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MPG: 18 City / 28 Hwy
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Porsche Panamera Interior

The 2014 Porsche Panamera earns praise for its opulent interior, as reviewers comment that it has great build quality and is fitted with luxurious materials. Test drivers are also impressed with the overall versatility of the Panamera, from its four comfortable seats to its spacious cargo hold.

  • "The interior is a statement to Porsche luxury and technology, and fit and finish is impeccable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Likewise, the well-tailored cabin carries forward the upscale feel." -- Car and Driver
  • "Regardless of model, the interior of the Panamera is at once luxurious and purposeful. With uncharacteristically comfortable seating for four adults, 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 (2013)
  • "… 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 (2013)
  • "Interiors are richly appointed with fine materials and plenty of padded surfaces. An Alcantara headliner and wood trim are standard on the Turbo and optional otherwise. Also offered are aluminum and carbon-fiber trim. All look expensive, and are." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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Seating

The Panamera seats four and comes standard with leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats. Seating options include adaptive sport seats in the front and rear with greater side support, as well as ventilated front seats and heated, ventilated and power-adjustable rear seats. Executive models (Panamera 4S, Turbo and Turbo S trims) have a 5.9-inch longer wheelbase compared with regular Panamera models and increased rear legroom.

Auto writers report that the Panamera's front and rear seats are supremely comfortable and supportive with ample legroom, even in the rear seats of regular-wheelbase models. Reviewers write that the Executive models have enough space for occupants to sit cross-legged, but critics note that the sloping roofline can limit rear headroom.

  • "We sat in the back to experience all that leg room and to order the driver around a little. It felt fine. but we'd rather drive." -- AutoWeek (Executive model)
  • "It's surprisingly roomy, with ample leg- and headroom in all four seating positions, even in the standard-wheelbase version. Your six-foot-two author had no trouble fitting in the back when the driver's seat was set to his preferences." -- Car and Driver
  • "The rear of the Panamera Executive version is a very comfortable place to be." -- Motor Trend
  • "Seating is terrific for those in front, with plenty of space even for taller folks, but less so for those in the rear due to the sloped roof." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "All four seats are similar in appearance and comfort, with integrated headrests and excellent support for both aggressive cornering and long-distance touring. The standard Panamera's rear quarters provide enough room for tall adults, and the seats can be fitted with options to make them power-adjustable, heated and cooled. The stretched-wheelbase Executive models, meanwhile, give rear passengers enough room to cross their legs. Keep in mind, however, that it still feels as if you're sitting in the back of a really large sports car rather than a traditional full-size luxury sedan: Intrusion from driveline components makes for a narrow occupant compartment, and the seats themselves are mounted low, so it's tough for rear passengers to see out the front of the Porsche sedan." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Standard features on the Panamera include dual-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, the Porsche Communication Management system, navigation, Bluetooth and an 11-speaker audio system. Available features, depending on the trim level, include a 14-speaker Bose sound system, a 16-speaker Burmester sound system, HD Radio, satellite radio, a rear-seat entertainment system, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, rear window sunshades, a rearview camera and a surround-view camera that gives a 360-degree view around the Panamera.

Test drivers report that the Panamera's center stack is fairly overwhelming at first since there are a lot of buttons to control climate and audio functions. Still, most critics note that the buttons are logically arranged and easy to use once they are learned.

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  • "The Panamera lacks a knob-based 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, although the standard touchscreen display gives you opportunities to do that, too." -- Edmunds
  • "Expectedly, the sound system is magnificent and there is enough technology to suit the most committed early-adopter. ..." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "From the driver's seat, the Panamera GTS looks like a super high-tech jet cockpit. At first glance, all the buttons seem like overkill; however, taking just a couple of minutes to locate the essentials and understand how things were organized clarified things for me." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "There are a lot of buttons, but in most ways, they are far quicker to actuate. However, they're not always logically grouped, and some audio functions aren't intuitive." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Cargo

Panamera and Panamera Executive models offer up to 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and up to 44.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The Panamera S E-Hybrid has slightly less cargo space, at 11.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 40.7 with them folded. The Panamera’s cargo space with the rear seats upright is comparable to the trunk space in many large sedans, while space with the rear seats folded is excellent for the class. Some critics note that the opening for the cargo area is a bit narrow and that it can be hard to load cumbersome items, but others are impressed with the amount of space there is. Test drivers note that there are numerous storage areas in the cabin, but most of them aren't especially spacious.

  • "No matter the model, the hatch opening is a bit narrow, and the high cargo bed isn't very receptive to bulky items." -- 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 (2013)
  • "The seat backs fold easily but not entirely flat. The interior features a fair number of storage bins and cubbies, but none are very large." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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