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2019 Porsche Panamera Interior Review

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Interior: 8.3

The interior of the 2019 Porsche Panamera is sleek and modern. A series of crisp screens highlight the state-of-the-art motif and are the heart of the car's controls. The four seats are spacious and appealing, and most of the models have a large amount of cargo room.

  • The 2018 Porsche Panamera features a handsome interior filled with pleasing shapes and rich accents." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "With clean surfaces and simple lines, the interior ambience is luxurious minimalism: None of your Bentley flamboyance here." -- Motor Trend (2017)
  • "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)

Seating

The Panamera comes with four seats, leather-accented upholstery, and heated front seats with eight-way power adjustments. Accommodations for passengers are relaxing throughout, but tall travelers may find headroom to be a little low in the rear of the standard Panamera. Sport Turismo models grant a higher ceiling for the back seat, and the Executive models extend rear-seat legroom. Available upgrades include full leather seats, ventilated front and rear seats, heated rear seats, massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel, eight-way power adjustable rear seats, and power rear sunshades.

  • "You sit low in the Panamera, much as you would in a 911, enveloped by Porsche's superbly comfortable, supportive and adjustable seats. That applies whether you're in the driver's seat or riding in the back. Space all around is excellent, although it obviously gets better with the long-wheelbase Executive model." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "The seats are amazingly comfortable, with multiple adjustments to help almost any driver find a comfortable position. The Sport Turismo adds more headroom in back where two 6-foot occupants can still find ample legroom." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • 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)

Interior Features

The Panamera boasts a cutting-edge infotainment system in the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) interface. It includes a beautiful touch screen in the front seat that uses haptic feedback, and there’s a second touch screen in the back seat. The downside is that there are only two physical switches. Consequently, almost every climate and audio adjustment is made with the screen, even controlling the air vents. That can be a distracting affair for drivers wanting to make a quick change while driving.

In addition to the two touch-screen displays, the Panamera's standard features include navigation, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, a USB port, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors. The lengthy list of options includes quad-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, a 21-speaker Burmester surround-sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system, a surround-view camera, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, traffic sign recognition, and night vision – a system that uses thermal imaging to detect people or large animals on a dark highway.

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  • The front cabin is dominated by a wide, rising center console covered in controls. Unlike the first-generation car, however, the 2018 Panamera has ditched physical buttons for touch-sensitive controls and a greater reliance on the new 12.3-in main touchscreen. We can't say it's an improvement -- it might even be worse." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • Porsche's latest PCM infotainment system lives on a slick 12.3-inch dashboard screen that has touch capability and redundant navigation controls below. It's fast, the home screen offers a bunch customization options and it includes Apple CarPlay -- sorry, Android Auto fans, there's nothing for you here. The center console might look like it's covered in buttons, but that's a lie -- it's actually a capacitive touch interface with haptic feedback that feels, for all intents and purposes, like buttons. They work well, but as Tim Stevens notes in his Turbo S E-Hybrid review, they collect fingerprints and display them prominently. My biggest tech gripe concerns the climate control's central vent. It can only be adjusted using the touchscreen, which is difficult to set right and damn near impossible to use if the car isn't stationary." -- CNET (2018)
  • High-tech features abound, but the most noticeable is a massive navigation screen so clear it puts some HD TVs to shame. A large center tachometer is flanked by a configurable screen that can be optioned to include all manner of functions, from displaying road maps to an infrared image of the road ahead." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Cargo

The Panamera is a hatchback with 17.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat and up to 47.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. That's one of the largest trunks in the class. The wagonlike Sport Turismo has 18.3 cubic feet behind the seats and 49 cubic feet overall. The Executive body styles are longer, extending cargo space to 52.6 cubic feet when the seats are folded down. E-Hybrid models have a 14.3-cubic-foot trunk that extends to 44 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down.

  • "Once again, the Panamera has a hatchback over its cargo area that grants it greater cargo versatility than the typical flagship luxury sedan. For 2018, however, you can increase that versatility even further with the new Sport Turismo quasi-wagon. Rarely has practicality been so much fun." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • In the transformation from sedan to wagon, the much-prettier-than-it-used-to-be Panamera lengthens the roof to accommodate a larger rear end and a separate third side window that brings it into wagon territory. You'd think that this would mean a big bump in cargo capacity, but it only adds 0.7 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seats up (17.6 versus 18.3), and less than 2.0 cubic feet with the rear seats folded (47.3 versus 49). Given the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo's $6,600 price premium over the standard Panamera 4, your choice will largely be an aesthetic one." -- CNET (2018)
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