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New Porsche Panamera vs Tesla Model S

Porsche and Tesla both offer luxury hatchbacks that combine scorching performance with surprisingly sensible running costs. But which car is better?

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New Porsche Panamera leading Tesla Model S

Our verdict

The Model S will woo plenty of company car drivers with its comparatively tiny tax bills, but that’s not enough for the victory here. The finances may say yes if you aren’t buying with cash, but the Tesla isn’t as comfortable as the Porsche Panamera, doesn’t handle as well, doesn’t feel as special inside and will depreciate far quicker. The Model S is a fine car, but the Panamera’s range of abilities is simply breathtaking.

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1st – Porsche Panamera

For Performance; handling; comfort; interior quality; rear seat space

Against Heavy tax burden; high load lip; thirsty when driven hard

Verdict An astonishing all-rounder that’s well worth the money

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – Tesla Model S

For Instant acceleration; quieter cruiser; bigger boot; cheaper company car

Against Poor ride on rough roads; uninvolving handling; fit and finish

Verdict A bargain for business users, but not as talented as the Panamera

Rated 4 out of 5

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