Porsche Panamera hybrid practicality & boot space
The Panamera hybrid isn't quite as practical or spacious as a conventional luxury saloon, but as a 'four-door sports car' it does very well
|Length||Width||Height||Boot volume (seats up / down)|
|5,049mm||2,165mm||1,423mm||403 / 1,242 litres|
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.
The Panamera 4S E-Hybrid actually has less luggage capacity than non-hybrid Panamera models: 403 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. There's 1,242 litres with the rear seats folded down.
One sore point, however, is the lack of a dedicated box or tray for the car's charging cable.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Porsche Panamera hybrid offers a tantalising blend of exhilarating performance and superb efficiency
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingFigures for the Porsche Panamera hybrid are impressive, but how close you come to achieving them will depend on your driving style
- 3Running costsThe Panamera hybrids are a lot cheaper to run than equivalent petrols or diesels – especially if you use electric power as much as possible
- 4Engines, drive & performanceWhile not as agile as a 911, the Porsche Panamera hybrid is satisfying to drive and fearsomely fast
- 5Interior & comfortThe Porsche Panamera hybrid is comfortable and well designed, and the high-quality interior is a real highlight
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThe Panamera hybrid isn't quite as practical or spacious as a conventional luxury saloon, but as a 'four-door sports car' it does very well
- 7Reliability & safetyThere has been no independent crash-testing of the Porsche Panamera hybrid, but it comes with a wealth of safety technology and the brand’s reliability record is good