All cars get electric seat adjustment, but adjustable lumbar is optional on some
There isn’t a Cayenne with an uncomfortable driving position in the range. Even base Cayenne models get eight-way electric seat adjustment, which makes it easy to find the right driving position. Still, it’s a shame that adding lumbar adjustment and the ability to adjust the angle of the seat base are available only as part of expensive optional packs that include memory function.
Sports seats, which bring extra side-support, are also optional on lower-end models, although the standard seats are very comfortable and offer enough support as it is.
Turbo models get the full suite of electric adjustability and sports seats as standard.
Porsche Cayenne visibility
Mediocre rear view but standard front and rear parking sensors
The Cayenne has decent visibility thanks to the high-set driving position and sizeable door mirrors, but those same mirrors can sometimes obstruct the view out at angled junctions. A narrow rear window and chunky rear pillars make for sizeable blind spots, so you may want to consider the blind spot warning system that’s optionally available. Front and rear parking sensors are standard across the range, which is useful because the Cayenne’s bulbous shape and sheer size can make it tricky to judge in tight spots. A heated windscreen, which will help visibility on frosty days, is optional.
Porsche Cayenne infotainment
Standard colour screen, but poor standard equipment on most models
All Cayennes get a 7.0in colour touchscreen, CD player, USB-input and multifunction steering wheel as standard, but Bluetooth, digital radio and sat-nav are pricey options on all but the Turbo models, and voice control is optional even on those. That’s more than a bit cheeky on a car of this price, when Bluetooth is standard on most budget city cars.
Just as well, then, that once you’ve chosen your system, it’s a good one. Sat-nav instructions, or a map view, can be shown in one of the driver’s readout screens, and while the central colour touchscreen isn’t the fastest to respond, it has a fairly logical layout and can be controlled by a rotary switch, which is much better when you’re on the move.
The standard eight speaker audio system is good, too, although most people will go for the upgraded 11-speaker CDR Plus system, which offers excellent tone and clarity even at a high volume. It’s so good that it isn’t worth adding the pricey Burmester sound system.
A rear entertainment package that includes two 10in colour touchscreens, two USB inputs, an HDMI input and DVD player, and two wireless headphones is a popular, if costly, option.
Porsche Cayenne build quality
Great quality and feel, and leather as standard
The Cayenne’s interior materials feel gorgeous, and most people would be perfectly happy with the standard textured leather upholstery. That said, the higher-quality ‘smooth’ leather is still a popular option (or is standard on Turbo models).
It all feels solidly put together, with a great combination of metal and dense, textured materials around the cabin. The 918 hypercar-inspired steering wheel also looks and feel classy.