The 2018 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid, as the name would suggest, is the most eco-friendly member of the Panamera family. It’s a plug-in hybrid, capable of travelling an estimated 60 to 70 miles on electricity alone — a considerable sum that means you’re unlikely to burn much gas during your weekly commute. At the same time, its total system output of 462 horsepower assures the sort of invigorated performance one expects from a Porsche. This might be the most eco-friendly member of the Panamera family, but it’s certainly no less fun.
It also, quite thankfully, doesn’t draw much attention to its hybridness. It feels like a normal car to drive. The brakes behave normally and throttle response is in keeping with the brand, while the four driving modes (Electric, Hybrid, Sport and Sport+) allow you to sharpen things up to match your driving preferences or the journey at hand. See the 2018 Porsche Panamera models for sale near you
However, the brakes and throttle can be handled in most situations by the car itself should you opt for Porsche’s new InnoDrive adaptive cruise control. Unlike other ACC systems that work on the highway or when stuck in traffic, InnoDrive also draws from ultra-precise map data to be able to negotiate curving mountain roads as well. It’s shocking how quickly it can go. We go into greater detail about it in Porsche InnoDrive: What Is It and How Does It Work?
In the above video, we also discuss the Panamera’s interior quality, space and feature content, including its new touch-sensitive controls and large touchscreen.
For more information about the 2018 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid, read our full first drive review.