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Porsche Cayenne

£ 57,195 - £ 123,349
Published: 05 Jun 2019


What is it like on the inside?

The Cayenne inherits its cockpit from the new Panamera. At the centre of it all is a hi-def widescreen that wouldn’t look out of place in your living room. Beneath that, and surrounding the gearlever, is a glassy panel with illuminated icons rather than push buttons.

Touch one and you get a little haptic buzz through your fingertip. Fine when you’re in traffic, but on the move it’d be nice to have a few knobs to grab without taking your eyes off the road. Having said that, there’s also voice control with Alexa-like interpretation skills – just press a button on a wheel-mounted stalk, tell it you’re too cold, and it’ll turn up the heater.

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Behind the wheel is a central rev-counter, flanked by two more screens. The left one renders traditional circular dials like a speedo; the right one can also display sat nav or other information. Combined with the central display, you basically have a mini multiplex to control everything from the angle of the air vents to the ride height of the suspension.

The moulded seats are very similar to those in a 911 and they drop low, which helps you pretend you’re driving a hot hatch not a large Porsche. Rear passengers – even leggy ones – have plenty of room, and there’s an extra 100 litres of bootspace versus the outgoing model, though the luggage compartment isn’t as cavernous as you might expect. The materials, quality and attention to detail are almost beyond reproach.

The Coupe version has notably less headroom and a bit less boot space for - predictably - less money. The regular car is the better bet if roominess is a priority.

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