Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo hybrid engines, drive & performance
The Panamera E-Hybrid is sublime to drive, with an impressive array of characters from on offer, from gentle cruiser to banzai sports car
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The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo hybrid is one car, but it houses a remarkable cast of characters – all of them brilliant. The sheer breadth of ability offered as you toggle through the modes, from comfortable and silent, to lavishly effortless long-distance cruiser, to sports-car thrills, it does it all without ever feeling out of its comfort zone
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo hybrid engine, 0-62mph and acceleration
As with the hatchback, the Panamera Sport Turismo's hybrid drivetrain affects performance as much as efficiency. Even the entry-level 4 E-Hybrid makes a hefty 456bhp, for a 4.4-second 0-62mph time and Autobahn-appropriate top speed of 174mph The 4S E-Hybrid's engine produces 435bhp on its own and is supplemented by the same 134bhp electric motor; there's a total of 552bhp on tap, with 750Nm of torque ensuring there's effortless acceleration to be had from any speed.
The Turbo S E-Hybrid is the most powerful Panamera Sport Turismo hybrid you can buy: nearly 700bhp and a near-200mph top speed, combined with a lightning-quick 3.2-second 0-62mph time, is more performance than anyone could reasonably need or use on public roads, but it makes for an undeniably thrilling driving experience.
Being four-wheel drive, with big tyres and a low stance, the Panamera has monster grip that comes into its own if you want to drive it with purpose. It’s a great system that shuffles power about in just the right fashion, to make the car feel adjustable and playful, without making it feel frightening.
The steering is well judged and has a lovely, build of weight that’s as satisfying in normal, unhurried driving as it is in more enthusiastic use, and the whole car feels precise and tightly controlled yet comfortable. Even the brake feel is good; oddly, better in the Panamera than in the Cayenne.
Sure, a non-electrified Panamera or any of the other top-notch alternatives has better brake feel, but by electric car standards the Panamera E-Hybrid is very good.
In This Review
- 1VerdictWhile not as practical as a Tesla Model S, the Porsche Panamera hybrid is just as spectacular to drive and even better inside
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingMaximum charging speed costs extra, but at least the Porsche 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 & performance - currently readingThe 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 hybrid 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