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Porsche Panamera Interior

The 2015 Porsche Panamera has an elegant interior that's well-built and features first-rate materials, reviewers write. The Panamera's tech features are controlled by individual buttons rather than a single knob, which most critics say can seem overwhelming at first, but is easy to acclimate to. Most test drivers say the Panamera has spacious rear seats and a large cargo area, but they mention that rearward visibility is poor.

  • "The interior is a statement to Porsche luxury and technology, and fit/finish is impeccable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Likewise, the well-tailored cabin carries forward the upscale feel." -- Car and Driver (2014)
  • "… 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)

Seating

The 2015 Panamera seats four and comes standard with partial leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats and heated front seats. Available features include full leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, 14- or 18-way power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front and rear seats, heated rear seats, eight-way power-adjustable rear seats and power rear-seat sunshades. Executive models have a longer wheelbase and more rear-seat legroom.

Test drivers write that the front seats are spacious and comfortable. Most say the rear seats offer ample head- and legroom in the standard-wheelbase model, and enough room to cross your legs in Executive models. However, some note that the rear seats can feel a bit confining because they're mounted low and separated by a console. Reviewers agree that rearward visibility is poor due to the Panamera's tiny rear window and thick roof pillars.

  • "Seating is terrific for those in front, with plenty of space even for taller folks, but less so for those in the rear - the exception being the long-wheelbase trims that offer good legroom but still somewhat claustrophobic accommodations." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's ample legroom for tall rear passengers even in the standard-wheelbase models, while the Executive's stretched wheelbase enables crossed-leg cruising. On the downside, the seats are mounted low and separated by a substantial driveline 'hump' in the middle, creating a somewhat claustrophobic feel relative to traditional luxury sedans." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2014)
  • "And though the cabin is narrow, the back seats offer vast headroom and more than enough legroom for a quartet of adults." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "The Panamera's unique shape and high beltline cause some rear visibility issues." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "Visibility is hindered to the front, sides, and rear corners by thick roof pillars, and the rear window is but a slit." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Porsche Panamera include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors and the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, an 11-speaker audio system, USB and auxiliary audio inputs and Bluetooth. Available features include a rearview camera, a surround-view parking camera system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, quad-zone automatic climate control, a cooled rear-seat storage compartment, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, a 16-speaker Burmester surround-sound audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 7-inch screens.

While many luxury cars now use a single knob to control the majority of their tech features, the Porsche Panamera has a separate button for each feature. Test drivers agree that the wide array of buttons can seem overwhelming at first, but most think they are well-organized and fairly easy to learn.

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  • "On the infotainment front, the Panamera lacks the knob-based control system that's typical for this class, which explains why the driver has more than 80 buttons and switches (we counted) to keep straight. Happily, these controls are laid out in a generally sensible manner, so there's not a huge learning curve for new owners." -- Edmunds
  • "Expectedly, the sound system is magnificent and there is enough technology to suit the most committed early-adopter, but we counted about 75 control functions that are reachable from the driver's seat." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Cargo

The Panamera hatchback has 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 44.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. With the rear seats upright, the Panamera’s cargo space is comparable to the trunk space in many large sedans. With the rear seats folded, cargo space is excellent for the class. Because its battery takes up cargo space, the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid has 11.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 40.7 with them folded. The 2015 Panamera comes standard with a power liftgate. Some critics note that the opening for the cargo area is a bit narrow and that the cargo floor is high, so loading large items can be difficult. A few auto writers also report that there are a number of storage areas in the cabin, but they say that most of them aren't very spacious.

  • "Note that the hatch opening is rather narrow, and the high cargo bed makes loading bulky items a bit of a chore." -- Edmunds
  • "Also, its larger rear end results in a hatchback cargo space that's big enough for most tasks a family can throw at it." -- 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)
  • "We opened the power-assisted rear hatch and dropped in two pieces of checked luggage, two carry-on bags, and our large camera bag. It swallowed all with room to spare." -- Autoblog (2010)
Review Last Updated: 4/21/15

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