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The 2018 Porsche Panamera ranked #3 in Super Luxury Cars. Currently the Porsche Panamera has a score of 8.7 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 12 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 8.4
Safety: N/A
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2018 Porsche Panamera Review

The 2018 Porsche Panamera seamlessly blends classic Porsche performance and top-notch luxury. There are few true faults with this vehicle, which is why it ranks near the top of our competitive super luxury car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engines and good fuel economy
  • Agile handling and smooth ride
  • Stylish interior
  • Spacious seats
  • Minimal gain in cargo space with Sport Turismo body style

Is the Porsche Panamera a Good Car?

The Porsche Panamera is a phenomenal car. It manages to outrank nearly all other super luxury cars, so that should tell you something about how great it is. When it comes to performance, it's hard not to call the Panamera a sports car. It has powerful engines and athletic handling, while maintaining good gas mileage. Inside, the Panamera boasts a beautiful, spacious cabin with plush seats, lots of modern tech, and plenty of cargo room.

Should I Buy the Porsche Panamera?

If you’re looking for a high-end luxury car, the Porsche Panamera belongs on your list. It delivers the comfort and elegance of a six-figure vehicle and the world-class performance that the Porsche badge is renowned for. Though as you might expect, this class is full of excellent cars. It’s worth cross-shopping luxe rivals like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A7. If you're set on a Porsche and still want some measure of utility, consider a luxury midsize SUV like the Porsche Cayenne.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Porsche Panamera?

For 2018, two new models make their entrance into the Panamera lineup. The Sport Turismo model is more wagonlike in appearance, and it provides marginally more cargo room than a regular model. The range-topping Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid also debuts, bringing with it a 680-horsepower hybrid powertrain. It's also the most expensive Panamera, at almost $200,000.

If neither of these models is at the top of your shopping list, consider an otherwise identical 2017 Panamera. With how quickly high-end luxury cars can depreciate, you’ll likely save gobs of money with a used Panamera. The car was fully redesigned for 2017, so you may save even more cash with a model that’s older than that.

To do more research, read our review of the 2017 Porsche Panamera. You can also read more about the prior-generation 2016 Panamera in our review. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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How Much Does the Porsche Panamera Cost?

The Panamera’s base price is $85,000. That’s above average for the class, but it’s not outrageous. There are plenty of higher trims, some of which have jaw-dropping price tags. The most expensive trim in the lineup is the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive, which has a starting price of just under $195,000.

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Porsche Panamera Versus the Competition

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

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class goes toe-to-toe with the Panamera, as these are two of the finest cars you can buy. The S-Class starts at about $5,000 more than the Panamera – but compared to the sticker price, that increase is chump change. Like the Panamera, the S-Class has a lineup of strong engines, a plush ride, and one of the most extravagant interiors of any car on the market. It offers an embarrassing number of luxury and convenience features, and you could easily fall asleep on the seats. The hatchback Panamera has more overall cargo space, but the S-Class is available in coupe and convertible body styles in addition to the standard sedan. There really isn’t a wrong choice between these two, so your decision may just come down to preference.

Which Is Better: Porsche Panamera or Audi A7?

The Audi A7 shares the hatchback body style of the Panamera, and there are a couple other similarities: each has a posh, modern interior with few buttons cluttering the sleek center stack. With a couple of high-performance variants, the A7 is one of few big luxury cars that won’t get its doors blown off by the Panamera. Perhaps the most notable difference between these two is price – the A7 undercuts the Panamera by about $15,000. These are both excellent automobiles, and though the Porsche may be a slightly better car overall, the Audi’s drastically lower price makes it a better value.

Which Is Better: Porsche Panamera or Porsche Cayenne?

The Porsche Cayenne is a luxury midsize SUV that's just as practical and sporty as the Panamera. Both Porsches give you your choice of brutish engines and deft handling. From its gas engines, the Cayenne gets worse fuel economy than the Panamera, but it's also available as a hybrid (like the Panamera is). The Cayenne seats five to the Panamera’s four, and it has more total cargo space. You won't be surprised to learn that both of these have an elegant interior design, though the Cayenne starts at about $25,000 less than the Panamera. Some trims quickly push the Cayenne's price into the six figures, though. This matchup really comes down to whether you prioritize the more efficient, slightly more luxurious Panamera or the more practical, but still luxurious Cayenne.

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Panamera Interior

How Many People Does the Panamera Seat?

The Panamera seats four people, and there are no bad seats in this car. Even tall adults will find plenty of head- and legroom in both rows. The seats are comfortable, and both rows are highly adjustable.

Panamera and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the Panamera. It’s pretty easy to install car seats, and the rear seats are big enough for most types of car seats to fit, with plenty of room to spare.

Panamera Interior Quality

The Panamera’s cabin is well-designed. It looks great, and the sleek dashboard gives an air of elegance. To top things off, there are plenty of premium materials throughout the interior.

Panamera Cargo Space

The Panamera’s cargo capacity varies from model to model, but the estimates are roughly average for the class. With the rear seats up, you get around 14 to 17 cubic feet of space, which is enough room for 10 to 12 shopping bags. Fold the rear seats down, and you get about 42 to 52 cubic feet of space, letting you haul vacation luggage, outdoor gear, and more. The wagonlike Sport Turismo model offers only slightly more cargo capacity than the standard model.

Panamera Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Panamera include Bluetooth, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, and a touch-screen infotainment system with the Porsche Communication Management interface, navigation, Apple CarPlay, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay.

Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, a 21-speaker Burmester audio system, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Most of the Panamera’s features are controlled through the touch-screen infotainment system. The interface is user-friendly, but adjusting some settings requires a lot of steps, and some people may find buttons easier.

