Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Porsche Panamera hatchback?
Although an admirably sporting carriage, the Panamera will have been used in the urban rat runs and maybe even in some tight multi-story car parks, so check the bodywork carefully for scuffs and dents as these will be expensive to repair. Check the alloy wheels for kerb damage too. The Panamera feels and looks very well made, but it’s still worth just checking that all the electrical items work as they should, including the seats, and also look at the operation of the rear tailgate.
On the whole, reported problems are few, although the car was the subject of a recall in the UK. Porsche recalled 197 Panameras over concerns that the connecting links on the rear axle anti-roll bar cannot be ensured over the life of the vehicle. This may lead to excessive noise and an activated yellow warning light.
Unfortunately, the Panamera didn’t feature in our most recent reliability survey, but Porsche as a brand finished in 27th place out of 37 manufacturers. Some of its cars did exceptionally well, including the 911 and the Macan, while the Boxster and Cayenne didn’t rate as highly.