There’s no doubt the 4 E-Hybrid isn't quite as crisp or engaging to drive as its conventionally powered brethren, but for some, the benefits of its hybrid drivetrain will outweigh a lack of on the limit performance.
For those who live a short distance from work, the idea of all-electric commuting is compelling, and as we’ve shown, figures of 80mpg can be achieved. As for company car buyers, a startlingly low-rate of benefit-in-kind is hard to ignore, if you're lucky enough to have a Panamera on your company's list.
But perhaps you are a true purist and hybrid tech simply isn’t for you. Well, you could always opt for the standard Panamera 4S. Just be aware that this non-electronically assisted model is over £9000 more expensive, will cost more to run and has less power – 22bhp to be specific.
Ultimately, the marketing fellows at Porsche have been rather clever, creating a Porsche you can buy with your head as well as your heart. And who doesn’t want that?
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Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
Engine Twin-turbocharged, V6cyl, 2894cc, petrol
Power 456bhp at 5250rpm
Torque 516lb ft at 1100rpm
Gearbox 8-spd dual-clutch automatic
Top speed 173mph
Official economy 112.9mpg
CO2, tax band 56g/km, 13%
Release date Now
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