2012 Porsche Panamera Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
Thanks to the intelligent computers that come with the optional PASM and PDCC systems (more on those in the Performance section) the 2012 Porsche Panamera is able to adjust its ride quality to match not just the driver's mood, but the road as well.

Not that you need to rely on a dynamic suspension system to be comfortable in the Panamera; the front seats are roomy and comfortable as any Porsche, but the real luxury comes in the rear seat. Ample leg room, slightly more hip room than up front, plenty of head room, and an airiness to the second row of the cabin all combine to make the Panamera almost executive-limo-worthy. In fact, it's not almost; it is.

There's space behind the back seats, too, with a cargo area big enough for four roll-aboards. Fold the rear seats down, and you gain even more stowage space.

The 2012 Porsche Panamera's front seat is like a detuned sports car cockpit, while the rear seat is executive-level spacious, and there's ample cargo room, too.

No matter which door is your access point, you're safe even on an incline, as the doors have holders that retain their position to keep them from closing on your leg, arm, or head as you enter or exit.

A three-spoke steering wheel is available for those that would like a little more pretense at 911 ownership while retaining the Panamera's useful layout. Otherwise, the Panamera is generally put together with its own gear, with high-quality materials for the most part, though the steering column stalks and some of the door trim seems a bit cheaper than it ought to.

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