Porsche Panamera Road Test

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Porsche Panamera Review

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The Panamera Diesel is 4,970 mm in length and a whopping 1,931mm in width, so it is a big car that takes up quite a bit of road space and needs a biggish gap when it is time to park.

The Panamera Diesel is 4,970 mm in length and a whopping 1,931mm in width, so it is a big car that takes up quite a bit of road space and needs a biggish gap when it is time to park. It has surprisingly good luggage room, capable of stretching from its normal 432 litres of boot space to a maximum capacity of 1,250 litres. That is more than many ‘practical' hatchbacks can manage.

Comfort and Refinement

This is a luxury car, and it feels it from the moment you slip into the driving seat. Your surroundings are snug and exquisitely crafted. The fabrics used and the way they are crafted into the car are all at a very high standard. The test car had cream leather seat upholstery, which looked a bit impractical, but the visual effect is superlative. The driving experience is utterly involving, and the Tiptronic transmission has optional steering column paddles to achieve rapid gear shifts and keep performance on song. The dash panel layout is well laid out if somewhat congested. This is a car with a lot of technical kit, with an array of switches to access it.

Wind noise is very restrained and you barely notice it below motorway speed. The three-litre turbodiesel engine has excellent refinement and mostly does its work quite unobtrusively. Driven hard, it becomes more vocal, but it is a pleasingly sporty sound that is integral to the car's character.

Safety and Security

The Panamera has not been tested under the EuroNCAP crash test programme, but with its large body, strong construction and high level of safety kit there should be few concerns about its safety provision. It is equipped with Porsche Stability Management (PSM) to ensure control is maintained in difficult conditions, and there is an extensive array of airbags for the driver and front passenger, with rear seat airbags also available as an option. As well as a high calibre alarm system, the Panamera has an inbuilt tracking system as standard equipment.

Infotainment

The car's standard entertainment kit is Porsche's excellent CDR-31 audio system, but at extra cost you can specify Bose Surround Sound System to equip the cabin with concert-standard sound quality. This system has nine amplifier channels and 14 speakers with a total of 585 watts.

Rivals
  • Jaguar XJ
  • BMW 730d
What We Liked
  • Terrific to drive
  • High performance
  • Genuine four seater
  • Superb cabin quality
  • Surprisingly practical size and extendable boot
  • Price includes a high performance driving course
What We Disliked
  • Rearward vision out of the car not great
  • Quite awkward to reverse  
What We'd Like To See
  • A more affordable price
Conclusion

The Porsche Panamera Diesel is a very satisfying car to drive, with terrific performance and dignified manners. It makes joyful company on a long drive in interesting terrain where its taut handling is in evidence. The fuel consumption is surprisingly reasonable for a car with this level and calibre of performance. Diesel-engined Porsche are still comparatively rare beats, but on the evidence of this one, they deserve a wider audience.

7 October 2011 Melanie Carter
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Porsche Panamera Road Test Data
Model ReviewedPorsche Panamera Diesel
  
Body TypeSaloon
ColourAqua Blue Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph6.8 Seconds
Top Speed 150mph
  
Transmission8-speed automatic
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban34.9 mpg
Extra Urban50.4 mpg
Combined43.5 mpg
  
Insurance Group46
Euro NCAP RatingNot Tested
Warranty3 Years / Unlimited Miles
Price (when tested on the 07/10/11)£62,134

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