2018 Porsche Panamera


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2018 Porsche Panamera Review

Although it has wide appeal, the 2018 Porsche Panamera ranks near the bottom of the super luxury car class, largely because of its exorbitant ownership costs.

Pros & Cons

  • Sporty handling
  • Coddling ride
  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Elegant, spacious cabin
  • High ownership costs

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Porsche Panamera has a score of 7.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 13 pieces of research and data.

7.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 9.4
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 3.0
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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2018 Porsche Panamera Overview

Is the 2018 Porsche Panamera a Good Used Car?

The 2018 Porsche Panamera is an OK super luxury car. Despite its ranking, it excels in most areas, but it’s likely to be much more expensive to buy and maintain than its rivals.

The 2018 Panamera has some strengths:

  • Elegant cabin with plenty of room
  • Comfortable seats
  • Dynamic handling
  • Smooth-as-silk ride
  • Robust engine lineup

However, its few drawbacks are hard to ignore:

  • Infotainment system can be tricky to use
  • High ownership costs
Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive Porsche Panamera review. It combines concrete data (like predicted reliability ratings, crash test results, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from automotive sources.

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Is the 2018 Porsche Panamera?

Listings for the Porsche Panamera on our site range in price from $79,900 to $154,900, with an average list price of $106,800. Prices vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Porsche Panamera Cost to Own?

At the time of this writing, there is no five-year cost information on fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for this vehicle.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Panamera?

Outside of introducing a head-up display as an option and debuting a new GTS model, Porsche made few major changes to the 2019 Panamera. Stick with a new Porsche Panamera if those changes are important to you. If not, consider an otherwise similar used model to save money.

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Porsche redesigned the Panamera for the 2017 model year. For 2018, Porsche released the Panamera Turbo S-E Hybrid, as well as the Sport Turismo body style. Unless you’re in the market for a plug-in hybrid, you can shop for a 2017 model instead to get a similar Porsche and likely spend less.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Panamera?

J.D. Power gives this vehicle a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2018 Porsche Panamera Recalls

There are two recalls for the Turbo S-E Hybrid, three recalls for Turbo and 4S models, and four recalls for the standard hatchback:

  • The control unit may fail and impair drivability
  • Rear-axle connecting link may detach
  • Driver may not be alerted as brake pads wear out
  • Power steering assist may intermittently stop working

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure any recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Porsche Panamera Trim Is Right for Me?

The Panamera is available in three body styles: the standard four-door sedan, the long-wheelbase Executive, and the wagonlike Sport Turismo. The Executive sedan adds about six inches of rear-seat legroom, and the Sport Turismo hatchback has a slightly larger cargo hold. On top of that, the Panamera comes in more than a dozen trim levels. The major distinction between them is powertrain, as all Porsche SUVs tend to be generously equipped.

Options abound throughout the lineup. Some examples include more than a dozen wheel designs and leather seat colors. There's also a series of opulent upgrades, including 18-way adaptive front sport seats, massaging and ventilated front and rear seats, power-adjustable rear seats, power rear sunshades, a heated steering wheel, a rear touch-screen infotainment system, a dual-screen rear entertainment system, a 21-speaker Burmester stereo, and quad-zone automatic climate control.

  • Porsche Panamera/Panamera 4: The Panamera – or Panamera 4 for models with all-wheel drive – has a 3.0-liter V6 engine, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, partial leather seats, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, push-button start, and a sunroof. The standard Porsche Communication Management infotainment system features a 12.3-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a navigation system, a 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port.
  • Porsche Panamera 4S: Panamera 4S models have the same features as the base trim but rely on a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine that puts out a bit more power than the base V6.
  • Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: The 4 E-Hybrid pairs the V6 from the Panamera 4S with an electric motor. This plug-in hybrid gets roughly 16 miles of all-electric range.
  • Porsche Panamera Turbo: The Panamera Turbo has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine and gains an adaptive air suspension, proximity keyless entry, leather upholstery, heated rear seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and a 14-speaker Bose stereo.
  • Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid: The top-of-the-line S E-Hybrid takes the Turbo trim’s engine and pairs it with an electric motor to produce a staggering 680 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque.

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What Does Porsche's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Porsche offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles 13 years old or less and with fewer than 124,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale 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 with unlimited mileage. 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.

Porsche’s CPO program is below average for a luxury carmaker, according to our research. Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Jaguar all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Panamera?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested this Porsche.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • front and rear parking sensors

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring
  • traffic jam assist
  • a 360-degree parking camera
  • lane departure warning and lane keep assist
  • road sign recognition
  • forward collision warning
  • night vision assist
  • adaptive cruise control

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2018 Porsche Panamera Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Porsche Panamera or 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the most opulent luxury vehicles. Like the Panamera, the S-Class has a lineup of potent engines, particularly in the performance-oriented Mercedes-AMG trims. Both vehicles also have a cushioned ride and a wealth of convenience features. The Mercedes can be had in several body types, including a sedan, coupe, and convertible, but the Panamera (minus the plug-in hybrid) has more cargo room than all of them. You can't go wrong either of these cars.

