Porsche has completely revised the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system for the new Panamera.
It is now based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular infotainment kit II (MIB II) and bears the name “Porsche Advanced Cockpit”. The centerpiece is the 12.3-inch touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard. It reacts quickly to finger inputs and its size makes it easier to hit the icons. This is the perfect basis for Carplay.
Just like BMW, Porsche offers a two-part screen for CarPlay. On the left and in the middle is the CarPlay menu. And in the right third you can, for example, also display the navigation map of Porsche’s own navigation, because you can also use the Porsche navigation instead of the CarPlay map app at the same time as CarPlay. This saves you the data volume of your mobile phone contract.
Carplay is operated in the Panamera in the same way as in the Cayman 718 or in the BMW 740i: large icons make the touchscreen easy to use, the screen reacts quickly and reliably, and you can also use Siri. You start Siri as usual with a long press on the voice control button on the left behind the steering wheel (a short press starts the Porsche voice control). You control the volume of Apple Music with the volume buttons on the left of the steering wheel and with the controller on the center console.
Carplay is only available on the central screen at the front, but not on the additional display installed in the rear. If Carplay is also activated at the front, you can no longer set a radio station on the display for the rear seats.
Conclusion: Carplay in the Porsche Panamera 4 pleases right away and is easy to use. The only drawback: we miss wireless CarPlay.