2014 Porsche Panamera Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

Already roomy and spacious in its first iteration, the revamped 2014 Porsche Panamera's cabin grows nearly 5 inches in Executive form, available on 4S and Turbo models. This extended-wheelbase option is clearly aimed at the executive sedan crowd, and while it doesn't offer quite the level of rear-seat amenities of the Mercedes-Benz S Class or BMW 7-Series, those who are drivers at heart, or who simply wish to stand out from the crowd--while remaining classy--may find the Panamera an attractive alternative.

The rear seats, even in non-Executive models, are still spacious and comfortable. Entry and exit is easy despite the fastback-like profile. In Executive form, there's more room to recline as well as more leg room, thanks to modifications to the seat back.

A new Executive model adds to the already roomy rear seat, while the well-appointed cabin and ample cargo area continue the Panamera's strong blend of utility and speed.

Behind those rear seats, and under the hatch, there's a surprising amount of cargo space. Fold down the rear seats and it improves further, just as it does with any five-door hatch.

Up front, the seats are comfortable, with a driver-focused dash that still allows the passenger adequate access to the touchscreen and other controls. Headroom, legroom, and hip and shoulder room all meet the demands of six-footers and 200-plus-pounders, so few are likely to find the space constricting.

Fit, finish, and materials throughout the cabin are what you'd expect of the Panamera's roughly $78,000-$160,000 price points, though if you poke and prod at the less-accessible parts of the cabin (around the B-pillars, and below the knee-line) you'll find quite a bit of hard plastic.

Ride quality is very good, thanks in part to the PASM and PDCC systems explained in more detail in the Performance section of this review, which adapt to the road surface to deliver a balance of comfort and handling.

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