3.9 out of 5 3.9
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Porsche's most luxurious model is still mighty fast

Porsche Panamera (16 on) - rated 3.9 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £72,715 - £142,406
Used price £41,150 - £133,200
Fuel Economy 21.4 - 141.2 mpg
Road tax cost £0 - £490
Insurance group 47 - 50 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Very fast, luxury travel
  • High-tech, comfortable cabin
  • Cutting-edge driving technology
  • Refined but exciting to drive

CONS

  • More space in conventional saloons
  • Budget extra to buy options
  • It can feel over-large in confined spaces
  • Feels outclassed by Porsche Taycan

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Is the Porsche Panamera any good?

This is the second generation of the Porsche Panamera, the German sports car maker’s luxury fastback. It's been around since 2017, but is still very much on the pace in terms of performance and technology – although it's taken the back seat in the minds of more progressive buyers, thanks to the arrival of the all-electric Porsche Taycan.

It offers a rounded blend of high-performance driver enjoyment and luxury saloon comfort, enhanced by a sophisticated array of cutting-edge on-board and chassis technology. There is a bewildering array of models that span the entry-level rear-wheel drive model to the fire breathing Turbo S via the plug-in hybrid models.

Despite being a full-sized luxury car, it's still very much a Porsche to look at and drive, so it wears its visual similarity with the 911 range with pride. It’s a difficult car to pigeonhole meaning its rivals are as diverse as the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi RS 6 Avant, but it will also appeal to those who want a luxury alternative to the Mercedes S-Class. But if you're a keen driver, the Panamera is definitely the best choice for you.

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What's it like inside?

The Panamera will please those who don't like touchscreens, as the centre console is peppered with buttons to control so many functions. They're touch sensitive and will take a little time to master, but they complement the widescreen central screen which covers the infotainment and navigation.

The dashboard and steering wheel look like they've been lifted straight from a 911, and that's no bad thing, as it shares the smaller car's quality and materials. The driving position low and the view over the bonnet is fabulous. It's unique in the luxury car market for being so sporting in its appearance, while not dropping off in terms of build quality.

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What's it like to drive?

If you're still not sure than a luxury Porsche won't drive like a sports car, rest assured the that Panamera is capable of satisfying the enthusiast in you. Steering and handling are both excellent – there is no slack at all through the wheel, with crisp and fast response that is perfectly matched with the car's agility.

Performance is detailed for each model below, but all Panameras are fast and effortless, as you'd expect. However, what will come as a surprise is how well they ride – although, we've only driven models fitted with the air suspension system. So equipped, it's supremely comfortable, well controlled on the lumpiest roads, and thoroughly capable of cossetting rear-seat passengers like a fully-fledged limousine.

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What models and trims are available?

The Panamera is available in petrol and plug-in hybrid forms. The entry-level Panamera is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 turbo petrol engine drives the rear wheels. The Panamera 4 and 4 Platinum models adds four-wheel drive and will crack the 0-62mph time in 5.3 seconds, so it’s no slouch.

The 4S four-wheel drive has a 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbo motor, and develops 440hp. The same 2.9-litre engine features in the 4 and 4S E-Hybrid versions, although the electrical assistance sees power rise to 462hp. Porsche claims up to 31 miles of electric-only driving with an official fuel efficiency of 113.0mpg.

Crowning the range are the GTS and Turbo S – the latter's V8 4.0-litre engine musters 630hp, enough for a 190mph top speed. All Panameras have an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, under Porsche’s now-familiar PDK branding. There’s no manual option.

What else should I know?

The Panamera includes a driver assistance system called InnoDrive, rear-wheel steering for greater agility and stability, and a more efficient electro-mechanical active anti-roll stabilisation in place of the previous hydraulic set-up.

They are also completely integrated into a new system called Porsche 4D Chassis Control that comes as standard. This system coordinates all of the driving tech into one holistic package, giving the Panamera remarkably fleet-footed responses – especially for a car that is over five metres long.

Continue reading for the full Parkers Porsche Panamera review, or skip to the verdict, to find out if it really does combine sports car dynamics with luxury saloon opulence.

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