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2016 Porsche Panamera Review

The 2016 Porsche Panamera delivers world-class performance, as well as an opulent interior. However, its total cost of ownership is very high, which hurts the Panamera in our rankings.

7.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.1
Safety:
This model has never been tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Sharp handling
  • Potent engines
  • Premium interior materials
  • High total ownership costs
  • Button-heavy infotainment controls

2016 Porsche Panamera Overview

Is the 2016 Porsche Panamera a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Panamera is an awesome car. It has track-ready handling and several powerful engine options, despite its large, hatchback styling. The interior quality is what you'd expect of a car that originally retailed for around $80,000. There are a couple of minor complaints, like rear seats that are mounted too low and an abundance of dashboard controls.

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How Much Is the 2016 Porsche Panamera?

Prices for the 2016 Panamera range from about $57,000 to around $107,000, with the average price landing a little above $74,000. This data comes from the roughly 130 listings for the 2016 Panamera on our site. Prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Porsche Panamera Cost to Own?

The 2016 Panamera tends to be more expensive than most competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, maintenance, and repair costs. You can expect to pay around $41,000 over five years on these expenses. By comparison, a 2016 BMW 7 Series' five-year costs are about $2,800 less than the Panamera's, and the 2016 Audi A7's costs are about $9,500 less.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Panamera?

The Panamera was fully redesigned for 2017, so a new 2018 model will have many improvements over a used 2016 Panamera. A new lineup of engines increases the base model's horsepower from 310 to 330, and Turbo models now boast 550 horsepower compared to the prior generation's 520. The 2018 also features a more tech-focused cabin. An upgraded Porsche Communications Management infotainment system replaces the multitude of physical buttons found in the last generation, and there's now support for Apple CarPlay. Cargo space also increases marginally.

Porsche introduced the wagon-like Sport Turismo body style for 2018. The range-topping Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid also debuted this year, with a 680-horsepower hybrid powertrain and a jaw-dropping price tag of almost $200,000. If neither of those new models are that appealing, you're almost certainly better off with any used Panamera. The improved infotainment system is a plus, but by opting for a used model, you’ll likely save a ton of money.

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If you'd prefer to buy a new car, it's worth considering a couple of other super luxury cars that retail for around $75,000, which is close to the average price of a 2016 Panamera. The fully redesigned 2018 Lexus LS is a good value in a class where six-figure prices are more the rule than the exception. Lexus' flagship sedan has muscular powertrain options and a spacious, high-quality interior.

The 2018 Jaguar XJ rivals the LS for the lowest price in the class, but it's not as good a car. For your money, you're better off with a used Panamera. The XJ has commendable performance, but its technology feels outdated and the cabin accommodations are only mediocre.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Porsche Panamera?

According to J.D. Power, the 2016 Porsche Panamera has a score of 3.5 out of five for reliability. That's just above the industry-wide average score of three.

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2016 Porsche Panamera Recalls

As of this writing, there are no open recalls that apply to the 2016 Panamera.

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Which Model Year of the Porsche Panamera Is Best?

The 2016 Panamera is the final model of the car's inaugural generation. There were few notable changes over the previous couple of years, so you can likely save money and get a similar car by shopping for an older model. Note that the Panamera Hybrid was introduced for 2015, as was the 420-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V6 found in Panamera S and 4S models. Still, it may be worth spending (likely) more money for a redesigned 2017 Panamera. As outlined above, this model year has new tech features, as well as slightly more powerful engines.

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Which Used Porsche Panamera Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Porsche Panamera is available in more than a dozen trims: base, Edition, 4, 4 Edition, S, S E-Hybrid, 4S, 4S Executive, GTS, Turbo, Turbo Executive, Turbo S, Turbo S Executive, and Exclusive Series. The main difference among these models is the powertrain, though more features become standard as you move up the trim ladder. Still, the base Panamera should be sufficient for most shoppers; it comes well-equipped with a top-notch interior, a 310-horsepower V6, and handling on par with most sports cars. You can also find base models with most of the available features that Porsche originally offered with the car.

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Certified Pre-Owned Porsche Panamera Warranty

Porsche's CPO program isn't as robust as other luxury brands', like Lexus' or Mercedes'. Still, a certified pre-owned Panamera may provide extra peace of mind. 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. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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How Safe Is the Panamera?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not crash test the 2016 Porsche Panamera. Standard active safety features include front and rear parking sensors. Available safety features include a rearview camera, a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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2016 Porsche Panamera Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Porsche Panamera or 2016 BMW 7 Series?

