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Porsche Panamera review

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

No Panamera will be cheap to buy and Porsche dealers aren’t known for generous – If any – discounts. The E-Hybrid should at least prove cheap to run, especially for company car drivers thanks to CO2 emissions of just 56g/km. Take the claimed 113mpg 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 Panamera Hybrid is unlikely to be any more fugal than the regular 4S petrol, and considerably less economical than the 4S Diesel.

The same applies to the range topping Turbo S E-Hybrid - it will deliver 97mpg on the (unrealistic) NEDC test cycle, and puts out just 66g/km of CO2. Therefore, in relative terms it should prove to be remarkably affordable to run for company car drivers, especially for such a performance orientated machine. However, don’t expect to get those figures in actual use.

The 4S Diesel claims to be surprisingly economical given the performance on offer and has a vast cruising range. But while its economy is relatively good, smaller engined rivals such as a CLS 220 d will prove even cheaper to fuel.

We’d suggest looking at the 4S petrol. It’s cheaper to buy than the diesel, even quicker, has sweeter handling, and works out less for company car tax.

All Panameras receive plenty of standard equipment including climate control, a 12.3in touchscreen infotainment system, DAB radio, sat-nav, leather seats, cruise control and LED headlights.

Depreciation won’t be as heavy as some rivals, but you’re still going to lose almost half of the value of the car after three years and 36,000 miles. It’s worth mentioning that Porsche came 36th out of the 37 manufacturers in our last reliability survey, which isn’t a great showing. Thankfully the warranty period isn’t limited by mileage, although it is only three years.

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Verdict

The Porsche Panamera is comfortable, luxurious and superb to drive.

  • Stupendous pace
  • Classy interior
  • Low CO2 emissions from E-Hybrid
  • Expensive to buy
  • Touch-sensitive controls hard to navigate
  • Could be more fun
There are 15 trims available for the Panamera hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
4S Executive
With 15cm added between the front and rear wheels you get more rear leg room, plus extra kit on top of the regular Panamera 4S, including a panoramic glass roof, air suspension, electrically adjust...View trim
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£101,148
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GTS
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£107,778
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GTS
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£109,925
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Turbo
Includes everything the 4S gets, but adds adaptive air suspension, 20in alloy wheels, carbon composite brake discs, an adaptive rear spoiler, keyless entry, heated seats front and rear, an Alcantar...View trim
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£116,395
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Turbo
Includes everything the 4S gets, but adds adaptive air suspension, 20in alloy wheels, carbon composite brake discs, an adaptive rear spoiler, keyless entry, heated seats front and rear, an Alcantar...View trim
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£118,542
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Turbo Executive
With 15cm added between the front and rear wheels you get more rear leg room, plus extra kit on top of the regular Panamera Turbo, including a panoramic glass roof, electrically adjustable rear sea...View trim
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£125,800
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Turbo S
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£137,220
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Turbo S
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£139,367
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Turbo S Executive
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PANAMERA
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4
Adds four-wheel drive to the Panamera’s comprehensive kit list that includes 19in alloy wheels, a powered tailgate, adaptive dampers, all-round parking sensors, cruise control, LED headlights, leat...View trim
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£71,809
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4
Adds four-wheel drive to the Panamera’s comprehensive kit list that includes 19in alloy wheels, a powered tailgate, adaptive dampers, all-round parking sensors, cruise control, LED headlights, leat...View trim
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£73,956
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4 Executive
With 15cm added between the front and rear wheels you get more rear leg room, plus extra kit on top of the regular Panamera 4, including a panoramic glass roof, air suspension and electrically adju...View trim
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£78,431
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4S
Includes 19in alloy wheels, a powered tailgate, adaptive dampers, all-round parking sensors, cruise control, LED headlights, full leather-trimmed interior including the seats, door trims and dashbo...View trim
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4S
Includes 19in alloy wheels, a powered tailgate, adaptive dampers, all-round parking sensors, cruise control, LED headlights, full leather-trimmed interior including the seats, door trims and dashbo...View trim
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