New Car Review

2016 Porsche Panamera: New Car Review

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2016 Porsche Panamera GTS
Used 2016 Porsche Panamera
$78,995
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Certified 2016 Porsche Panamera 4
Certified 2016 Porsche Panamera
$63,531
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2016 Porsche Panamera 4
New 2016 Porsche Panamera
MSRP $92,560
RELATED READING
See all Porsche Panamera articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs AMC cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Bugatti cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Daewoo cars, trucks and SUVs Datsun cars, trucks and SUVs DeLorean cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Eagle cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Fisker cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs Genesis cars, trucks and SUVs Geo cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs HUMMER cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs INFINITI cars, trucks and SUVs Isuzu cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Maybach cars, trucks and SUVs Mazda cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Mercury cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Oldsmobile cars, trucks and SUVs Plymouth cars, trucks and SUVs Pontiac cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Rolls-Royce cars, trucks and SUVs Saab cars, trucks and SUVs Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Suzuki cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs Yugo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Autotrader March 2016

The 2016 Porsche Panamera is the performance car that lets you have your cake and eat it too. The Panamera combines the styling, power and performance of a 911 with the room and versatility of a 4-door sedan. In truth, since its inception in 2010, the 4-door, 4-seat Panamera hatchback has been hailed as one of the very best cars in the world. Since its debut, others have seen fit to challenge the Panamera, including the Aston Martin Rapide S, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLS. As the field continues to grow larger, the Panamera continues to stand apart with its unique styling, impressive trim range and legendary Porsche heritage.

What's New for 2016?

The 2016 Panamera carries over with only mild changes. Two new limited-edition models are offered this year. The base Panamera and Panamera 4 offer a new Edition trim, while the Exclusive Series is basically a loaded S model with additional custom features and a limited 100 model run.

What We Like

Incredible handling for an executive car; potent acceleration; luxurious accommodations for four; plug-in hybrid with full electric capability; available long-wheelbase model

What We Don't

Styling remains controversial; only seats four

How Much?

$79,095-$265,000

Fuel Economy

The base 2016 Porsche Panamera (rear-wheel-drive) and Panamera 4 (all-wheel-drive) feature a 310-horsepower V6, while the Panamera S and 4S carry a twin-turbocharged 420-hp V6. The plug-in Panamera S E-Hybrid is powered by a supercharged V6 and a 95-hp electric motor that produce a total of 416 hp. The GTS has a 440-hp V8, and the Panamera Turbo rocks a 520-hp twin-turbocharged version of that V8. The Turbo S tops the range with a 570-hp twin-turbo V8.

In terms of fuel economy, the base Panamera is rated at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway --18 mpg city/27 mpg hwy for the Panamera 4 -- while the Panamera S and 4S drop to 17 mpg city/27 mpg hwy -- 17 mpg city/26 mpg hwy for the 4S Executive. The GTS checks in at 16 mpg city/24 mpg hwy, and the Turbo and Turbo S return 15 mpg city/24 mpg hwy.

The plug-in S E-Hybrid, meanwhile, achieves 53 miles-per-gallon equivalent and 25 mpg combined, and it can also cover roughly 20 miles on battery power alone at up to 84 miles per hour. If you have access to a 240-volt charging station, the S E-Hybrid's depleted battery pack can be recharged in just 2.5 hours.

Note that all Panameras, except the S E-Hybrid, utilize a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission known as PDK. The Hybrid employs a conventional 8-speed automatic.

Standard Features & Options

The base Panamera ($79,095) comes with a V6 engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED accent lighting, a power-operated hatchback, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-way power front seats, Bluetooth, a USB port, a 7-in infotainment display with a hard-drive-based navigation system and an 11-speaker audio system. The Panamera 4 ($83,795) adds all-wheel drive. The Edition trim ($80,995 base; $85,295 for the 4) bundles together features that are optional on the base car, as well as a few unique styling cues.

The Panamera S ($94,195) and all-wheel-drive Panamera 4S ($99,295) models step up to a powerful twin-turbocharged V6, adaptive headlights and driver-adjustable suspension settings.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid ($97,095) boasts the advanced plug-in hybrid system described above, hybrid-specific instrumentation, an air suspension, the Porsche Car Connect interface (including a hybrid-specific smartphone app) and speed-sensitive power steering that's optional on other models.

