Porsche Panamera GTS 2019 RHD rear seats

Porsche Panamera review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£74,225
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

No Panamera is cheap to buy, especially because Porsche dealers don’t do discounts. The E-Hybrid should at least prove cheap to run, especially for company car drivers, thanks to CO2 emissions as low as 60g/km. Take the claimed 85.6mpg fuel economy with a pinch of salt, though; we’re yet to see a hybrid that gets anywhere near its official MPG figures in the real world, and that’s including around town, where they work best. For longer trips on open roads, the E-Hybrid is unlikely to be any more frugal than the regular 4S petrol.

The same applies to the range topping Turbo S E-Hybrid. On test with the battery depleted, we managed an average of just 26.5mpg (its WLTP official combined figure is 80.7mpg), although to be fair, that's still better than the 21mpg the Mercedes-AMG 63 S GT 4-door Coupé managed. Again, 74g/km of CO2 will make it one of the cheapest company cars available with the Turbo S E-Hybrid’s performance potential, though.

All Panameras come with a reasonable amount of standard equipment but nothing out of the ordinary at this price level. Yes, you get alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, leather seats, cruise control and heated front seats, but you’ll need to pay for extras such as privacy glass, heated rear seats and keyless entry. Then you have to factor in the visibility aids, such as parking sensors and a rear-view camera that cost extra too, as well as items we’ve already talked about – the simple things like lumbar adjustment. The higher up the range you go, the more you get as standard.

Depreciation won’t be quite as heavy as it will be for the GT 4-door Coupé, but you’re still going to lose almost half of the Panamera’s list price after three years and 36,000 miles. It’s worth mentioning that Porsche came 23rd out of the 31 manufacturers in our last Reliability Survey, which is decidedly average. Thankfully, the Panamera’s warranty period isn’t limited by mileage, although it does last for only three years.

Euro NCAP hasn’t tested the Panamera and although you get stability control, ABS and the usual selection of airbags. Crucially, automatic emergency braking (AEB) is an option that comes only when you add adaptive cruise control; even some city cars get AEB as standard.

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Verdict

If you’re after a sharper-driving alternative to big luxury saloons, the Porsche Panamera is well worth considering. Although it may not ride quite so fluently, it’s agile for such a big car, if not that much fun to drive with the heavier V8 engine fitted. For driving pleasure alone, the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupé is more likely to make you smile, but then that’s not nearly as comfortable overall.

  • Stupendous pace
  • Classy interior
  • Low CO2 emissions from E-Hybrid
  • Expensive to buy
  • Touch-sensitive controls hard to navigate
  • Could be more fun