2017 Porsche Panamera Overview
Pros & Cons
- Agile handling with a comfortable ride
- Spacious, inviting seats
- Impressive line of turbocharged engines
- Excellent reliability rating
- Nothing notable
Notable for 2017
- Fully redesigned
Porsche Panamera Rankings and Research
The 2017 Porsche Panamera ranking is based on its score within the Super Luxury Cars category. Currently the Porsche Panamera has a score of 9.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 9 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
- #2 in Super Luxury Cars
2017 Porsche Panamera Pictures
2017 Porsche Panamera Review
The 2017 Porsche Panamera is a legitimate four-door alternative to a Porsche sports car, authentically delivering the power and handling expected from this brand. Inside, it's all about luxury: serene ride quality, sumptuous materials, and an elegant design are all in attendance.
Is the Porsche Panamera a Good Car?
When Porsche redesigned the Panamera for 2017, they took the opportunity to iron out many of the glitches affecting the previous generation. The result is a great car. Its performance is superb, with four powerful turbocharged engines to choose from (including a plug-in hybrid) and a highly praised automatic transmission. The Panamera's cabin features luxurious materials, a sleek layout, and delightful seats. Reliability is also a strong point, with the Panamera earning one of the highest reliability scores in the super luxury car class.
Should I Buy the Porsche Panamera?
You should buy the Porsche Panamera if performance and opulence are of equal importance to you. The adaptive suspension allows the Panamera to be agile yet comfortable, appealing to both the passionate driver and the reposing passenger. Adding to the luxurious feel are exceptionally comfortable seats and high-tech features like a back-seat infotainment touch screen. As rich as the Panamera's interior is, a few rivals give it a run for the money, including the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. You may want to slip inside one of these and try them out before you buy.
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After being released for the 2010 model year, the Panamera underwent its first redesign for 2017 and is completely revamped.
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How Much Does the Porsche Panamera Cost?
Pricing for the 2017 Panamera starts at $85,000. Though that's only a few thousand above the average starting price of a super luxury car, the median is thrown off by the pricey Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and the Panamera is actually the second most expensive model. Its excellent reliability score and lengthy list of standard features certainly add value to the Panamera's price, but many other rivals have similarly well-appointed base models available at a lower cost (like the BMW 7 Series).
Beyond the base trim, Porsche offers the Panamera in four other variations, each of which features a unique turbocharged powertrain. Pricing starts at $89,600 for the Panamera 4, $99,900 for the Panamera 4S, $99,600 for the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, and $146,900 for the top-line Panamera Turbo. All four are also available in long-wheelbase Executive versions, which add several inches of legroom to the back seat and between $4,500 and $14,000 to the price.
Porsche Panamera Versus the Competition
Which Is Better: Porsche Panamera or Audi A7?
The Audi A7 and the Porsche Panamera share a lot styling features: They both have a hatchback-style body, few buttons cluttering the center stack, and a sophisticated appeal. Likewise, performance is similar, with both receiving praise for delivering quick acceleration and agile handling. The key takeaway is that the A7 achieves this same level of excellence while undercutting the Panamera's price by more than $16,000. With such a significant cost savings, there is little argument against picking the Audi instead of the Porsche. We delve even deeper into these two rivals in, Head to Head: Audi A7 vs. Porsche Panamera.
Which Is Better: Porsche Panamera or BMW 7 Series?
On paper, the BMW 7 Series looks to be a better value than the Porsche Panamera. Its $81,500 starting price is $3,500 cheaper than the Panamera. At the same time, the 7 Series comes with standard features that aren't included in the base Panamera, including full leather upholstery, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and quad-zone automatic climate control. On the road, however, the Panamera outdoes the 7 Series as the more powerful, agile option. If performance is a priority for you, the Porsche will satisfy your appetite better than the Bimmer.
How Many People Does the Panamera Seat?
