Porsche Taycan interior
The Porsche Taycan’s interior looks and feels fantastic, but you can’t get it with Android Auto and the optional fourth touchscreen feels like overkill
The Porsche Taycan’s interior has more high-tech features than any other Porsche on sale but the basic layout of its minimalist cabin isn’t massively different to what you get in a Panamera or a 911. The raised centre console and letter-box windscreen make you feel cocooned in the driver’s seat and the lozenge-like array of instruments in front of the steering wheel look similar to those in other Porsche models.
Unlike other cars from the German brand, the Taycan comes with a purely digital driver’s display – being powered by just electric motors means there’s no need for the Taycan to come with Porsche’s signature analogue rev-counter.
The touchscreen heating and climate controls are another new feature for the futuristic Taycan, as is the optional screen above the glovebox for the passenger.
In terms of quality, it’s the usual Porsche fare – that’s to say everything feels super plush and all the controls operate with a pleasing solidity that feels more Fortnum and Mason than the occasionally Fisher-Price items you’ll find in the Tesla Model S.
If you don’t fancy the Porsche Taycan’s rather sombre standard black and dark grey trim, you can pay extra for a range of leather and leather-free finishes in 12 colour combinations, and ditch the standard door trims for some wood, carbon fibre or aluminium inserts.
Rather than one massive touchscreen like you get in a Tesla Model S, the Porsche Taycan can be had with as many as four smaller touchscreens dotted about the place
Every Porsche Taycan comes with a huge configurable digital driver’s display in front of the steering wheel. This 17-inch screen comes with slick graphics that mimic conventional analogue dials and a set of touch-sensitive buttons to one side that let you tweak a selection of the car’s suspension and stability program settings.
As in the 911 and Panamera, the Porsche Taycan comes with a central touchscreen display on the dashboard for the sat-nav, stereo and smartphone mirroring features. The menu screens look really smart, but the lack of colourful icons means it isn’t particularly easy to tell them apart while you’re driving.
You don’t get any physical shortcut buttons to let you switch from one key feature to another either, and it’s a shame that Porsche only lets you mirror Apple, not Android, phones on the Taycan’s built-in screen.
You don’t get any buttons for the heating and ventilation settings either – as in an Audi RS7, you control these through a touchscreen on the centre console. This screen certainly looks smart – and compliments the rest of the Taycan’s futuristic interior – but the portrait arrangement means many of the icons are grouped close together making it tricky to reliably press the right one.
If these three huge screens aren’t enough for you, you can also get the Porsche Taycan with an extra 11-inch touchscreen display for the front-seat passenger. This lets them access various bits of information about the car as well as program the sat-nav – handy if you need them to change your route mid-way through a tricky intersection.