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MSRP: $70,900 - $70,900
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MPG: 20 City / 24 Hwy
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Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Interior

Automotive journalists write that the 2014 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid's cabin is solidly crafted with luxurious materials, including leather, metal, wood and carbon fiber trim. Most test drivers write that the front seats are spacious and supportive and the rear seats offer plenty of room. Although the center stack and console are filled with buttons for controlling various climate, stereo and navigation functions, most critics agree that the button layout is intuitive and preferable to a multi-menu central controller system, which many rivals use. The Cayenne Hybrid’s cargo space is a bit small for the class.

  • "Like other Porsches, the Cayenne features high-end interior materials and excellent build quality. Handsome wood inserts, alloy trim and leather upholstery create a luxurious ambience, and you can add even more leather and wood if you like, not to mention carbon fiber and/or faux suede embellishments." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside the 2014 Porsche Cayenne are sumptuous, finely stitched leather and overlays of wood and metal. The look strongly recalls the up-market Porsche Panamera sedan." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Running your hands over the exquisitely supple, French-stitched leather on the dash, seats, and door panels is a truly sensory experience." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
  • "The cabin felt like a design cocoon of fine materials, leather, metals and woods." -- Forbes (2012)

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Seating

The Cayenne Hybrid comes standard with leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Front seats with greater side support, as well as heated and ventilated front seats, are optional. Test drivers report that the front seats have plenty of head- and legroom, though rearward visibility is somewhat compromised by large roof pillars. Some reviewers find the Cayenne Hybrid's front seats to be a bit too firm, though others appreciate the ample side support of the optional sport seats. Other auto journalists write that the rear seats have plenty of space.

  • "There was ample room for two adults in the rear seats, but no third row is offered." -- MarketWatch (2012)
  • "Our favorite upgrade, though, is the new seating, with excellent bolstering and support." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)
  • "Headroom and legroom are generous. A wide range of seat travel in most all directions means drivers of most any size will find a comfortable position. A tilt and telescopic steering wheel is standard; power operation is offered, but we wish it were standard as well. Entry and exit can be tricky as you have to climb over the prominent lower-seat bolsters. Visibility is good, but thick roof pillars partially obstruct the view to the rear corners." -- Consumer Guide (2011)
  • "First, though multi-adjustable, heated, and cooled, the Porsche seats are a little on the firm side for a long day at the wheel. Mrs. MacKenzie and I climbed out of the yellow Cayenne each day with random aches and pains. I don't think it's because we're getting old, because we were just fine after a couple of recent 500-mile stints in a Mercedes S-Class. We'd like a little more seat padding, please." -- Motor Trend (2011)

Interior Features

Standard equipment on the Cayenne Hybrid includes a 10-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touch screen and dual-zone automatic climate control. Available features include four-zone automatic climate control, navigation, Bluetooth, the Porsche Communication Management system, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, a Bose sound system and a Burmester sound system.

According to test drivers, the Cayenne Hybrid's center stack and console are peppered with an abundance of buttons. While some find the number of buttons overwhelming at first, most agree that they are logically laid out and easier to master than the central command systems found in many rivals. Reviewers add that the Burmester audio system has excellent sound. Some critics note that the rear parking sensors are a bit too sensitive in city traffic.

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  • "The center console, adorned with upward of 50 buttons, rises to meet the dash and its large touchscreen display, creating an enveloping driver's environment. With so many buttons, it can be difficult to find what you're looking for at first, but the touchscreen menus are straightforward and the system is quick to process inputs. Overall, it's a solid system and not any more difficult to use than the dial/knob-based systems in rival luxury SUVs." -- Edmunds
  • "Like all of Porsche's current offerings, the Cayenne's cockpit is filled with buttons, knobs and switches, and while that might sound complex, most of us still find operating conventional controls far less distracting than sifting through multiple on-screen menus." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Yet after a couple of days things fell readily to hand, and I must admit in the end I preferred all those levers and buttons to trying to figure out options and systems on a navi screen." -- MarketWatch (2012)
  • "One tiny element that was disconcerting in city conditions were parking sensors that seem to erupt at every corner, and the red alert diagram on the information screen did not help me see when a car was coming way too close, or if it was still over three feet away. Perhaps this feature could be disabled, but it proved more cumbersome, in an old world tech way, than effective." -- Forbes (2012)
  • "And that Burmester stereo is fabulous." -- Motor Trend (2011)

Cargo

The Cayenne Hybrid offers up to 59.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, which is somewhat low for the class. Critics remark that the Cayenne Hybrid doesn't offer as much cargo space as rivals and add that small-item storage cubbies in the cabin are adequately sized.

  • "The Cayenne has a maximum luggage capacity of 62.9 cubic feet (a figure reduced to 59.7 and 60.2, respectively for the Hybrid and Turbo models). This is on the small side for the Cayenne's class." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "One downside is the just under 60 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats down, a bit below the competition." -- MarketWatch (2012)
  • "Under-floor storage ranges from minuscule in conventional models, to non-existent in the Hybrid. Interior storage consists of an average-size glovebox, center console, and door pockets." -- Consumer Guide (2011)
Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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