2017 Porsche Panamera Review
2017 Porsche Panamera Review
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Josh Sadlier has worked in the automotive industry since 2008. He has written or edited thousands of expert car reviews and road-tested hundreds of vehicles over the course of his career. Josh is director of content strategy at Edmunds and has also contributed to Autotrader and Automobile. Under his stewardship, Edmunds' own 1989 Yugo GVL won first place at the Concours d'Lemons, taking home a jar of borscht, a can of beets, a cutting board and a pint of VIP vodka.
- Authoritative acceleration from either the V6 or V8 engine
- Sports-car-like handling around turns
- Sleek, futuristic interior with the latest technology
- Hatchback design provides more cargo-carrying versatility than traditional executive sedans
- Only two rear seats (in case you prefer a middle seat)
The 2017 Porsche Panamera is completely redesigned.
The reinvented second-generation 2017 Porsche Panamera addresses the one issue that stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb. The original car, as you might be aware, came in for some harsh criticism for its rather bulbous styling. That was a shame because otherwise the first-gen Panamera was an astonishingly well-executed automobile, providing executive-class luxury and world-class performance in equal measure. Happily, the 2017 Panamera gets a sleek, head-turning shape that finally does its immense capabilities justice.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2017 Porsche Panamera 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.92 per gallon for premium unleaded in Virginia.
Monthly estimates based on costs in Virginia
$203/mo for Panamera Base
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Of course, when Porsche redesigns a model these days, the styling is just the beginning. In this case, the platform is all-new, too, dubbed MSB and set to be shared with other premium Volkswagen Group products. (Porsche is now a subsidiary of VW.) The new interior features a new wide-screen, smartphone-like infotainment interface that rivals the best systems out there, plus many other high-tech flourishes. And on the performance front, the new Panamera launches with three new engines and a hybrid powerplant — a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (330 horsepower), a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 (440 hp), the same engine paired with an electric motor in plug-in hybrid form (462 hp), and a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 (550 hp) — along with available features such as an adaptive air suspension and rear-wheel steering.
The Panamera's genre-bending talents mean that it competes with a lot of different cars. Although it's still technically a hatchback, it stacks up well against traditional executive sedans such as the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. It's also a higher-priced alternative to stylish sport-luxury models including the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, and the Audi S7 and RS 7. We'd even throw in the Tesla Model S as a similarly capable and desirable car, albeit one that runs on batteries instead of gasoline. But if you're looking for the best all-around combination of performance, luxury and, yes, style, you've likely found it in the 2017 Porsche Panamera.
The 2017 Panamera comes standard with front knee airbags, front and rear side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. As expected, numerous advanced safety technologies are offered, including night-vision assist, a blind-spot monitor with lane change assist, lane departure warning and intervention, adaptive cruise control, and a forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection.
Edmunds' Expert Rating
Authoritative acceleration from either of the V6 or V8 engines; sports-car-like handling around turns; sleek, futuristic interior with the latest technology; hatchback design provides more cargo-carrying versatility than traditional executive sedans.
Check back soon for a full vehicle evaluation once we've tested the fully redesigned Panamera.
The 2017 Panamera's dashboard is an inviting combination of old and new. Porsche's classic five circular gauges of 911 fame are arrayed in front of the driver, including a sporty, center-mounted tachometer. But the tach is the only analog gauge; the others are high-resolution digital affairs that are also highly configurable. In the middle of the dash is a stunning "glass-look" 12-inch touchscreen, and below that the center vents and climate controls flow gracefully into a prominent console that bisects the entire passenger cabin, all the way through the rear seat.
Despite the lower roofline for this generation (slinky styling has its costs), Porsche says rear headroom remains about the same, which means even taller adults should be plenty pleased with the two-seat accommodations, though three-across seating continues to be unavailable. There's no doubt rear passengers will love the optional rear entertainment system, which includes twin 10-inch displays, 32 gigabytes of dedicated storage space, micro-SD and micro-USB connectivity, Bluetooth (with wireless headphones) and compatibility with the mobile Wi-Fi setup.
