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Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo (21 on) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £79,395 - £140,301
Fuel Economy 2.4 - 2.8 miles/kWh
Insurance group 50 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Stupefyingly quick
  • Up to 283-mile range
  • Quality interior

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Ride isn't all that soft
  • More practical estates out there

Written by Murray Scullion on

When Porsche was dreaming up an electric estate with a dedicated gravel mode, it probably envisaged Scandinavians deftly traversing a ski slope. In the UK it'll most likely be engaged to handle steep and jagged entrances to golf clubs. And you know what? The Taycan Cross Turismo will handle it brilliantly.

Those in the market for an electric estate only have two cars to choose from. This, and the MG5. There's a £100,000 difference in price - so they're not what we'd call direct rivals. So the main competition for the Taycan Cross Turismo is big powerful electric SUVs such as the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-Pace, and Audi e-Tron.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo rear

It's still a pretty niche car. Which means one of its biggest rivals is the saloon version - the regular Taycan.

How is it different from the regular Taycan?

As well as the fundamentally more practical bodystyle, the Cross Turismo version brings a few off-roading niceties.

One of these is the dedicated gravel mode - assuming you tick the off-road design package.

The regular Cross Turismo has a ride height of 20mm higher than a Taycan, but this off-road package gives it another 10mm of ride height courtesy of this gravel mode.

It isn't found on the Porsche driving mode selector on the steering wheel, but instead on a haptic feedback button on the screen closest to your legs. You can feel the suspension rebound lightly in huge holes we wouldn't dream of driving into in a regular Taycan.

Behind the wheel it helps this Taycan feel more Macan than 911 in terms of visibility.

What does the model range look like?

There are four models to choose from. The base model Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, the 4S Cross Turismo, the Turbo Cross Turismo, and the Turbo S Cross Turismo.

All four come with different power outputs and electric ranges. Unsurprisingly, the more powerful cars cost more money.

Trim Power and torque
0-62mph time
Top speed
Range
4 Cross Turismo 380hp (476hp with overboost), 500Nm
5.1secs
137mph 242-283 miles
4S Cross Turismo 490hp (571hp with overboost), 650Nm
4.1secs
149mph 281 miles
Turbo Cross Turismo 625hp (680hp with overboost), 850Nm
3.3secs
155mph 281 miles
Turbo S Cross Turismo 625hp (761hp with overboost), 1050Nm
2.9secs
155mph 241-260 miles

 

The basic Cross Turismo starts at just shy of £80,000, while the Turbo S is a bit less than £140,000. These cars are not cheap.

Cross Turismos are pricier than regular Taycans. 4S Cross Turismos are about £4k more than the saloons, but Turbo and Turbo Ss are about a grand more.

For a bit of comparison - the petrol powered Porsche Panamera Turbo S is about £4.5k less than a Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo S.

How does it drive?

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo driving

We should probably introduce some figures at this point. Turbo S cars get a faintly ridiculous 625hp. That means a 0-62mph time of less than 3.0sec and 0-100mph in 6.5sec.

Launch control is available. You'll probably use it once then forget about it. But it is devastating. Engage Sport+, follow the instructions on screen, and feel your internal organs move as the car moves down the road. It's for showing off, really.

In day-to-day driving the response you get from your right foot is instantaneous. Nipping in and out of traffic, once you get used to the car's size, is rewardingly simple. If there's a small gap you know you have speed on your side. There are no pesky gears of revs to worry about.

The braking is superb too. Electric cars utilise braking from the engine, as well as traditional discs and pads. Often you don't know which you'll get, and therefore you don't know how hard to press the brake pedal. The calibration of this Cross Turismo is near perfect. There's alway confidence inspiring stopping power and it never feels jerky.

From the offset Porsche wanted this to be more of a sportscar than an estate. This means the ride always errs on the side of firm. There's no comfort mode for the suspension - just 'normal'. It's a bit fidgety at low speeds - admittedly this is a pretty minor gripe. But you've gotta pick fault somewhere.

Still, that extra ride height comes in handy. While the standard Taycan asks you to adapt your speed to prevent its chin hitting tarmac, the Cross Turismo bounds along even rough roads at a pace that will shame SUVs.

Practicality

This is a big car. At 1,967mm wide it's actually even girthier than the seven-seat Volvo XC90.

So you should hope it's practical. Things start off well up front. The first two seats are big, comfortable, and adjustable. Don't think that because they're from Porsche they'll be racing buckets with no squidge.

Elbow and leg room is brilliant, as is the view out. The raised suspension means it doesn't feel like you're sitting inside of an estate. It definitely feels a bit more SUV behind the wheel.

The view out the back is squashed. But parking cameras do make up for this in day to day life.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo rear seats

In the armrest you'll find two USB-C charging ports, but more importantly, a novel wireless charging device for your phone. Rather than it being a flat pad, it's a pouch. Slip your phone in face up and it'll charge, while also being suspended safely. It's tucked away too, which means you'll be less likely to use it.

Space for rear passengers is good. Porsche reckons there's 47mm more headroom in the back here than in the Taycan saloon. In the back you'll have the option of two or three seats. We'd recommend going for the four-seat model. This ensures up to two rear passengers have loads of elbow and leg space.

The boot is a touch disappointing. With the seats up it measures 446 litres - which is at least better than the saloon's 366 litres. Seats down capacity is 1,212. This isn't quite comparing eggs with eggs - but big electric SUVs have bigger boots. The Tesla Model X houses a seat down 2,180-litre boot.

Inside?

It's pretty much the same in here as you'd find in the regular Taycan - except a neat compass that sits on top of the dash rather than the standard car's clock. There are three screens to contend with. The one behind the steering wheel is mostly controlled through steering-wheel mounted control.

It's generally referred to as a driver's display. It offers touch controls for functions such as suspension set-up and stability control settings. On the steering wheel is Porsche's drive mode selector where you can change how much power you have at your disposal. You can also mix and match these. For example, you can choose max power Sport+ mode with the softest suspension settings.

Then there's the main infotainment screen. This has loads of options and is pretty easy to navigate assuming you can work a smartphone. The third screen sits below the main one and controls things like the temperature and heated seats. This has haptic feedback - so it vibrates when you touch it. This ensures you know you've touched it without having to look down and away from the road.

Porsche Taycan Cross Tursimo interior

Range

Range is a huge issue with electric cars. The cheapest Cross Turismo officially has the longest range - but they're all pretty similar. The Taycan isn't the most efficient electric car out there - but remember this car is set up more towards sport than economy.

In a Turbo S on a 50-mile route, with plenty of sustained heavy throttle usage, we saw a 2% loss of battery. This would make for a range of around 170 miles. On a 90-mile route in a regular Turbo model, with mixed driving, we reckon the range would be more like 200 miles.

Interestingly there is a dedicated Range driving mode. This limits the car to 55mph and changes the climate controls to use less energy. This mode also interacts with the sat-nav. It can calculate a route that's quicker by offering drivers a route with fewer charging stops. For example, it can do this by minimising motorway usage. That might seem counterintuitive to getting you home quickest - but you need to remember EVs are most efficient at lower speeds.

Read on for our verdict on the Taycan Cross Turismo

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo side

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