Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
No Panamera is cheap to buy, and Porsche dealers don’t do discounts. The 4S E-Hybrid should at least prove cheap to run, particularly for company car drivers, thanks to CO2 emissions as low as 51g/km. That is a bit higher than other plug-ins such as the Polestar 1, but still allows incredibly low BIK tax rates given the performance on offer. And how close you’ll get to its official 128.4mpg economy depends on how you drive; spend almost all of your time in electric mode and you might well beat that figure, but a long motorway journey on a flat battery will drop this to around 35mpg in the real world.
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, a decent stereo and keyless entry. The 4S E-Hybrid, GTS and Turbo models add a sprinkling of extra luxuries, but a five-figure options spend is still easily possible on top.