For This diesel-engined model will be cheaper to run than the equivalent V6 petrol-engined model, but costs much the same to buy and has just as much kit.

Against This is the least powerful Panamera - although it's hardly slow - and it's not available with four-wheel drive.

Porsche Panamera Hatchback

What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

You usually buy a Porsche with your heart, not your head. This Panamera makes the most financial sense of the lot, though, and it's still massively impressive.

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Key facts

6.8 secs
Top speed
150 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
776 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The entry point into the Porsche Panamera range is the the V6 petrol version, which comes with sat-nav, leather trim, parking sensors, alloys and cruise control.

Other versions cost a lot more, but don't have much more kit. The S has a 4.8-litre V8 engine, the 4S adds four-wheel drive and the semi-automatic gearbox, while the GTS adds more power, air suspension and a sports exhaust. The 493bhp Turbo and 542bhp Turbo S are the most expensive - cars in the range, and we wouldn't blame you if you couldn't resist them. However, we think the 3.0 diesel version makes most sense - it's fast, smooth, doesn't cost the earth to run and still drives like a Porsche should.

You can add all sorts of exotic extras. There's a button to make the exhaust louder, carbon-ceramic brakes, or a Sports Chrono Package that includes F1-style launch control. Also, Porsche takes all Panamera buyers to the Silverstone racetrack, where instructors show them how to get the best from their car.

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