The Cayenne might not be the roomiest SUV on sale but it does have one of the plushest cabins around – besides the rather outdated infotainment system
The Cayenne’s sporty interior has loads of plush materials but it feels a little old-fashioned compared to the Audi Q7’s cabin. The button-heavy centre console and rather small seven-inch infotainment display don’t look particularly befitting of an expensive luxury SUV.
Plenty of plush materials and some cold-to-the-touch metal trims help the Cayenne claw back some points in the style stakes, and it feels more solidly put together than the likes of the BMW X5 or Mercedes GLE.
The standard leather-trimmed seats are comfortable and supportive enough, but Turbo models come with 18-way adjustable sports seats with memory functions as standard – handy if you regularly lend you car to someone else. You can get these upgraded perches on cheaper models but they’ll set you back a hefty £1,338.
You get plenty of scope to personalise your Cayenne’s cabin – nearly everything can be trimmed in sumptuous leather or suede-like Alcantara and in a range of colours. Don’t expect these upgraded materials to be cheap, however – leather grab handles on the roof will set you back a faintly ridiculous £644.
In typical Porsche fashion, you’ll need to to stump up some serious cash for some must-have options – even a digital radio costs extra
All Cayennes get a seven-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation as standard. The screen isn’t particularly bright but you won’t have too much trouble reading its clear menus on the move – even in direct sunlight.
A selection of shortcut buttons under the touchscreen make it easy to quickly access key features but the system’s a little slow to respond at times. At least its directions are easy to follow – once you’ve fiddled about inputting a postcode – and handy navigation icons are displayed on a screen between the rev counter and temperature gauge to help make sure you don’t miss a turning.
Android Auto smartphone mirroring isn’t available on any models but Apple CarPlay comes as standard across the range. As a result, you can use your iPhone’s music-streaming or satellite-navigation apps through the car’s built-in screen instead of Porsche’s own systems.
The Cayenne’s standard stereo sounds pretty good, but you’ll have to pay £336 for DAB digital radio. The upgraded Bose stereo is another worthy upgrade and costs a (comparatively) reasonable £956. Its 14 speakers are clear and bassy enough to make the most of your music library and a good deal more cost-effective than the £3,359 Burmester system.