This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.
The Panamera S Hybrid might be the world's best hybrid sedan. Yet, because of its price, other even more mind-blowing Panamera variants available, and because the Panamera seats only four adults, we reluctantly award it a B rating.
PerformanceSure, it's a gasoline-electric hybrid-powered sedan. But make no mistake, this is still a Porsche.
A combined output of 380 horsepower propels this hefty sedan to 60 mph in about 5 seconds. That's quick in anybody's book, hybrid or not.
The feel of, and reaction from, the Panamera hybrid's regenerative brakes is definitely not as linear or intuitive as a non-hybrid Panamera. Track results are still outstanding.
Porsche had sorted the Panamera's electric-assist steering prior to the hybrid's introduction. It doesn't have a perfectly transparent feel, but it's still a very good system.
One of the best-handling large sedans in existence, hybrid or otherwise. A sophisticated dynamic stability control system is standard. It allows for some serious driver fun.
The driver-defeatable automatic engine stop/start feature is apparent. Once underway, the delivery and blending of either power source is barely noticeable.
ComfortWith equal parts luxury, performance and efficiency, the Panamera S Hybrid is a very comfortable sedan despite its seemingly mixed-purpose mission. Excellent seats, ride and quietness.
Only seats four, but standard 8-way power front seats (optional heat and active bolstering) plus optional 8-way power rear seats all offer exceptional comfort.
Standard multi-mode adaptive air suspension envelopes all but the largest road imperfections.
Excellent aerodynamics and very good seals keep wind noise to a minimum while ample measures ensure road isolation. Have to look hard to find a more hushed cabin.
InteriorClever ergonomics, large-sedan spaciousness and flexible cargo capacity provide the Panamera S Hybrid with a useful, welcoming interior.
What initially looks like an intimidating waterfall of buttons and rockers is truly an ergonomic triumph. Even the touchscreen navigation and audio systems are intuitive once used.
Typical sedan entry/exit up front with only a slightly lower door opening in the rear.
It looks confining from the outside, but the Panamera is truly spacious inside with adult-size seats (for only 4 however) and plenty of headroom all around.
Front and rear parking sensors as well as a reverse camera are all optional for a reason, as there are some problematic rearward sightlines.
There's 12 cu-ft of trunk room with all seats occupied and 40.7 cu-ft with the rear seats folded down. Plus, it has an easy-loading hatchback.
ValueNobody will argue the fact that there are more cost-effective, more fuel-efficient hybrid sedans. But none perform or drive as well as this Panamera S Hybrid.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Porsche is renowned for its uncompromising engineering, construction and quality of materials. Typical Porsche-perfect build quality inside and out.
In an effort to keep the car's cost and weight down, many features found standard on other sport/luxury sedans are optional on the Panamera S Hybrid.
At $95,000 to start, the Panamera S Hybrid is no bargain, even if you add up all the tech and performance baked into it.
With an EPA rating of 20 city/30 highway/25 mpg combined, the Panamera S Hybrid is respectably fuel-efficient, especially since it will run to 60 mph in 5 seconds.
With so many manufacturers offering up to 100,000-mile warranties, Porsche's 4-year 50,000-mile basic and drivetrain warranties seem weak.
The Porsche ownership experience is one of the best with high-quality dealerships and various owner's clubs. A 4-year/50,000-mile roadside assistance program doesn't hurt either.
Fun To DriveWere it not for the compromises of the hybrid powertrain, the Panamera S Hybrid would have scored higher.
The electricity-regenerative brakes and the automatic engine stop/start system make themselves known. Otherwise, the Panamera S Hybrid amazes with its performance and polish.
There's no mistaking the Panamera for anything else on the road, and nothing else drives like it. Plenty of personality inside and out.