2016 Porsche Panamera Interior

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2016 Porsche Panamera Interior Review

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


Interior: 8.5

The 2016 Porsche Panamera's interior has an elegant design, excellent build quality and first-class materials, according to critics. The number of buttons on its dashboard exceeds those on its rivals, but most critics think the Panamera’s are easy to figure out. Most reviewers are satisfied with the passenger space in front and in back. Cargo space is below average behind the rear seats, but thanks to the Panamera's hatchback body style, storage capacity expands significantly when you fold down the rear seats. Test drivers agree that rearward visibility is poor.

  • "The interior is classy and high-tech, with impeccable fit and finish." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Likewise, the well-tailored cabin carries forward the upscale feel." -- Car and Driver (2014)
  • "[T]he Panamera has a wonderful, architectural-quality interior, leather-stitched to a fare-thee-well and glowing with sloped banks of beautifully detailed switches and indirect cabin lighting." -- The Wall Street Journal (2013)
  • "Interiors are richly appointed with fine materials and plenty of padded surfaces. An Alcantara headliner and wood trim are standard on the Turbo and optional otherwise. Also offered are aluminum and carbon-fiber trim. All look expensive, and are." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The 2016 Porsche Panamera seats four and comes standard with partial leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats and heated front seats. Available features include full leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, 14- or 18-way power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front and rear seats, heated rear seats, eight-way power-adjustable rear seats and power rear-seat sunshades. Executive models have a longer wheelbase and more rear-seat legroom.

Auto writers agree that the Panamera's front seats are comfortable and spacious. Most also agree that the rear seats offer ample head- and legroom, though some find them a bit confining thanks to the seats’ low mounting and tall center console. Test drivers report that rearward visibility is limited by the Panamera's thick roof pillars and small rear window.

  • "There's ample legroom for tall rear passengers even in the standard-wheelbase models, while the Executive's stretched wheelbase enables crossed-leg cruising. On the downside, the seats are mounted low and separated by a substantial driveline 'hump' in the middle, creating a somewhat claustrophobic feel relative to traditional luxury sedans." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "It's surprisingly roomy, with ample leg- and headroom in all four seating positions, even in the standard-wheelbase version. Your six-foot-two author had no trouble fitting in the back when the driver's seat was set to his preferences." -- Car and Driver (2014)
  • "And though the cabin is narrow, the back seats offer vast headroom and more than enough legroom for a quartet of adults." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "The Panamera's unique shape and high beltline cause some rear visibility issues." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "Visibility is hindered to the front, sides, and rear corners by thick roof pillars, and the rear window is but a slit." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Porsche Panamera include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors and the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, an 11-speaker audio system, a USB port and Bluetooth.

Available features include a rearview camera, a surround-view parking camera system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, quad-zone automatic climate control, a cooled rear-seat storage compartment, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, a 16-speaker Burmester audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 7-inch screens.

Many luxury cars have a single knob that controls many of their tech features, but the Panamera has a separate button for each feature. Some reviewers think Porsche should reduce the number of buttons in the Panamera's cabin, but most think these are well-organized and easy to use if you take a few moments to survey the layout and identify the ones you use most often.

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  • "The excellent audio system is just the start of the many high-tech features, but it'd be nice if there were fewer buttons on the steering wheel, console and dash." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "On the infotainment front, the Panamera lacks the knob-based control system that's typical for this class, which explains why the driver has more than 80 buttons and switches (we counted) to keep straight. Happily, these controls are laid out in a generally sensible manner, so there's not a huge learning curve for new owners." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "At first glance, all the buttons seem like overkill; however, taking just a couple of minutes to locate the essentials and understand how things were organized clarified things for me." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "Whereas most cars in this segment have adopted joystick controllers linked to a dashboard screen to perform the myriad adjustments now common in luxury cars, Porsche went with individual buttons and a touchscreen display. There are plenty of buttons, but in most ways, they’re far quicker to actuate." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The 2016 Porsche Panamera has 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, which is a bit low for the class. However, the Panamera has 44.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Because its battery takes up cargo space, the 2016 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid has 11.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 40.7 with them folded. The 2016 Panamera comes standard with a power liftgate.

Test drivers are impressed with the Panamera's overall cargo capacity. However, some note that the hatchback opening is a bit slim and the cargo floor is too high, which makes it difficult to place big items in the trunk. There are a number of storage bins in the cabin, but most of them aren't very large.

  • "Note that the hatch opening is rather narrow, and the high cargo bed makes loading bulky items a bit of a chore." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Also, its larger rear end results in a hatchback cargo space that's big enough for most tasks a family can throw at it." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "The seat backs fold easily but not entirely flat. The interior features a fair number of storage bins and cubbies, but none are very large." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "We opened the power-assisted rear hatch and dropped in two pieces of checked luggage, two carry-on bags, and our large camera bag. It swallowed all with room to spare." -- Autoblog (2010)

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