Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • One of the Cayenne’s most appealing features
  • Build quality feels top-notch with plush materials used
  • Excellent comfort levels despite sporty feel

The Cayenne Coupe features Porsche’s latest high-tech interior that’s clad in plenty of plush materials with a very high-quality feel throughout.

Ahead of the driver is a set of five dials (a traditional Porsche trait), but featuring a pair of screens at each side that you can scroll through via wheels on the steering wheel, enabling you to configure and personalise the displays you want. It’s all as crisp and as modern as you’d expect.

The same can be said for the widescreen infotainment display that controls all the car’s major functions. However, there are an awful lot of different menus and submenus, so you’ll need to spend a little time learning where everything is and how it all works. As mentioned above, the graphics are all up-to-date, giving the Cayenne a very high-end, tech-heavy vibe.

The centre console is controlled via haptic feedback - like you get on your phone. This essentially looks like a touchscreen, but gives you a physical click like you'd get on a proper button. You get used to it almost instantly. The only small issue is that you can see the plastics flex and move when you use it. The main source of frustration comes from the ‘buttons’ located on the centre console around the gearlever. Word of warning to clean freaks: fingerprint marks are rife once you’ve spent a while fiddling with all the settings (this is where the heating and ventilation controls are).

They’re all backlit and once you learn where everything is (just set it all to Auto most of the time), you shouldn’t have to spend too much time prodding and poking around).

Comfort

  • Air suspension boosts comfort levels
  • But big wheels can upset things
  • Fantastic seats available

You’d be forgiven for expecting the Cayenne Coupe to be rather uncomfortable because of its sporting roots. You’d be right, but only in some cases – it depends on the driving mode you’ve got the car in and what setting the optional air suspension is in (it’s standard on the Turbo).

Even those with the largest 22-inch wheels can ride surprisingly well when the suspension is in its most comfort-oriented setting. It won’t be a shock to find out that in a sportier setting things get a lot more fidgety and bouncy, but the good news is that you can pick and choose how comfortable you want it to be – but it’s still surprising just how civilised it can be when you consider the performance focus.

The other suspension options are Porsche’s PASM adaptive setup (that’s standard) or you can spec it up with Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) that features active anti-roll bars.

We've tested a GTS with both of these systems fitted. Considering the GTS is the hardest sprung of the entire range, it does remarkably well at smoothing out British roads. In 'normal' driving mode it feels no more harshly sprung than a hot-hatch, which is remarkable considering just how stiff and heavy the car is. It must be one of the only performance SUVs on UK roads that's even semi-usable on its firmest suspension setting too. Saying that, if you do use the firmest setting while driving at motorway speeds, you will be greeted with enough shake rattle and roll to start a Buddy Holly tribute band.

Helping things are an excellent range of seats. You’ll need to dive into the options list to pick between different seat designs and just how adjustable they can be, but all offer excellent levels of support, but err on the side of comfort rather than stiff sportiness like you’ll find in a sports car. After all, this is still an SUV and needs to have broader appeal than Porsche’s more focused models.

Of particular note are the fabric seats (optional extra) that come as part of a fairly hefty £7,000+ package. It’s a shame you can’t add them individually, but even the standard leather choices are very adjustable and very comfortable.

Refinement is excellent, with the Cayenne being as loud or quiet as you want it to be. If you want a quiet cruise, it’ll do it with ease, but if you’re feeling a bit more excitable then you can tweak the drive modes (and exhaust note) to be more intrusive and more involving.

All-round, it does the job as a comfortable and refined family SUV very well indeed.