This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.
The Panamera GTS is without question one of the world's best sedans. But because there is an even more mind-blowing Panamera Turbo, and partly because the Panamera seats only four adults, we reluctantly award it a letter grade of B.
PerformanceFew sports cars offer the dynamic capabilities engineered into the all-wheel-drive Panamera GTS. That it's a sedan, can seat four comfortably and also rides like a luxury sedan is miraculous.
It feels like there's more than 430 horsepower propelling this hefty sedan to 60 mph in just 4 seconds. Want to go quicker? Check out the 500-hp Panamera Turbo.
Monstrously sized (15.4-in front, 13.8-in rear) standard vented, drilled brakes come from the Panamera Turbo. Carbon-ceramic discs are available with 20-inch wheels.
The Panamera's speed- and position-sensitive electric-assist steering might not have great feel, but it's still very precise and intuitive.
One of the best-handling large sedans in existence: Sophisticated all-wheel drive and a dynamic stability control system are standard.
With all of the potential performance a toe-tap away, one might be concerned that the Panamera's drivability would be sacrificed. One would be very wrong. It's a pussy cat.
ComfortWith equal parts luxury, performance, and technology, the Panamera GTS is a very comfortable sedan despite its seemingly mixed-purpose mission. Excellent seats, ride and quietness.
It only seats four, but the heated 18-way power front seats (optional ventilation and active bolstering) plus optional heated 8-way power rear seats all offer exceptional comfort.
Standard multi-mode adaptive air suspension smothers inputs from all but the largest road imperfections.
Excellent aerodynamics and very good seals keep wind noise to a minimum while road isolation is suppressed. Hard to find a more hushed cabin, though engine noise is evident.
InteriorClever ergonomics, large-sedan room and flexible cargo capacity provide the Panamera GTS with a welcoming and useful 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 for the rear passengers.
The Panamera looks confining from the outside, but it's truly spacious inside with adult-size seats (for only four passengers, however) and plenty of headroom all around.
Standard rear parking sensors (the fronts are optional) plus available reverse camera and a blind-spot monitor help cope with the Panamera's poor rear visibility.
The trunk holds 16 cu-ft when all the seats are occupied, and 44 cu-ft with the rear seats folded. The power-actuated hatchback design makes loading easy.
ValueIt's true there are more cost-effective and fuel-efficient performance sedans. But none perform or drive as well as this Panamera GTS. Except the Panamera Turbo.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Porsche is renowned for its uncompromising engineering, construction and quality of materials. The Panamera is no exception, with perfect build quality inside and out.
The list of options is long, but so is the list of standard features. Some Panamera Turbo features and many options on the Panamera 4S (on which the GTS is based) are standard here.
At about $110,000 to start, the Panamera GTS is no bargain, but it is still a competitive price within its super-sedan peer group.
With an EPA-rated 16 city/23 highway/19 mpg combined, the Panamera GTS is respectably fuel-efficient. Especially when you consider it can run to 60 mph in 4 seconds.
With so many manufacturers offering up to 100,000-mile warranties, Porsche's 4-year, 50,000-mile basic and drivetrain warranties seem rather weak.
Porsche doesn't offer free scheduled maintenance, but the Panamera does come with roadside assistance for 4 years/50,000 miles.
Fun To DriveThe Panamera GTS's performance capabilities seem to defy some laws of physics. This 4,300-lb 4-door sedan goes, stops and corners like a car half its size.
The Panamera GTS drives like a polished luxury sedan, but when you lean on it, you find a sports car within.
There's no mistaking the Panamera for anything else on the road. Sure, it's not a beauty, but nothing else drives like this car. It's loaded with personality inside and out.
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