2013 Porsche Panamera Interior
This interior review was written when the 2013 Porsche Panamera was new.
Although some critics write that its button-heavy center console can be intimidating at first glance, the 2013 Porsche Panamera wins points for its opulent, comfortable interior and top-notch materials.
- "… we love the gorgeous interior, though there are many similarly sized buttons that don't enhance usability." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Regardless of model, the interior of the Panamera is at once luxurious and purposeful." -- Edmunds
- "… the Panamera has a wonderful, architectural-quality interior, leather-stitched to a fare-thee-well and glowing with sloped banks of beautifully detailed switches and indirect cabin lighting." -- The Wall Street Journal
- "The interior is a statement to Porsche luxury and technology, and fit and finish is impeccable." -- Kelley Blue Book
The Panamera seats four, and although one auto writer says that the back seat could be more spacious, most reviewers note that the Panamera offers comfortable accommodations regardless of where you sit. They say that there’s plenty of head- and legroom in both rows, though poor rearward visibility concerns one critic, who needed to rely on the optional parking sensors and rearview camera when backing up. Leather-trimmed seats and eight-way power-adjustable front seats comes standard on the 2013 Panamera, while available features include full leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, 14- and 18-way power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel.
- "And though the cabin is narrow, the back seats offer vast headroom and more than enough legroom for a quartet of adults." -- Automobile Magazine
- "All four seats are similar in appearance and comfort. These well-formed seats have integrated headrests and provide excellent levels of support when cornering as well as plenty of comfort during long-distance touring." -- Edmunds
- "While the Panamera excels in the areas of performance and styling, its rear-seat accommodations are not all that roomy or comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Panamera's unique shape and high beltline cause some rear visibility issues. However, my test car came equipped with optional park assist sensors and a backup camera." -- Cars.com
The 2013 Porsche Panamera comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation and an 11-speaker stereo with a USB port and Bluetooth. Options and features available on higher trims include front and rear parking sensors, Bose and Burmester sound systems, four-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera, a rear-seat refrigerator, adaptive cruise control and a blind spot monitoring system.
Most super luxury cars use a single interface to control all vehicle climate and entertainment functions, such as BMW’s iDrive or Audi’s MMI. Porsche’s approach is slightly different, with separate buttons that control functions independently. While some test drivers say that the button-heavy look can be intimidating, most agree that it’s easy to make adjustments once you learn where everything is. The Panamera earns praise for its stereo systems' excellent sound, but one test driver notes that the optional backup camera will only work if the stereo is turned on.
- "The LCD screen integrated into the round gauges is an awesome touch, and the Panamera's sound systems are fantastic." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The Panamera lacks a centralized control system like BMW's iDrive, and as a result, there are more than 80 buttons and knobs littering the cockpit. Fortunately, these buttons are logically grouped and placed, and after a short time, operation becomes intuitive. Some might even find the multitude of controls preferable to shuffling through multilevel on-screen menus." -- Edmunds
- "The display graphics and instrumentation aren't quite as evolved as those in the new Audis, but who buys a 430-hp car for graphics?" -- The Wall Street Journal
- "While the park assist sensors were a great help, the backup camera only turned on when the radio/nav system was on. From a safety perspective, the backup camera should turn on every time you put the car in Reverse, regardless of whether your radio is turned on or not." -- Cars.com
The Panamera has a unique hatchback design and more cargo space than you’ll find in most super luxury cars. There’s 15.7 cubic feet of space behind the second row. Fold the rear seats down, and cargo capacity expands to 44.6 cubic feet. Reviewers generally like the hatch, which is power-activated and can be adjusted to open at different heights.
- "… the utility of this sport sedan is further aided by the unique hatchback configuration that allows for ample luggage space or, when needed, generous cargo capacity when its rear seats are folded forward." -- Edmunds
- "The Panamera's cargo space is incredibly impressive. It swallowed everything we threw at it, even when we needed extra space to fit a large box for our puppies' new dog run; the 50/50-split backseat folded nearly flat to increase the cargo space exponentially." -- Cars.com
- "The hatch is powered and its opening height can be adjusted, handy for the very short or tall." -- Consumer Guide