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2017 Porsche Cayenne Walk Around


Cayenne styling looked weird 10 years ago, even sounded weird, the morphing of a Porsche and an SUV. This is the baby that came out, and some said it was tragically ugly. But no, for the last ten years others have used the Cayenne for direction and inspiration.

In front, the quad headlamps are familiar. The hood is long. In the rear are subtle hatch spoilers and an upright-yet-aerodynamic look.

The S E-Hybrid has the neon green trim that’s on every electric Porsche, including the calipers.

The Turbos have aggressive fascia.

Interior

The Cayenne feels like a coupe inside, with a lot of curves in upscale materials, and that analog clock. It feels like the Porsche Panamera, with its sweeping instrument panel, sculpted vents, and slanting console with its spine of buttons. The matte-metallic brightwork is cheery. The standard 7.0-inch touchscreen has voice navigation, and brings you Google Earth and Google Streetview.

Fit and Finish is as good as Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, and Lexus.

The instrument panel’s many buttons might seem busy at first, but it’s not, because it’s simpler and more efficient to get done what you want to get done, with buttons, dials or switches. You don’t need BMW’s iDrive or Audi’s MMI, to get the same things done with less confusion. No digging into menus. But there aren’t that many buttons. There are actually fewer of them for 2017, with the center touchscreen that steals work from some of the buttons.

Front seats are supportive and comfortable, fairly adjustable to size, decent visibility, window line not too high. Optional Alcantara leather inserts are available.

The rear bench seat slides six inches fore/aft, seatback leans forward or back, but doesn’t fold flat. And the hatch slopes, so the cargo space is squeezed from top and bottom. If you have three passengers in the rear, one of them will be unhappy. Or two. Or three.

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