2008 Porsche Cayenne Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Porsche Cayenne was new.
Critics appreciate the Cayenne's luxurious five-seat interior, which carries over mostly unchanged from the previous model and ranks near the very top of its class. Kelley Blue Book says, "While the Cayenne is the most commodious of all Porsche models, its interior retains the same sophisticated luxury feel offered by sports cars like the 911."
Most reviewers like the interior controls, which are simple and do not include "any form of multifunction knob-controlled system as seen on virtually every new luxury vehicle from foreign manufacturers," Forbes continues. "While tech heads might consider Porsche to be behind the curve in this regard, we consider the lack of a single knob controller that governs all interior functions to be a serious advantage for the Cayenne."
However, Autobytel still finds the controls daunting: "Glance at the Cayenne's center stack with the intention of changing a radio station, adjusting cabin temperature, or programming the navigation system and the daunting array of small buttons with even smaller and sometimes enigmatic markings is enough to make anyone decide that listening to James Blunt, sweating on leather in cotton chinos, or being lost in a graffiti-ravaged neighborhood isn't so bad after all."
The 2008 Cayenne boasts two rows of seats finished in leather, with standard 12-way electrically adjustable front seats. As well as fore/aft, height, backrest and seat adjustment, both front seats are equipped with lumbar supports featuring electrically adjustable height and depth. Autobytel praises the front seats for being "supportive without confining the driver and front passenger," and says, "it's easy to find a proper driving position." MSN similarly reports, "Front seats are large and well-bolstered for lively driving."
While front seats are very comfortable, some reviewers aren't as thrilled about the second row. MSN continues, "The center of the back seat is too stiff for comfort," and Autobytel similarly notes the rear seats are "roomy in terms of leg and head room but the bottom cushion is mounted rather low. However, though it negates a good outward view, in this case the low hip point doesn't compromise thigh support." MSN points out another potential irritant for rear passengers, "Rear door openings are narrow, forcing occupants to twist ankles to clear door frames to exit."
The Cayenne Turbo has a special Comfort Seat Package (optional on the Cayenne and Cayenne S) featuring 12-way electrical adjustment and an enhanced memory function for up to three sets of occupant preferences. The driver-side memory stores seat, exterior mirrors, steering wheel and belt-height positions. On the passenger side, up to three seat positions can be saved and retrieved as required.
All Cayenne models are also available with an optional Sports Seat Package (a no-cost option on the Cayenne Turbo) that features higher side bolsters and a contoured backrest for greater lateral support. All adjustment options are identical to those on the Comfort Seat Package (standard seats on the Cayenne Turbo).
The 2008 Porsche Cayenne comes with plenty of standard equipment, but Forbes still finds it "lacking compared to competing models, and the price hike of the top Turbo model to be appallingly high."
All Cayennes come with central locking, electrically operated and heated side mirrors, air conditioning, power windows, a 12-speaker CD audio system, cruise control, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with manual height and reach adjustment, and leather upholstery on the seats and steering wheel.
The Cayenne S adds a fully automatic climate control system, among other features. The Cayenne Turbo adds an electrically adjustable and automatically heated steering wheel, more leather surfaces, a ParkAssist audio/visual parking aid, and a Bose Surround Sound System.
Stereo and Entertainment
Forbes may like the overall controls, but isn't so pleased with the stereo controls: "For instance, the steering-wheel stereo controls still 'seek' up and down through radio stations rather than scrolling through presets, and the 10 radio presets on the stereo head unit in the center console are small and hard to distinguish by touch."
For those who want an upgrade from the 12-speaker CD audio system, the Bose Surround Sound System (standard on the Turbo and optional on the other models) boasts a 250-watt amplifier, 13 loudspeakers and a 100-watt subwoofer.
For added entertainment, there's an optional Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment system that includes two video displays, one media player, two wireless infrared headphones and a remote control. The seven-inch swivel-mounted TFT (thin film transistor) displays are trimmed in matching interior leather and mounted on the front seat backrests. XM Satellite Radio is optional and comes with a 90-day free trial subscription. A 6-disc CD changer with anti-shock memory is also optional.
The 2008 Cayenne provides approximately 19.1 cubic feet of cargo space and a total load capacity of 1,731 lbs. in the base model (with manual transmission), 1,841 lbs. in the Cayenne S and up to 1,598 lbs. in the Cayenne Turbo. To increase cargo space, the rear-seat backrest has a 60/40 split-folding capability. When the backrest is fully folded, the load space expands to as much as 62.5 cubic feet.
The tailgate comes with a power closing function via controls on the driver door, tailgate and key remote (standard for 2008) that MSN says "moves up and down fairly quickly." A Power Tailgate is available as an option, offering a programmable height setting and push-button opening and closing.
The Cayenne also includes two additional spaces (one on vehicles with four-zone air conditioning) concealed behind the side trim panels in the luggage compartment (volume may vary depending on optional equipment). To load smaller items, the rear window can be opened independently using either the key remote or a button next to the rear wiper.
The optional Cargo Management System package enables you to partition the luggage compartment and secure individual objects during transit. The partitions are created using a special rail system with sliding telescopic bar. Objects can be secured using a fixing belt and four variable lashing eyelets. A reversible mat protects against dirt while securing luggage, and a luggage net is also included.