The Panamera was only the second four-door Porsche when it arrived for the 2010 model year, aiming to combine the style and driving dynamics of the marque's sports cars with the spaciousness of a large luxury car. Porsche introduced the second-generation model for 2017 and has since blessed us with the Panamera Sport Turismo wagon.
Last year's refresh brought tweaked styling, a new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6, the Panamera Turbo S replacing the Turbo, and a larger battery for plug-in hybrid variants. Updates for this year are comparatively minor: new infotainment software and a special edition. The Panamera competes with other sporty large luxury cars including the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door, Audi S7, and Tesla Model S.
We've run out of patience for folks complaining the Panamera isn't a real Porsche; this is a properly engineered luxury vehicle that drives more like a sports car than anything in the segment.
Performance is outstanding, with the rapid acceleration, anchor-down braking, and balanced handling you'd expect of a vehicle wearing the Porsche crest. It works as a luxury car, too, with generous interior dimensions and a cushy ride, although especially on more performance-focused models, its sticky tires can be noisy. The Turbo S Sport Turismo took home a triumphant comparison test victory over the Mercedes-Benz E63S Wagon and the Audi RS6 Avant for its monstrous pace and confident composure.
In the cabin, the Panamera's material and build quality are top notch, although compared to some of its peers, the low-slug-four-door Porsche is light on features we expect to be standard at this price point. Options add up quickly, too. That said, for buyers seeking a genuinely sporty driving experience in a large luxury vehicle, the Panamera is hard to beat.
As is the case with all its models, Porsche gives buyers a wealth of options for what powers their Panamera. An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic ("PDK" in Porsche world) is included on all models, and every trim features AWD except for the base car, which is available with RWD. The numbers shown below apply to the standard Panamera, not the Sport Turismo or Executive body styles.
As is expected at this point, Porsche declines to include a host of features that many non-luxury manufacturers include as standard. All the usual driver assist technology is available—adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, road sign recognition, and a 360-degree camera system—but it will all cost you extra.
With the Panamera's hatchback rear end, the big Porsche can swallow more stuff than your average large luxury sedan. The cargo area in the standard Panamera measures 17.6 cubic feet behind the rear bench and 47.3 cubic feet with the seats folded down. That latter figure swells to 52.6 cubes in the Panamera Executive. The Panamera Sport Turismo wagon offers the most space behind the rear seats at 18.3 cubic feet, and maximum cargo volume in that model measures 49.0 cubic feet. E-Hybrid examples are at a slight disadvantage; the battery pack eats up 3.6 cubic feet of space.
Regardless of trim, every Panamera works with a 12.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display centered in the dashboard. New for this year, Porsche's sporty four-door gains PCM 6.0, the latest infotainment software. Benefits of the addition include Android Auto functionality for the first time, and Apple CarPlay is now wireless. PCM 6.0 adds Apple Music and Apple Podcasts integration, too, as well as "Hey Porsche" voice recognition capability with more natural commands. Most Panameras include 10-speaker audio, but 14-speaker Bose and 21-speaker Burmester systems are available.
Porsche surprised us recently with the reveal of the Cayenne Turbo GT, an ultra-capable version of the automaker's big SUV built to tear up race tracks. Although Porsche hasn't confirmed anything yet, we wouldn't be shocked to see the wizards in Stuttgart applying the same formula to the Panamera. That would mean weight reduction, stiffer suspension, grippier tires, and of course, even more power from the available twin-turbo V-8.
We all want a Panamera Turbo S Sport Turismo—that goes without saying—but not everyone can afford a 620-hp superwagon that can easily cost more than $200,000. We'd go for the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. Even with a little extra weight from its battery, the hybrid still drives like a proper Porsche while retaining the Panamera's sleek style and delivering 19 miles of electric range. I think we can tolerate 0-60 mph in "only" 3.7 seconds.
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