Porsche Panamera hybrid interior & comfort

The Porsche Panamera hybrid is comfortable and well designed, and the high-quality interior is a real highlight

The Panamera's interior is typically well screwed-together for a Porsche, and while it's not quite as spacious inside as a luxury limousine such as the BMW 7 Series or Mercedes S Class, it's still a very comfortable way for four adults to travel.

As is customary for a Porsche, the Panamera's tally of standard equipment is adequate at best, with many of the most desirable features being reserved for the very long and very expensive options list.

Porsche Panamera hybrid dashboard

The Panamera has a low-slung dashboard with a wide centre console, giving the driver a feeling of being cocooned in the car. Material quality and finish are both excellent, and there's a wide range of interior colour schemes to choose from (some at additional cost).

The combination of a large, widescreen touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard, plus a variety of touch-sensitive buttons orientated towards the driver on the chunky centre console, make the Panamera's in-car systems easy to use – even if the system can be a bit overwhelming at first.

Equipment, options & accessories

In the 4 E-Hybrid, a DAB digital radio, a 10-speaker audio system, automatic LED headlights, LED tail-lights, a set of power-folding and heated door mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, a four-seat layout and heated front seats all come as standard, along with 19-inch alloy wheels.

As with all Porsches, the options list is extensive and expensive. It includes metallic paint, a variety of 20- and 21-inch alloy-wheel designs, a wide range of leather trim colours and finishes, 14- or 18-way adjustable front seats, dynamic headlights, ceramic brakes and a sports exhaust.

You can also add things like four-zone climate control, rear heated seats, ventilated seats, massaging seats, a heated steering wheel, interior trim packages (wood, carbon and Alcantara) and an extra '+1' seat between the two outer rear seats – really only suitable for children.

Perhaps the most significant item on the options list from an electric motoring point of view is the 7.2kW on-board charger – a box you'll need to tick if you want to charge at the maximum rate of many home wallbox chargers.

The Turbo S E-Hybrid has carbon-ceramic brakes as standard, along with an adaptive rear spoiler, a 14-speaker Bose audio system and the 14-way power-adjustable seats. All other options are the same as for the 4 E-Hybrid.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

Both the 4 E-Hybrid and Turbo S E-Hybrid come with the Porsche's Connect Plus package, which incorporates online navigation, Apple CarPlay phone connectivity, internet access over 4G and remote monitoring and tracking of the car.

There's a large 10-inch touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard to operate all this – you can touch the screen itself, or use the controls on the steering wheel and on the centre console, depending on your preference (and whether you're driving or parked up at the time).

Optionally, the audio system can be upgraded to Bose or Burmester surround-sound setups (the Bose is standard on the Turbo S E-Hybrid), while a rear-seat entertainment system with screens for the passengers in the back can also be added.