2015 Porsche Panamera

2015 Porsche Panamera S

Pros: One-of-a-kind shape; best-in-class handling and agility; broad range of models and powertrains

Cons: Steep prices get even steeper as options are added; fastback-style rear window makes for subpar rear visibility; complex switchgear

CG Says: After getting an “E-Hybrid” plug-in hybrid model, an extended-wheelbase Executive body style, and an available twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 for 2014, the Porsche Panamera lineup regains its Turbo S model for 2015, along with some minor infotainment updates. Panamera may be Porsche’s first sedan, but in most ways it’s just what you’d expect from this brand: superbly over-engineered, hugely capable on the road, and oozing Porsche character like any 911 or Boxster. Too bad it’s so low-slung and hard to see out of. In crowded urban conditions, especially, it’s like driving a tank. The complex switchgear doesn’t make life any easier. Hatchback versatility is a plus, and the many customization options are tempting ego-boosters, though they carry a very steep price. But for those who would otherwise own a sedan, an SUV, and a sports car but have only one garage space, this Porsche might be just the thing. Our nod goes to the V6 Panamera and Panamera 4. Not only are they the most affordable models, they offer the best balance of power, handling, ride quality, and luxury. Note: The Panamera E-Hybrid powertrain (not listed below) consists of an Audi-sourced supercharged 3.0-liter V6 paired with an electric motor and an 8-speed automatic transmission. It puts out a combined 416 horsepower and is EPA-rated at 23 mpg city/29 highway.

The Facts
Class Premium Large Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Porsche
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices Base: $78,100
AWD: $82,800
S: $93,200
AWD 4S: $98,300
e-Hybrid: $99,000
AWD GTS: $113,400
AWD 4S Executive: $125,600
AWD Turbo: $141,300
AWD Turbo Executive: $161,100
AWD Turbo S: $180,300
AWD Turbo S Executive: $200,500

Base Engine
3.6-liter V6
Horsepower
310
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27-28

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
420
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27

Optional Engine
4.8-liter V8 (Turbo and Turbo S are turbocharged)
Horsepower
440 (Turbo: 520, Turbo S: 570)
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
15-16
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24

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2015 Porsche Panamera Turbo
2014 Porsche Panamera
2015 Porsche Panamera GTS
Panamera S E-Hybrid
2015 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid