The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The standard driver’s seat offers eight-way electric adjustment, but does without adjustable lumbar support. The steering wheel moves extensively and, if you upgrade to the 14-way, powered Comfort Seats, lumbar adjustment is one of the additions that makes the Cayenne Coupe a very comfortable place to reside. Just bear in mind that if you're looking for the highest driving position, 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 on the centre console; these are more distracting to use than traditional buttons; you can’t find them by feel, so every time you need to press one you have to look away from the road.
Porsche’s semi-digital instrument cluster puts lots of information, such as a sat-nav map or engine data, directly in front of you. Unfortunately, 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
You get a good, wide view through the windscreen because its pillars aren’t especially thick. However, the coupe's plunging roofline and chunky rear pillars limit your view of what’s behind, making you jolly grateful that front and rear sensors are standard. Should you need a little more assistance, a rear-view or 360deg camera are optional.
Bright LED headlights are standard that help make driving at night less stressful. These can be upgraded to 'matrix' adaptive LED headlights, which keep the main beams on even when there are cars in front, automatically shaping their light pattern to avoid dazzling drivers.
Sat nav and infotainment
All Cayenne Coupes have a giant 12.0in touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard, and this is one of the better systems of its kind for features. It mixes sharp graphics with quick responses from the software and, in the main, uses good-sized icons that are easy to recognise quickly. Because the menus are particularly richly layered, though, it helps to be tech-savvy and have a good memory in order to work your way around them. And, because so many features are loaded onto the touchscreen, you can find your attention drifting away from the most important task – driving. That's why we prefer the less distracting menus and physical rotary controller, which supplements the touchscreen, in BMW’s X6.
Sat-nav, a DAB radio and Bluetooth are standard, as is smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay, but no Android Auto. There is, though, 4G online connectivity and a Porsche app that, among other things, allows you to you send destinations to the car from your smartphone; both of these are fairly common features among the Cayenne's rivals, as well.
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 Burmester upgrade above that, but it's mega expensive.
Dense and squidgy plastics are mixed with supple leather to give the interior a suitably premium, expensive feel. If you’re prepared to pay for even more individuality, you can delve into the options lists and add an extended leather pack for the dashboard and doors, decorative contrasting stitching, two-tone seat leathers, or various carbon trims inserts.