In terms of cargo space, the Panamera offers 17.4 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks in place — a competitive figure relative to executive-sedan rivals — and a handy 46 cubes with those seatbacks folded down.
2017 Porsche Panamera models
The four-passenger 2017 Porsche Panamera is offered in a myriad of configurations. There's the rear-wheel-drive Panamera, all-wheel-drive Panamera 4, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo. If you want a Panamera with more rear legroom, Porsche also offers the Panamera 4 Executive, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive, Panamera 4S Executive and Panamera Turbo Executive.
The Panamera starts with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, 19-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension (with conventional springs), LED headlights and taillights, automatic wipers, a panoramic sunroof, continuously adjustable door hinges, a power hatchback trunklid, power-folding, heated auto-dimming side mirrors, a two-way adaptive rear spoiler, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, keyless ignition (without keyless entry), partial leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats with heating, driver memory settings, dual-zone automatic climate control, a manually adjustable steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, Bluetooth, a wide-view touchscreen infotainment system (including a navigation system, Apple CarPlay and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot), and a 10-speaker audio system with satellite and HD radio and USB and auxiliary audio inputs.
The Panamera 4 utilizes the same single-turbo 3.0-liter V6 as the standard model but adds all-wheel drive. The Panamera 4S keeps the all-wheel-drive powertrain, but it swaps the engine to a 440-hp, twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 and adds a circular-tipped dual exhaust system. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid model supplements the 2.9-liter engine with an electric motor and a 14-kWh lithium-ion battery for a combined 462 hp and approximately 30 miles of battery-only driving. To support the extra weight of the battery pack, air suspension is standard on the hybrid models. And if you need nearly 6 more inches of rear legroom, both variants can be had in a Panamera 4 Executive, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive and Panamera 4S Executive version.
The Panamera Turbo adds 20-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, upgraded brakes, an adaptive air suspension, a four-way adaptive rear spoiler, quad tailpipes, keyless entry and ignition, a power-adjustable steering wheel, dark walnut wood trim, synthetic suede (Alcantara) roofliner and pillar trim, full leather upholstery, 10-way power front seats with memory settings, heated rear seats and a 14-speaker Bose audio system. The Panamera Turbo Executive increases wheelbase and rear legroom accordingly.
Options are exceptionally plentiful, as Porsche's philosophy holds that owners should be able to customize their cars to personal taste. The 4 and 4S can be optionally outfitted with most of the Turbo's standard kit, including the air suspension, while additional highlights include various wheel, paint, interior trim and leather specifications (with multiple two-tone interior treatments on offer), rear-wheel steering, speed-sensitive steering assist, ceramic composite brakes, a sport exhaust, power-closing doors, a heated steering wheel, a 21-speaker Burmester audio system, 14-way adaptive sport seats, eight-way power rear seats with memory, cooled front and rear seats, massaging front and rear seats, four-zone climate control, a rear touchscreen interface, power rear sunshades and a dual-screen rear entertainment system.
A few optional packages also bundle desirable features together. The Sport Chrono package adds launch control, a dash-mounted stopwatch, an Individual driving mode for a custom feel, a dedicated Sport button and performance-oriented displays. Meanwhile, the Sport, Premium and Premium Plus packages include various combinations of the features listed above.
You might as well go big in the second-gen Panamera's first year. The Turbo model promises face-flattening V8 acceleration and the very best in Porsche luxury and technology.
All 2017 Panameras use an eight-speed automatic transmission and, aside from the standard Panamera model, all-wheel drive. The Panamera, Panamera 4 and Panamera 4 Executive are equipped with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (330 hp, 331 lb-ft). The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive are equipped with a turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 and electric motor (462 hp, 435 lb-ft). The Panamera 4S and Panamera 4S Executive come with a turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine (440 horsepower, 405 lb-ft), while the Turbo and Turbo Executive step up to a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (550 hp, 567 lb-ft).
