind spots and the small side-view mirrors don't provide the best coverage." -- 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 seats are thronelike, thickly padded, and extremely supportive." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Interior Features

Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a 4.8-inch driver information display, and a Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system, which features a 7-inch touch-screen display, a hard drive, navigation, a USB port, and Bluetooth.

Quad-zone climate control, a moonroof, a proximity key, a 14-speaker Bose premium audio system, a 16-speaker Burmester surround sound audio system, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a rear-seat entertainment system are optional. The Cayenne is also available with driver assistance and safety features, like front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a 360-degree camera system.

At first, the Cayenne’s interior can be a little overwhelming. That’s because it provides a plethora of buttons to change its audio, climate, navigation, safety, and suspension settings. On either side of the shifter, you’ll find driver and passenger climate controls to the left and right, respectively. Above that, there are buttons for phone connectivity, navigation, driver information, and multimedia. Fortunately, the arrangement gets easier to work with after some time using it.

The 7-inch touch-screen display is small compared to what you’ll find in rivals like the Tesla Model X and Volvo XC90. The newest iteration of the PCM infotainment system uses smartphonelike gestures to control its interface.

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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
  • 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
  • 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)

Cargo

With the Cayenne full of passengers, you’ll have 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Collapse the split-folding rear seats for 62.9 cubic feet, which is below average for a luxury midsize SUV. Turbo and Turbo S models shrink maximum capacity to 60.2 cubic feet. The standard power liftgate helps when you’re trying to load your Porsche with full hands. Small-item storage is adequate, providing a decent amount of space for tucking things away.

  • 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 on the small side for a midsize crossover. Maximum space with the rear seatbacks lowered is a slightly more respectable 62.9 cubic feet, matching the rival Range Rover Sport. In the S E-Hybrid, these figures drop to 20.5 and 59.7, respectively, while the Turbo gets the full 23.6 cubes in back but drops to 60.2 in total. On the plus side, the air suspension can be lowered at the rear by 1.57 inches to facilitate easier cargo loading." -- Edmunds
  • "Interior storage consists of an average-size glovebox, center console, and door pockets." -- Consumer Guide (2011)

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