2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo First Drive Review: Practically Perfect In (almost) Every Way

Porsche isn't resting on its laurels with the 2018 Panamera. Even after a major redesign just a year ago, the Panamera gets a new body style (the Panamera Sport Turismo) and the addition of the stunningly powerful Turbo S E-Hybrid variant. This means the Panamera now has three available body styles (standard, Sport Turismo, Executive) and five available powertrains (single-turbo V6, twin-turbo V6, twin-turbo V6 hybrid, twin-turbo V8, twin-turbo V8 hybrid). All of that means the pricing for the 2018 Porsche Panamera is a bit spread out.

Base trim levels come with generous amounts of equipment such as Porsche Active Suspension Management (also known as adaptive suspension or PASM); LED headlights and taillights; a panoramic sunroof; front and rear parking sensors; a rearview camera; heated front seats; Bluetooth; a wide-view 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system (including a navigation system, Apple CarPlay and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot); and a 10-speaker audio system with satellite and HD radio and USB and auxiliary audio inputs. From there, there are a few bundled options and various trim levels to choose from, but almost every Porsche is available with the same extensive list of stand-alone options.

Porsche equips most Panameras with all-wheel drive. In addition, the 4S gets a more powerful twin-turbo V6 and adds a unique exhaust. The E-Hybrid gets the same V6 as the 4S along with an electric motor and a 14-kWh lithium-ion battery with approximately 30 miles of battery-only driving. From there, it's the Turbo's twin-turbocharged V8 and the Turbo S E-Hybrid's electric-enhanced version of the same engine. While it might seem like a complicated or long list of powertrains, you can basically think of it this way: the faster you want to go in your Panamera, the more you'll have to pay.

Since it spans such a wide pricing range, the Panamera competes with a number of other luxury sedans and wagons. Among those competitors are some of the most refined and powerful sedans on the planet, but the Panamera still stacks up well — both in terms of included and available equipment. Premium levels, both on the Panamera and on rivals, are likely to break the bank of anyone who isn't a millionaire, but in this class of vehicle that shouldn't be surprising. Pricing may be high in this class, but you're getting quite a bit of performance and a more than acceptable amount of luxury appointments. For the perfect luxury sedan, make sure to check out all the reviews available at Edmunds.

2018 Porsche Panamera Overview

The 2018 Porsche Panamera is offered in the following submodels: Hybrid, Sedan. Available styles include 4S 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8AM), 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM), and Turbo 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8AM). Panamera models are available with a 2.9 l-liter gas engine or a 3.0 l-liter gas engine or a 4.0 l-liter gas engine, with output up to 550 hp, depending on engine type. The 2018 Panamera comes with all wheel drive or rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed automated manual. The 2018 Panamera comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

2018 Porsche Panamera features & specs

features & specs

2018 Porsche Panamera

MSRP from $103000
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Performance Highlights 4S 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8AM) MSRP from $103000 See Panamera Inventory See Inventory 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM) MSRP from $85000 See Panamera Inventory See Inventory Turbo 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8AM) MSRP from $150000 See Panamera Inventory See Inventory
Combined MPG 23 24 21
City/Hwy MPG 21/28 21/28 18/25
Fuel Type premium unleaded (required) premium unleaded (required) premium unleaded (required)
Basic Warranty 4 yr./ 50000 mi. 4 yr./ 50000 mi. 4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Base Engine Type gas gas gas
Base Engine Size 2.9 l 3.0 l 4.0 l
Transmission 8-speed automated manual 8-speed automated manual 8-speed automated manual
Cylinders v6 v6 v8
Drivetrain all wheel drive rear wheel drive all wheel drive
Horsepower 440 hp @ 5650 rpm 330 hp @ 5400 rpm 550 hp @ 5750 rpm

Is the 2018 Porsche Panamera a good car?

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Porsche Panamera and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Panamera featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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How do people like the 2018 Porsche Panamera?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Porsche Panamera and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Panamera 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Panamera.

Vehicle

4S 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8AM)

Review

While I have only had the car a few weeks, it is everything I expected. Luxurious and refined when desired or a "beast" when you want performance. (Just choose regular, sport, sport plus or custom driving mode.) The car grips the road, including corners, like no sedan I have ever driven. The seats are ultra-comfortable, front and rear. My ratings on reliability and value are only four stars because it is too early to know. Overall I am very pleased with zero regrets. Don't waste another moment spoil yourself today.

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MPG

2018 porsche panamera 4S 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8AM), 8-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)

23 combined MPG

21 city MPG/28 highway MPG

2018 porsche panamera 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM), 8-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)

24 combined MPG

21 city MPG/28 highway MPG

2018 porsche panamera Turbo 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8AM), 8-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)

21 combined MPG

18 city MPG/25 highway MPG

What options are available on the 2018 Porsche Panamera?

Available Porsche Panamera 2018 Submodel Types: Sedan, Hybrid

Available Trims: Base, 4, S, Turbo, 4S, GTS, Edition, S E-Hybrid, S Hybrid, Platinum Edition, Turbo Executive

Exterior Colors: Black, White, Carbon Grey Metallic, Rhodium Silver Metallic, Platinum Silver Metallic, Basalt Black Metallic, Carrara White, GT Silver Metallic, Sapphire Blue Metallic, Agate Grey Metallic, Chalk, Ruby Red Metallic, Topaz Brown Metallic, Carmine Red Metallic, Carrara White Metallic, Chestnut Brown Metallic, Cognac Metallic, Crystal Green Metallic, Dark Blue Metallic, Jet Black Metallic, Mahogany Metallic, Night Blue Metallic, Ristretto Brown Metallic, Yachting Blue Metallic

Interior Colors: Black leather, Luxor Beige leather, Black/Chalk leather, Black leather/sueded microfiber, Marsala Red leather, Saddle Brown/Luxor Beige leather, Agate Gray leather, Black Full Leather leather, Black/Carrera Red leather, Black/Luxor Beige leather, Black/Platinum Grey leather, Black/Saddle Brown leather, Cognac premium leather, Cognac/Cedar Natural Leather premium leather, Cognac/Cedar premium leather, Luxor Beige/Cream leather

Popular Features: 2nd Row Bucket Seats, Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Navigation, Parking sensors, Power Driver Seat, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, Heated seats, Automatic Emergency Braking, Upgraded Headlights, Leather Seats, Bluetooth, USB Inputs, Aux Audio Inputs, Back-up camera, AWD/4WD, Cooled Seats, Mobile Internet, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Blind Spot Monitoring, Upgraded Stereo, Keyless Entry/Start, Remote Start, Adaptive Cruise Control, 360-degree camera, Pre-collision safety system, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Entertainment System

Engine/Mechanics: 6, 8 cylinders

Transmission: AUTOMATED_MANUAL, AUTOMATIC

Fuel Types: premium unleaded (required)

Drivetrains: all wheel drive, rear wheel drive

Source : https://www.edmunds.com/porsche/panamera/2018/

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