Porsche is really turning heads with their first ever high-performance luxury wagon. Actually, Porsche doesn’t call it a wagon, they call it a Turismo. Specifically, the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo.
This wagon version of the recently refreshed Panamera is quick, luxurious and surprisingly practical. It’s perfect for drivers who want the fun of a 911 with the practicality of a luxury crossover, but they don’t want a full SUV.
The all-wheel drive Turismo wagon is offered in four variants, and three of those have a V6 engine. But we’re checking out the 4-liter twin-turbo V8 paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Porsche isn’t known for being generous with standard equipment, so be prepared to spend a little bit beyond the sticker price. On the upside, you can customize your car to your liking, but it adds up fast — so budget accordingly. Our test car was about $175,000.
After only a few minutes behind the wheel, you can’t help but be impressed by this car. If you really want extra performance, there’s a “sport response” button that gives an extra sense of urgency when you hit it.
Even though this car is really luxurious and surprisingly practical, it’s also very quick. That turbocharged V8 really kicks in. Obviously, with a turbocharged V8, there’s plenty of power, but the car is both quiet and composed, too, thanks to a highly advanced suspension. You can even customize the car’s ride, handling and height.
The interior of this Porsche is luxurious, on par with the BMW 7-series. There are many available options, like heated and cooled seats with a 5-way massage function (including shiatsu massage), a heated steering wheel and a panoramic roof. This car effortlessly combines luxury, practicality and high performance.
There’s also a large 12-inch touchscreen and a new electronic command center with haptic feedback. Some purists might not like the touch sensitive controls, but the look of it is clearly high-end.
The spacious back seat can be made even more comfortable with 4-way and 8-way power seats, also available with massage function.
But the real practicality of the wagon comes into play at the rear, thanks to a larger hatch, a power liftgate and a lower cargo floor. You’ll find it easier to load luggage and sports gear. If you need extra cargo space, just hit a button and the rear seats fold down. This is probably the most practical performance car we’ve ever driven.
As you would expect, for the price, you do get a lot of cool in-car tech. There’s a much improved infotainment system with Apple CarPlay as well a choice of two high-end surround sound audio systems.
But where Porsche really wows you is with its driver assist technology, like Night View, which uses infrared cameras to see objects beyond your headlights, and an advanced adaptive cruise control system called InnoDrive, which practically drives itself in low-speed traffic.
Overall, the luxurious 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo is a lot of fun to drive. It has impressive handling and everyday practicality. This car is perfect for those who want the convenience of an SUV, but don’t want to actually drive an SUV like everybody else.