Even the base V6 we tested here is quick; it only goes up from here. Partial credit goes to a smooth-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission that offers launch mode and full manual control via push-pull buttons.
Our Panamera is nimble, precise, well-balanced and rewarding. The steering is fabulous and there's plenty of grip. Basically, it drives a lot smaller than it looks. This is no poseur Porsche.
The base Panamera's ride is smooth and level, especially at freeway speeds. It gets a tad busy on less-than-perfect suburban avenues, but it's not harsh.
The V6 engine is quiet at idle, but it doesn't try to hide when you step into the throttle. The Panamera's cabin is quiet when underway.
The seating position is good and the instrument panel is fantastic, with one pod able to toggle between status screens and a duplicarte navigation map. But cockpit is littered with same-sized buttons. It looks like an accordian in here.
Forward visibility is excellent, but rearward visibility is pinched by a tiny mirror and a small rear window. It only gets worse when the pop-up spoiler deploys at speed.
Seat Access & Space
The Panamera sits low, but seat access is good. All four seat provide pleny of space for adults. The seats are firm, but very supportive over long distances.
Cargo & Storage
There's pleny of cargo space for four people here - as much as you'd get with a premium sport sedan. With only two aboard, capacity soars because of the hatch and the 60/40-split folding rear seats, which fold flat.
Impressive, inside and out. It stands up well to close scrutiny, with high-quaility materials and tight gaps throughout.