The 2016 BMW 7 Series shares the Panamera’s athleticism, but it mixes in more comfort. The BMW feels less confined, and it can seat up to five versus the Panamera's four-person capacity. The 7 Series also offers more trunk space and impeccable second-row room. When it comes to high-tech features, the 7 Series comes out on top, thanks to amenities like a gesture-based control system that lets you change the stereo volume and other controls through hand gestures. The BMW also has more reasonable ownership costs (relatively speaking).

Which Is Better: 2016 Porsche Panamera or 2016 Audi A7?

The 2016 Audi A7 and the Panamera both feature sleek hatchback styling. The A7, however, offers a lot more cargo space with the rear seats in use. Audi's high-tech infotainment system reduces clutter on the dashboard by incorporating many functions into a single knob and a touch pad with handwriting recognition. By comparison, the Panamera’s system relies on individual buttons. Agile handling and a powerful engine lineup give the A7 impressive performance, albeit a little short of the Porsche. The A7 has lower five-year ownership costs, but it scores just below average for reliability (the Panamera is just above average). Overall, these cars match up well, so it may come down to whether you can afford to pay more for the slightly more athletic and reliable Porsche, or if you're satisfied by the still-great Audi.

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2016 Panamera Performance

How Does the 2016 Porsche Panamera Drive?

There's plenty of power on display with the 2016 Panamera's lineup of engines, ranging from the base V6's 310 horsepower up to the Turbo S trim's twin-turbo V8 that puts out 570 horsepower. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard. The 2016 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid with a supercharged V6 engine and an electric motor that together produce 416 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard in that model.

Rear-wheel drive is standard in most Panamera trims, but the Panamera 4 and Turbo models come with all-wheel drive. The Panamera is more nimble than most other performance sedans and it can keep pace with most sports cars on twisty roads.

Does the 2016 Porsche Panamera Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Panamera gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is on par for big luxury sedans. Fuel economy estimates drop as low as 15 mpg city and 24 mpg highway for the Panamera Turbo. The Panamera S E-Hybrid gets 51 mpg-e in combined city/highway driving using both gas and electricity, and it gets 25 mpg combined city/highway on gas power alone. The Panamera Hybrid has an all-electric range of 16 miles, and Porsche says it can reach 83 miles per hour on electric power.

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2016 Panamera Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Panamera Seat?

The 2016 Panamera seats four. Its interior is well-built with quality materials, including standard partial leather upholstery. Eight-way power-adjustable, heated front seats are also standard. Available features include full leather upholstery, 14- or 18-way power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front and rear seats, and eight-way power-adjustable rear seats. Executive models have a longer wheelbase for more rear-seat legroom. While the front seats are comfortable and offer plenty of space, the second row feels slightly confined because of the seats' low mounting.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Porsche Panamera?

The Porsche Panamera has two complete LATCH child-seat attachments in its second row.

2016 Porsche Panamera Features

Standard features in the 2016 Panamera include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, an 11-speaker audio system, and the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen. Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, a cooled rear-seat storage compartment, a Bose or Burmester premium audio system, and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 7-inch screens. A plethora of physical buttons and knobs on the dashboard and center console can make performing some functions a chore, but the layout is intuitive once you learn where everything is.

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2016 Porsche Panamera Dimensions

Porsche Panamera Cargo Space

The 2016 Porsche Panamera has 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, which is a bit low for the class. Both the sedan 2016 BMW 7 Series (18.2 cubic feet) and the fastback 2016 Audi A7 (24.5 cubic feet) have more room.

Folding the rear seats in the Panamera will get you a maximum of 44.6 cubic feet. The Panamera S E-Hybrid has slightly less space because its battery cuts into the cargo hold. That model has 11.8 cubic feet behind its rear seats and 40.7 cubic feet with the seats folded.

2016 Panamera Length and Weight

The Porsche Panamera is 16.5 feet long. Curb weight ranges from 3,902 pounds (base model) to 4,619 pounds (Panamera S E-Hybrid).

Where Was the 2016 Porsche Panamera Built?

The 2016 Panamera was built at Volkswagen and Porsche facilities in Germany.

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