Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is not available in two-wheel drive configuration – the ‘entry-level’ car is the all-wheel-drive Taycan 4 Cross Turismo. Based on our experience with the rear-wheel drive Porsche Taycan that's no great loss, though (we concluded that "paying a bit more for the 4S takes the Taycan from deeply impressive to mind-blowing").
The Cross Turismo gets a number of features as standard, including air suspension with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) electronic damper control system, and the higher performance 93.4kWh battery (83.7kWh useable). As a result, a like-for-like Cross Turismo is only fractionally more expensive than a standard Taycan.
As for charging, because the Cross Turismo gets the 93.4kWh battery pack as standard, it can charge at rates of up to 270kW with the Taycan’s 800-volt electrical system (most EVs have a 400-volt system). In ideal conditions, that allows a 10-80% charge in around 20mins, which is quicker than a Tesla Model S hooked up to a Tesla Supercharger.
There are currently only a handful of locations capable of charging the Cross Turismo at up to 270kW but you can use regular public CCS charging points. A 0-100% charge from a 7kW home wallbox takes around 13hrs. Porsche charges extra for a Type 2 cable, which you’ll need. Don’t worry about all the other charging options, though – they're really not necessary.
There's a three-year warranty on the Cross Turismo itself, but the battery is covered separately for eight years, with a guarantee that it won't drop below 70% of its original capacity during that time.
The list of standard safety kit includes automatic emergency braking (AEB), traffic-sign recognition and lane-keeping assistance. It’s a shame blind-spot monitoring (a standard feature on the Model S) is reserved for the options list, as part of a Lane Change Assist pack.
In terms of crash protection, the standard Taycan achieved a five-star rating from Euro NCAP, the same as its closest rival, the Model S. Whiplash protection for adults sitting in the front or back was found to be marginal, though, which is a little disappointing.