2018 Porsche Panamera 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM)
The redesign was a huge hit. The 911-ish back end vs the old 'fat butt' is a smart move. Road handling excellent. MPG surprisingly good (28 hwy). Electronics suck and the driver interface was evidently designed by committee. Sometimes CarPlay works...sometimes not. Takes forever for the software to load every time you start the car. Too many ways to control the same thing (climate, media etc) - and a lot of it is not intuitive. Audi electronics are far better. (my 5 yr old Mercedes CLS was more advanced). Two of the five clusters on my dash currently 'out' (dark). First time it happened (then went back on) dealer said they couldn't find a cause.
2018 Porsche Panamera 4S Sport Turismo 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8AM)
Starting off, the looks on this car are gorgeous. It stands out from the crowd of "boring" looking cars and can give you some unwarranted attention on the road or driving in town. Most people won't know that the car is a Porsche however they'll know when they hear it. So my car: a Panamera 4S Sport Turismo (a mouthful to say haha) is Volcano Grey Metallic with the 21 inch high gloss black rims. It has the standard interior in black (enough for me as there's still leather everywhere in the car), Surround View Camera (360 degree camera system that I highly recommend getting if you don't want to scrape your front bumper or expensive rims), Sport Package (which includes the sports exhaust system in black **when put into sport or sport + the car pops and crackles on each up shift and downshift, sport chrono pack **makes the car faster with a faster 0-60 and higher top speed @180mph, and rear axle steering **a must for such a large car like this). I recently picked up the car this month of July 2018 and have already driven nearly 800 miles on it. Talking about the driving dynamics, the car handles so smoothly and there is no transmission out there that shifts as quick or as smoothly as the PDK. The Sport Turismo (fun fact) comes standard with a 3 level air suspension. If you're wondering how much of a lift the car can get, it is approx 0.5 inch or more. With the sport chrono option, you're also able to do launch control (and don't worry, you can do this an unlimited amount of times) which is an exhilarating experience. Moving onto the interior and daily usability of the technology inside. At first, all this tech can seem daunting and confusing at times. However, it took me personally around 20-25 min playing around with all the settings to fully understand the car (it's basically a giant iPad). One of the cool things about the navigation is that it can be put into 3D Google Earth mode. It's very easy to input destinations or look for certain places without putting in the destination. For the media, you have Bluetooth, jukebox, aux, Sirius XM, and more. My car does not have the extra $5k Burmester Speaker system but has the standard Bose system which still sounds fantastic. In regards to daily driveability and interior space, the sport turismo offers a little bit of more room than the standard panamera but has a lower loading height (if you want a more detailed video, I'd recommend watching Doug Demuro's review of the car on YouTube). The car in normal mode is alright and what I would consider to be the "boring" mode. The air suspension soaks up bumps very well even with my car's 21 inch rims. In sport or sport plus the chassis and suspension become more stiff and the engine becomes more responsive and "alive". I was surprised that even in the most stiff, most fun mode (sport +) that the car still rode very smoothly (props to Porsche engineering). Overall, if you're in the market for a wagon for the family but you still want it to drive like a sports car, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo satisfies both aspects. If you have any more questions about this car or my review, feel free to DM me on instagram @sportturismo_4S.
Now reliability is becoming an issue. Rear passenger carpet buckling for no reason. Computer system completely crashed while driving to work causing total blackout of PCM and shift lights. Second key fob has been replaced once already with this one failing as well. Drink holder rubber falling off after one use of a small VOSS water bottle. There is also a known issue with window tint on the Panamera for a few years now. (Since I've never liked the prior I never paid too much attention.) Apparently the inner window guides scratch the tint. Front doors only really on my car. Mine isn't bad but I have a perfectly etched line on both of my front windows tint now. There are no proven fixes, either live with it or don't tint. Some people have horrible multi-scratches on their tint making it look awful. So Porsche hooked my car up to their computer and found a fault but have to report to headquarters in Germany for what to do. Hmmmmm $185k for a car I drive to work and all this?? Not too happy. It is a 2018 model as well.
I owned a 2011 Panamera 4 and the vehicle turned heads, sometime for the right reasons, or for all the wrong reasons. Either you loved the design or hated the shape/lines of old Panamera. The engineer got it right this time around....the car is gorgeous. Everywhere I go, I’m approached regarding the new design and people love it. The interior of the new Panamera is just as exciting as the exterior. The interior is very comfortable, well appointed, and hi-tech. Multiple buttons on both sides of console are gone. Very well designed interior and user friendly. I love everything about this vehicle, and wouldn’t change a thing. Job Well Done Porsche engineers!!!