Superb acceleration; excellent handling; surprisingly practical; high-quality cabin; highly customizable
Touch-sensitive "buttons" and fingerprint-attracting gloss black trim; huge price gap between models
For 2018, the wagon-like Sport Turismo is finalized in the lineup, while a new Turbo S E-Hybrid boasting 680 horsepower is added to the Panamera family. See the 2018 Porsche Panamera models for sale near you
When it comes to any Porsche, make sure to sample as many model, engine and performance option combinations as possible. It may take longer at the dealer, but you'll know you're getting the right version for you. Otherwise, it's hard to imagine being unhappy with any of these cars, as even the base car offers compelling performance and has the same standard and optional feature content as the pricier 4S.
The 2018 Porsche Panamera is available in three body styles: a standard-wheelbase hatchback, an extended-wheelbase hatchback known as the Executive, and a quasi-wagon based on the standard wheelbase, known as the Sport Turismo. There are also varying models based on engine, with the number 4 in a name indicating all-wheel drive.
The standard Panamera ($86,050) and Panamera 4 ($90,650) come standard with 19-in wheels, an adaptive suspension (PASM), a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, automatic wipers, power-folding mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, a backup camera, a power hatch, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated 8-way power front seats, partial leather upholstery, the Porsche Communication Management touchscreen interface, Connect Plus (remote vehicle services, on-board internet, vehicle tracking), Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, three USB ports (one front, two rear), satellite radio, HD Radio and a 10-speaker sound system.
The Panamera 4 Sport Turismo ($97,250) adds a rear middle seat. The Panamera 4S ($104,050) adds a more powerful engine and different 19-in wheels. The E-Hybrid ($108,650) models have a plug-in hybrid powertrain, while the Turbo S E-Hybrid adds a more performance-oriented plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The Executive trims add more rear legroom, rear-wheel steering (for greater maneuverability), an adaptive air suspension, soft-close doors, heated rear seats and an enhanced rear center console.
The Turbo ($151,050) and Turbo S E-Hybrid ($185,450) trims add a more powerful engine, 20-in wheels, the air suspension, adaptive LED headlights, "Comfort Access" keyless entry and start, auto-dimming mirrors, 10-way power front seats (include 4-way lumbar), driver memory functions, a full leather interior, the heated rear seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, an Alcantara headliner and a 14-speaker Bose Surround Sound audio system. The Turbo Executive ($161,050) combines what you see above with 4-zone climate control.
Apart from the engines, you can get any of the above equipment as options on any lower model.
The options list from there on is extensive, ranging from conventional items to customization features. Highlights include a variety of wheels, ceramic composite brakes, blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control (which includes forward-collision warning), an enhanced adaptive cruise control system with partly autonomous functionality (Porsche InnoDrive), a surround-view parking camera, night-vision assistance, 14-way adaptive seats (front and/or rear), 8-way power rear seats, seat ventilation (front and/or rear), massaging seats (front and/or rear), a heated steering wheel, power rear sunshades, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 6-CD/DVD changer and a 21-speaker Burmester premium sound system.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS -- Though getting on in years, the CLS offers a similar degree of style, luxury and performance as the Panamera, right up to its mighty CLS 63 S model. For those interested in Benz's latest-and-greatest performance model, the new E 63 is also worth a look.
2018 Tesla Model S -- Even if you're not considering the E-Hybrid models, the Tesla offers comparable space and performance to any Panamera. Yes, Tesla's electric powertrains offer great appeal, but its reliability and build quality pale in comparison to Porsche's.