The interior layout, fit and finish
Given the rough and ready exterior of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, it’s perhaps a little disappointing that the interior is almost indistinguishable from the standard coupé. The only real indication that you’re in a Cross Turismo is the optional compass mounted on the top of the dashboard – this also shows your altitude and the time on a digital display.
That said, we’re not going to complain too much, because the standard Taycan’s interior is a superb piece of design. Every surface, switch and knob in the Cross Turismo feels suitably upmarket (something that isn't the case in the Tesla Model S) and it’s absolutely packed full of tech.
For example, you can have four giant screens in the Cross Turismo. Three of them – the one behind the steering wheel and the two touchscreens in the middle of the dashboard – are standard, but you can pay extra to have one for your front passenger, too, which allows him or her to see things like your speed, or play with the sat nav and music.
The instrument cluster behind the steering wheel is a sleek-looking 16.8-inch curved digital screen that’s fully customisable and can show all sorts of information, from navigation instructions to how much G-force you’re generating in the corners. The majority of the car's features are controlled using a central 8.4in touchscreen which has haptic feedback and the 10.9in infotainment screen above it. There are not many physical buttons and finding touchscreen icons while driving isn’t very easy.
The Cross Turismo’s lower screen is awkward to operate without contorting your arm and you can easily catch it with your palm when trying to steady your hand to use the upper screen (the Model S's large touchscreen is easier to use). Then there are the multi-layered menus to consider, which require a bit of time to get used to. Wireless phone charging comes as standard, as does Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring (not Android Auto), which adds lots of functionality. The optional Burmester sound system is pricey but excellent.
In terms of driving position, the steering wheel and driver’s seat have the same wide range of movement as the standard Taycan, which makes it easy to get comfortable. The Cross Turismo’s raised ride height means you do feel as though you’re sitting much higher than in the regular car – it’s more like a Porsche Macan than a 911 in terms of visibility. We suspect that will be a disappointment to keen drivers, but we actually found it to be the perfect set-up for attacking tight B-roads with high hedgerows and dry-stone walls.
The higher seating position also makes navigating junctions less stressful than if you were lower down. Rear visibility is better than the standard Porsche Taycan thanks to a larger rear window, but your over-the-shoulder view is compromised by thick rear pillars. Front and rear parking sensors are standard, but a rear-view camera is optional. Standard fit LED headlights should also help visibility at night, while adaptive Matrix LED headlights are standard on the Turbo models.
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