2018 Porsche Panamera

Interior


$68,748 - $157,553

2018 Porsche Panamera Interior Review

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

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

The 2018 Porsche Panamera's cabin looks sleek, stylish, and uncluttered. Nearly every surface is covered in soft-touch materials, and both rows of seats are roomy and comfortable. There are plenty of tech features, and the Panamera has lots of cargo space.

  • "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 (2017)
  • "With clean surfaces and simple lines, the interior ambience is luxurious minimalism: None of your Bentley flamboyance here." -- Motor Trend (2017)
  • "The 2017 Porsche Panamera features a revised interior filled with pleasing shapes and rich accents." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Seating

The Panamera seats four people and comes standard with partial leather upholstery and heated, eight-way power-adjustable front seats. Available upgrades include full leather upholstery, 14- or 18-way power-adjustable front seats, massaging front and rear seats, ventilated front and rear seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and eight-way power-adjustable rear seats.

While this Porsche seats four, many rivals seat five. However, that’s not really a disadvantage as you probably won’t seat passengers in the rear middle seat that often. Both of the Panamera’s rows have plenty of head- and legroom, and the adjustability of the seats makes it easy to get comfortable.

The Panamera has two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. Most types of car seats will fit easily and can be installed without too much trouble.

  • 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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Panamera include dual-zone automatic climate control, an in-cabin air filter, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, and a touch-screen infotainment system with the Porsche Communication Management interface, navigation, Apple CarPlay, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, a 21-speaker Burmester audio system, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road sign recognition, night vision, a surround-view camera, and forward collision warning.

The Panamera’s interior has a sleek look, and there aren’t many buttons cluttering the dash. The touch-screen infotainment system controls almost everything, and there’s another screen in the rear for back-seat passengers. The interface is intuitive, but navigating through the menus can be tedious.

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  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Cargo

You have 17.6 cubic feet of cargo space in the base Panamera, which is a hatchback. That’s average for the class. With the rear seats folded, that number jumps to 46 cubic feet of space. A power liftgate is standard. The new Sport Turismo model, which has a more wagonlike shape, will barely provide you with more cargo capacity. It offers 18.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats.

Maximum cargo capacity varies by model. The Panamera Executive provides up to 52.3 cubic feet of room, which tops the lineup. The smallest capacity belongs to the plug-in hybrid models, which have 14.3-cubic-foot trunks and a 42.8-cubic-foot maximum with the seats folded.

  • "The luggage compartment has even been increased by nearly two cubic feet, the better to stow your and your passengers' cargo." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)

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