For The Porsche Panamera handles brilliantly, has enough space for four, and most versions go like a bat out of hell. The cabin is one of the finest around, too.
Against It's practical for a Porsche, but rival fast saloons are better on that score. It's pricey to buy and run, and the centre console is cluttered.
The Porsche Panamera is fast, classy and reasonably practical. Trouble is, so is a Audi A7 – for a fraction of the price.
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The entry point into the Porsche Panamera range is the the V6 petrol version, which comes with sat-nav, a leather interior, 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.p>
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.
Does what it does extremely well – it's fast, classy and reasonably practical. Trouble is, so is a Jaguar XFR – for a fraction of the price.