Which Is Better: 2018 Porsche Panamera or 2018 Porsche Cayenne?

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne is a luxury midsize SUV, but it can go toe-to-toe with the Panamera on the road. Both vehicles have nimble handling and brawny engine options, including hybrid setups. The Cayenne has a higher maximum cargo capacity and seats up to five people, one more than the Panamera. On the other hand, the Panamera is more fuel-efficient and slightly more luxurious. Between these two Porsches though, the best choice boils down to preference.

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2018 Panamera Performance

How Does the 2018 Panamera Drive?

Despite being the weakest in the lineup, the base engine provides more than enough power for most driving situations. Acceleration is brisk, and the transmission shifts smoothly and promptly. Models with the twin-turbocharged engines feel even more energetic.

The Panamera excels when it comes to comfort and agility. Strong brakes, sharp steering, and good road grip help it carve corners eagerly, and Porsche’s Active Suspension Management automatically adjusts to changes in terrain. An adaptive air suspension is available too. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and all but the base model have all-wheel drive.

  • Base engine: 330-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (Panamera 4)
  • Available powertrains:
    • 440-horsepower twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 (4S)
    • twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 and an electric motor with a combined 462 horsepower (4 E-Hybrid)
    • 550-horsepower twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 (Turbo)
    • twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 and an electric motor with a combined 680 horsepower (Turbo S-E Hybrid)
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed dual-clutch automatic (PDK)
Does the 2018 Panamera Get Good Gas Mileage?

This Porsche has decent fuel economy estimates for the class, though it’s important to note that super luxury cars don’t tend to vary much in efficiency.

  • Panamera: 21/28 mpg city/highway
  • 4: 20/26 to 21/27 mpg
  • 4S: 20/26 to 21/28 mpg
  • Turbo: 18/23 to 18/25 mpg  
  • 4 E-Hybrid: 46 MPGe and 22 mpg combined city/highway
  • Turbo S E-Hybrid: 49 MPGe and 21 mpg combined
2018 Porsche Panamera Alternative Fuels and Charging

The 4 E-Hybrid models have a 16-mile all-electric range, and the Turbo S E-Hybrid can go up to 14 miles. Both have a 14.1-kWh lithium-ion battery.

The charging time depends on the method used:

  • 240-volt charging station: 3 hours
  • Household-style outlet: about 12 hours

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2018 Panamera Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Panamera Seat?

This Porsche seats four people in two rows. The seats are supremely supportive and comfortable, offering several upgrades for both front and rear passengers. Head- and legroom is ample in both rows. As you might expect from a Porsche, the cabin optimizes luxury. It’s full of soft-touch materials, and it has a sleek center console.

Standard seating features:

  • partial leather seats
  • eight-way power-adjustable front seats
  • heated front seats

Available seating features:

  • full leather upholstery
  • 14 or 18-way power-adjustable front seats
  • ventilated and massaging front seats
  • ventilated, massaging, and power-adjustable rear seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Porsche Panamera?

This Porsche has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2018 Porsche Panamera Features

The infotainment system looks sleek and tidy. The interface itself is generally straightforward, though some critics found it tedious to navigate through all the menus. Apple CarPlay is standard, but Android Auto is not available.

  • Standard infotainment features: the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system, a 12.3-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, a navigation system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a USB port, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio, and satellite radio
  • Available infotainment features: a rear-seat entertainment system with two 10-inch touch screens, a 14-speaker Bose sound system, and a 21-speaker Burmester sound-system
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, an in-cabin air filter, push-button start, and a sunroof
  • Other available features: proximity keyless entry and quad-zone automatic climate control

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2018 Porsche Panamera Dimensions

Porsche Panamera Cargo Space

The Panamera sedan has 17.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 47.3 cubic feet with them folded down. Executive models have the same space behind the rear seats but a maximum of 52.6 cubic feet with those seats folded. Though Porsche calls these sedans, they open more like a hatchback.

The wagonlike Sport Turismo has slightly more space, with 18.3 cubic feet and 49 cubic feet, respectively. Plug-in hybrids trail the others with 14.3 cubic feet and 44 cubic feet, respectively.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Porsche Panamera Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 7 inches to 17 feet, 1 inch
  • Curb weight: 4,001 to 5,313 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 5,269 to 6,393 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Porsche Panamera Built?

Porsche built the Panamera in Germany.

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