Porsche Panamera (2016 -) Review

Review by CJ Hubbard on
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2017
This is the second generation of the Porsche Panamera, the German sports car maker’s luxury saloon. Well, Porsche refers to it as a saloon, but strictly speaking, it’s a five-door coupe with a hatchback to access the boot.

Porsche Panamera (16 on)
  • Very fast, luxury travel
  • High-tech, comfortable cabin
  • Cutting-edge driving technology
  • Refined but exciting to drive
  • More space in conventional saloons
  • Budget extra to buy options

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£71,765 - £140,826

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£39,158 - £116,085

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Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

This is the second generation of the Porsche Panamera, the German sports car maker’s luxury saloon.

Well, Porsche refers to it as a saloon, but strictly speaking, it’s a five-door coupe with a hatchback to access the boot.

All-new from the ground up, it now offers an even more rounded blend of high-performance driver enjoyment and luxury saloon comfort, enhanced by a sophisticated array of cutting-edge on-board and chassis technology.

Porsche has even improved the way it looks – though still not a classic beauty, the second-generation Panamera’s styling is far less heavy-handed than before, especially around the rear, where there is now a more homogenous resemblance to the trademark Porsche 911 range.

It’s a difficult car to pigeonhole meaning its rivals are as diverse as the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, the Maserati Quattroporte and Mercedes-Benz CLS. It will also appeal to those who want a luxury car but want to avoid the almost-default choice of the Mercedes S-Class.

Longer and stronger

The redesign has also made it much roomier on the inside – especially for passengers travelling in the rear – while the new structure is lighter, stronger and more versatile than before, allowing not only for the Executive long-wheelbase versions, but also a shooting brake-style estate variant, likely to be called the Panamera Sport Turismo.

Performance-focused engine range

The engine line-up closely resembles the original Panamera’s but with a new range of powerplants again in petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid choices.

At the less expensive end of the range a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 turbo petrol engine drives the rear wheels, on the Panamera and Panamera 4 models. The 4 will crack the 0-62mph time in 5.3 seconds, so it’s no slouch.

Both the 4S and the 4S Diesel four-wheel drive have twin-turbo motors: a 2.9-litre V6 with 440hp for the petrol and a 4.0-litre V8 for the diesel, producing 422hp.

The same 2.9-litre engine features in the E-Hybrid versions, although the electrical assistance sees power rise to 462hp. Porsche claims up to 31 miles of electric-only driving with an official fuel efficiency of 113.0mpg.

Crowning the range is the Turbo – its 4.0-litre engine musters 550hp, enough for a 190mph top speed.

All Panameras have an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, under Porsche’s now-familiar PDK branding. There’s no manual option.

More of the latest technology

New technology for the latest Panamera includes a driver assistance system called InnoDrive, a much-improved multimedia system, and a three-chamber air suspension package for even better ride quality.

Plus, there is rear-wheel steering for greater agility and stability, and a more efficient electro-mechanical active anti-roll stabilisation in place of the previous hydraulic set-up.

They are also completely integrated into a new system called Porsche 4D Chassis Control that comes as standard.

Porsche 4D Chassis Control coordinates all of the driving tech into one holistic package, giving the Panamera remarkably fleet-footed responses – especially for a car that is over five metres long.

Porsche Panamera saloon model history

  • June 2016 – Second-generation Panamera available to order in 4S, 4S Diesel and Turbo guises, with first deliveries in November. All of the initial range feature four-wheel drive and eight-speed PDK automatic gearboxes
  • September 2016 – More efficient 4 E-Hybrid plug-in available to order, with first deliveries expected in spring 2017
  • November 2016 – Deliveries for all begin in spring 2017

Read the full Porsche Panamera saloon review to find out if it really does combine sports car dynamics with luxury saloon opulence.

Parkers Ratings


4.5 out of 5


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3.9 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5


4 out of 5


3.5 out of 5

Running costs

1.5 out of 5

Green credentials

1.4 out of 5

Buying new

3.8 out of 5

Buying used

3.2 out of 5


3.1 out of 5


3.8 out of 5

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