Porsche Taycan review - Interior, design and technology
Stunning good looks and an impressive, tech-laden interior
The Taycan is squat and wide, with the lowest centre of gravity of any Porsche currently on sale. This is needed to counter the effects of the heavy weight it must carry around.
It’s unmistakably a Porsche. The front is dominated by a pair of four-point LED headlights, with an optional matrix beam available. In profile, the Taycan looks more like a sports car than a four-door coupe, with a set of flush, automatically extending door handles to add to the theatre.
The rear design features a light strip made of glass, with the Porsche logo running along the middle. Above it is the three-stage rear spoiler system, while the absence of exhaust pipes gives the back a clean and uncluttered look.
Inside, the seat position is derived from the Porsche 911, creating the best driving position you’ll find in the electric car segment. It’s a tech-heavy and minimalist approach, dominated by up to three digital screens and a centre console with touch control.
Indeed, the only physical buttons are on the steering wheel and doors, creating a look that’s both modern and futuristic. Not everyone will appreciate the lack of buttons, but the interior looks stylish and upmarket.
Even the entry-level 4S comes with a long list of standard equipment, including adaptive air suspension, LED headlights, part-leather seats, electric adjustment for the front seats, sat-nav and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The Taycan Turbo adds the likes of 20-inch alloy wheels, sports seats and Matrix LED headlights, while the Turbo S gets 21-inch alloy wheels, larger brakes and greater adjustment for the front seats. There’s also a long list of options to choose from.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The Taycan comes with a 10.9-inch central touchscreen display as standard, along with a 16.8-inch curved display in front of the driver.
The lighting functions are housed on a touchscreen panel to the left of the steering wheel, while the other primary functions are located on an 8.4-inch touchscreen on the centre console. This provides access to the navigation, media, telephone, settings and Apple CarPlay.
An enhanced voice control system can be enabled by using the “Hey Porsche” prompt. As well as standard commands, you can also use multimodal prompts, such as touching the map and saying “take me there”.
There’s also an optional 10.9-inch front passenger display for navigation and infotainment functions, while a 5.9-inch rear passenger touchscreen display is also available. This has a touch-sensitive surface for operating the temperature, ventilation and heated seats.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Porsche Taycan is arguably the most desirable electric car on the planet
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Taycan offers next-level performance, with the agility and deftness of a lightweight sports car
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe Taycan features efficient motors and a large battery pack for a range of nearly 300 miles
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingStunning good looks and an impressive, tech-laden interior
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceEnough room for four adults and can take as much luggage as a family hatchback
- 6Reliability and safetyThe Porsche Taycan features the very latest safety and driver assistance technology.