The interior layout, fit and finish
Porsche has a reputation for providing a top-notch driving position, and the Panamera Sport Turismo mostly continues that tradition. Its adjustable steering wheel (manually adjusted as standard but power adjustment is available) has loads of rake and reach movement and the eight-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat is comfortable and supportive.
One demerit is its lack of lumbar adjustment on the entry-level 4 and 4S, but you can add it as part of the 14 or 18-way seat adjustment package. You get that as standard with the GTS, Turbo S and Turbo S E-Hybrid.
Less successful is the touch-sensitive panel integrated into the centre console. With yet more features that cannot be operated by feel while you’re driving (you have to divert your eyes from the road as you do with the infotainment touchscreen) and the sheer number of options presented to you, they're a backwards step in terms of staying focused on the road. It’s also a magnet for fingerprints, so you’ll find yourself wiping the glossy surface regularly.
You sit low down in the Sport Turismo, which makes seeing kerbs just a few feet away tricky, and the fat windscreen pillars hinder your vision at junctions. Rear visibility is slightly better in the Sport Turismo than the regular Porsche Panamera thanks to its more upright rear screen and slightly bigger side windows, but it’s still not great. The good news is that all versions come with front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera. Bright LED headlights are also standard.
The interior quality is at the top of the class. Pretty much everything feels beautifully put together and it's possible to get the interior completely customised to your individual tastes – just don’t expect that to come cheap. Moving up the range automatically adds enhancements such as extended leather trim, an Alcantara roof lining and brushed aluminium panels, and each adds its own brand of swish.