2017 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid review - verdict

Plug-in petrol-electric Panamera promises diesel-rivalling fuel economy and a competitive price tag. We put it to the test in real-world conditions

Words ByNeil Winn

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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 Β£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?

What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5


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Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

Price Β£81,141

Engine Twin-turbocharged, V6cyl, 2894cc, petrol

Power 456bhp at 5250rpm

Torque 516lb ft at 1100rpm

Gearbox 8-spd dual-clutch automatic

0-62mph 4.6sec

Top speed 173mph

Official economy 112.9mpg

CO2, tax band 56g/km, 13%

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