Porsche Taycan review: reliability & safety rating
Reliability and safety shouldn’t be a concern with the Porsche Taycan, as the German carmaker has a good reputation for both
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2019)||85%||83%||73%|
The Porsche Taycan has all the usual safety systems and devices you’d expect on any car, including airbags throughout the interior, seatbelt warning systems and ISOFIX points on the rear seats.
Porsche Taycan reliability & problems
There’s nothing adverse to be said about the Taycan’s reliability as yet; it's still a relatively new car, so long-term issues haven’t had time to arise. Reliability should be strong, though, as Porsche has a reputation for building cars to last. As an electric car, the Taycan should be more reliable than a petrol or diesel car, too.
There are far fewer components in even a high-end EV like the Taycan than there are in an internal-combustion-engined-vehicle, which means less to go wrong. It's also reassuring that Porsche came top of all manufacturers ranked in both the 2021 and 2022 Driver Power owner satisfaction surveys. Owners raved about their cars’ build quality in particular, with the brand also finishing first for exterior, ride and handling, reliability and infotainment.
The Porsche Taycan was crash-tested by Euro NCAP in late 2019, coming away with a five-star overall rating. Its adult and child occupant protection scores of 85% and 83%, are good, but some family SUVs do better. The number of safety systems as standard should give potential buyers peace of mind nonetheless.
Given the standard driver aids and airbags, the Taycan is certainly a very safe car. We’d still like to see adaptive cruise control and traffic-sign recognition included as standard, rather than lurking in the expensive ‘InnoDrive’ package. There’s no space-saver spare wheel, either; as with most electric cars, there’s no space around the car’s batteries for this. The Taycan also features a rear-end collision alert system, which warns following traffic of potential collisions by continuously measuring your speed and that of the vehicle behind.
In This Review
- 1VerdictWith 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 rating - currently readingReliability and safety shouldn’t be a concern with the Porsche Taycan, as the German carmaker has a good reputation for both