Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Even the cheaper 4S version costs more than the Tesla Model S Performance, and Taycan buyers don’t get nearly as many luxuries as you might imagine. Keyless entry, a rear-view camera and adaptive cruise control all cost extra, for example – although you do get a handy system that pre-warms the battery so you can get the most out of it as standard.
The range-topping Turbo S comes with a longer list of standard equipment but also pushes up the price by tens of thousands of pounds. In short, this isn’t an electric car you buy with even half an eye on your bank balance.
As for charging, rates of up to 270kW are possible, thanks to the Taycan’s super-advanced 800-volt electrical system. This, in ideal conditions, allows a 5-80% charge to take less than 25 minutes. You’ll need to find one of the handful of Ionity charging points in the UK to get close to this charging speed, though. And, if you opt for the 4S without the Performance Battery Plus option, your maximum charging rate is chapped at 225kW. Meanwhile, a full charge (0-100%) from a 7kW home charger will take about 13 hours.
There's a three-year warranty on the Taycan itself; its battery is covered separately for eight years, with a guarantee that it won't drop below 70% of its original capacity in that time.
Reliability is much harder to predict; we’ve little to go on, because this is Porsche’s first electric car in more than 100 years. However, the brand finished a relatively disappointing 23rd out of 31 manufacturers in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey.