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Porsche Taycan review

Category: Electric car

Section: Introduction

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  • Porsche Taycan 2021 interior infotainment
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  • Porsche Taycan 2021 front left cornering
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  • Porsche Taycan 2021 interior detail
  • Porsche Taycan 2021 RHD instruments
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  • Porsche Taycan 2021 front
  • Porsche Taycan 2021 rear cornering
  • Porsche Taycan 2021 interior dashboard
  • Porsche Taycan 2021 interior rear seats
  • Porsche Taycan 2021 interior infotainment
  • Porsche Taycan 2021 right tracking
  • Porsche Taycan 2021 rear left tracking
  • Porsche Taycan 2021 front left cornering
  • Porsche Taycan 2021 interior front seats
  • Porsche Taycan 2021 interior steering wheel
  • Porsche Taycan 2021 interior detail
  • Porsche Taycan 2021 RHD instruments
  • Porsche Taycan 2021 boots open
  • Porsche Taycan 2021 front boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

The Porsche Taycan proves that the Stuttgart-based manufacturer knows how to defy physics, because no heavy battery-electric vehicle (EV) has any right to handle this well.

We’re already familiar with EVs providing giggle-inducing, Formula 1 car-rivalling acceleration from a stand-still, but it’s fair to say there are very few that can actually provide the most discerning of drivers with an engaging and fun-to-drive alternative to a traditional petrol-powered performance car. However, Porsche is a dab-hand at turning some of the most unlikely vehicles into sports cars, so it was only a matter of time before the company built a world-class EV.

Porsche gives you a choice of three bodystyles, too. Here, we're concentrating on the four-door coupé, but you can also have the sleek estate-like Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo and the more rugged looking Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo (each has its own separate review). 

So, is the Porsche Taycan as good as the Tesla Model S – or, indeed, the Audi E-tron GT (which is basically a Taycan wearing a Vorsprung Durch Technik suit?). Over the next few pages of this review, we'll tell you everything you need to know.

You won’t get a discount on the Taycan right now, but you could save quite a bit on many other electric cars with the What Car? New Car Buying service. Head over there for a free quote when you've decided which car you want to buy.

FAQs

  • The Taycan didn’t feature in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey but Porsche came a disappointing 25th out of 30 brands. That said, it’s worth noting that this was largely down to the cost of repairs on cars that went wrong once they were out of warranty rather than a particularly high failure rate. Read more here

  • In range-topping Turbo S form, the Porsche Taycan can officially get from 0-62mph in an eye-wateringly fast 2.8sec, while even the entry-level model – simply called the Taycan – requires only 5.4sec. As for top speed, that ranges from 143mph to 162mph. Read more here

  • For us, the Porsche Taycan 4S strikes the best balance between price and performance. We recommend specifying it with the Performance Battery Plus package, which gives you a bigger battery (93kWh, up from 79kWh), faster charging (270kW instead of 225kW) and more power (an extra 40bhp, taking the total to 563bhp). Read more here

  • The Porsche Taycan Turbo sits between the 4S and the Turbo S in the Taycan range, and comes with 270kW charging as standard, instead of 225kW like the 4S. It also gets metallic paint, heated front and rear seats, extended leather trim, adaptive matrix LED headlights and 14-way powered front seats. Most significantly of all, though, the Turbo has 671bhp, compared with the 4S’s 523bhp – and is a lot more expensive. Read more here

  • There are two infotainment touchscreens in the Porsche Taycan, but it isn't a great system. The lower screen is awkward to use without contorting your arm and the menus on both displays have many layers. On the plus side, the software is pretty responsive and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring comes as standard. Read more here

  • The standard Porsche Taycan is reasonably practical, with room in the boot for six carry-on suitcases or a set of golf clubs. There are also two estate car versions – the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo and the Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo – which have more boot space. Read more here

At a glance
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Target Price from £75,555
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RRP price range £75,555 - £143,970
Number of trims (see all)5
Number of engines (see all)7
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)electric
Available doors options 4
Warranty 3 years / No mileage cap
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £151 / £288
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £302 / £576
Available colours