The interior of the 2022 Porsche Cayenne, as with any other Porsche, is simply exquisite. It's beautifully finished, impeccably built, and attractively designed. It's spacious too, and there's an abundance of tech, although we would prefer at least a few physical buttons, knobs, or dials on the center console or in the dash instead of the overwhelming obsession with touch-sensitive surfaces that are both magnets for fingerprints and dust and are tricky to operate when on the move. Some of the tech is welcome though, like dual-zone climate control (four-zone is available), eight-way power front seats, and keyless ignition. Adaptive sports seats are also offered.
The Cayenne SUV is sold in what Porsche called a 4+1 seating arrangement, but the truth is that, unlike many other similarly marketed vehicles, you can realistically fit three adults in the rear seats without much complaint. Getting in and out is easy and there's an abundance of headroom and legroom for all passengers. Up front, eight-way power-adjustable seats are standard and offer a good blend of support and comfort. The driver will also find that all-round visibility is excellent. No matter your stature, finding a good driving position is a breeze.
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Much like with the exterior paint finishes, the options for customizing the interior of the Porsche Cayenne SUV are abundant, with the ability for buyers to spec different materials and colors for everything from the seats to the trim accents and even the floor mats. Detailing each and every option available is nearly impossible, but the standard configurations of each model include a partial leather finish for the seats and most of the cabin, which is available in a choice of Black or Slate Grey at no charge. Black/Mojave Beige is a $390 option. Full leather in Black or Slate Grey is offered at $3,760 while two-tone finishes like Black/Bordeaux Red, Black/Mojave Beige, Slate Grey/Mojave Beige, and Graphite Blue/Chalk will set you back $4,180. Alternatively, Club leather in either Truffle Brown ($5,170) or Truffle Brown/Cohiba Brown ($5,740) is available.
Platinum trims have Chalk-colored seat belts and door sill guards in brushed aluminum. Textured aluminum trim is standard on these, while the other models have access to aluminum, wood, carbon fiber, or leather accents. Prices for these vary as you go up the trim range, so be careful when ticking boxes or you may need to apply for two more mortgages.
The Cayenne's abilities extend beyond its performance on the road and off it, although most buyers are unlikely to ever take advantage of the latter. What all buyers will make use of, however, is its cargo area. Accessed via an automatic rear hatch, the rear of the Cayenne offers an impressive 27.2 cubic feet of volume. As good as this is, family-conscious buyers may wish to take note of the fact that the BMW X5 offers a whopping 33.9 cubic feet of cargo volume. Nevertheless, there's enough space for all occupants to bring a medium-sized suitcase each, and if that's not enough, you can fold the rear seats to reveal a space of 60.3 cubic feet. The X5 still outperforms it though, offering 72.3 cubes. As usual, the extra space taken up by battery packs and electric motors diminishes cargo capacity for the E-Hybrid variant, so this model only offers 22.7 cubes with the seats up and 56.8 with them down.
In the cabin, you get door pockets, center armrest storage, a spot for your phone in the center console, and a medium-size glovebox.
Although this is the most expensive and biggest SUV that Porsche makes, it isn't exactly packed to the brim with standard features. What you do get, though, is auto stop/start, 4D-Chassis Control, rain-sensing wipers, heated power wing mirrors, an auto rear hatch, LED headlights with cornering, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, keyless ignition, forward collision detection with automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, and parking sensors at either end of the car. If you're willing to spend more than the base model's asking price, you can have a panoramic sunroof, adaptive air suspension, adaptive LED Matrix headlights, a surround-view camera, a night vision camera, a head-up display, adaptive front seats, heated and ventilated seats in both rows, massaging front seats, keyless entry, ambient lighting, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, rear-axle steering, lane keep assist, and soft-close doors. Four-zone climate control is also available.
The standard infotainment system in the Cayenne is a rather impressive piece of kit, boasting a stunning 12.3-inch touchscreen display hooked up to a 10-speaker sound system. You also get wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, SiriusXM satellite radio with a three-month trial, HD Radio, and voice control. Four USB-C ports and Bluetooth are also included, along with an auxiliary audio input jack. You can upgrade by moving up the trim ladder or ticking the boxes for extras such as wireless charging, a six-disc CD changer, a Bose sound system with 14 speakers, or even a Burmester 3D surround sound audio setup with 21 individually controlled speakers. Navigation is a standard feature on all models. We would prefer some physical buttons to make navigation of the menus easier when on the move.