Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo hybrid review
While not as practical as a Tesla Model S, the Porsche Panamera is just as spectacular to drive and even better inside
- Great to drive
- Lavish yet practical inside
- Efficient and high-performance
- Expensive to buy
- Expensive options
- Not much more practical
|Car type||Electric range||Fuel economy||CO2 emissions|
|Plug-in hybrid||28-33 miles||94-118mpg||55-67g/km|
It’s not 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. It competes with everything from pure-electric performance SUVs like the Jaguar I-Pace, to plug-in hybrids such as the Volvo V90 Recharge 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 28 to 33 miles, and our time in the hatchback version suggests that the upper end of this range is achievable. The 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine needn't kick in until you're going 87mph.
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 five hours (by our estimation). 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 around two to three hours.
The Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is powered by a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine and electric motor, which together produce 552bhp and 750Nm of torque. Porsche's excellent eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox features, as does four-wheel drive. Performance is impressive: 0-62mph takes 3.7 seconds (or 3.5 with the optional Sport Chrono pack) and top speed is 182mph.
The plug-in hybrid drivetrain means CO2 emissions and economy figures are very good for a car of this size. Getting close to the official figures will require a fully charged battery; do that and you'll achieve far better fuel economy than a non-electrified Panamera. CO2 figures as low as 55g/km are good news for company-car users, but slightly higher than for the hatchback version of the car.
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 lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control – are all pricey optional extras. Otherwise, the Sport Turismo boasts a slightly larger boot than the hatchback – 418 litres versus 403.
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...
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingWhile not as practical as a Tesla Model S, the Porsche Panamera is just as spectacular to drive and even better inside
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingMaximum charging speed costs extra, but at least the Panamera plug-in hybrid's electric range is competitive
- 3Running costsElectric running can bring seriously cheap commuting, but everything else about the Panamera hybrid is expensive
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Panamera E-Hybrid is sublime to drive, with an impressive array of characters from on offer, from gentle cruiser to banzai sports car
- 5Interior & comfortThe Panamera has one of the best dashboards going, while the interior is comfortable enough to make even the most epic trip a breeze
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Panamera isn’t as roomy as rivals like the Mercedes CLS and Audi A7, but it’s still comfortable and practical enough to be a viable alternative
- 7Reliability & safetyThere’s not much data on Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid reliability, but there really should be more driver aids included as standard