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Panamera Performance

Panamera Engine: Pick Your Favorite

Porsche gives you plenty of engine choices in the Panamera, ranging from the base model’s 330-horsepower turbocharged V6 up to the 550-horsepower V8 powering the Panamera Turbo trims. Torque ratings for the gas engines range from 331 pound-feet in the base model to 567 pound-feet in the Turbo trim. All of the engines deliver plenty of power and quick acceleration, and they’re mated to an eight-speed automatic PDK transmission, which is an outstanding gearbox.

There are also two Panamera plug-in hybrid trims. The lower model features a twin-turbo V6 and an electric motor that combine to produce 462 horsepower. The higher trim features a twin-turbo V8 and an electric motor that produce a combined 680 horsepower.

Panamera Gas Mileage: Setting the Bar

Fuel economy doesn’t differ that much from one super luxury car to another. The Panamera is one of the class leaders, but only by a little bit (though top of the class is still top of the class). With the V6 engines, it gets 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Ratings drop to 18/25 mpg city/highway with the V8. Fuel economy improves somewhat with the Panamera plug-in hybrid models. These earn 21-22 mpg with the gasoline engine alone and 46-49 mpg-equivalent in all-electric mode. They can drive up to 16 miles on electricity alone.

For the sake of comparison, check out the Panamera against some of its chief rivals. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class gets 19/28 mpg city/highway, and the Audi A7 gets 20/29 mpg city/highway. The Panamera will save you gas money compared to each of those competitors, but it amounts to less than $200 per year.

Panamera Ride and Handling: It Is a Porsche, After All

People expect a Porsche to deliver buttoned-down handling, and the Panamera certainly does. The steering is sharp, and there’s not much roll through corners. Ride quality is good, and the suspension adjusts to road conditions to ensure you’re always riding smoothly. The brakes provide plenty of stopping power for the muscular engines.

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Panamera Reliability

Is the Porsche Panamera Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 Panamera a score of three out of five for predicted reliability. This is an average score for a new vehicle.

Porsche Panamera Warranty

The Porsche Panamera comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty. Many luxury vehicles have similar warranty terms.

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Panamera Safety

Panamera Crash Test Results

The 2018 Porsche Panamera has not been put through crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Panamera Safety Features

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road sign recognition, night vision, a surround-view camera, and forward collision warning.

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Which Porsche Panamera Model Is Right for Me?

There are more than a dozen trim options to choose from with this Porsche. Thankfully, most of them have similar standard features lists, and the powertrain is what really sets them apart. There are also three main body styles, all of which are available in every trim: the base, the Executive, and the new-for-2018 Sport Turismo. They’re all similar, but the Executive and Sport Turismo are slightly larger than the standard Panamera.

There are several available features and option packages you can tack on to whichever model you choose. Many of them involve interior and exterior styling, including color schemes and upgraded materials. Some are geared toward comfort and entertainment, including features like premium audio systems, improved climate control, and advanced seating options. There are also several available driver assistance features.

Picking the right trim boils down to picking a powertrain. If you’re looking for a gasoline-only powertrain, the Panamera 4S is a great choice. Its twin-turbo V6 receives nearly universal acclaim. If you want a hybrid, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and its 462-horsepower rating should have more than enough juice to suit your needs.

Porsche Panamera/Panamera 4

The Panamera has a base price of $85,000, while the all-wheel-drive Panamera 4 has a starting price of $89,600. These trims feature a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 330 horsepower and an eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) – Porsche’s dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, an in-cabin air filter, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, and a touch-screen infotainment system with the Porsche Communication Management interface, navigation, Apple CarPlay, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Porsche Panamera 4S

The Panamera 4S starts at $103,000. It comes with a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine that puts out 440 horsepower. The standard features list mirrors the lower trims’.

Porsche Panamera Turbo

The Panamera Turbo has a starting price of $150,000. Turbo models feature a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that cranks out 550 horsepower. It has the same transmission and features as lower trims.

Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

The lowest hybrid trim, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, starts at $99,600. It comes with a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine and an electric motor that combine to produce 462 horsepower.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

The more powerful Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid has a starting price of $184,400. It is new for 2018 – and the most powerful Panamera ever produced. It features a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 and an electric motor that combine to put out 680 horsepower.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Porsche Panamera is one of the finest cars on the road – in any class. It delivers outstanding performance and has the interior comforts you expect from a luxury vehicle. The Panamera is one of our highest-rated super luxury cars. If you are looking for an ultimate luxury vehicle, this Porsche belongs on your shopping list.

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

  • "Despite numerous naysayers, the 2018 Porsche Panamera continues to win over converts, while simultaneously pushing the competition to produce similar 4-door supercars. …With power ranging from 330 to 680 horsepower, the 2018 Panamera is easily the equal of cars like the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi RS 7, none of which yet offers a hybrid powertrain option. Couple this big sedan with decades of Porsche racing and performance innovations, and you get one very desirable 4-door." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "This new and vastly improved 2017 Porsche is going to cause dealership gridlock. It's that good-looking, that fast, that accommodating, that desirable. The base V-6 4S makes no apologies – it's not lacking in anything – while the Turbo ups the game with truly stunning speed. … With the possible exception of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, no other vehicle in this segment offers the Panamera's alluring combo of comfort, convenience, and effortless performance – and of course nothing else does it with Porsche's signature prowess. Job well done." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
  • "Porsche's all-new Panamera looks like a four-door sports car. Drives like one, too, if you twirl the Sport Chrono controller, which sharpens the powertrain and suspension responses. But the real genius of the new Panamera is that when you need it to be, it's as smooth and quiet and comfortable as a four-door limousine. If you like driving an S-Class but hanker after a sports car, the 2017 Panamera is the Porsche for you." -- Motor Trend (2017)
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