Porsche Panamera D Review (2014)
Porsches entry into the super saloon market was hailed with the launch of the Porsche Panamera. Targeted at those looking for a 911 with enough space for the kids, or to ferry around important clients at speed in comfort, it was launched with both petrol and diesel engines.
Aimed squarely at the company car market, the Porsche Panamera D, like its SUV compatriot the Cayenne D, is a premium alternative to the high end 5-Series and E-Class.
To look at it is unmistakably a Porsche, resembling a 911 that ate too many pies, its still looks like a 911. Its sweeping classic lines and assertive stance hint at its pedigree. The question is, however, are the looks of the Panamera writing cheques it cannot cash on the performance front. With its petrol power plants the short answer is yes on all but the entry level engine. However, moving on to the 3.0l v6 Diesel engine (shared with the Cayenne D) with 300hp the Panamera D is taken from 0-62 in just 6s. Comparing this to the BMW 535d, this is almost pedestrian. Whilst the
Panamera D looks like a 911, it definitely does not perform like one, and rather disappointingly not as well as its cheaper less premium peers. It certainly feels a little underpowered and grumbly.
On the inside, the Panamera D shares a lot with with Cayenne D, its space-age cabin is also spacious and cocoon like at the same time. With only 4 seats, rear passengers are treated to deep and comfortably supportive seats usually only found in the front. Wafting from A to B in the Panamera is a pleasure. If you fancy getting a little adventurous in the Panamera D, you will get a little bit of a shock. Accelerating around a corner,
encouraging the back end to step out a bit you are abruptly slapped down by the harsh traction control system, making it feel like you had hit the kerb. This harsh nannying, and the slightly bland drive, will possibly be a turn off for some drivers either stepping into the Panamera from a 911, or hoping for 911 performance. Ultimately, it feels like a little too much of a compromise was made with the Diesel engine in the Panamera.
Overall, the Panamera D is an accomplished alternative to the 5-Series, E-Class, XF and Ghibli. If you are looking for the premium feel offered by the Porsche, but not expecting 911 performance, and want to munch the motorway miles comfortably and efficiently, this is a solid contender. With leasing prices realistically around £800+VAT/Month, the Panamera D is at a premium. However, the prestige and looks could well be worth it.
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