According to Porsche, the Panamera will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, or 5.2 seconds with launch control. By the time you get to the Turbo, you're looking at an estimated zero-to-60-mph time of 3.4 seconds (3.2 seconds with launch control). Of course, the Hybrid is more about fuel economy. Expect to be able to drive about 30 miles on pure electric power before it switches over to normal gas-electric hybrid operation.
4.6 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
The Dynamic Pleasure
Design Enthuisiest, 10/31/2017
2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8AM)
The 2017 Panamera Turbo is exceptional on all fronts. It is such an amazing improvement on the old model in every way. The drive, fit, finish and updated electronics are all outstanding. This car is by far the best car in its class and we have driven all of them.
3 out of 5 stars
The 4S is marred by a lousy engine
2017 Porsche Panamera 4S 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8AM)
Just replaced my 2017 Panamera 4S for a Panamera turbo. The 2017 and later 4S engine is definitely a disappointment compared to the naturally aspirated V8 of the 2010-2013 model. It is a tiny 2.9 L V6 with twin turbos and has a horrible engine sound and feels very weak until the turbos kick in. It does perform when revved hard but lacks instant throttle response. It let down the whole … experience of driving what would otherwise be a good car. The worst aspect is that it is not any more economical than the old V8 and in my experience is a lot thirstier.DONT be fooled by the mpg figures quoted on the sticker. It does NOTHING alike the 21-28mpg quoted. I almost never got over 13 mpg in urban driving and rarely more than 20 mpg on the highway. IN fact many times I got 10 mpg. The problem is that to get any performance from the car you have to rev the engine so hard that the mpg becomes lousy. The small V6 twin turbo is designed to provide great numbers on the govt tests but NOT under normal driving ( remember the VW diesel scandal anyone?- this is similar from the same company!). What a difference the Panamera Turbo model. IT is a 4 L V8 and in a differnt league in terms of engine sound and responsiveness.PLus it gives much better mileage than the 4Sengine despite being more powerful. DO yourself a favor and DONT buy the 4S. You will be throwing a lot of money on a crap engine - not what you want from a Porsche
5 out of 5 stars
4 dr 911
Van Oppens, 02/25/2019
2017 Porsche Panamera 4S 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8AM)
Great sedan with real Porsche sport DNA. Quick and fun to drive, but not the easiest to get into tight parking spaces. Very comfortable for 4 "full size" adults.
5 out of 5 stars
the 2017 Panamera 4 is very near perfect
2017 Porsche Panamera 4 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM)
This car is incredible in many ways. It is a head turner from an esthetic standpoint and has exhilarating performance. It is a fantastic car to drive. Can't say enough about all the design features.
