Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo performance, motor & drive
Performance is as potent as the Taycan saloon, and despite its added bulk, the Cross Turismo is still sharp and exciting to drive
|Model||0-62mph||Top speed||Driven wheels||Power|
|4 Cross Turismo||5.1s||137mph||Four||493bhp|
|4S Cross Turismo||4.1||149mph||Four||563bhp|
|Turbo Cross Turismo||3.3s||155mph||Four||670bhp|
|Turbo S Cross Turismo||2.9s||155mph||Four||750bhp|
With all-wheel drive thanks to a dual-motor setup, and up to 750bhp on tap, the Taycan Cross Turismo is definitely worthy of the Porsche badge on its nose. While the Taycan saloon is equally potent, the Cross Turismo’s combination of sensible family-estate body with savage performance is even more enticing.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
Unlike the regular Taycan, the Cross Turismo estate is only available for the moment with an all-wheel-drive, dual-motor setup. The ‘entry-level’ 4 variant pumps out 493bhp and 500Nm of torque and will accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds – not bad for an estate car that can comfortably seat four. The 4S, meanwhile, produces 563bhp and 650Nm of torque, undercuts the entry-level version’s 0-62mph time by a second and also has a higher top speed of 149mph, compared to the 4’s 137mph.
However, if you’re after something even more potent, the Turbo produces a healthy 670bhp and 850Nm of torque. As a result, 0-62mph takes 3.3 seconds and top speed is 155mph. Finally there’s the Turbo S at the very top of the tree, offering drivers 750bhp and 1,050Nm of torque for a whiplash-inducing 0-62mph time of 2.9 seconds – and the same 155mph top speed as the Turbo.
At the time of writing, Porsche doesn't offer the sportier Taycan GTS trim in jacked-up Cross Turismo guise.
While some people think all electric cars are the same to drive, the Taycan Cross Turismo proves them wrong in a number of ways. Despite its increased ride height compared to the saloon, Porsche’s estate feels sharper and prompts more driver involvement than any other electric car on sale right now, thanks to wonderfully weighted steering that’s direct and even provides a hint of feedback to the driver.
Although it's a family wagon weighing 2.2 tonnes, the Cross Turismo conceals its weight well and has reassuring handling. Only when you really push does it struggle to cope, but overall, grip and traction are phenomenal – and the low centre of gravity as a result of where the batteries are placed means the Cross Turismo remains extremely level at all times.
Even with the suspension in its firmest Sport Plus setting, the Cross Turismo’s ride 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. And thanks to the near-silent electric powertrain, refinement is excellent.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Taycan Cross Turismo is as sharp and engaging as its saloon sibling, but adds practicality for a more rounded package
- 2Range, battery & chargingWhile its ultra-rapid charging capability is superb, the Porsche’s electric estate does fall behind some of its rivals when it comes to range
- 3Running costs & insuranceLike many of the most expensive electric cars, the Taycan Cross Turismo will be costly to insure, but otherwise running costs are reasonable
- 4Performance, motor & drive - currently readingPerformance is as potent as the Taycan saloon, and despite its added bulk, the Cross Turismo is still sharp and exciting to drive
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Cross Turismo gets the same high-quality interior as its sister car, as well as the extensive options list that can send the price spiralling
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Cross Turismo's added practicality over the regular Taycan might swing it for buyers, with better boot space and passenger room
- 7Reliability & safety ratingAlthough there's no specific Euro NCAP crash-test rating for the Taycan Cross Turismo, the saloon's five-star score is a good sign