The Taycan's interior is nearly fully digital. The only traditional buttons left are the ones located on the steering wheel. There are two screens located in the center console. The top screen takes care of all the infotainment, while the bottom screen takes care of the climate control. Even the instrument cluster is digital, and the absence of the traditionally centrally-located tachometer in a Porsche is strange. If three screens aren't enough, you can also add another screen in front of the passenger seat to keep them occupied on longer journeys.
The rest of the car is traditional Porsche, which is a good thing. The build quality is superb, the seats are supportive in all the right places, and you get a generous helping of standard features. The only drawback is the slight lack of space for rear passengers.
The Taycan has a standard 2+2 layout, but you have the option of fitting a small middle seat to increase the capacity to five. The Taycan does a fine job of feeling sporty even when standing still. The front seats are mounted low to the ground, which is impressive considering that there's also a large battery beneath the floor.
The front legroom is generous, but you notice the difference in wheelbase size between the Taycan and the Panamera in the rear. The sloping roof isn't ideal for rear passengers, but only people over six feet will find it uncomfortable. The standard heated front seats come with eight-way power adjustment, but 14-way comfort seats and 18-way sports seats are available. The view from the driver's seat is good, but the high parcel shelf obstructs the view out of the back somewhat.
|Porsche Taycan Trims||Base||4S||GTS|
The Taycan has three standard interior colors to choose from with partial leather seats. The options are Black, Slate Grey, and a Black/Limestone Beige combo. Porsche forces you to pay an additional $4,130 for a full leather interior, which is a bit cheeky at a near $80,000 asking price for the entry-level model. If you want a combination of two leather interior colors, you have to fork out $4,700. Color choices here include Blackberry/Slate Grey and Black/Bordeaux Red. The full leather interior can also be swapped out for a Race-Tex interior for $4,130 in a single color or $4,700 for a two-tone combination.
For the ultimate in upholstery, you have to pay $6,570 for the Olea Club Leather option. This beautiful upholstery is available in Basalt Black and Truffle Brown. Basalt Black/Atacama Beige or Basalt Black/Meranti Brown combinations are also available and cost $7,140. In order to get access to this upholstery, you have to pay extra for sportier seats, which retail for between $1,510 and $1,930.
While black interior accents are standard, you can also get optional Paldao wood trim, aluminum Rhombus, or a brushed aluminum. Carbon fiber interior trim is also available.
With the batteries stowed neatly under the floor and no engine in the front, the Taycan has two luggage compartments. The frunk is 2.9 cubic feet large, and the actual trunk is rated at 14.3 cubes. Combined, that's nearly as big as the Panamera's trunk capacity. It's reasonably practical, but you do have to pack carefully. This is another department where the Tesla Model S trumps the Taycan. It has a combined 28.4 cubic feet of frunk and trunk space. For more packing space, the Taycan offers a 60/40-split-folding rear seat design.
The interior storage spaces are adequate. The Taycan has front and rear door pockets, dual cupholders front and rear, and a good, old-fashioned glovebox.
|Porsche Taycan Trims||Base||4S||GTS|
|Trunk Volume||14.3 cu. ft.||14.3 cu. ft.||14.3 cu. ft.|
The base Porsche Taycan EV boasts the same standard features as the 4S. The list includes eight-way power-adjustable power front seats with heating, dual-zone climate control, auto LED headlights, USB charging ports for front and rear passengers (charge-only ports at the back), and interior LED ambient lighting. In terms of safety gear, the Taycan has a rearview camera, front/rear parking sensors, cruise control, lane keep assist, and traffic sign recognition. It's an okay-ish specification level, but all the great features are optional extras. Once again, it's a bit cheeky to charge customers for things like ventilated front seats, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view camera on an $80,000 car.
If you like screens, look no further than the Taycan. There are a total of three, and you can add a fourth and fifth as optional extras. Since this is the driver's EV, let's start with the 16.8-inch curved digital instrument cluster. This display gives you all the vital car-based information, but it can also display functions like navigation or music streaming. Next up, we have the top display in the center console. It's a 10.9-inch screen and it's primarily for infotainment. Below that is another screen with a portrait layout. It can also be used to access numerous functions, but it's best to leave it on something that you interact with regularly, like climate control. The 10.9-inch optional screen for the passenger is a $1,130 option, and you can add a 5.9-inch touchscreen for the rear passengers, too.
The interaction with these screens is a mixed bag. Navigating it is easy enough thanks to wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto but accessing the rest of the functions can be tricky. The screens use haptic feedback, which is essentially a clicking sound and a vibration that's meant to mimic a traditional button's feel. Sometimes it works beautifully; other times, it doesn't. When it's feeling finicky, it takes your eyes off the road for more time than we would have liked. We think some hard buttons for essential functions would be a welcome addition. Still, at least you get standard items like SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth, navigation, and HD Radio.
As standard, you get a 10-speaker sound system, but you can upgrade to a 14-speaker Bose system or a sublime 21-speaker Burmester surround sound system.