Porsche Panamera hybrid practicality & boot space
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The whole idea of the Panamera is to offer most of the performance and excitement of a sports car like the Porsche 911, but in a more practical four-seater body with a larger boot.
It mostly succeeds in this effort, but that doesn't change the fact that a regular high-performance luxury saloon, such as an AMG Mercedes S-Class, is bigger and more comfortable inside.
Porsche Panamera hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
The Panamera's sloping roofline means rear-seat headroom is at a bit of a premium for taller adults, but the large and comfortable rear seats will be welcomed.
Carrying a third person in the back isn't possible unless you pay extra for the '+1' middle rear seat – and even that is only really suitable for kids or smaller adults.
Space and storage up front are excellent, with a plethora of cubbies and cup holders for the driver and front-seat passenger to keep their coffee cups, mobile phones and road-trip paraphernalia in.
Seat comfort is also good, but if you do a lot of long journeys you may want to pay extra and upgrade to the 14- or even 18-way adjustable seats on the options list, to ensure you can find the most comfortable and best supported driving position.
Those after a little extra space may be interested to know that Porsche offers a long-wheelbase 'Executive' version of both hybrid models – but it's only available as a special order from Porsche Centres and isn't listed on the maker's website.
The less expensive Panamera 4 E-Hybrid actually has less luggage capacity than the range-topping Turbo S E-Hybrid: 405 versus 495 litres. The boot is long rather than deep, but it's still more than capable of swallowing a few suitcases or a healthy haul of shopping.
One sore point is the lack of a dedicated box or tray for the car's charging cable.