Porsches rarely sit directly alongside their rivals, but the Panamera is marked out further by having four seats to the more common five, and by the fact that convention dictates a big luxury car should have a saloon boot rather than a hatchback.
Nevertheless, its interior finish has been executed to a superb standard. In terms of perceived quality, Porsche has nothing to fear from any car with a list price of less than £100,000.
The layout, with its tall centre console running throughout the cabin, was originally featured on the Carrera GT, and has now migrated across Porsche’s lineup. Of course in the Panamera it means that there are two individual chairs in the back rather than a bench.
In many ways that made life easier for Porsche, because the seats can (optionally) be widely adjustable in a way that a bench can’t be. The formula has proven so successful that the 2013 refresh, while distinguishable outside, barely made a scratch on the inside.
The slightly inboard rear buckets still offer a better view ahead, and rear legroom is adequate within a typically generous class. An Executive version, with a 15cm longer wheelbase, is now offered to satisfy the demands of the back-seat obsessed Chinese market.