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2018 Porsche Cayenne Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Porsche Cayenne was new.


Interior: 8.0

Inside, the Cayenne is refined, quiet, and comfortable. High-grade material options include inlays made of genuine wood and carbon fiber, and you can add leather trim pretty much anywhere you please. The infotainment system is user-friendly, but it doesn't feel as modern as some. Whether or not you like its plethora of redundant buttons is a matter of personal preference.

  • "Porsche does interiors well. The 2017 Cayenne's cabin layout is highly intuitive and well insulated, and it has excellent fit and finish. Whether you spend your time commuting or taking long road trips, the Cayenne provides a fast-moving sanctuary of comfort from the world outside." -- 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 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)


The five-person Cayenne comes standard with leather-trimmed seats, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, and sliding/reclining rear seats with a 40/20/40 split. Seating upgrades include upgraded leather and Alcantara upholstery options, heated and ventilated front seats, adaptive sport seats with 18-way adjustments for the front, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Both the front and rear seats offer enough comfort that you can spend a full day on them without feeling fatigued. The rear roofline and pillars impede the view out the back, but adding optional sensors or a rearview camera helps alleviate this issue.   

There's more than enough room for two child safety seats in the back of the Cayenne, and the sliding seats and generous leg space are a plus for loading in tots. All of the LATCH connectors – two sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors – are easy to locate and use.

  • "Several front-seat designs are available, but they mostly differ in the number of adjustments, including those for the bolsters. All are superb in terms of long-distance and cornering support. The rear bench is split 40/20/40 for improved comfort and versatility." -- Edmunds
  • "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)

Interior Features

The Cayenne comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touch-screen display, navigation, a USB port, Bluetooth, and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system. Its interface is responsive and pretty easy to learn, though the screen is a bit small. A variety of redundant buttons and controls are mounted in the center, a layout that some find helpful (freeing the driver from using the touch screen) but others say is confusing and distracting.

Through packages and a la carte options, you can add upgrades such as quad-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a proximity key, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 14-speaker Bose premium audio system, a 16-speaker Burmester surround sound audio system, and a rear-seat entertainment system. Advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a surround-view camera, and emergency brake assist are also available.  

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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)


When it comes to cargo space behind the seats, the Cayenne comes up short. Its 23.6 cubic feet of room is one of the smallest in this class. For oversized items, you can lay the back seats down, which have a 40/20/40 split. This creates a 62.9-cubic-foot cargo area in all but the Turbo and Turbo S models, which have 60.2 cubic feet of overall cargo space. A power liftgate is standard, and Cayenne models with the optional air suspension system can be lowered to make loading even more convenient.

  • "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. … On the plus side, the air suspension can be lowered at the rear by 1.57 inches to facilitate easier cargo loading." -- Edmunds (2017)

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