Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Despite the Sport Turismo placing an emphasis on rear seat passenger space, front seat occupants are also well catered for – this is a Porsche after all, and the driver will always come first. Six-footers and above benefit from acres of both head and leg room.
Storage space is good, too. You get a decent central cubby, with USB ports for charging devices and a couple of generously sized cup holders mounted on top. The door bins will also swallow a fair amount of clutter or a bottle of drink. Those in the back (if you opt for the four seat variant) are treated to a vast central armrest, storage between the seats and reasonably sized door bins.
In terms of outright space, when compared to the standard Panamera – which can feel snug in the rear due to its sloping roofline – the Sport Turismo with its squared off rear end feels positively airy.
Unlike the coupé, the Sport Tourismo has a four-plus-one seating layout, too, providing seating for five by adding a narrow, raised central rear seat between the larger rear seats. However, this middle seat is compromised for leg space owing to the massive hump in the middle of the floor, so we’d only choose this layout if you are planning on carrying children – and even then, the middle seat is only really suitable for short trips.
Alternatively, you can opt for just two, full-sized rear seats. These offer plenty of space, even if you're sitting behind someone tall in the front, and the centre console – equipped with its own infotainment screen and climate control panel – gives you the feeling that you’re flying first class with Lufthansa.
Despite its taller roofline, on paper the Sport Turismo has less than a carry-on suitcase worth of extra boot space than the regular Panamera, but this difference more than doubles when you fold the rear seats down. It's worth noting that E-Hybrid models have smaller boots on account of their big batteries.
That it’s only slightly more accommodating of luggage might lead you to question if the Sport Turismo is more style than substance, but it’s important to remember that practicality is not just about raw figures. For example, its bigger tailgate offers a much larger loading aperture than the standard car’s hatchback appendage, and the loading lip is also set lower, at bumper level, to ease the loading of heavy items.
As a result, the Sport Turismo is far more practical, and, more importantly, useable, than the regular Porsche Panamera and most other four-door coupé rivals. Even so, an AMG tweaked E-Class Estate such as the E53 or E63 will be even more practical and still rustle up performance that’ll make your dog feel queasy.
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