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2015 Porsche Panamera Review

With its potent engines, athletic handling, and fantastic reliability rating, the 2015 Porsche Panamera is an exceptional super luxury car.

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.0
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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Pros & Cons

  • Quick acceleration
  • Impressive handling
  • Superior cabin materials
  • Poor rear visibility
  • High prices and ownership costs

 

2015 Porsche Panamera Overview

Is the 2015 Porsche Panamera a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2015 Panamera is a great super luxury car. In fact, it's a standout choice in the class, delivering swift acceleration and an engaging ride no matter which model and engine you pick. There’s plenty of room to stretch out in the cabin, in addition to a long list of features and a generously sized cargo area. The major downsides to the Panamera are its high average price and exorbitant ownership costs.

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How Much Is the 2015 Porsche Panamera?

The 2015 Porsche Panamera has an average list price of $62,000, which is very high for the segment. Prices range from $46,000 to $91,900 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Porsche Panamera Model Cost to Own?

The 2015 Porsche Panamera's five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be nearly $33,510, or $6,702 per year. That's above average for a super luxury car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Panamera?

The 2019 Porsche Panamera is part of a generation that debuted for 2017. For the new generation, Porsche added 20 horsepower to the base V6 engine's output, reshuffled the Panamera's trim levels, updated its interior and exterior styling, and added standard smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Pricing for the 2019 model starts at $86,300.

Since you can get these features in older models in the generation, we recommend opting for a similar used 2017 or 2018 model. The 2015 Panamera will likely cost you less money, but it's not as modern as the redesigned version.

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There are no new super luxury cars with starting prices near the average price of the 2015 Panamera. However, you'll find comparably priced options in the luxury large car class, including the 2019 Audi A7 and 2019 BMW 6 Series.

The 2019 Audi A7 boasts a powerful engine, poised handling, and a lavish interior. Pricing for the A7 starts around $68,000.

The 6 Series has sharp steering and a user-friendly infotainment system. Its Gran Turismo hatchback model has an even higher cargo capacity than the Panamera. Both models have similarly powerful engine lineups, but BMW's Alpina B6 model boasts even more horsepower than the top-of-the-line Panamera. However, the Alpina B6 also carries a very high price of nearly $125,000.

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Which Model Year of the Porsche Panamera Is Best?

The 2015 Panamera is part of a generation that spanned the 2010 through 2016 model years. Changes throughout the current generation include the addition of the GTS trim for 2013, the introduction of long-wheelbase and plug-in S E-Hybrid models for 2014. There were no notable additions for 2015 or 2016.

There were few changes throughout the current generation, so you may want to consider purchasing an older model to save money. You should also take a look at the fully redesigned 2017 Panamera. It will likely cost you more, but it has quite a few perks that you don't get with the 2015 Panamera. Its notable changes include updated interior and exterior styling, an improved powertrain, and a slightly larger cargo area.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Porsche Panamera?

The 2015 Panamera has a fantastic reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Porsche Panamera Recalls

As of this writing, there are two safety recalls for the 2015 Panamera. Porsche issued a recall related to a shift cable that may become detached. This could result in the vehicle moving unexpectedly if the parking brake is not engaged, increasing the risk of an accident. One other recall involves an air conditioning control unit that may short circuit and cause a fire. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Porsche Panamera Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Panamera comes in 11 trim levels: base, 4, S, 4S, S E-Hybrid, GTS, Turbo, Turbo S, 4S Executive, Turbo Executive, and Turbo S Executive. The main difference between the trims is the engine each comes with. The Panamera's base 310-horsepower V6 engine has lots of power, but there are even more powerful and engaging models available. The GTS has a 440-horsepower V8, the Turbo trim has a twin-turbo 520-horsepower V8, and the Turbo S comes with a twin-turbo 570-horsepower V8.

The base trim is a solid pick for most shoppers. It comes with a 7-inch infotainment system with navigation and 11 speakers. In addition, it has partial leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a moonroof.

Those interested in a roomier rear seat should consider one of the long-wheelbase Executive trims. An S E-Hybrid model is also available, which is a good option for fuel-conscious shoppers.

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Certified Pre-Owned Porsche Panamera Warranty

Porsche offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles eight years old or less and with fewer than 100,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Porsche extends the original new-car warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. If the CPO vehicle is past its original new-car warranty term (four-years/50,000-miles), Porsche will cover the CPO vehicle for two years or 50,000 miles – though Porsche places total mileage limits on this warranty. Each CPO Porsche must pass a 111-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Porsche warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Porsche has one of the best CPO programs among luxury brands. Only Lexus and Volvo have more robust CPO programs.

