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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Materials quality is superb
Supportive seats covered with a handsome combination of leather and a suede-like material called Alcantara
Car and Driver
With rear seats up, the Cayenne accommodates a substantial 19 cubic feet of cargo
Kelley Blue Book
The comfort and quality category is a mixed bag on the 2008 Porsche Cayenne. While some materials are excellent, as is total fit and finish, overall usability and certain comfort aspects are decried in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com.
The 2008 Porsche Cayenne features a "five-seat interior," according to Cars.com, and most reviewers appreciate the comfort and space offered by the front two seats. Up front, ConsumerGuide finds that the Porsche Cayenne features "ample head room," along with "generous seat travel" and "excellent lateral support, though seat bottoms may pinch some physiques." ForbesAutos adds that the Porsche Cayenne's rear seats feature "lots of room for outboard passengers," while ConsumerGuide mentions that there is "good leg" and "toe space" for rear passengers. However, ConsumerGuide points out that the rear seats are "too firm for some testers," and "passengers need to twist ankles to clear door frames on exit." Edmunds is more critical, grumbling "rear-seat comfort is mediocre."
For a mid-size SUV, the Porsche 2008 Cayenne isn't particularly practical in terms of overall space. Once again, Edmunds has harsh words for the 2008 Porsche Cayenne, claiming "cargo capacity, at 62.5 cubic feet, is on the small side for a midsize luxury SUV." That 62.5-cubic-feet figure is the maximum overall cargo capacity with the rear seats folded, but Kelley Blue Book says that "with rear seats up, the Cayenne accommodates a substantial 19 cubic feet of cargo." This rear cargo space is "good," according to ConsumerGuide, but "not expansive for an SUV." ConsumerGuide also mentions that the Porsche 2008 Cayenne has "adequate cabin storage."
Interior materials on the Porsche Cayenne are a mix of hard plastics and soft leather. ConsumerGuide says that the cabin materials are "classy, but not opulent for this price level," and though Edmunds crows "materials quality is superb," other reviewers disagreed. Notably, Motor Trend laments the "cramped, somber, and plasticky interior." However, Kelley Blue Book gives the 2008 Porsche Cayenne high marks for having leather that "decorates the steering wheel rim, door handles, grab handles and other areas where many luxury models use simulated coverings." Aside from the materials, construction and build quality is superb, and Edmunds says that "fit and finish, especially with the optional wood or metallic accent packages, is excellent."
Also earning high praise on the 2008 Porsche Cayenne is the SUV's noise reduction capability. In their tests, ConsumerGuide finds that the Porsche Cayenne exhibits "little wind rush below 70 mph" and emits an "appropriate exhaust growl." The Detroit News also reports that the Porsche Cayenne is capable of going over 160 mph, and "even at those speeds, the cabin is quiet enough to hear the gasps from the back seat."
A few too many plastic surfaces and lack of overall cargo room bring the 2008 Porsche Cayenne down here.