Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo review

Porsche’s electrification push is well under way, and part of that is an uprated plug-in hybrid system, found on the Panamera range. This Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is one step up the ladder from the entry level Panamera 4 specification, and is available as either saloon or the tested estate.

Review by Chris Lilly

PORSCHE PANAMERA 4S E-HYBRID: PERFORMANCE

Producing a combined 560 hp, the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid is not lacking in power. That comes from a 2.9 litre twin-turbo V6 petrol and an electric motor, providing all-wheel drive. As such, the 0-62mph time is 3.7 seconds, and the Porsche will head on to a top speed of 182mph.

The Panamera feels every bit as quick as the performance figures suggest too. It’s a heavy car, thanks in part to a large battery for a longer electric driving range. But that weight doesn’t hinder progress. The Panamera 4S E-Hybrid will accelerate hard from just about any speed, thanks in part to the electric motor. It fills in the (albeit tiny) gap in the power band from the petrol engine at low revs, and then the combined shove can see drivers really get a shift on. That said, it’s also easy to drive at low speed, mainly because of the combination of electric motor and 8-speed double clutch gearbox.

HANDLING

There are a handful of sports estates and SUVs on the market, but none drive as well as the Panamera Sport Turismo. The handling is controlled nicely with active air suspension, and the steering is well weighted. The set-up isn’t as pure as that of a 718 Cayman, but that’s a focused sports car and the Panamera is a practical, four-seater estate. Its firm, but not uncomfortably so.

Instead, the Panamera Sport Turismo drives brilliantly considering it’s the same sort of size as a large Volvo. It’s relatively comfortable over long distances, deals well with town driving, but really shows its talents on a twisty country road. The car is a bit of a Jack of all trades, performing across the board.

BODY STYLE

Porsche’s Panamera range doesn’t shout about itself in terms of design. The styling is understated, subtle even, with a variety of Porsche design touches, but otherwise a fairly restrained aesthetic. For anyone questioning how a sports estate can be restrained when wearing a Porsche badge, I point you to the Audi RS6 Avant as a comparison. In estate form, it’s perhaps even more stealthy than the saloon, but it’s very much at the Shooting Brake end of the design spectrum, with greater emphasis on style than outright practicality. That said, the boot space is still very good, and it will easily take a family’s holiday kit, or a large dog etc in the back.

Since this sits somewhere between an executive and luxury saloon/estate, you would expect the Panamera to have plenty of occupant space. And you’d be right. Leg space is good, and head space is improved over the saloon thanks to the higher roofline at the rear for the estate shape. Those up front have huge amounts of room, and the Panamera Sport E-Hybrid quickly marks itself out as a brilliant grand tourer - fast and comfortable.

COMFORT & CONTROLS

Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo review interior

Controls feel beautifully made, and although there isn’t the clean look of many rival models, the design - with plenty of physical controls - is much easier to use, particularly for the driver. There is a clear Porsche line through the design of all its models too, and the focus for the driver is on the central dial; the act of driving.

The steering wheel has a quick access dial to switch between driving modes which is very handy and saves pressing buttons to dive into a menu. It’s not a stunning set of controls to look at, but everything works beautifully, and is tailored for ease of use while driving.

PORSCHE PANAMERA 4S E-HYBRID: RANGE & RUNNING COSTS

The official fuel economy score for the Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is as good as 134.6 MPG. That makes for a 49 g/km CO2 figure, predominantly thanks to the electric part of the powertrain. This has an efficiency figure of 23.1 kWh/100km (62 miles).

In real terms, since the Porsche tested is a PHEV, it greatly depends on the amount you can charge it as to the fuel economy scores that you will see. When running without charge, the Panamera was returning more than 35 MPG in real-world conditions - though clearly less when driving enthusiastically. When running largely on electric power, fuel economy is significantly greater, and more than 200 MPG was regularly seen.

GREEN CREDENTIALS

The Panamera E-Hybrid Sport Turismo will be able to cover up to 33 miles on a charge, but you’ll be hard pushed to achieve that in normal conditions. Instead, expect between 20 and 23 miles on a charge, unless driving very gently. This electric range is possible because of a 17.9 kWh battery, which can be charged at up to 3.6 kW AC as standard, or up to 7.2 kW with the optional higher power on-board charger.

Driving modes allow for E-Power, hybrid, and hybrid hold, and there is brake energy recuperation on hand to help top up the charge downhill or under braking.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Porsche’s trim levels tend to vary most with powertrain. Included as standard on the 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo are keyless drive, park assist with reversing camera, multi-function sports steering wheel, electric front seats, climate control, pre-conditioning, LED headlights, automatic wipers and lights, automatic tailgate, 19-inch alloys, and Sport Chrono Package.

PORSCHE PANAMERA 4S E-HYBRID: MODEL SUMMARY

There is a case for the Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo being all the car you might need. Electric for short trips, PHEV power for longer runs, prodigious power, and a practical interior. All-wheel drive helps in poor weather, so unless you need to go off-road all the time, the Porsche tested ticks just about all boxes. The forthcoming Taycan Sport Turismo will provide a stern test to the Panamera’s credentials, offering most of the same attributes but with electric-only power, but if you need a long-distance cruiser with the ability to excel in the twisty stuff, there are no better options.

Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo review rear

Model tested: Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
Body-style: Executive estate
Engine / CO2: 2.9 litre petrol engine and electric motor / 49 g/km
Trim grades: Just one

On-road price: From £87,470.
Warranty: Three years / unlimited mileage
In the showroom: Now
Review rating: 4.0 Stars

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:7th Dec 2021

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