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  • Great driving position
  • Quality materials used throughout
  • Massive screen dominates dashboard

Porsche Cayenne SUV: what's it like inside?

Get behind the wheel of the Porsche Cayenne and you’ll experience an interior very similar to that of the Panamera – albeit far further from the road.

There’s a large wheel that’s in use elsewhere in the Porsche range and a centre console that seems devoid of physical buttons for most of the controls. Instead, you press down on the surface, which responds with a satisfying click to select a function.

It takes a while to learn where it all is (there are many virtual buttons), but once mastered it’s a slick and attractive set-up. 

The chunky gear selector feels great in your hand, and is a great place to rest your wrist when using the frankly enormous touchscreen.

The 12.3-inch screen in the Porsche Cayenne

The 12.3-inch display is standard on all Cayenne versions and features super-crisp graphics with a highly responsive screen. Pinch-and-swipe capability similar to tablets is used to control the navigation mapping featuring real-time traffic information, while a suite of apps and functions are there to extend its functionality.

If you download the Porsche Connect app you’re able to send sat-nav routes direct to your car, see how much fuel you have left and pre-heat the Cayenne for cold morning starts.

It’ll also connect directly to devices such as Nest so you can control your home’s heating or stream data from cameras or security alarms.

Voice control is available too, and has been improved for this generation of Cayenne. 

  • Firm ride
  • Supportive seats
  • Loud tyre roar at motorway speeds

Porsche Cayenne SUV: how comfy is it?

You have to remember that the Porsche Cayenne is designed to be a performance machine. That’s easy to remember when you’re not driving it at higher speeds, as the ride can still feel firm even in the Cayenne’s mildest mode.

Thankfully the seats are beautifully made and wonderfully cossetting. The electric settings allow you to find a decent driving position within seconds and you don't have to spend an age trying to adjust the steering wheel either.

If you go for the optional Dynamic Chassis Control, you can choose from Normal, Sport or Sport Plus which adapts the firmness of the suspension.

Air suspension on the Porsche Cayenne

We’d strongly suggest you tick the box for air suspension on the Cayenne. It’s an innovative new system that uses three chambers to store its air, which allows it a greater gulf between Comfort and Sport settings.

Porsche Cayenne sitting on air suspension, which is standard on Turbo models and optional on the rest

It’s still quite firm in Comfort, indicating it’s a sportier proposition, even with this system fitted. That’s what we’ve come to expect from Porsche.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo comfort

The Turbo in particular, with its large alloy wheels, suffers from significant tyre roar when at motorway speeds. That’s mainly thanks to the low profile tyres and can become irritating on long stints, as you’ll have to elevate your voice to talk to your fellow passengers or almost deafen yourself by cranking up your music.

Thankfully with the Turbo, that’s your only real source of noise – wind noise from air passing over the door mirrors is minimal and the burbling V8 settles down to a near silent hum at motorway speeds.

Cayenne E-Hybrid refinement

A lack of engine noise when cruising around on battery power alone means the E-Hybrid is easily one of the most refined models in the Cayenne range.

There’s still a bit of road noise to contend with as this big Porsche comes with giant wheels across the range, but any wind or road noise making its way into the cabin isn’t enough to ruin the experience. Far from it. Around town, it’s an especially pleasant and relaxing car to drive.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo