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2020 Porsche Panamera Review

The 2020 Porsche Panamera ranks near the top of the super luxury car class, thanks to its strong engines, well-balanced handling, posh and comfortable interior, and above-average predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Muscular hybrid, V6, and V8 engines
  • Well-balanced handling and ride quality
  • Comfortable, stylish interior
  • Large hatchback cargo area
  • Relatively few standard features

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Porsche Panamera's #2 ranking is based on its score within the Super Luxury Cars category. Currently the Porsche Panamera has a score of 8.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 19 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.7
Performance: 9.6
Interior: 7.8
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Is the Porsche Panamera a Good Car?

Yes, the Porsche Panamera is an excellent car. The Panamera has a spacious and finely trimmed cabin, loads of cargo space, and a thrilling lineup of turbocharged engines that range in output from a potent 330 horsepower to a brutish 677 horses. Needless to say, every model is fast.

What makes the Panamera truly stand out in the super luxury car class is its handling. Despite its size, the Panamera feels remarkably agile and fun to drive, and it soaks up rough pavement comfortably. It’s the ideal trade-off for someone who wants a luxury sports car like the Porsche 911 but really needs four-door practicality.

Should I Buy the Porsche Panamera?

You should absolutely consider the Porsche Panamera. It’s a quick, luxurious, and surprisingly practical hatchback. That is, as long as you can afford one. Prices start at $87,200, and they rise quickly from there. If you aren’t ready to part with all those Benjamins, you may want to check out alternatives like the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS. Both offer the performance and refinement of the Panamera but at a lower $70,000 starting price.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Porsche Panamera?

The 2020 Panamera gets a new 10 Years Edition package that celebrates a decade of the car’s production. Otherwise, there are no major changes for 2020. This means you can save money by buying a 2019 model while still finding all the same features and performance that you’d get in a new Panamera.

You can save even more by shopping for older models, though there are a few updates to consider. Porsche redesigned the Panamera for 2017, so all 2016-and-older models will look and feel much different. The wagonlike Sport Turismo body style debuted for 2018.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Panamera, 2018 Panamera, and 2019 Panamera reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 17 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 17 Porsche Panamera reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

This 2020 Panamera review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2017.

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How Much Does the Porsche Panamera Cost?

The 2020 Panamera has a starting price of $87,200. That’s roughly on a par with competitors like the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series. However, the Panamera’s price can quickly surpass those rivals in its higher trim levels, which top out around $200,000.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Porsche dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Porsche deals page.

Porsche Panamera Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Porsche Panamera or Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-Benz S-Class are excellent super luxury cars. Both have roomy and comfortable cabins, many advanced tech features, and a range of high-performance engines. They’re both expensive as well, clipping the $200,000 mark in their top configurations.

Ultimately, choosing between the two may come down to personal preference. The Panamera feels like a sports car wrapped in a four-door body, and it’s the one to pick if you want to have fun behind the wheel. The S-Class is more of a lavish autobahn cruiser. It’s exceptionally quiet and relaxing to drive, and its cabin is showier and more tech-forward than the reserved Porsche.

Which Is Better: Porsche Panamera or BMW 7 Series?

The BMW 7 Series sedan is another great option. Like the Panamera, the 7 Series is big inside and out, comfortable, and packed with power. Engine output ranges from 335 to 600 horsepower. Also, its styling is quite restrained. Go with the Panamera if driving dynamics are a top priority. The Porsche just feels sharper and more athletic to drive than the BMW. On the other hand, pick the 7 Series if you want value. It’s similarly priced in its standard configuration but far better equipped with safety and convenience features. Test-drive both to see which you prefer.

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Panamera Interior

How Many People Does the Panamera Seat?

The Panamera is available in three body styles: hatchback, Executive, and Sport Turismo. The hatchback and lengthier Executive models have four seats, while the wagonlike Sport Turismo model has five seats.

Regardless of configuration, the Panamera’s front seats are comfortable and highly adjustable, and there’s ample head- and legroom, even for taller occupants. The rear seats are supportive and nicely padded, and there’s ample space for two adults to fit comfortably.

Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard. Upgrades include heated rear seats, ventilated and massaging front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and rear sunshades.

Panamera and Child Car Seats

The Panamera has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats.

Panamera Interior Quality

The Panamera’s cabin has a nice mix of modern and traditional design. The dashboard is cleanly styled and trimmed with quality metal, leather, and soft-touch plastic. These high-end materials cover most other interior surfaces as well, and you can opt for upgraded trims like walnut and carbon fiber. Overall, the Panamera feels elegant and upscale, just not in-your-face showy.

Panamera Cargo Space

The Panamera’s hatchback design makes it a great cargo hauler. Open the rear liftgate, and you’ll find around 18 cubic feet of space. Fold the rear seats down, and the cargo area expands to about 50 cubic feet, which is on par with many luxury compact SUVs. That said, the placement of the battery pack in the hybrid model lowers these dimensions by a few cubic feet.

Panamera Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Panamera’s dashboard sports a 12-inch touch screen with slick graphics and snappy responses. Standard features include Apple CarPlay, navigation, Bluetooth, three USB ports, a 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The center console cascades down from the screen, and it’s covered with touch-sensitive buttons, which some critics aren’t fond of. They require more attention from the driver than conventional buttons do.

Optional upgrades include quad-zone automatic climate control, a 14-speaker Bose stereo, a 21-speaker Burmester stereo, an analog stopwatch, and two 10-inch touch screens for back-seat passengers.

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Panamera Performance

Panamera Engine: Fast, Faster, Fastest

The 2020 Panamera is available with six engine configurations. Spoiler alert: All of them rocket the car up to speed with astonishing ease. The base Panamera has a turbocharged V6 with 330 horsepower. The 4S has a twin-turbocharged V6 with 440 horsepower, and the 4 E-Hybrid matches this engine with an electric motor to produce 457 horsepower.

The GTS model has a twin-turbo V8 with 453 horsepower. The Turbo model boosts this V8 up to 550 horsepower, and the Turbo S E-Hybrid adds an electric motor to this engine for a total of 677 horsepower.

The dash from zero to 60 mph takes just under six seconds for the base model. The high-end Turbo and Turbo S E-Hybrid models can do it in around 3.5 seconds.

Every engine is paired with Porsche’s terrific eight-speed PDK, which is a dual-clutch automatic transmission. The gear changes are smooth and well-timed. Drivers can also shift manually using the steering wheel’s shift paddles. The base model Panamera is outfitted with rear-wheel drive. All other models are equipped with all-wheel drive.

Panamera Gas Mileage: Plug-In for Best Results

Choose one of the Panamera hybrids if you’re concerned about fuel economy. The E-Hybrid model offers 14 miles of all-electric driving range. After that, its V6 engine kicks in to provide 23 mpg and 51 MPG-equivalent in combined city/highway driving. The sportier S E-Hybrid also has 14 miles of electric range, and it nets 20 mpg and 51 MPGe combined.

Recharging the car’s battery pack takes about 12 hours using a 120-volt household-style power outlet or 2½ hours using a 240-volt outlet and the optional 7.2-kW onboard charger.

The nonhybrid models are less efficient, though gas mileage is still decent by class standards. The base Panamera gets an EPA-rated 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The 4S gets 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, while the Panamera Turbo is rated at 18/25 mpg. The GTS gets 16/23 mpg.

Panamera Ride and Handling: Like a Four-Door 911

The Panamera isn’t quite in the same league as its Porsche 911 sibling when it comes to driving dynamics, but it is close. The Panamera slices around turns and feels remarkably agile and stable for such a heavy car, especially when outfitted with its optional four-wheel steering system. The standard adaptive suspension - or PASM - does a great job of soaking up bumps and dips in the road, resulting in a smooth and comfortable ride. The optional air suspension improves the ride quality even further.

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Panamera Reliability

Is the Porsche Panamera Reliable?

The 2020 Panamera has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Porsche Panamera Warranty

Porsche covers the Panamera with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty. Hybrid models are covered by an additional eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Porsche Panamera?

The cost of insuring a Porsche Panamera will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Panamera Safety

Panamera Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 Panamera. This is common among luxury vehicles.

Panamera Safety Features

The 2020 Panamera comes standard with a rearview camera, as well as front and rear parking sensors. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with brake assist, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, adaptive pivoting headlights, a night vision camera, a surround-view parking camera system, and a head-up display.

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Panamera Weight and Dimensions

The 2020 Panamera’s curb weight ranges from 4,157 to 5,390 pounds. The standard body style and Sport Turismo models are 16.6 feet long, while the Executive model is 17.1 feet long.

Where Is the 2020 Porsche Panamera Built?

Porsche builds the 2020 Panamera in Germany.

Which Porsche Panamera Model Is Right for Me?

