Porsche Taycan 2019 LHD panoramic roof

Porsche Taycan review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£115,913
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Porsche Taycan 2019 LHD infotainment detail

Even the cheaper Turbo 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.

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.

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.

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Verdict

Sets the benchmark for electric car handling and interior quality. A brilliant piece of engineering, if only for the privileged few who can afford it.

  • Staggering performance
  • Capable and fun through corners
  • Wonderful interior
  • Very expensive...
  • ...And you’ll still want to add options
  • Range isn’t spectacular