The 2017 Porsche Panamera offers seating for four people and comes standard with partial leather upholstery, heated front seats, and eight-way power-adjustable front seats. Seats are supple and spacious, with enough headroom and legroom to create a comfortable environment, even for those 6 feet or taller. The only exception for large adults is that the ceiling can feel a little low and encroaches into your personal space a little too much when you're reclining in the rear seat. Aside from this, the cabin is a lovely place to spend time, especially if you add opulent extras like massaging front seats, eight-way power-adjustable rear seats, or power rear-seat sunshades. You can add several inches of extra legroom space by opting for one of the Executive configurations.
Panamera Interior Quality
The Panamera cabin offers a modern ambience, with a minimalistic interior that features a clutter-free design and sleek lines. Complementing this are materials of the highest quality. Highlights include a piano-black look to the infotainment system, exotic trim options such as Paldao or Sweetgum wood, along with more traditional upgrades like Alcantara, carbon fiber, and brushed aluminum.
Panamera Cargo Space
The Panamera is about average for the class when it comes to trunk space, at 17.4 cubic feet. For those times when you want to haul oversized items, the rear seats can fold down for a total of 46 cubic feet (or 52.3 cubic feet with the Executive trims). Trunk space decreases to 14.3 cubic feet in the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, which translates to one or two fewer pieces of luggage (carry-on size) on a car trip.
Panamera Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
While the cabin of the previous Panamera generation was overrun with buttons, Porsche engineers made a 180-degree change with the new model, stripping it of most physical controls. The result is a sizable touch screen that now controls nearly everything; it even regulates the flow and direction of the air vent mounted directly below. The effect is an elegant appearance, though auto experts are mixed on whether the new system is convenient and user-friendly or if it strays too far from the convenience offered by conventional buttons.
Included in the standard infotainment system is navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, 10 speakers, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and satellite radio. Back-seat passengers get their own 7-inch touch screen mounted in the rear console to let them have control of audio and climate settings.
Panamera Engine: 4 Turbocharged, Authoritative Powertrains
The 2017 Panamera's four powertrain options are akin to a collection of confections from the finest chocolatier: each one more tempting than the last, all promising mouth-watering gratification. The base engine sets the bar quite high with its turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and 330 horsepower rating. Panamera 4S models increase the output to 440 horsepower by employing a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine. The top-line Turbo isn't messing around. Its twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 has a 550-horsepower rating.
From a dead stop, even the base Panamera engine can hit 60 mph in only 5.4 seconds. This plunges to 3.6 with the Turbo model's V8. You can shave even more time off your sprints with the Sport Chronos Package. It's available with every engine, and – in addition to adding launch control – lets you choose from four driving modes (Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual). This package mounts a Sport Response Button on the steering wheel, which sharpens the engine and transmission response and is ideal for overtaking slower traffic.
The Panamera is also available as a plug-in hybrid. This model combines a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine with an electric motor for a combined output of 462 horsepower. On the road, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is hardly an anemic fuel-sipper – it can reach 60 mph in as little as 4.4 seconds.
Every powertrain includes an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. Though its proper name hardly feels graceful (Porsche Doppelkupplung), this transmission is silky and fast, with paddle shifters that let you quickly switch to the gear you desire.
Panamera Gas Mileage
The EPA has not yet released any fuel economy estimates for the Porsche Panamera.
Panamera Ride and Handling: Sporty, Stable, and Smooth
The Panamera adroitly straddles the fine line between sporty and comfortable. Cars typically fall into one primary domain, offering either athletic handling (accompanied by a stiffer, less comfortable suspension) or a comfortable ride (losing out on nimble handling and lacking the necessary rigidity to reign in body roll). With the Panamera, driving enthusiasts' taste for agile handling is satiated, while passengers are treated to a limousine-grade ride. All-wheel drive comes in all but the base Panamera. Standard equipment also includes Porsche's Active Suspension Management, with a rapidly adjusting adaptive air suspension in the Panamera Turbo trims.
Is the Porsche Panamera Reliable?
