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Car of the Year Awards 2022: Performance Car of the Year

First and foremost, a great performance car is entertaining and involving to drive, but unlike pure sports cars, they also have to be practical and comfortable enough to use every day...

WINNER: Performance Car of the Year

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 4S

Car of the Year 2022 - MotorEasy

Last year, the Porsche Taycan proved that electric vehicles (EVs) have the potential to be just as rewarding and usable as the best petrol-powered machines by clinching our Performance Car of the Year award. It was something of a watershed moment, because it changed the way we perceive and interact with EVs.

You’d understand, then, if Porsche’s engineers decided to put up their feet and take a well-deserved rest. Well, fortunately for us, that’s not how they operate. Within six months, Porsche released a new variant of the Taycan called the Cross Turismo – essentially a five-door ‘shooting brake’ version of the Taycan four-door coupé – and in one fell swoop broadened the versatility of an already highly accomplished performance car without compromising in other areas.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 2022 front

In our favoured 4S form, the Cross Turismo produces the same whopping 483bhp (563bhp for brief periods under full acceleration) as its four-door equivalent and is just 0.1sec slower from 0-62mph, at a devastating 4.1sec, with the more powerful Turbo and Turbo S being quicker still. And while observant EV fans will note that the Tesla Model 3 Performance can accelerate even more forcefully, it’s no match dynamically for the Taycan, which benefits from wonderfully accurate steering, incredible body control and feelsome brakes.

The Cross Turismo rides 20mm higher than the regular Taycan, but rather than hampering its dynamics, that extra suspension travel is welcome on battered British B-roads. With the car in Sport mode, the Cross Turismo feels like it was specifically designed for such roads; the suspension is able to keep the car’s body locked into the surface like a proper sports car, while also being able to smooth out stretches of particularly lumpen Tarmac. Yet at a cruise, the Cross Turismo is significantly quieter and more comfortable than an Alpina B5 Touring or Mercedes-AMG E63 Estate.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 2022 interior

As standard, the Cross Turismo comes with the bigger Performance Plus battery that’s a pricey option on the Taycan 4S, narrowing the like-for-like gap between their list prices and yielding a 281-mile official range. In fact, it’s likely to work out cheaper to own in the long run, due to its slower predicted depreciation.

When you factor in an ability to rapid charge at speeds of up to 270kW, rear seats that will happily accommodate a pair of six-footers and a boot large enough for some carefully packed skiing gear, the Taycan Cross Turismo is not only a highly versatile EV but also an era-defining performance car.

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