Porsche Taycan Walkaround - Your First Real Look at the Interior
It’s not as big as a Panamera, but it’s impeccably dressed with all the fine things you’d expect from Porscheby Kirby Garlitos, on LISTEN 06:16
After what seemed like an eternity waiting for the production version of the Mission-E Concept, Porsche finally pulled the covers off of the Taycan, the German automaker’s first-ever production all-electric vehicle. To add to the surprise, Porsche introduced not one, but two versions of the Taycan with the all-too-familiar Turbo and Turbo S nomenclature. Confused? There’s a reason for the use of the names, or at least Porsche says so. In any event, the Taycan is here, and among its most intriguing features, apart from its all-electric powertrain, is its interior. It’s the first time we’re getting a good, clean look at the Taycan’s interior, and as you can imagine, it’s a very Porsche-like interior. It’s clean yet sophisticated, luxurious yet functional. There are some issues with space, but for the most part, sitting inside gives you the feeling that you’re sitting inside a Porsche. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
The first thing we need to establish is the Porsche Taycan’s size. It’s smaller than the Panamera so if you’re looking for a cabin that’s similar in size to the Panamera’s, you’re going to be disappointed with what you find in the Taycan. That’s the wrong way to approach it, too, because you’re already handicapping the Taycan’s interior with that kind of perception. Truth is, the Taycan’s cabin is pleasantly surprising. It’s comfortable inside, even for tall people. The seats are fantastic and there’s enough functionality in them to allow for easy adjustments depending on your height. There’s enough headroom, too, even for people who are over six feet tall. If there is an issue with space inside the Taycan. it’s probably in the rear section, where getting in and out of the car could be a taxing exercise. This is a bit disappointing coming from Porsche. It’s understood that the Taycan’s raked roofline would be a detriment for tall people seating in the back, but the lack of meaningful space between the door and the front and rear seats make maneuvering in and out of the car a challenge.
The Taycan’s cargo space is right around what you’d expect from similarly sized four-door coupes.
The electric car’s trunk comes with 12.9 cubic feet of cargo volume.
That’s a decent figure. It’s not too big, but it’s not too small, either. It’s wide enough that you can put golf bags inside without too much trouble. A pair of bones on either side of the floor can fit a spate of items, including the all-too-important charging cord that you’re going to need to take with you wherever you go with the Taycan. There’s also a modestly sized 2.86-cubic-foot front trunk, or ‘frunk,’ as it’s come to be known. You won’t be able to fit a lot of items in that space, but it’s still big enough to store a few grocery bags and maybe a personal bag or two.
When it comes to interior quality, the Porsche Taycan takes a backseat to no one. It’s not a shock, too, since this is Porsche we’re talking about here. The German automaker is known far and wide for developing some of the finest interiors in its segment, and the Taycan is no different. The show car featured Porsche’s Race-Tex cloth interior finished in a nice two-tone Black and Slate Gay finish. Race-Tex is a new textured tech fabric that’s supposed to improve seat ventilation compared to the typical premium leather found in most Porsche models. At the very least, Race-Tex looks expensive, which is what you want if you’re in the market for a Taycan. The steering wheel and the headliner come in suede cloth, though Alcantara is available as an option should you choose to go that route.
Now’s the time we turn our attention to the Taycan’s interior design, specifically the dashboard layout and everything that’s related to it. This, ladies and gentlemen, is Porsche at its best. From the rising center console to the large touchscreen and the round-dial instruments, everything looks clean, fresh, and completely modern. The instrument cluster, for example, is completely digital. More importantly, it’s housed in a curved screen, something we haven’t seen in any production model to date. Seeing how revolutionary it looks, there is the temptation to play around with the digital cluster.
You can opt to configure it in such a way that traditional dials appear or you can replace it entirely with a navigation map that’s not too far removed from Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system.
Several other functions can be found on opposite ends of the screen. Be careful with these touch-sensitive buttons, though, because you can inadvertently touch them and activate something without you noticing it. Another interesting Taycan feature — and a first for Porsche in general — is the push-button start on the opposite side of the steering wheel. It’s a nice feature to have, even if you can do without it.
The Porsche Taycan’s touchscreen game is on point, too. If you want the full blow out, you can equip your Taycan with as many as four touchscreen displays. It’s actually three-and-a-half, but we’ll count the climate touch panel at the back as a standalone display. The main screen is the same one you’ll find in a lot of Porsche’s new models, including the Cayenne and the all-new 911. The difference, though, is that in the Taycan, the buttons that control the screen’s menu are located below in a different screen. It sounds like a waste of premium space in the center stack, but you have to give Porsche some credit for the innovation. Besides, Porsche found enough space to accommodate center cup holders. That’s a win, too.
Speaking of innovation, the main screen has a twin-screen that you can get as an added option.
The second touchscreen is located right beside the main one, just in front of the passenger. It can do just about everything that the driver’s screen can do except for vehicle-related system features. It seems weird to have two screens that function largely the same, but at least the front passenger has access to his own touchscreen without having to reach too far just to play around with the main one. Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper Porsche cabin with a Sport Chrono clock sitting on the dashboard.
There’s a lot to like in the Porsche Taycan’s interior. It’ll probably take some getting used to with all the new functions related to an electric car, but, for the most part, the Taycan’s cabin is right in line with what you can expect from a Porsche cabin. The quality is outstanding. The technology is modern. Most of all, everything looks and feels like a proper Porsche interior.
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