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2019 Porsche Panamera Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 9.6

Whether you want your super luxury car to be satisfyingly sporty, or you are looking for a limousine-like ride quality, you'll find it in the 2019 Porsche Panamera. It's exceptionally quick – with six engines to choose from – and impeccably smooth across the board.  

  • "In the world of 4-door performance cars, the 2019 Porsche Panamera reigns supreme. That Porsche knows how to make a superior driver's car should come as no surprise, yet even in a car as large as the Panamera, a thrilling ride is in store for anyone lucky enough to afford the 6-digit price tag." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The steering is accurate and well-weighted and uncorrupted by the drive through the front wheels, though the 275-pound lighter 4S' helm feels marginally more communicative than the Turbo's through the twisties. The real revelation, however, is how … plush, quiet, and composed the big Porsche is when driven with the suspension, transmission, and engine in their normal settings. Porsche engineers might be sports car guys, but with this Panamera they've built a genuine luxury limousine." -- Motor Trend (2017)
  • "Some would say the sky-falling doom of fog, hail and rain that followed us throughout our escape from Manhattan would have made for a terrible drive and a wasted couple of hours behind the wheel. Quite the opposite, actually, as the Panamera proved to be confident, powerful and sticky even on the slickest of roads – mist-heavy views and falling foliage be damned." -- New York Daily News (2017)

Acceleration and Power

Porsche offers six different engines for the Panamera, and there isn't a bad apple in the batch. As you move up the ladder of trim levels, horsepower ratings increase and sprint times decrease. That said, you don't have to spend extra for satisfying power because even the base engine performs beautifully. Every model comes with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that's responsive and smooth.

The standard engine is a 330-horsepower V6. The Panamera 4S comes with a twin-turbo V6 that's rated at 440 horsepower. Meaty twin-turbo V8 engines power the Panamera GTS and Panamera Turbo, with horsepower ratings of 453 and 550, respectively.

This super luxury car also comes in two plug-in hybrid trims. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid combines an electric motor with a twin-turbo V6 engine for a total system output of 462 horsepower. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is the most powerful trim in the lineup. This 680-horsepower car comes with an electric motor and a twin-turbo V8 engine.

At 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, the base Panamera gets decent fuel economy estimates for the class, though super luxury cars tend to earn similar estimates. Plug-in hybrid models get as much as 51 MPGe combined and have an all-electric range of 14 miles.

  • "Power can be routed to either the rear wheels or all four, the former the choice of most purists, the latter a better option for novice drivers and those regularly dealing with snow. Gear changes are left to Porsche's excellent PDK twin-clutch 8-speed automatic, while horsepower ranges anywhere from 330 ponies on the base Panamera to a mind-numbing 680 horsepower generated by the Turbo S E-Hybrid's 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8-and-electric-motor setup." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The base Panamera 4's 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 is impressive, putting out 330 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. It starts with a surprisingly loud bark, eventually settling into a pleasant grumble that only really stands out at high revs. The new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission is smooth in every mode, knocking off shifts almost imperceptibly." -- CNET (2018)
  • "Remarkably smooth and responsive, its exhaust note a muted, oily snarl, the Panamera 4S' engine might just be the best V-6 in the world—so good, in fact, it's difficult to see why you wouldn't just spec a 4S up to Turbo equipment levels and save yourself a ton of money. But the new Porsche V-8 makes its case with more bite at the top end of the rev band, and it's eerily quiet even while cruising, as we did on the autobahn, at 130 to 150 mph." -- Motor Trend

Handling and Braking

The base Panamera comes with rear-wheel drive, while all other models have all-wheel drive. The car is both agile and comfortable, thanks to a cleverly tuned suspension system. The optional Sport Chrono package adds launch control, a performance display, and four driving modes (Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual). An adaptive air suspension system and a speed-sensitive power-assisted steering system are also among the performance upgrades.

  • "Compared to the first-generation Panamera, the 2019 car is superior in every area that matters. The steering is remarkably precise, made even better when one tacks on options such as the Sport package that brings launch control and rear-wheel steering. Despite its length, the Panamera takes corners like a champ, aided again by a host of electronic upgrades including Porsche's Torque Vectoring technology and an adaptive air suspension." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Make no mistake, the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo drives like a sports car, albeit one that's been softened up a smidge for family duty. My Sport Turismo tester's standard air suspension has two sport settings that stiffen the ride and lower the car, making for some properly flat handling. Throw the Panamera into Comfort and it does a decent job of soaking up the bad parts of the road, even with my tester's optional 20-inch wheels (19s are standard) and low-ish profile 275/40 front and 315/35 rear tires. The suspension's best feature, though, is a standard lift mode that makes climbing my steep driveway a breeze, and you can even map it to a multipurpose button on the steering wheel for easy access." -- CNET (2018)
  • "Perhaps the new Panamera 4S's greatest asset is its remarkable versatility. It's an electrifying machine to run hard: the car handles brilliantly, with tons of poise and grip; optional carbon-ceramic brakes haul you down easily from prodigious velocities. … Add to that refined power a chassis that, in Comfort mode, rides with amazing cushiness, and you also have an extremely relaxed cruiser. In fact, Comfort mode acquits itself well when driving aggressively, too – never does the car feel sloppy or under-damped, so I found myself using Comfort most of the time." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
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