Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo review
The Taycan Cross Turismo is as sharp and engaging as its slimmer saloon sibling, but adds practicality that makes the car a package more people could live with
- Added practicality
- Driver engagement
- Prodigious performance
- Shorter range than some rivals
- Tesla Model S is cheaper
- Expensive options list
|Car type||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Electric||241-245 miles||13hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||31mins (10-80%, 150kW)|
Porsche proved something to the world with the Taycan, demonstrating that the electric-car revolution wouldn’t mean any compromises in driver involvement. Now the brand has made a move which may impress some diehard petrolheads not swayed by the regular Taycan, by launching the Taycan Cross Turismo.
Before the Cross Turismo, the only other fully electric estate car on the market was the MG 5 SW EV, which obviously doesn’t reach anything like the same level of performance as the Taycan. Instead, the Cross Turismo’s rivals are fast petrol or hybrid-engined estates from BMW, Mercedes and even Porsche itself. Many of them boast impressive 0-62mph times, but at 3.3 seconds, this 2.3-tonne purely electric model tops the lot.
The two electric motors in the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo model we drove produce 671bhp in overboost mode, allowing it to kick you back in your seat without so much as raising its voice. This of course is the same figure as the four-door Taycan Turbo manages, but we thought we’d remind you of the savage potential that lurks under the sensible family-estate body of the Cross Turismo version.
The shooting-brake shape of the Cross Turismo certainly looks different, as well as adding practicality to the Taycan package. Headroom in the rear is increased by 47mm, but legroom is no better despite the Taycan’s 'foot garages' – areas where the battery pack has been sculpted to supposedly reduce intrusions in certain areas of the cabin.
The biggest difference is boot space. The Cross Turismo has an extra 39 litres of load capacity, up to 405 from 366 in the regular Taycan. Plus, the rear seats can now be folded down to offer you 1,171 litres of space in total. The Cross Turismo weighs just 15kg more than the regular Taycan, and range is largely unaffected as well. Porsche claims a maximum range of 245 miles from the Turbo Cross Turismo’s 93.4kWh battery, which we got close to at 221 miles during our spirited test drive.
The optional Off-Road design package is another way of setting the standard Taycan and the Taycan Cross Turismo apart. It adds extra black plastic trim on the wheelarches and side sills, as well as silver panels on the front and rear bumper to mimic SUV-style skid plates. Ground clearance is also increased by 30mm over the saloon, versus a 20mm increase without the Off-Road package.
Despite its increased ride height, the Cross Turismo still feels sharper and prompts more driver involvement than any other electric car on sale right now. The grip and traction the Cross Turismo has is phenomenal; entering corners with its precise, well weighted steering feels like you’re in one of the very best hot hatchbacks. The low centre of gravity as a result of the battery means the Cross Turismo remains extremely level at all times.
The Cross Turismo’s ride comfort even in its firmest Sport Plus setting is never unpleasant, but could at worst be described as busy. You’re never thrown around the cabin, nor does the car smash itself into potholes, but its more relaxed damper settings are the ones to use for a typical British B-road.
You have to pay more for the Cross Turismo body style, although the price increase is different for each model. There are currently four variants: the 4, 4S, Turbo and Turbo S. The Turbo Cross Turismo we tested costs £1,090 more than the Turbo saloon, which seems like quite a lot until you consider that the total price stands at £116,950.
So it's a small price to pay for the added practicality the Cross Turismo boasts over its slightly sleeker saloon sibling. The Taycan was already one of the best electric cars you could buy, with unmatched levels of handling finesse and performance – along with a sublime interior, great ride quality and 270kW rapid-charging capability.
The Taycan Cross Turismo is expensive, then, but for those keen drivers who can afford it, Porsche has once again proven the future of the electric car won't be dull. See our pick of the best hybrid and electric sports cars here and the best hybrid estate cars here.