Porsche Panamera

The 2016 Porsche Panamera ranks 2 out of 11 Luxury Large Cars. The 2016 Panamera is a great choice if you want the class-leading performance of a Porsche sports car and the spacious opulence of a luxury sedan, test drivers report.  The 2016 Panamera is a great choice if you want the class-leading performance of a Porsche sports car and the spacious opulence of a luxury sedan, test drivers report. The 2016 Porsche Panamera is one of the highest-performing luxury sedans on the market, critics say, with sports car-caliber handling and powerful engine options. They also praise its smooth ride.porsche hybrids panamera porsche hybrids  %tages Porsche Panamera

Performance Summary

Reviewers say the 2016 Panamera's base V6 engine is powerful, but they add that the potent engines www.rawvehicle.com in the higher-end Panamera trims are very tempting upgrades, especially the V8s. The Panamera comes standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available.

According to the EPA, the 2016 Porsche Panamera gets 18/28 mpg city/highway, which is typical for the class. Test drivers say the Panamera is one of the most agile luxury sedans on the market. They also praise its powerful brakes and composed ride.

Acceleration and Power

The base 2016 Porsche Panamera comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 310 horsepower. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard. According to the EPA, the base Panamera gets 18/28 mpg city/highway, which is on par for the class.

The Panamera S has a www.rawvehicle.com twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 420 horsepower. The Panamera GTS is powered by a 4.8-liter V8 engine that makes 440 horsepower. The Panamera Turbo has a twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 that generates 520 horsepower. The Panamera Turbo S has a twin-turbo 4.8-liter V8 that produces 570 horsepower. According to Porsche, the Turbo S can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 192 mph.

Reviewers say the base V6 feels strong and the dual-clutch transmission changes gears seamlessly. They note that the twin-turbo V6 in the S is a solid upgrade. However, some critics feel that if you're going to upgrade from the base model, it's hard to resist skipping the S and going www.rawvehicle.com for one of the V8 models, which are more potent and sound better.

Hybrid Trim

The 2016 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and an electric motor that together produce 416 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. According to the EPA, the Panamera S E-Hybrid gets 51 mpg-equivalent (explained here) in combined city/highway driving while running on gasoline and electricity, and 25 mpg combined city/highway on gas alone. The EPA reports that the 2016 Panamera Hybrid can travel up to 15 miles on electricity alone, and Porsche says it has an electric-only top speed of 83 mph. According to Porsche, it takes about 2.5 hours to charge the Panamera S E-Hybrid's www.rawvehicle.com battery with a 240-volt connection.

Auto writers agree that the Panamera S E-Hybrid is quick, and they say it transitions seamlessly between gas and electric power. However, some note that its steering and brakes aren't as responsive as those in non-hybrid Panamera models.


Handling and Braking

The 2016 Porsche Panamera comes standard with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is standard on 4 and Turbo models.

Test drivers say the Panamera is more nimble than most other performance sedans and can keep pace with many sports cars when the road gets twisty. They also commend the Panamera's strong brakes. The ride, critics write, is firm but smooth on uneven pavement.

Interior Summary

The 2016 Porsche Panamera has an elegant cabin with www.rawvehicle.com superb build quality and top-notch materials, auto journalists report. Most reviewers are pleased with front and rear passenger space, though some dislike the intrusive drive-train hump in the back and the rear seats’ low mounting. Cargo space behind the rear seats is a bit below average, but thanks to the Panamera's hatchback body style it expands significantly when the rear seats are folded. However, rearward visibility is poor. Critics note that the Panamera has more dashboard buttons than most rivals, though the majority think the buttons are well-organized and easy to figure out.

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Standard features include heated front seats, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, a USB port and www.rawvehicle.com Bluetooth. Available features include a surround-view parking camera system, adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a cooled rear-seat storage compartment, a Burmester audio system and a rear-seat video system.

