Behind the wheel, the visual impression is a lot like Porsche’s sports cars, with a simple instrument panel surrounded by dark, drab plastics. Despite the less-than-luxurious appearance, it’s clear and easy to read, obviating the complexity and confusion that sometimes befalls more ornate setups.
Up front, Consumer Guide 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." Motor Trend laments the "cramped, somber, and plasticky interior" of the base Cayenne, but praises the Cayenne GTS--which sports an upgraded version of the same interior--as one that “comfortably seats four adults and hauls lots of luggage.”
Backseat passengers will find room adequate, but not excellent, and without a third-row seat, the lack of rear cargo space is all the more disappointing at 62.5 cubic feet with the seats down and 19 cubic feet with the seats up. Comfort is high thanks to a suspension that manages to balance its superb handling ability with compliance. Up front, the seats are spacious and supportive, with the driver’s seat positioned just right for spirited driving.
Consumer Guide finds there is "good leg" and "toe space" for rear passengers, but 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 that "rear-seat comfort is mediocre." Motor Trend hedges that statement, noting that “the rear bench is well bolstered for two adults” but that “[f]itting in a third would require lots of thigh rubbing.”
The 2010 Porsche Cayenne has what Consumer Guide calls "adequate cabin storage," but at 62.5 cubic feet with the seats down and 19 cubic feet with the seats up, cargo room, however, is tight overall. Edmunds says cargo capacity is “on the small side for a midsize luxury SUV.” ConsumerGuide calls it “good” but “"not expansive for an SUV."
Material quality is excellent, however, as Kelley Blue Book notes, praising the leather that "decorates the steering wheel rim, door handles, grab handles and other areas." Consumer Guide calls the cabin materials "classy, but not opulent for this price level.” Edmunds disagrees, saying the "materials quality is superb." Opt for the optional interior upgrades and things improve dramatically: Edmundssays says "fit and finish, especially with the optional wood or metallic accent packages, is excellent."
The GTS Porsche Design Edition 3 special edition takes things a step farther, adding carbon fiber trim and 21-inch wheels to the package. Custom black leather with red stitching and embossed Porsche logos on the headrests, Alcantara seat inserts and custom gauges and a serial-number plate in the glove box are also included.
You won’t be pestered by high noise levels in the 2010 Cayenne, according to most reviewers. Detroit News says that even at 160 mph, “the cabin is quiet enough to hear the gasps from the back seat.” In more ordinary driving, there’s equally little noise. Consumer Guide says the Porsche Cayenne exhibits "little wind rush below 70 mph" though it emits an "appropriate exhaust growl."