Porsche Cayenne Coupe dashboard

Porsche Cayenne Coupé review

Interior

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Driving position and dashboard

The standard driver’s seat offers eight-way electric adjustment, but does without lumbar support adjustment. For that, you need to upgrade to the 14-way adjustable seat, in which – in conjunction with a steering wheel that offers plenty of range – no one should have trouble getting and staying comfortable. Just bear in mind that you don’t sit as high as you do in a Range Rover Sport.

The temperature and fan controls are easy to use, but the cruise control buttons are tucked away behind the steering wheel. In addition, some minor functions are operated via touch-sensitive switches which are more distracting than traditional buttons: you can’t find them by feel, so you have to look away from the road to use them.

Porsche’s semi-digital instrument cluster puts information such as the sat-nav map directly in front of you, but the steering wheel intrudes on your view of the two outermost dials. In hybrid models, the display also shows your remaining electric range and diagrams of the current energy flow.

Visibility, parking sensors and cameras

It’s easy enough to see out the front because the windscreen pillars aren’t especially thick. However, the plunging roofline and chunky rear pillars limit your view of what’s behind, so you’ll be grateful that front and rear sensors are standard. Should you need a little more help, rear-view and 360deg cameras are optional.

Bright LED headlights are standard, for more relaxing night driving. These can be upgraded to 'matrix' adaptive LED headlights that keep the main beams on even when there are cars in front, automatically shaping their light pattern to avoid dazzling the occupants.

Porsche Cayenne Coupe dashboard

Sat nav and infotainment

All Cayenne Coupés have a giant 12.0in touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard, and this is one of the better systems of its kind, mixing sharp graphics with quick responses and good-sized icons. You’ll have no problems using it when you’re stationary, although it is still more distracting than the rotary-controlled system in BMW’s X6.

Sat-nav, a DAB radio and Bluetooth are standard, as is smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay; there’s no Android Auto. There's also a Porsche-designed app that, among other things, lets you send destinations to the car from your smartphone.

The standard stereo has 10 speakers but a fairly puny 150 watts of power. Music lovers might therefore want to upgrade to the optional Bose 14-speaker system for a reasonable cost (it’s standard on the Turbo and Turbo S E-Hybrid models), or there's a mega-expensive Burmester upgrade above that.

Quality

Dense and squidgy plastics are mixed with supple leather to give the interior a suitably expensive feel, and, if you’re prepared to pay for even more luxury, you can add an extended leather pack for the dashboard and doors.

It could be argued that you get more glitz with the Mercedes GLE Coupé and more wow factor with the Lamborghini Urus, but in terms of perceived quality, the Cayenne Coupé is as good as any rival.

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