Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo hybrid review
|Car type||Electric range||Fuel economy||CO2 emissions|
|Plug-in hybrid||23-24 miles||72-81mpg||64-76g/km|
It’s not that easy to figure out exactly where the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo hybrid – a 'shooting brake' estate version of the conventional Porsche Panamera hybrid hatchback – fits into the market.
Offered with two plug-in hybrid powertrains – either a V6 or V8 petrol engine mated to a powerful electric motor – it competes with everything from pure electric performance SUVs like the Jaguar I-Pace, to plug-in hybrids such as the Volvo V90 T6 and even Porsche’s own Cayenne hybrid. It can rightly call the Tesla Model S a competitor, too.
The Panamera hybrid has an official range in pure-electric mode of 23-24 miles, and our time in a Turbo S E-Hybrid suggested that you will indeed get about 25 miles on a good day, or 20 in cold weather with motorway miles. You can do the latter in pure-electric mode, as the petrol engine doesn’t kick in until 84mph.
Plug the Panamera hybrid into a standard, domestic three-pin socket and it’ll charge in just over six hours, while a dedicated charger will do the same in around four hours. You can pay extra to increase the charging speed from 3.6 to 7.2kW, which means a home wallbox will deliver a full charge in two hours.
Fuel economy from the standard 456bhp V6 E-Hybrid should be around 28mpg in normal use, while the turbocharged 671bhp 4.0-litre V8 Turbo S E-Hybrid will do roughly 23mpg. Of course, if you do only short journeys and make use of the car's ability to run on pure electricity, this could feasibly hit 100mpg or more. You have to go for the V6 model to get free access to the London Congestion Charge zone (until October 2021), as the Turbo S just misses out on the sub-75g/km exemption.
But you probably won’t care, because the Panamera is so spectacular to drive and live with. This is a car of many characters: an effortless long-distance cruiser that can – particularly in the case of the Turbo S – turn into a maniacal supercar slayer with the press of a button. It’s hilariously brilliant, with performance to even rival Tesla’s finest, and a four-wheel-drive system that gives it playful but accessible handling.
The biggest practicality criticism is that there’s no dedicated space to store your charging cable, so you’re left with a chunky bag taking up much of the boot floor. It’s also disappointing that driver aids – including a reversing camera, lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control – are all pricey optional extras.
Still, the Panamera is a stunning car to sit in, live with and drive, and it appears to master every genre from eco-commuter to supercar, via luxury GT and family estate. With that many personas wrapped up in such a great-looking body, you could almost argue that the hybrid Panamera Sport Turismo models are good value. Almost.
For more on the Panamera Sport Turismo hybrid, read on for the rest of our in-depth review.