While I have only had the car a few weeks, it is everything I expected. Luxurious and refined when desired or a "beast" when you want performance. (Just choose regular, sport, sport plus or custom driving mode.) The car grips the road, including corners, like no sedan I have ever driven. The seats are ultra-comfortable, front and rear. My ratings on reliability and value are only four stars because it is too early to know. Overall I am very pleased with zero regrets. Don't waste another moment spoil yourself today.
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!!!
First, if you are wanting a high performance exhilarating drive, this is not the car for you. I recently moved from an Audi RS7 to this and the Audi was by far more of a hoot to drive. That's not to say this is a slow car, but a very comfortable and overall sterile one. Raw numbers show this car besting the RS7 on paper but in real life there is no comparison. The Porsche is very comfortable and luxurious as was the RS7 but even moreso. The end effect is removing the driver from the experience. (I know, Porsche blasphemy). The lag of the throttle in comfort is slightly annoying as is the Start-Stop feature. It is extremely aggressive. Turning off as you park in the garage or before you even stop! To overcome this you switch to Sport or Sport Plus mode. But then EPA drops quickly. The car is much more fun in Sport Plus mode but in comfort it is grandpa's ride. I really can't knock the overall car and hence the 4 stars, but I can say this with certainty...I miss my RS7.
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.