2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid Interior
The 2012 Panamera S Hybrid boasts an interior that’s nearly the same as the conventionally-powered Panamera, which earns high marks for its high-quality materials and aggressively-styled cockpit. A few changes have been made to monitor the hybrid functions inside this new, more eco-friendly model. These include a gauge that monitors the S Hybrid’s electric charge and an Engine Off Time display, which shows how much drive time has elapsed on just electric power.
- "Inside, there's a new E-Power meter alongside the familiar instruments, and the onboard computer now dishes up some pretty graphics explaining what's propelling what." -- Edmunds
- "The interior is fantastic - one of the best marriages of high-tech, simple luxury and exquisite craftsmanship we've seen." -- Popular Mechanics
Reviewers have yet to comment on the Panamera S Hybrid’s seats. However, test drivers love the seats in the gas-only Panamera, which are identical to those in the S Hybrid.All Panamera models seat four, and auto writers say that the accommodations are impressive regardless of where you sit. There’s very little difference in comfort between the front and rear seats, likely because Porsche took a different approach. It first developed a supportive seat for the car and then mounted the same model in all four positions.
Porsche offers a number of seating and comfort options such as four-zone climate control, as well as heated and ventilated seats. Additionally, Panamera S Hybrid shoppers can opt for 14-way power seats or top-of-the-line adaptive sport seats, which will electrically adjust bolstering for front seat occupants.
So far, reviewer comment on the Panamera S Hybrid’s interior only cites the differences between the S Hybrid and the conventional gas-powered model. A new display, called Engine Off Time, earns positive comments for allowing drivers to track the use of gas and electric motors during their drive. Additionally, the oil gauge has been replaced by an E-Power gauge, which monitors the battery’s charge.
Aside from these minor changes, the S Hybrid’s interior is basically the same as it is in the gas-only Panamera, which earns rave reviews for its high-quality materials and eye-catching design. Unlike the Mercedes S-Class Hybrid or BMW 7-Series Hybrid, which use a single interface to control all vehicle climate and entertainment functions, the Panamera S Hybrid uses separate buttons to control functions independently. Reviewers who’ve tested the non-hybrid Panamera say the button-heavy look can be intimidating, but most agree that after some time is spent at the helm of the Panamera, the controls become more intuitive.
- "The leftmost of the five gauges drops the oil level reading in favor of an E-Power gauge showing whether the battery is being charged or depleted. The digital multi-information gauge adds an abbreviated version of Porsche's Hybrid Management system to its repertoire, indicating which of the Panamera Hybrid's six driving modes is currently being used. An E-Power switch is also added to the center console. Flip it, and the car will resist firing its gasoline engine, traveling further on electric power alone." -- Motor Trend
- "The information system for the Panamera hybrid has a nifty screen called Engine Off Time. It displays a bar graph of how long the engine was on during 5-minute intervals over the last half-hour. You wouldn't think it, but plotting engine-off time gives you a real sense of just how hard the car is working to stay frugal, and just how much your accelerator abuse is meddling with that objective." -- Popular Mechanics
The Panamera S Hybrid’s hatchback design makes it more utilitarian than most super luxury cars. However, like many hybrid versions of gas-only cars, the S Hybrid also loses some trunk space to accommodate its battery pack. Reviewers say that Porsche plans to improve space by eventually fitting the Panamera S Hybrid with smaller lithium-ion batteries, but at the moment, test drivers report that the S Hybrid loses about four cubic feet of cargo space compared to the non-hybrid Panamera.
Porsche says that the Panamera S Hybrid has 40.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, but has yet to report how much space is available with all seats in use. By comparison, the gas-only Panamera offers 15.7 cubic feet of space with the seats up, and 44.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.
- "Since the battery pack is built into the trunk’s floor, you can kiss your spare tire goodbye, though the pack will be replaced by a more compact lithium-ion battery in due course." -- Car and Driver
- "Electric juice comes from the 288-volt nickel-metal-hydride battery pack stashed behind the rear axle, under the rear cargo area, reducing storage capacity by around 4 cubic-feet." -- Motor Trend