Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Great driving position
  • Quality materials used throughout
  • Massive screen dominates dashboard

How is the quality and layout?

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. Everything you touch feels solid and well-made and there’s a pleasing fluidity and intuitiveness behind the controls. For some, the interior may lack a bit of wow factor considering this is a big and ostentatious SUV.

There’s a large steering 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 solid in your hand, and is a great place to rest your wrist when using the frankly enormous touchscreen.

Infotainment and tech

The 12.3-inch infotainment display is standard on all Cayennes 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.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard, but you’ll have to dive into the options list for things like a heated front windscreen or Porsche’s innovative and pricey phone holder. It’s tucked away in the armrest and doubles as a wireless charger.

If you download the Porsche Connect app you’re able to send sat-nav routes directly 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 if you can’t be bothered to wade through the menus and sub menus. Broadly this works pretty well, although it can get caught out with accents or at motorway speeds because of the added noise.

Comfort

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

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 cosseting. 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.

The Turbo model 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.

A lack of engine noise when cruising around on battery power alone means the plug-in hybrid models are the most refined in the Cayenne range. There’s still a bit of road noise to contend, but any hubbub making its way into the cabin isn’t enough to ruin the experience. Far from it. Around town, these hybrids are especially pleasant and relaxing.