Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP from£71,765

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

No Sport Turismo is cheap to buy, especially because Porsche dealers don’t do discounts. The E-Hybrids should at least prove cheap to run, especially for company car drivers, thanks to official CO2 emissions as low as 80g/km. That is significantly higher than other plug-ins such as the BMW 530e Touring, however. How close you get to the official 80.7mpg economy figure 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. The Turbo S E-Hybrid isn’t quite so efficient, but that’s the price you pay for supercar-baiting performance.

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, the aforementioned adjustable lumbar support and keyless entry. At least 10 Year Edition, GTS and Turbo models add a sprinkling of extra luxury, although a five figure option spend is still easily done.

Depreciation is a little less heavy than with a regular Panamera or a Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door, although you’re still likely to lose almost half your money in just three years. Porsche finished a decidedly average 22nd out of the 31 manufacturers in the 2019 What Car Reliability Survey. 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 for safety. You get stability control, ABS and the usual selection of airbags, but automatic emergency braking (AEB) is an option that comes only when you add adaptive cruise control. This is disappointing when even some city cars get AEB as standard.

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Overview

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.

  • Impressive pace
  • Surprisingly agile for such a large car
  • Relatively low CO2 emissions from E-Hybrid
  • Expensive to buy
  • Touch-sensitive controls are hard to navigate
  • Boot more practical than coupé’s, but still not vast

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