- Fantastic to drive
- Hybrid version is surprisingly efficient
- Luxurious interior
- Only seats four
- Firm ride around town
- Expensive options
Supercar quick four door luxury saloon.
The Porsche Panamera when it was first introduced in 2010 caused shockwaves in the motoring world. It’s unique styling is as loved, as it was hated. Either way, it’s certainly unique. With rivals such as the Maserati Quattroporte, and the Audi A7, the Panamera faces some tough competition. Despite this, the Panamera is one of the finest luxury saloons on the market. Combining supercar speed, with opulent luxury has proved to be a brilliant combination. It’s practical, fun to drive, unbelievably quick, and has one of the best interiors of any production car. It might not be cheap to buy, nor is it cheap to run, but this is a Porsche after all.
An update in 2016 featured a redesigned interior, improved body styling, and new infotainment technology.
Hugely impressive interior, with decent practicality.
Porsche might be a brand that’s best-known for its sports cars, but the Panamera’s interior is far and away from a stripped back sports car. Opulent luxury is the order of the day. It’s so good, it’s almost too good. For a Porsche, practicality is impressive as well.
The dashboard design of the Panamera is one of clean, contemporary lines, that give it a real air of quality. It’s beautiful to look at, and the 12.3” touchscreen display sits as the centrepiece. Porsche have really thought the design through, as it’s one of the very best on offer of any car. Material quality, as you’d expect, is exceptional. All areas are adorned in plush, dense materials, whilst the controls are nicely damped. They are quite difficult to get used to at first, but they start to make sense after you’ve spent a bit of time behind the wheel.
When you buy a Porsche, usually the last thing on most people’s minds is practicality. Not so with the Panamera. Porsche have marketed this car as a car that you can use everyday. Thankfully, it lives up to its reputation. Though there are only four seats, all of them have ample leg and headroom, so all passengers can travel comfortably. The 495 litre boot capacity is more than enough room for most executive car drivers. It’s bigger than the Mercedes CLS’, and you’ll easily be able to house your golf clubs at the weekend.
Equipment levels in the Panamera are exhaustive, no matter which trim you go for. It’s worth considering the fact that optional extras are incredibly expensive however, but in all honesty, you won’t need them. The entry-level Panamera comes with a full leather interior, satnav, parking sensors, climate control, and cruise control. Few buyers will request more than this.
All in all the inside of the Panamera is the complete package. It’s superb design, exceptional quality, and surprising practicality make it one of the best executive cars to travel in, both as a driver, and as a passenger.
An incredible balance of poise, performance, and refinement.
The Porsche Panamera is a super saloon that’s built to go fast, and it has the handling to match. It might be a big car, but it retains the feel of a genuine sports car. The steering is sharp and precise, offering plenty of feedback, whilst it grips effortlessly through the corners. Body roll is also kept well in check, with the car remaining balanced, even through tight country lane corners. The hybrid model feels a little heavier when you throw it into a corner, but it still feels poised for a car as big and heavy as the Panamera.
Suspension and Chassis
The Panamera might be a Porsche, but it’s also a grand-tourer, so it needs to be comfortable as well as fun to drive. Luckily, it passes the comfort test with flying colours. Though the ride is a little firm at lower speeds, the Panamera really comes into its own when you’re out on the open road. Even the worst British roads are eaten up with aplomb. Refinement is exquisite in the Panamera. On the motorway there’s next to no road, wind, or engine noise, making it a superb long distance cruiser.
Gearbox options in the Panamera come only in one guise. All Panameras come equipped with an eight speed sequential dual-clutch automatic transmission. It offers smooth gear changes, and incredible responsiveness, so whether you’re in town, or just about to overtake a mere mortal in a family Saloon, the gearbox responds exactly how you’d want it to.
From super-quick petrols, to a planet-saving hybrid.
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Panamera, you’ve got three options: petrol, petrol-hybrid, and surprisingly, diesel. All of the engines offer plenty of power, with the Turbo ticking the box for petrolheads, and the petrol-hybrid offering green credentials.
When you’re buying a Porsche you expect it to be rapid, and all of the engines in the Panamera range live up to standards. If you’re a true petrolhead however, you might want to consider the unbelievably quick Turbo model. This 4.8 litre V8 produces a whopping 520bhp, and will accelerate from 0-62mph in a blisteringly quick 4.1 seconds. The engine has a satisfying tone at idle, and though it is more expensive to run than the rest of the range, it more than makes up for it with outright speed.
Eco-friendly buyers might be surprised to learn that there’s a Porsche Panamera that’s actually relatively good for the planet. The petrol-hybrid 3.0 V6 E-Hybrid engine produces just 71g/km of CO2 emissions. That’s less than most city cars, in a car that can do 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds. Money-savers will also be impressed. Not only is this Panamera road tax exempt, it will also return up to 91.1mpg. Almost unbelievable in a car as big, luxurious, and as powerful as the Panamera.
Whichever engine you choose in your Panamera, you’re very unlikely to be disappointed. All offer plenty of pace, whilst running costs are surprisingly low, if you choose the right model. Porsche is a brand with years of engineering expertise, and it really shows in the Panamera.
Not tested by NCAP, but a huge range of on-board safety features.
As you’d expect with a car as expensive as the Panamera, it hasn’t yet been tested by NCAP. It’s highly unlikely that it will be at any point. But you needn’t worry. The Panamera comes with so much safety equipment you can always feel safe behind the wheel, no matter how fast you’re going. Even the entry-level model comes with eight airbags, electronic stability control, Isofix points, and a whole host of electronic drivers aids. The Panamera’s brakes are also some of the best on the market, so you won’t have too much trouble braking if you see an upcoming obstacle.
Far from cheap, so you’re best suited to buying a used model.
The Porsche Panamera is not a cheap car to buy from new. That’s to be expected. This is a premium product after all. Despite this, running costs aren’t quite as expensive as you might think, but only if you go for the petrol-hybrid, or the diesel model. The petrol-hybrid in particular offers exceptional value for money. It might be more expensive to buy than the entry-level 3.6 V6, but thanks to road tax exemption, and high fuel economy, you’ll save a lot of money over the course of a year.
Insurance groups for the Panamera depend on which model you go for. It won’t be a cheap car to insure, but not all of the models are in the highest group. The range starts in group 46 for the entry-level 3.6 V6, and ranges up to group 50 for the 4.8 V8 Turbo.
Though the Panamera tends to hold its value well after the first few years, depreciation is still a factor to consider with the Panamera. But only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Porsche Panamera really is an incredible car. It offers the sporting prowess of a sports car, with the practicality of a family saloon. Not only that, but the level of luxury in its interior can’t be matched by any of its rivals. And if you choose the right model, the Panamera might just surprise you with its low running costs. It’s not the cheapest grand tourer, but if you go for a used model, you can have all the quality that the Panamera possesses, without having to take the first-year depreciation hit.
Buying a used Porsche Panamera online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Porsche Panamera for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Panamera. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Porsche Panamera online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Porsche? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Porsche Panamera, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Panamera, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Porsche to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.