The Panamera GTS ($114,395) features a V8 engine, extra LED accent lights, 19-in wheels, upgraded brakes, a sport exhaust system, a power adjustable SportDesign steering wheel with paddle shifters and 18-way adaptive sport seats.

The Panamera Turbo ($142,295) offers many of the GTS model's performance-oriented features, along with a stronger turbocharged V8, keyless entry/starting, 14-way power front seats, extended leather trim and a 14-speaker Bose audio system. Notably, the Turbo's Sport Chrono package (also available on other Panameras) adds a racy acceleration stopwatch and an extra dollop of torque at full throttle.

The Panamera Turbo S ($181,295) pours on the performance with 50 extra hp, 20-in wheels, ceramic composite brakes, a sport rear differential and numerous other flourishes.

The Executive models, meanwhile, boast exclusive features such as a wheelbase that's 5.9 inches longer (for increased rear legroom), self-closing doors, a standard air suspension, thicker glass, heated and cooled front and rear seats, 8-way power rear seats, a rear vanity mirror, power sunshades and 4-zone automatic climate control. Four trims are offered: 4S Executive ($126,595), Turbo Executive ($162,095), Turbo S Executive ($201,495) and Exclusive Series ($264,895).

As we've come to expect from Porsche, there's a never-ending list of options for the Panamera, including many of the standard items on higher trims. Other highlights include adaptive cruise control, a rear entertainment system, a 360-degree rearview camera and a high-end Burmester audio system.

Cargo capacity in the regular Panamera models measures 15.7 cu ft. behind the rear seats (11.8 cu ft. in the S E-Hybrid) and nearly 45 cu ft. with the rear seatbacks folded down (40.7 cu ft. in the S E-Hybrid). Porsche hasn't specified the maximum cargo capacity of Executive models, but there should be slightly more of it due to the longer wheelbase.

Safety

The Panamera comes standard with anti-lock brakes, stability control and 10 airbags (front, front-side, front-knee, rear-side and full-length side-curtain). The available ceramic composite brakes improve stopping power significantly.

Behind the Wheel

The Panamera's cabin hasn't changed much over the years, and we're not complaining. Other than the initially overwhelming array of buttons (unlike most rivals, the Panamera does not employ a controller-knob-based infotainment interface), this is a thoroughly enjoyable driving environment. The materials are exceptionally nice, and four adults can ride in supreme comfort for many miles. The Executive models increase rear legroom, but the regular Panamera certainly doesn't lack passenger space. Forget about the Spartan appointments that Porsche's 911 sports car used to be known for, because the Panamera has one of the nicest interiors on the market.

Once you hit the gas, though, you'll likely forget about all those luxuries. The Panamera provides a driving experience like no other. Imagine a car that's the size of a Mercedes-Benz S-Class but handles like a compact sport sedan, and you'll start to get the idea. Even the base V6 is respectably quick, but we recommend at least the turbocharged S and 4S models for full enjoyment. Our favorite model is still the GTS with its naturally aspirated V8, but of course the Turbo and Turbo S are fun in their own right, and the seriously fast S E-Hybrid brings unprecedented performance to the plug-in-hybrid segment. Are you sensing a theme here? You really can't go wrong with any of the Panameras in Porsche's stable. This is an amazing car.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 Aston Martin Rapide S -- The Rapide S offers fewer trims and engine choices, but its standard 552-hp V12 engine and long list of standard luxury features make its $210,000 starting price seem more than reasonable.

2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class -- The recently redesigned S-Class is a class leader in comfort and serenity and has plenty of power on tap, too.

2016 Tesla Model S -- If your lifestyle allows for an electric car, the Model S has all the bases covered, and it's made right here in the United States.

Used Maserati Quattroporte -- Feel like saving a boatload of money on a certified pre-owned Italian? The previous-generation Quattroporte came standard with a Ferrari V8 engine, and it has timeless styling, too.

Autotrader's Advice

We love the extroverted GTS model's unique combination of sports-car attitude and executive-class luxury. It's one of our favorite cars, period.

Find a Porsche Panamera for sale

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2016 Porsche Panamera GTS
Used 2016 Porsche Panamera
$78,995
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Certified 2016 Porsche Panamera 4
Certified 2016 Porsche Panamera
$63,531
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2016 Porsche Panamera 4
New 2016 Porsche Panamera
MSRP $92,560
This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
2016 Porsche Panamera: New Car Review - Autotrader