2017 Porsche Panamera

Interior


$74,195 - $131,807

2017 Porsche Panamera Interior Review

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

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

The newly redesigned 2017 Porsche Panamera emerges with a sleeker design, shedding excess buttons and features that cluttered the previous generation's cabin. A large, crisp touch screen and posh materials create a modern, elegant look, and the seats are inviting and spacious.

  • "The center console is a clutter-free sheet of 'glass look' black with haptic-feedback touch surfaces for adjusting the climate-control system, shock stiffness, and more. About the only actual buttons are handsome knurled-silver switches for individually raising or lowering the climate temperature for each front-seat occupant. Overall, it's a clean, effective interface – and it looks cutting-edge cool. Rear-seat passengers have a similar center console interface so they aren't out of touch." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "With clean surfaces and simple lines, the interior ambience is luxurious minimalism: None of your Bentley flamboyance here." -- Motor Trend
  • "The 2017 Porsche Panamera features a revised interior filled with pleasing shapes and rich accents." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

The 2017 Panamera seats four people on partial leather upholstery, with standard heated front seats and eight-way power-adjustable front seats. Available upgrades include full leather upholstery, massaging front seats, ventilated front and rear seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, eight-way power-adjustable rear seats, and power rear-seat sunshades.

Even 6-foot-tall passengers can find a comfortable position inside the Panamera, with ample room in both rows of seats. As you recline the rear seats, headroom gets tighter, which presents a problem only for the tallest of travelers. For more legroom, pick one of the Panamera Executive trims, which stretch the wheelbase by almost 6 more inches to increase rear legroom.

  • "All four occupants sit closer to the ground in the new Panamera. That allows rear-seat headroom to remain unchanged even as Porsche has dropped the roofline by as much as 0.8 inch. The new car also is 1.3 inches longer overall, with all but two-tenths of an inch used to stretch the wheelbase. The rear buckets, every bit as comfortable and supportive as the front seats, provide ample legroom, although a six-foot three-inch rider brushed his hair against the headliner, and the space only gets tighter as you recline the rear seat to a comfortable angle." -- Car and Driver
  • "The seats are amazingly comfortable, with multiple adjustments to help almost any driver find a comfortable position. More headroom is added in back where two 6-foot occupants can still find ample legroom." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The comfortable yet supportive seats offer heating and air conditioning -- you can even get both simultaneously if you like, and you can also vary the temperature of the upper of the seat vs. the bottom individually. Handy if you have a sensitive backside." -- CNET

Interior Features

The newly redesigned 2017 Panamera rebuffs the button-happy design of the previous generation's cabin, offering a large touch screen in the center stack instead. Back-seat passengers get a similar 7-inch touch screen in the rear console to adjust infotainment settings. Most users find the interface easy to use and responsive, though it comes with several layers of menus to find some settings, and some reviewers lament the lack of redundant buttons.

The standard infotainment system includes the Porsche Communication Management interface, navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, 10 speakers, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and satellite radio. Also included in the 2017 Panamera are dual-zone automatic climate control, an in-cabin air filter, a power liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, a 21-speaker Burmester surround-sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road sign recognition, night vision, and forward collision warning.

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  • "Essentially, Porsche has removed almost every button and switch in favor of touchscreens and touch surfaces. On either side of the tach sit 7-inch screens that can display everything from engine info to navigation instructions. The center of the dash sports a high-resolution, 12.3-inch color display for controlling navigation, multimedia systems (the car is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), apps (everything from weather to Twitter), vehicle setup, and more. The nav system uses data piped-in from Google and can be operated via voice commands. The screen itself is a thing of beauty." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The old Panamera's button-festooned center console has been usurped by a slightly less daunting number of touch-sensitive icons glowing through a glossy black slab. The controls for Sport mode, the suspension setting, and stability control require a hard press and respond with a convincing click reminiscent of a physical button. Compared with the old arrangement, this system makes it harder to find your target by touch, but at least there's enough feedback to confirm you've pressed something. Strangely, though, the keys higher on the center console react to the lightest tap and don't deliver the same satisfying haptic feedback. Worse, this center display is plagued by disorganized screen layouts, options buried deep in oddly labeled menus, and touch points that are simply too small." -- Car and Driver
  • "Below the screen the new Panamera retains the high center console that has become a Porsche design feature, but the button-fest of the old car is gone, replaced by sheer surfaces embedded with touch-sensitive buttons. And unlike those in a Caddy, these are easy to use. Rear passengers can also control climate and infotainment functions from a 7.0-inch touchscreen mounted in the console as it runs between the two rear seats." -- Motor Trend

Cargo

Cargo space in the base 2017 Panamera, which is a hatchback, grows to 17.4 cubic feet in the trunk (up from 15.7 the year before), putting the Panamera on par with the class average. The rear seats have a 60/40 split, and folding both down opens up 46 cubic feet of total cargo space. A power liftgate is standard.

With extra length in the back seat, overall cargo space is as much as 52.3 cubic feet in Panamera Executive trims (though the trunk stays the same size with the rear seats upright). The plug-in hybrid models have a 14.3-cubic-foot trunk. With the seats folded, this expands to 42.8 cubic feet in the 4 E-Hybrid and 49.1 cubic feet in the 4 E-Hybrid Executive.

  • "The luggage compartment has even been increased by nearly two cubic feet, the better to stow your and your passengers' cargo." -- Automobile Magazine

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