If you’re after a sharper-driving alternative to big luxury estates and plug-in hybrids, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is well worth considering. It doesn’t have the biggest boot around, but it’s still quite practical and there’s loads of rear seat space. There’s certainly no lack of performance and it handles very well for such a big car. However, an AMG E63S Estate provides a better blend of space and pace.
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The main reason for opting for the 4S is the way it drives, because the equipment is reasonable but nothing out of the ordinary at this price level. You get 19in alloy wheels, composite brakes, eight-way powered front seats, LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, leather seats, cruise control, power-folding door mirrors, wireless phone charging, a 10-speaker/ 150-watt stereo, Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto, a powered tailgate, adaptive air suspension, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera and heated front seats. You’ll need to pay for extras such as privacy glass, lumbar adjustment and keyless entry.
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Keen drivers will love the 'proper' performance and rev-hungry nature of the 434bhp 4S. It’s not the fastest Panamera but, arguably, the most satisfying dynamically. Why? Well, the engine's lighter than the more powerful V8 versions and the 4S isn't weighed down by any heavy hybrid batteries, either. Lightness means it's nimbler in the corners and still capable of 0-62mph in as little as 4.3sec, which is rapid. The eight-speed PDK auto gearbox is also good and it should average 30mpg (at a push).
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