Porsche Panamera Expert Review

Our Overview

 Following numerous changes last year, including the introductions of a long-wheelbase Executive body style and the plug-in S E-Hybrid model, the 2015 Panamera largely stands pat. Aside from a few performance tweaks for this year's reborn 570-hp Turbo S, it's frankly hard to see where the car could be improved. The Panamera's vast range of talents from cruising cloudlike down the highway to clipping apexes like a sports car is unmatched by any competitor.

 

WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

Fast, focused and exceptionally well-mannered, the 2015 Porsche Panamera continues to be the driver's choice among flagship luxury cars... Changes are minimal for the 2016 Porsche Panamera. The new Edition model available for base Panamera and Panamera 4 models has distinctive exterior styling details and a selection of standard equipment that would otherwise be optional. There is also a new Panamera Exclusive Series, which is a limited-production, fully loaded Turbo S with additional hand-finished details and customization possibilities.

According to the Critics:

Probably the toughest question for 2016 Porsche Panamera shoppers is which powertrain to get. Although the base V6 engine is quite strong by the numbers, the chassis can handle so much more power that we recommend upgrading. But to what? The turbo V6 is certainly a nice piece, and the GTS's naturally aspirated V8 is the most characterful of the bunch. Yet if you've got the bankroll, the Panamera Turbo and Turbo S boast laugh-inducing levels of power and the resolute traction of all-wheel drive to get you moving with a tenacity bettered only by exotic sports cars or possibly something offered up by the United States Air Force.

 

AutoTrader Says

Every 2016 Porsche Panamera comes standard with antilock brakes, stability control, front and rear side airbags, side curtain airbags and front knee airbags.

A rearview camera is available, as is a blind-spot monitoring system. The Panamera's optional adaptive cruise control feature is bundled with a forward collision mitigation system that first issues audible and visual warnings, then automatically applies the brakes (potentially all the way to a stop) unless the driver takes action.

ACCORDING TO Edmunds

The 2016 Porsche Panamera is available with a variety of engine choices. Each is paired to an automated manual transmission known as PDK. Rear-wheel drive is standard on most models. The GTS, Turbo, Turbo S and "4" come equipped with all-wheel drive. An automatic engine stop-start system is included on all models to save fuel.

The base Panamera is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 good for 310 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. Porsche estimates it'll go from zero to 60 mph in 6 seconds, though we expect it to be quicker than that given testing of a previous, less powerful model. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 22 mpg combined (18 city/28 highway) with rear-wheel drive and 21 (18/27) for the Panamera 4.

 

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