The Panamera offers the performance, agility and feel that driving enthusiasts expect from a Porsche, but in a luxurious, roomy package with seating for four. Acceleration is smooth and punchy from the turbocharged V6 -- you'd be forgiven thinking it's the available V8. The dual-clutch automatic transmission feels direct, sporty, and satisfying. Handling is terrific especially considering this vehicle's size. While the ride is rock solid and steady, it's not particularly plush compared to other six-figure luxury sedans.
The Panamera coddles passengers in a spectacularly meticulous cabin that's furnished with the best leather, brushed chrome and genuine wood. The firm, well-shaped seats are extremely supportive. The rear seat accommodates two adults nicely but getting in and out of the low slung cabin takes some youthful flexibility. The cockpit can be somewhat snug for some, and the cluttered controls tend to be confusing at first. A close-by touchscreen controls most audio and phone functions and is relatively straightforward. The hatchback design and folding rear seats add a measure of practicality.
The Panamera spans a wide price range and includes AWD versions, super furious GTS, and even a plug-in hybrid.