Interior Porsche’s racing heritage meant that the company had to do so much more than just throw some sporty trimming around the interior in order to offer a dynamic impression and the carmaker has gone to the moon and back to make a racing car cockpit, an off-roader’s cabin and a five-star hotel room come together inside the car. The element that perfectly illustrates this is the instrument cluster.
This could very well belong to a motorsport machine, as it comes with water temperature, oil temperature and oil pressure gauges, as well as keeping the rev counter in the middle, displaying both an analogue and a digital speedometer, and coming with a gearbox position indicator.
However, it also shows the functions that are required by any modern SUV, such as the status of the four-wheel drive system, the radio station and so on. Our test car was fitted with a panoramic sunroof, a very popular option, as well as with other goodies that made us think about racing, such as a carbon fiber package, with inserts in the center console handles and steering wheel, and a two-tone black & red leather finished that cover most of the surfaces. While these are options that don’t quite go well with the diesel sitting in the tank, they manage to convince you that you’re sitting in a car that knows a thing or two about driving dynamics.
However, the thing we liked the most about the Cayenne’s interior is the layout chosen for the buttons. As always, Porsche stuck to its tradition, saying “No” to the tendency of grouping many functions under the umbrella of a knob. Thus, we get the opposite of systems such as BMW’s i-Drive, which means that in the Cayenne, there’s a button for everything. However, the layout somehow manages to not be crowded and the ergonomics are top-level.
The ergonomics are so well through out that, apart from the hazard lights button, every other one can be pressed with your eyes closed once you’ve spent a little time in the car. However, the interior doesn’t quite manage to offer the same level of luxury as a Range Rover’ one, but it does offer a cocoon, racecar-inspired feeling, also coming with the Cayenne’s trademark center console handles, which are just as good during off-roading as they are during high-speed corners.
In a typical Porsche fashion, every little detail has been taken care of and the little console above the interior rear view mirror is more complex than the entire dashboard of a cheap car. The all round visibility is good, with a “+” for the little windows placed at the front corners of the front doors, which are really useful inside the city, and a “-” for the rear one - the shape of the rear window, together with that of the rear-view mirrors, means that you really need the camera when you’re reversing.
And don’t think that the back has been left out of this attention story - the entire bench can slide forwards, while the back rest can be placed in three different positions. As for the luggage compartment, this is big enough to accommodate a... couple if, let’ say, the road gets blocked by an avalanche and they have to sleep in the car. Shopping tips? Just choose a city
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