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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Porsche's logic is that switches are easier and faster to use than fumbling with a joystick-type controller. We agree, once you learn where the buttons are (did we mention that there are a lot of buttons?).
Cargo volume, down 3.2 cubic feet to 20.5, is slightly decreased due to the battery and other hybrid components situated under the rear floor.
the cabin is a fine place to spend a day, even though the plethora of buttons can occasionally confuse you
Edmunds' Inside Line
In the usual Porsche fashion, the interior can be upgraded with leather swaddling just about everything, an Alcantara headliner, and five different trim options—you can check options boxes until you’re broke.
Car and Driver
Drivers can choose between Comfort, Normal and Sport modes, and the selection makes a huge difference in ride stiffness.
Porsche can be as much a luxury brand as it is a sports-car brand, and the 2014 Cayenne is one of the models that best showcases the luxury side—all without abandoning the sports-car side, of course.
Supportive, comfortable sport seats are what you'll find in front throughout the entire model range; drivers of all sizes should be able to get well-positioned, with decent visibility and a beltline that isn't too high. Rear passengers are able to slide fore and aft, more than six inches if you're willing to give up some cargo space; and the rear seatback angle adjusts.
Move up to higher model lines, and you'll also step up to higher-rent materials. In the GTS, for instance, you'll get special eight-way sport seats with Alcantara (suede-like) accents, while Turbo S models get.
If folding down the back seats and hauling larger pieces of cargo are part of your normal routine, you might want to double-check the space available in the Cayenne. The rear seatbacks don't fold completely flat, limiting the usefulness of the space, and actual cubes aside its a notch smaller than you might expect from a vehicle this size. Hybrids tend to give up some cargo space, typically, but that isn't the case here as Porsche has packaged the battery packl down below, where the spare tire would otherwise go.
Throughout the Cayenne's cabin you'll find upholsteries, fit, and finish to be all up to par with what's offered in rival Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, or Lexus, and you'll find top-notch fit and finish. About the only issue some might find is that the Cayenne sacrifices some cargo space in order to prioritize the passenger space.
Ride quality is excellent when you opt for the Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management (PASM) air-suspension system and Porsche Dynamic Chassic Control (PDCC). With it the suspension can adapt to driving conditions or driving style, and you can dial in Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes, which affect the suspension and powertrain responses together.
Porsche's button-focused control scheme might seem busy at first, but we wager you'll warm up to it, as it escapes the complexity of screen-based, joystick-controlled systems like BMW's iDrive and Audi's MMI.
Cargo space is a little compromised, but otherwise the 2014 Porsche Cayenne is comfortable and spacious for passengers.