Porsche offers the 2020 Panamera in nearly two dozen configurations. Choosing between these models can be overwhelming, so we’ll take it step by step.

First, pick from one of the car’s three body styles. These include the standard four-door hatchback, a lengthier Executive model with extra back-seat space, and a wagonlike Sport Turismo model. It’s worth noting that the Sport Turismo model has five seats. The standard and Executive models have four seats, but they are available with five.

Next, pick an engine. The base and 4S models have potent V6s. The GTS and Turbo models have powerful V8s. The E-Hybrid models pair these V6s and V8s with an electric motor and battery pack, enabling quick acceleration and improved fuel economy.

Lastly, choose your options. In general, all of the trims are similarly equipped, so you’ll need to peruse the options list if you want luxuries like massaging seats, a heated steering wheel, or even forward collision warning. Just watch the price tag. The options elevate the car’s price quickly.

Porsche Panamera/Panamera 4

The base model Panamera starts at $87,200. It comes with a 330-horsepower V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. The Panamera 4 variant costs $91,800, and it adds an all-wheel drive system. The Panamera 4 Sport Turismo and Panamera 4 Executive models start at around $98,000.

Standard features include a 12-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, navigation, Bluetooth, three USB ports, a 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, a rearview camera, and parking sensors. Other standard items include dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, an adaptive suspension, and 19-inch wheels.

A rear-seat entertainment system, Bose and Burmester sound systems, quad-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats (standard in Executive), ventilated and massaging front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, rear sunshades, and power soft-close doors are optional.

Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, adaptive headlights, a surround-view parking camera system, a night vision camera, and a head-up display.

Other options include an air suspension (standard in Sport Turismo models), a four-wheel steering system, carbon ceramic brakes, and 20- and 21-inch wheels. New for 2020 is a 10 Years Edition package that bundles many of these features.

Porsche Panamera 4S

The Panamera 4S has a starting MSRP of $105,000. It packs a 440-horsepower V6 engine and all-wheel drive, but otherwise its standard and available features mirror the base model. The 4S Sport Turismo and 4S Executive models start at $111,200 and $116,300, respectively.

Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid starts at $103,800. Its V6 engine is paired with an electric motor, and they combine to produce 457 horsepower. Most standard and available features carry over. The Sport Turismo and Executive variants are priced at $107,800 and $108,300, respectively.

Porsche Panamera GTS

The Panamera GTS starts at $129,300. It adds a 453-horsepower V8 engine, a sport exhaust, 20-inch wheels, upgraded brakes, and adaptive headlights. All other options carry over. The GTS Sport Turismo variant costs $135,500. This is the only trim not offered with an Executive model.

Porsche Panamera Turbo

The Panamera Turbo starts at $153,000, and it comes with a 550-horsepower V8 engine, a Bose stereo, and heated front and rear seats. Most options carry over. The Sport Turismo and Executive models cost $157,000 and $163,400, respectively.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

At the top of the line is the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which costs $187,700. Its combination of a V8 engine and an electric motor produces 677 horsepower. Other standard features include 21-inch wheels and carbon ceramic brakes. The Sport Turismo and Executive body styles start at $191,700 and $198,100, respectively. Like before, most options carry over.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Porsche dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Porsche deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Porsche Panamera offers just about everything you could ask for in a super luxury car. It’s dressed to the nines, spacious and comfortable, a hoot to carve around turns, and seriously quick in a straight line. It’s also quite practical, thanks to its hatchback body style.

There are a lot of great options in this price range, from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series to Porsche’s own Cayenne SUV and Taycan electric car. Still, the Panamera is a standout choice.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "If you're looking for a thrilling driver's car with a world-class pedigree, but you also need the convenience of four doors and a usable rear seat, the 2019 Porsche Panamera likely has a model for you. Be it the sleek hatchback or wagon-like Sport Turismo, the Panamera is as functional as it is fun." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "The Panamera is for those seeking a flagship luxury sedan that's every bit as rewarding and thrilling to drive as a sports car. Although it's quite large, its handling, steering, electronic aides and colossal power (regardless of engine) result in a car that should be better to drive than everything else in its segment." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "We've already reviewed the bonkers, 680-horsepower PHEV variant, but if your budget lies closer to the $100,000 mark, this base-model Panamera 4 Sport Turismo will still check all your boxes. It looks great, it drives like a sports car without being uncomfortable and its cabin tech is mighty impressive." -- CNET (2018) 
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