Porsche Panamera hybrid review

The Porsche Panamera hybrid is offered in two versions, and both deliver a tantalising blend of exhilarating performance and superb efficiency

Porsche Panamera hybrid
£83,718 - £148,128
Plug-in hybrid

Pros

  • Fantastic performance
  • Potentially very efficient
  • Luxurious, comfortable interior

Cons

  • Irritating brakes
  • Petrols slightly better to drive
  • Very expensive (especially Turbo S)
Car type Electric range MPG CO2
Plug-in hybrid 24-27 miles 78.5-85.6mpg 60-74g/km

The Porsche Panamera is a large, fast and luxurious five-door hatchback, which entered its second generation in 2017. It has been designed as a comfortable way for four occupants and their luggage to travel long distances at speed, as well as being an enjoyably sporty car for drivers on a variety of roads.

The Panamera was one of the first Porsches to incorporate hybrid technology, and since the company's 2018 decision to stop using diesel engines, it and the Cayenne hybrid SUV have been the models of choice for those looking for maximum efficiency from their Porsche.

Originally, there was just one Panamera hybrid, but today's second-generation car offers a couple of different flavours to choose from. The range kicks off with the standard, V6-engined Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, while there's also the more powerful Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, with a V8 under the bonnet.

Both are available in either standard-wheelbase or long-wheelbase 'Executive' form. In addition, Porsche offers the two Panamera E-Hybrid drivetrains in the more practical Sport Turismo estate bodystyle. This review concentrates on the hatchbacks; we've evaluated the Sport Turismo hybrids separately.

Even the 'standard' Panamera 4 E-Hybrid puts out a considerable 456bhp, using a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine combined with a 134bhp electric motor to deliver some pretty impressive performance figures. Going from 0-62mph takes just 4.6 seconds (4.7 in the slightly heavier Executive) and it'll keep going to 172mph where road conditions and laws allow.

On the efficiency side, the hybrid Panamera should be capable of covering up to 27 miles on electric power alone, and if you make maximum use of that capability, you could see a fuel-economy figure approaching the claimed 85.6mpg.

The Turbo S E-Hybrid turns things up a notch, using a 4.0-litre V8 engine for a total power output of 671bhp (making it the most powerful variant in the Panamera range, hybrid or otherwise). Acceleration from 0-62mph takes just 3.4 seconds (3.5 in the Executive) and top speed is a heady 192mph.

As it uses the same 134bhp electric motor as the 4 E-Hybrid, the Turbo S' electric range is only slightly less, but its more powerful engine cuts claimed fuel economy to 80.7mpg (dropping to 78.5mpg for the Executive).

If you go for the Executive bodystyle, the car's wheelbase is extended by 150mm and you get a 'lounge-style' rear seating area. This model is primarily intended for the chauffeur and VIP transport markets, and is the standard version of the Panamera sold in China, where chauffeur driving is the norm for wealthy car owners.

Whatever version of Panamera hybrid you choose, you get a quick, comfortable, capable and potentially very efficient means of transport. Although the 4 E-Hybrid lacks the truly startling straight-line performance of the Turbo S, it's probably the more sensible choice, especially when you consider it costs around £50,000 less.

Both versions handle very nicely, although a slight increase in weight over their petrol-powered equivalents will be noticed by keen drivers. Meanwhile, the brakes can be a bit 'grabby', making it hard to drive smoothly at slow speeds.

For a more detailed look at the Porsche Panamera hybrid, read on for the rest of our in-depth review.