Porsche isn't resting on its laurels with the 2018 Panamera. Even after a major redesign just a year ago, the Panamera gets a new body style (the Panamera Sport Turismo) and the addition of the stunningly powerful Turbo S E-Hybrid variant. This means the Panamera now has three available body styles (standard, Sport Turismo, Executive) and five available powertrains (single-turbo V6, twin-turbo V6, twin-turbo V6 hybrid, twin-turbo V8, twin-turbo V8 hybrid). All of that means the pricing for the 2018 Porsche Panamera is a bit spread out.
Base trim levels come with generous amounts of equipment such as Porsche Active Suspension Management (also known as adaptive suspension or PASM); LED headlights and taillights; a panoramic sunroof; front and rear parking sensors; a rearview camera; heated front seats; Bluetooth; a wide-view 12.3-inch 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. From there, there are a few bundled options and various trim levels to choose from, but almost every Porsche is available with the same extensive list of stand-alone options.
Porsche equips most Panameras with all-wheel drive. In addition, the 4S gets a more powerful twin-turbo V6 and adds a unique exhaust. The E-Hybrid gets the same V6 as the 4S along with an electric motor and a 14-kWh lithium-ion battery with approximately 30 miles of battery-only driving. From there, it's the Turbo's twin-turbocharged V8 and the Turbo S E-Hybrid's electric-enhanced version of the same engine. While it might seem like a complicated or long list of powertrains, you can basically think of it this way: the faster you want to go in your Panamera, the more you'll have to pay.
Since it spans such a wide pricing range, the Panamera competes with a number of other luxury sedans and wagons. Among those competitors are some of the most refined and powerful sedans on the planet, but the Panamera still stacks up well — both in terms of included and available equipment. Premium levels, both on the Panamera and on rivals, are likely to break the bank of anyone who isn't a millionaire, but in this class of vehicle that shouldn't be surprising. Pricing may be high in this class, but you're getting quite a bit of performance and a more than acceptable amount of luxury appointments. For the perfect luxury sedan, make sure to check out all the reviews available at Edmunds.
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