2017 Porsche Panamera video
MARK TAKAHASHI: This is the all new Porsche Panamera, rebuilt from the ground up. And I got to say, it's a huge improvement. This looks so much better than that kind of bloated body style from the last generation, but it's retained all of that insane performance characteristics that I fell in love with eight years ago. Prices start right around 85 grand for the base model, which is only available with rear wheel drive and standard wheelbase. With versions above that, you have the option of all wheel drive, and executive, which is the long wheelbase. This is the 4S standard wheelbase. The 4 obviously denotes all wheel drive. The S means you got more power. And it starts at $99,000. So for 100 grand, we start getting into an uncomfortable zone. As tested with all these options, we're looking at 137 grand. Honestly though, if I had the money, this would probably be my choice for a luxury sedan because it's just awesome. The biggest difference is styling. It looks so much lighter thanks to these coved out surfaces, and you've got these cool LED lights that are multi-segmented. Along the side, there's really not that much you can talk about. It does look a lot like the previous generation Panamera, mostly because there's not a whole lot you could do with that profile and still have it look like a Porsche. You do have this cool little outlet here, which might serve for aerodynamics or cooling. I'm not entirely sure. But it does look like it's functional because there's an inlet inside the wheel well. Got this nice chrome surround all the way around the greenhouse. The biggest difference, and I think the most significant, is the tail light. It has this nice, sharp 911 shape. But the really cool thing is that it continues all the way across the back, breaking up all of that heavy, kind of bulbous look that the previous generation had. Then you have this nice bevel that also serves to shave off some of that visual weight. Down below, you've got quad exhaust tail pipes. And with the 4S, it's actually a sport exhaust system. And it sounds rad. You've got these crackles and snarls, and it really just encourages you to drive it harder. So with a standard Panamera, it gets a 2.9 liter V6, much like this, for an output of 330 horsepower. Probably plenty for most people. This is the 4S. It gets twin turbos for an output of 440 horsepower. Now that makes me happy, and it's plenty for even a meathead like me who loves going fast. However, if you need more, there's the SE hybrid, which combines electricity and a combustion engine for a combined output of 680 horsepower. That's a bonkers amount of power. And honestly, if you need that much, we need to talk because we're going to be really good friends. Because this is a Porsche, performance is paramount. And right now, I'm just kind of cruising along this lovely, twisty little highway here. It's comfortable. It's well-mannered. Really, I'm not feeling any sacrifice in ride calling. Now we do have the optional air ride suspension in this. So it should have a pretty decent range, but there's only one way to find out. So one click, two clicks. Oh, hello. And now I'm in sport plus mode. Now I like manual transmissions, but I also like power shifts,. But I like manual control. So flip that over there, give it a downshift. All of a sudden, it starts feeling a little bit more like the 911. Oh, a little crackle there. This is a big car that can really hustle around. And it just seems to have all of the grip in the world with this all wheel drive system. Every now and then, coming out of a corner, when I start laying into the throttle, I'll feel those front tire patches start to give up a little bit. But once I start feeding it more power, I feel them just kind of cinch down into that pavement. And man, it just keeps pulling you out of there. It's lively, and it's fun. And the body roll is really well-maintained. And I know where every bump is on this road. I know how serious they are, and this is kind of just gliding right over them. Mid-corner bumps, not even affected. I have two words to describe this Panamera-- good lord. Wow. So if there's any doubt that a Porsche Panamera isn't or is a real Porsche, put them to rest. The interior is much like any other Porsche, which is to say, it's really nice. The materials used are excellent. I mean the leather top dash, everything around you, it's all premium grain leather stuff. And even the plastic kind of feels good and upmarket. Visibility's strangely good. And I say strangely because almost everything else in this class for large luxury sedans have a giant A-pillar. This one is actually pretty wide, but it's angled in a way so it doesn't impede your view through a left turn. The blind spots are kind of big because I have this big B-pillar right next to me. But the mirrors are big enough so I can see around and get a good idea of what's going on. It really does just say Porsche. The seats probably aren't from a 911, but they look like they are. And they also feel a lot like a 911 seat, which means small people or tall people or large people alike will be able to find their optimal position. The thing has a ton of adjustments. But not as many as, like, an Audi A8 where it has all of the massage and stuff. It's just a bell-shaped seat. The padding is kind of firm, which is par for the course for some of the German sedans. But it's so well shaped that it kind of-- you