The 2016 Porsche Panamera's interior has an elegant design, excellent build quality and first-class materials, according to critics. The number of buttons on its dashboard exceeds those on its rivals, but most critics think the Panamera’s are easy to figure out. Most reviewers are satisfied with the passenger space in front and in back. Cargo space is below average behind the rear seats, but thanks to the Panamera's hatchback body style, storage capacity expands significantly when you fold down the rear seats. Test drivers agree www.rawvehicle.com that rearward visibility is poor.

The 2016 Porsche Panamera's interior has an elegant design, excellent build quality and first-class materials, according to critics. The number of buttons on its dashboard exceeds those on its rivals, but most critics think the Panamera’s are easy to figure out. Most reviewers are satisfied with the passenger space in front and in back. Cargo space is below average behind the rear seats, but thanks to the Panamera's hatchback body style, storage capacity expands significantly when you fold down the rear seats. Test drivers agree that rearward visibility is poor.

Seating

The 2016 Porsche Panamera seats four and comes standard with partial leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats and heated front seats. Available features include www.rawvehicle.com full leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, 14- or 18-way power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front and rear seats, heated rear seats, eight-way power-adjustable rear seats and power rear-seat sunshades. Executive models have a longer wheelbase and more rear-seat legroom.

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Auto writers agree that the Panamera's front seats are comfortable and spacious. Most also agree that the rear seats offer ample head- and legroom, though some find them a bit confining thanks to the seats’ low mounting and tall center console. Test drivers report that rearward visibility is limited by the Panamera's thick roof pillars and small rear window.

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Porsche Panamera include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors www.rawvehicle.com and the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, an 11-speaker audio system, a USB port and Bluetooth.

Available features include a rearview camera, a surround-view parking camera system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, quad-zone automatic climate control, a cooled rear-seat storage compartment, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, a 16-speaker Burmester audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 7-inch screens.

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Many luxury cars have a single knob that controls many of their tech features, but the Panamera has a separate button for each feature. Some reviewers think Porsche should reduce the number of buttons in the Panamera's cabin, www.rawvehicle.com but most think these are well-organized and easy to use if you take a few moments to survey the layout and identify the ones you use most often.

Cargo

The 2016 Porsche Panamera has 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, which is a bit low for the class. However, the Panamera has 44.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Because its battery takes up cargo space, the 2016 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid has 11.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 40.7 with them folded. The 2016 Panamera comes standard with a power liftgate.

Test drivers are impressed with the Panamera's overall cargo capacity. However, some note that the hatchback opening is www.rawvehicle.com a bit slim and the cargo floor is too high, which makes it difficult to place big items in the trunk. There are a number of storage bins in the cabin, but most of them aren't very large.

Details: 2016 Porsche Panamera

The 2016 Porsche Panamera is a four-seat sedan with a hatchback-style rear liftgate. It is available in 14 total trims. Major trims include base, Edition, 4, S, S E-Hybrid, Executive, GTS, Turbo and Exclusive. The base Panamera has a V6 engine, an automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Edition models have special styling. The 4 trims have all-wheel drive. S trims have a twin-turbocharged V6, while GTS models have a V8 and Turbo models have a twin-turbo V8. Executive www.rawvehicle.com trims have a longer wheelbase and a larger rear seat. Top-of-the-line Exclusive models are customizable and in limited production. The Panamera hasn't been fully redesigned since its debut in the 2010 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2010 through 2016 model years.

2016 Porsche Panamera Warranty

The 2016 Porsche Panamera comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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2016 Porsche Panamera Safety Features

Driver Air Bag

Passenger Air Bag

Side Head Air Bag

Rear Head Air Bag

Side Air Bag

Rear Body Air Bag

4-Wheel ABS

4-Wheel Disc Brakes

Brake Assist

Electronic Stability Control

Daytime Running Lights

Child Safety Locks

Traction Control

Blind Spot Monitor

Auto-Leveling Headlights

Lane Departure Warning

Scorecard

Overall:

9.1

Critics' www.rawvehicle.com Rating:   9.0

Performance:    9.0

Interior:              8.5

Safety: N/A

Reliability:          4_5 JD Power

Rankings          #2 in Luxury Large Cars

Pros & Cons

Agile handling

Potent engine options

Premium cabin materials

Poor rearward visibility

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