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Dashboard, infotainment, sat-nav and passenger space

While all of the mechanical stuff sounds rather enticing, the interior makeover gives some cause for concern, because it follows the trend of going very screen-heavy. The gauge cluster loses its analogue tachometer and becomes one large screen. You can make it display the classic five gauges and it remains nicely clear and configurable, but it does feel a little like replacing a grand piano with a high-end electronic keyboard.

The main multimedia screen is an updated version of the old one and generally works well. It looks out over a redesigned centre console, where the main change is the lack of a gear selector; it has moved to the dashboard. In its place is a lid for a fairly generously sized storage cubby containing a cooled phone-charging pad.

Unfortunately, the Panamera retains the touch-screen controlled air vents that were introduced on the previous generation. Unusually for Porsche, this really is tech for the sake of it.

Back on the surface, a good selection of buttons and switches remains, but when you press the buttons, you move the entire panel, which feels a bit cheap. The whole slab is gloss black, and even in our low-mileage test car it was already showing plenty of ugly scratches. There’s more gloss black on the passenger side, and the only way to get rid of it is to option in the secondary display for £1289.

The design is well proportioned and restrained overall, so it still sort of works, but there’s no doubt that the quality has taken a step back. One upgrade concerns the metal door handles, which are slimmer and more elegant than before.

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Unchanged are the seats and the space on offer. Porsche calls this a four-door sports car, rather than a mere saloon, and that’s obvious in the low, outstretched driving position. The seats are superb and rear passengers get the sort of leg room they would expect in a car of this size.