Porsche Taycan review
With a long range, savage performance and arguably the best handling of any four-door coupe – electric or otherwise – the Porsche Taycan is a landmark car
- Crazy acceleration
- Handling finesse
- Gorgeous interior
- Limited boot space
- Expensive to buy
- Endless options list
|Model||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Taycan (79kWh)||231-276 miles||11hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||21mins (10-80%, 225kW)|
|Taycan (93kWh)||268-314 miles||13hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||19mins (10-80%, 270kW)|
|Taycan 4S (79kWh)||230-282 miles||11hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||21mins (10-80%, 225kW)|
|Taycan 4S (93kWh)||267-318 miles||13hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||19mins (10-80%, 270kW)|
|Taycan GTS (93kWh)||273-313 miles||13hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||19mins (10-80%, 270kW)|
|Taycan Turbo (93kWh)||270-315 miles||13hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||19mins (10-80%, 270kW)|
|Taycan Turbo S (93kWh)||273-291 miles||13hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||19mins (10-80%, 270kW)|
Porsche Taycan verdict
If you consider yourself a 'petrolhead', but are looking to make the switch to an electric car and value sharp handling above anything else, then the Porsche Taycan is the car for you. Yes, it's very expensive, but there are few EVs out there that can even come close to challenging the Taycan for driving fun.
The cabin is also stunning and, thanks to continuous software updates from Porsche, range has been improving year on year. All things considered, the Porsche Taycan is a huge milestone for electric cars, proving that purist performance cars have a bright future – and present – in the battery powered age.
Range details, specs and alternatives
If anyone was going to make a true electric driver’s car it was Porsche, and that’s exactly what the brand from Stuttgart did in 2019 when it launched its first-ever EV: the Taycan, a four-door sports saloon to rival the Tesla Model S. Now Porsche has a whole slate of electric cars in development, including zero-emissions replacements for its Boxster and Cayman sports cars, and Macan SUV.
For context, the Taycan is roughly the same size as the Porsche Panamera, but it’s not quite as practical as its more conventional saloon sibling due in part to the coupe-esque looks and no hatchback tailgate. However, if you need a bit more practicality, the Taycan line-up now includes two estates: the Taycan Sport Turismo and the slightly more rugged Cross Tursimo, which we’ve reviewed separately.
The Taycan uses the same EV-dedicated underpinnings as the Audi e-tron GT, with several variants to choose from. The entry-level, rear-wheel drive Taycan and mid-range, four-wheel-drive Taycan 4S both offer a choice of 79 or 93kWh batteries, with claimed maximum ranges of between about 270 and 320 miles depending on the exact specification.
A 93kWh battery and four-wheel drive are standard in the most expensive GTS, Turbo and Turbo S models, which produce up to 751bhp and all deliver maximum ranges of around 300 miles thanks to some software updates Porsche has made over the years. Opting for any model with the larger batteries also increases the Taycan’s maximum charging speed to 270kW.
The base Taycan starts from a little over £75,000, with standard kit including 18-way power-adjustable sports seats, LED lights, two-zone climate control and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with online sat nav. However, you can blow five figures on options very easily. The cheapest models don't even include heated seats, power-folding mirrors or adaptive cruise control, and even with the more generously equipped Turbo and Turbo S, it's reasonable to assume that you'll be doing a lot of box-ticking.
Make sure to check out our twin test between the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT, or for a more detailed look at the Porsche Taycan, read on for the rest of our in-depth review...
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingWith a long range, savage performance and arguably the best handling of any four-door coupe – electric or otherwise – the Porsche Taycan is a landmark car
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Porsche Taycan has a long range regardless of which version you go for, and its rapid-charging capability is among the fastest of any electric car right now
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Porsche Taycan should be reasonably cheap to run, once you’ve got past the eye-watering purchase price
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Porsche Taycan is extraordinarily fast by any measure, but its handling finesse is what makes it a milestone car
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentThe Porsche Taycan's interior is finished to a high standard, and there's plenty of space for four passengers
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Porsche Taycan offers decent practicality for such a high-performance car, although boot space is adequate rather than generous
- 7Reliability & safety ratingReliability and safety shouldn’t be a concern with the Porsche Taycan, as the German carmaker has a good reputation for both