Porsche has been recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as one of the most reliable car brands. The Panamera stays true to this brand trait, earning a predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five.
Porsche Panamera Warranty
Porsche covers the 2017 Panamera with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.
Panamera Crash Test Results
The Porsche Panamera has not undergone any crash tests from either the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is typical for super luxury cars.
Panamera Safety Features
The Panamera comes standard with a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. A number of driver assistance features are available, including blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road sign recognition, and forward collision warning. The available night vision uses thermal imaging to pinpoint people or large animals on the roadway in the dark.
Which Porsche Panamera Model Is Right for Me?
For 2017, Porsche offers eight different Panamera variants, starting with the $85,000 base model. Among the configurations are four Executive models – these are longer, with more legroom in the back seat – and a hybrid trim. Other core differences between the trims are the standard engine (with only one engine available per trim) and whether or not all-wheel drive is standard. Every Panamera comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Most Panamera trims come with the same list of standard features as the base trim, so if this 330-horsepower sedan is powerful enough for you, there's no need to step up to a more expensive trim. Among the included features are partial leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a power liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. The standard Porsche Communication Management infotainment system comes with navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, 10 speakers, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and satellite radio. Powering the base Panamera is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
On top of all these inclusions, Porsche offers a bevy of packages and options, so you can select only the features that are attractive to you. This includes the Premium Package (including blind spot monitoring and a Bose surround-sound system) and the Premium Package Plus (which adds features from the Premium Package, plus ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and soft-close doors. Many of these items are available as standalone upgrades, joining dozens of other Panamera options, and prices often vary depending on the trim.
Porsche Panamera/Panamera 4
The 2017 Panamera and all-wheel-drive Panamera 4 use the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. The Panamera 4's all-wheel drive adds extra grip, which translates to faster off-the-line acceleration. The base trim starts at $85,000. Configurations for the Panamera 4 trim include the standard-length Panamera 4 ($89,600) and the extra-long Panamera 4 Executive ($96,300).
Porsche Panamera 4S
The only way to get more power in your Panamera is with a higher trim level. The first upgraded engine comes in the Panamera 4S. Under its hood is a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine. You also get all-wheel drive and the same standard features as the base Panamera. In addition to the Panamera 4S ($99,900), this is also available as the long wheelbase Panamera 4S Executive ($113,900).
Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
Porsche offers two plug-in hybrid variants: the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid ($99,600) and the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive ($104,100). These combine a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. All-wheel drive is standard.
Porsche Panamera Turbo
The all-wheel-drive Panamera Turbo ($146,900) is the pinnacle of speed and performance for this line. It employs a 4.0-liter V8 engine and slashes sprint times, reaching 60 mph from a dead stop in as little as 3.4 seconds. This trim also comes with an adaptive air suspension (which rapidly adjusts for changing road conditions), a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system, dark walnut interior trim, an Alcantara roof lining, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, and heated front and rear seats. The longer Panamera Turbo Executive has a $160,000 starting price.
The Final Call
Spirited drivers will find the 2017 Porsche Panamera thrilling to drive, thanks to its impressive engine options and adept handling abilities. But unlike some athletic cars, which feel too harsh or loud to be very comfortable, luxury-inclined passengers will also feel welcome inside. The cabin is spacious and well-appointed in the finest materials, with a rich list of sumptuous add-ons available if you want add even more opulence.
Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.
- "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
- "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
- "Fast-forward to the all-new 2017 Porsche Panamera, and you'll find a re-boot with crisper styling, better performance and all the right bits to create a 4-door Porsche even the most stubborn enthusiast would be proud to own. Easily the equal of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe and Audi RS 7, the new Panamera makes the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Maserati Quattroporte feel a bit outdated. With power ranging from 440 to 550 horsepower, Porsche's Panamera 4S and Turbo for 2017 promise impressive performance with an equally impressive suspension, steering and brake setup to match." -- Kelley Blue Book
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