don't need that much padding. Now same holds true for these elbow touch points. They're pretty thinly padded. They're pretty firm. But they're well-angled and well-shaped so that they're comfortable. As far as control of all the systems, I'm not that impressed, actually. There are a lot of buttons on the steering wheel, but unfortunately, what's missing is a skip button for, let's say, your iPhone or whatever portable media device you have. There is a customizable button right here. Has a little diamond on it, and you can actually program it to skip forward. But so far, it hasn't worked, at least with Apple CarPlay. So that's kind of a bummer. Another thing that takes some getting used to is the stocks that are coming off of it. There's a lot going on here. If you wanted to hit the voice command, you hit the end of the turn signal stalk. Not really that intuitive. Usually, I'm used to seeing it here or here on the steering wheel itself. Cruise control also not all that intuitive, but after a few hours of driving this thing, I finally got it to be second nature. Other secondary controls on the center stack, it looks really cool. And kudos to Porsche for getting rid of, I think there were 44 buttons the last time around when I drove a Panamera Turbo, the first generation, and it was kind of a mess. Now this looks a lot cleaner. Problem is they're not physical buttons. So if you're driving along and you want to activate something, you can't just feel for a button. You actually have to take your eyes off the road and look at what you're doing. And that's kind of a distraction that's pretty unnecessary. So I don't know what to tell Porsche. You had too many buttons last time. Now you have too few. You just can't win. I'm sorry. It's got Porsche gauges. Even though just the center one is an actual gauge, a tachometer. And that's cool. I mean, that means if you've got a big center tach, that means you actually have to pay attention to the revs, especially if you're using manual mode with these paddles. It won't shift automatically to the next gear if you're bouncing off the rev limiter. Flanked on both sides are these multifunction displays. And on one side, you have some of the adaptive cruise control operations. On the other side, you have the typical trip meter. Then they both open up to be a navigation screen. All of these gauges and all these readouts are super legible in any light condition, and, yeah, they just work really well. So another knock on practicality with the Panamera is storage, in particular, for your personal items. You've got a big cup holder and a small cup holder, and that's fine. But the problem, too, is this bin is kind of oddly shaped because these are permanent. And putting my cell in here, it kind of had to wrestle it towards the back for it to fit in close. You only have one USB port, which is kind of a problem nowadays since everybody has a device and everybody's running out of juice. So yeah, I would expect another port somewhere. So here I am in the back seat of the Panamera, which really, truly is the whole reason for the Panamera existing at all. And they're really nice. These seats are a lot like the front seats. They don't have as many adjustments, but they're shaped pretty much identically, which means they're comfortable. They're comfortable for hours at a time. You have some adjustments for the seat back angle here, and some lumbar as well, and that's really quite nice. As far as leg room, I have plenty. For an average-sized guy, totally adequate. You do have a lot of controls back here for climate control and navigation. You have control over this sunroof as well. And you have these privacy shades. You kind of have a really small cup holder here and one USB port. Again, I'd expect two at least. You have the center armrest here. And as you can see, there's no center seat. So this is a four passenger car. You have the option to go with five passenger car. So you get rid of all this stuff and put a seat there. But really with the big hump going through here with all the drivetrain stuff, it's kind of not a great place to sit. So here we're at the back of the Panamera 4S. It's kind of wide. It's kind of long. But it's kind of shallow, too. That's going to impede the bulkier objects fitting. There is a fix. It's called the Sport Turismo Panamera. It has more of a wagon-like hatch, and it attaches a lot of this stuff here to the bottom of the hatch. So you have a much lower liftover height. That's a smart solution. Plus, in my opinion, the Sport Turismo actually looks a little better, too. So that's what we think of the Porsche Panamera. It may not be perfect for every need or every taste, but really, it's an epically good car. You'd be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't check it out. Let us know what you think. Leave a comment below and hit subscribe for more videos just like this.
2017 Porsche Panamera 4S Review
Our experts review the 2017 Porsche Panamera 4S. Tag along with Edmunds Senior Writer Mark Takahashi as he takes a close look at the all-new 2017 Porsche Panamera luxury sedan -- from its cool styling to its performance on the twisties. This second-generation certainly puts to rest… any doubt that the Panamera is a real Porsche.
2017 Panamera Highlights
|Combined MPG||24 MPG|
|Cost to Drive||$203/month|
|Cargo Capacity |
All Seats In Place
|Drivetrain||rear wheel drive|
|Warranty||4 years / 50,000 miles|