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How Safe Is the Panamera?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have crash tested the 2015 Panamera.

This Porsche comes standard with front and rear parking sensors. You may also find some models with a rearview camera, a surround-view parking camera system, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

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2015 Porsche Panamera Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Porsche Panamera or 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a fine super luxury car with potent engine options, one of the most elegant cabins on the market, and loads of technology features. It also has available comfort amenities that you can’t get in the Panamera, such as massaging seats, rear seat tray tables, and a built-in cooler. That said, the Panamera is just as fun to drive, it gets a higher reliability rating, and it's easier on your wallet. Not only is the Panamera a better value, it’s a more well-rounded option. 

Which Is Better: 2015 Porsche Panamera or 2015 Audi A7?

The 2015 Audi A7 is a luxury large car that compares well to the Panamera. These models have similar fuel efficiency, practically identical base engines, and lots of high-performance options. The A7 has more cargo space and a better control layout than the Panamera. The Audi has a balanced ride and excellent road grip, but it’s not as athletic as the Porsche. In fact, the Panamera has track-ready handling, precise steering, and a thrilling ride around corners. There's a lot to like about both models, so you'll have to decide whether you want the sportiness of the Panamera or the affordability and balanced nature of the A7.

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2015 Panamera Performance

How Does the 2015 Porsche Panamera Drive?

This Porsche is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in a class that features a number of exciting rides. Its sharp steering, strong brakes, and firm suspension allow it to take curvy roads with ease. The Panamera also does a great job at soaking up road bumps to deliver a pampering ride.

This super luxury car packs a strong punch no matter which engine is powering it. The base and Panamera 4 models come with a 310-horsepower V6 that should satisfy most shoppers. However, those with a craving for more power should be satisfied by one of the engines found in higher trims.

The Panamera S and Panamera 4S come equipped with a twin-turbocharged 420-horsepower V6. There are three other V8 options in the lineup, including the GTS and its 440-horsepower V8, the Turbo with a twin-turbocharged 520-horsepower V8, and the Turbo S with a twin-turbo 570-horsepower V8. An S E-Hybrid model with a 416-horsepower V6 engine and an electric motor is also available.

All 2015 Panamera models come with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, except the S E-Hybrid model, which has an eight-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2015 Porsche Panamera Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Panamera gets 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is typical for a super luxury car. Panamera Turbo models drop to 15 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

The S E-Hybrid gets the highest mileage estimates of any Panamera model: 25 mpg combined city/highway. When running on electricity alone, this model gets 50 MPG-equivalent combined city/highway. It has a 15-mile all-electric range.

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2015 Panamera Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Panamera Seat?

There's seating for four in the 2015 Panamera. The front-row seats are comfortable and supportive, and the rear seats in standard-wheelbase models have a good amount of space. Still, some critics note that passengers may feel confined in the rear because of its low-mounted seats. Executive models have a longer wheelbase, giving them more rear-seat legroom.

Partial leather upholstery, heated front seats, and eight-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Upgrades include 14- or 18-way power-adjustable front seats, eight-way power-adjustable rear seats, full leather upholstery, heated rear seats, ventilated front and rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Porsche Panamera?

There is a complete set of LATCH car-seat connectors for each of the Panamera's back seats.

2015 Porsche Panamera Features

The standard Porsche Communication Management infotainment system has lots of buttons and controls, but they are nicely arranged and easy to use. 

Standard features include a 7-inch touch screen, an 11-speaker audio system, navigation, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Available features include a 14-speaker surround-sound audio system, a 16-speaker Burmester audio system, satellite radio, a rear-seat entertainment system, and HD Radio.

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2015 Porsche Panamera Dimensions

Porsche Panamera Cargo Space

The Panamera hatchback has 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which is good for the class. This increases to 44.6 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. That's one of the highest maximum cargo capacities in the segment.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid has a tad less space because of the placement of its battery pack. It offers 11.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 40 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down.

A power liftgate is standard. Some critics note that the cargo floor is high, and the cargo opening is narrow, so loading hefty items may be a challenge.

2015 Panamera Length and Weight

The standard-wheelbase Panamera is 16.4 feet long, while Executive models are 17 feet long. The curb weight ranges from 3,902 pounds for the base trim to 4,619 pounds with the S E-Hybrid trim.

Where Was the 2015 Porsche Panamera Built?

Porsche built the 2015 Panamera in Germany.

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