2017 Porsche Panamera Review

Introduction

The Panamera is tasked with competing with everything from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8, to more sporting choices like the Maserati Quattroporte and the odd luxury SUV for good measure. A mixed brief, then, so the range is extensive, covering standard wheelbase, slightly longer ‘Executive’ models, and even a Sport Turismo estate model. All are automatics and all but the entry-level cars feature four-wheel drive, the powertrains including turbocharged V6 and V8 petrol units, a V8 turbodiesel, and a choice of two plug-in hybrids. All models are fast and capable; though climb up the range ladder and the 4S Diesel, Turbo, and Turbo S E-Hybrid offer eye-widening pace, mated to a chassis that allows you to exploit it.   

 

Body Style: Luxury Sports Saloon  Seats: 4/5                      MRP from £67,898-£146,545 

        

Did you know? The Turbo S E-Hybrid is the first plug-in model to head a Porsche model range - delivering 680hp via its V8 engine and electric motor.

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7.3/10)

The Panamera is very much a Porsche take on the luxury saloon concept, bucking convention in the marketplace by focusing on the driver rather than those sat in the back seats. Porsche describes it as a sports car and, in fairness, there’s credence to that claim. The Panamera is fast in any form, and quite tremendously so in its highest performan...