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Porsche Cayenne Coupe
The Top Gear car review:Porsche Cayenne Coupe
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
It’s wise to start at the back, for that’s where the Coupe differs over lesser Cayennes. While the Panamera’s recently added Sport Turismo variant brought space alongside its svelter looks, the opposite has happened here.
The roof has dropped 20mm over the rear passengers’ heads, and while their seats have been dropped accordingly, headroom does present itself as an issue for anyone measuring six feet or more, who’ll find their head brushing the ceiling in a way it doesn’t in a standard Cayenne. For anyone else, it should be cavernous.
The total boot capacity is down 145 litres with the seats up, 170 litres seats down, though at around 1,500 litres in the latter state it’s still pretty roomy. Albeit with a fairly high floor for loading stuff onto.
If you want five seats, you can’t have the carbon roof, which only comes as part of an incongruously named ‘Lightweight Sport Package’ that shaves arguably negligible kilos from a two-tonne-plus SUV. You want a lightweight sporty Porsche, go buy a GT3.
In fact, trim and colour options are dizzying, with Alcantara and leather seemingly ready to be draped alternately across every surface bar the windows. You even get a 911 R-esque houndstooth cloth pattern in the middle of the seats if you’ve specced the lightweight pack. Y’know, just to really stick two fingers up to the purists. It does look damn good, mind, especially with a suede-like steering wheel before it.
Up front, like all Cayennes, there’s a mixture of glossy, haptic-feedback buttons and touchscreen functionality. It’s all a bit dizzying at first, with much to get your head around, but spend a few hours in the car and you ought to suss out what’s what. The widescreen nav display is especially satisfying, though it’s not as traffic smart as the best phone apps.
In keeping with its enthusiast ethos, Porsche has stuck with a fixed analogue rev counter slap bang in the middle of the dial display, and much of the digital display around it is configurable to your needs and desires. A head-up display is optional and perhaps wise if you’re to avoid troubling yourself with all the readouts you can have staring back at you from behind the steering wheel.