Porsche Panamera

The Essentials

  • Price from £59,746
  • What Car? says: 4 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 43.5mpg
  • What is it? Doing the school run in style

Great

  • Practical for a Porsche with space for four adults on board
  • Jaw-dropping performance
  • Luxuriously equipped even before you hit the options list

Gripes

  • Running costs put two fingers up to the age of austerity
  • HOW many buttons? Result is a cluttered interior
  • Those big shoulders make it look like an Olympic swimmer
  • Drive

    Awesome power and pace, agile handling and it's all done smoothly and quietly, unless of course you gun the engine for a fabulous sporty growl

  • Inside

    All the bells and whistles you could wish for - just a shame the resulting galaxy of buttons makes it fiddly to find the control you're after

  • Safety

    Plenty of technology to keep you under control and safe in a crash. A vehicle tracker is fitted to thwart car thieves

  • Reliability

    Porsche scores well in the JD Power customer satisfaction survey and it's reassuring to know that many parts have been proven in the Porsche Cayenne

  • Space

    As sports cars go the Panamera's practical, with room for four adults. The boot isn't huge and its shape makes it awkward to use

  • Standard and extras

    Leather, sat-nav and cruise control are standard. Eager shoppers can choose all sorts of luxurious extras

  • What's it like to drive?

    Driving the Porsche Panamera is not for shrinking violets - all engines offer walloping pace. You can choose the firmness of the suspension settings, or opt for air suspension on the Turbo model. Even in Comfort mode you can expect to feel every bump in city driving, so we'd suggest heading out to the open road (if you can find one) and enjoying Porsche's impressive handling.

  • What's it like inside?

    The Panamera may be practical for a Porsche but that's relative. Four adults can travel in comfort but the boot is awkwardly shaped and little bigger than a VW Golfs (and smaller with the seats folded). As you'd expect there's no scrimping on luxurious kit: from electric seat adjustment to sat-nav, leather seats, cruise control and parking sensors. As a result the sheer number of buttons on the centre console feels overwhelming, however.

  • How reliable is it?

    Porsche scores well in the JD Power customer satisfaction survey and it's reassuring to know that many parts have been proven in the Porsche Cayenne. There's plenty of kit to keep you safe, too.

  • Should I buy one?

    This Porsche Panamera laughs in the face of austerity, with prices starting from over 60,000. You could pay the same again during three years of ownership, thanks to unimpressive fuel economy and high emissions. If it's your company car bills will be astronomical.