2021 Porsche Panamera

MSRP $87,200 - $105,000

Ranked #4 in Fullsize Sedan

8.0

Overall Rating

2021 Porsche Panamera Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 3, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Porsche has always stayed true to its brand image by making a sporty and performance-oriented version of three major types of vehicles such as SUVs, sedans, and sportscars. They also ventured into the supercar regime with the fantastic 918 Spyder and absolutely nailed it even though it was a limited production vehicle. With a rich racing history and enough expertise, Porsche builds all of its vehicles to offer exceptional handling and driving experience.

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Pros

Punchy performance even from the base V6 motor

Handles like a sports car despite being a sizable sedan

Plush cabin with a plethora of advanced techs

Excellent practicality owing to the huge cargo area and hat-style liftgate

Cons

Android Auto not available

Cluttered controls tend to be cumbersome to use while driving

Rear seats come standard with a 2-seat configuration

What's New?

Mild exterior design update

All-new base engine

Introduction of 4S E-Hybrid and Turbo S trims

Enhanced battery capacity for hybrid models


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$87200

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

4

top speed

168 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

330 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

331 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.8/13 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

116.1 in.

length

198.8 in.

width

78.2 in.

height

56 in.

curb weight

4222 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98 cu ft.

cargo volume

47.3 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.6 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

156 ft.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$87,200 onwards

Sport Turismo$98,000 onwards

Executive$98,500 onwards

S$105,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Porsche Panamera in Carmine Red color
Carmine Red

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

8.6

Exterior

9.3

Safety

8.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


The Panamera was introduced back in 2009 and was already ahead of its time. But soon, other auto giants caught up to it but there are only a few vehicles as unique and sensational as the Panamera in the auto industry. For the 2021 model year, the car comes with a mild exterior design update making its appearance sportier than before along with two new trims. Porsche also improved the already existing hybrid model’s battery capacity as well. The price for the Panamera starts at $87,200 which is quite competitive for the segment. In the class, it competes with the Mercedes-Benz S500, BMW 7 Series, and the Audi A8.

2021 Porsche Panamera Sedan Front Angle View
2021 Porsche Panamera Sedan Rear Angle View

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

8.6/10
Interior

9.3/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2021 Porsche Panamera Features

The 2021 Porsche Panamera is offered in a myriad of trim levels and configurations which can make choosing a single one confusing. The models getting the base V6 are divided into three trims- Panamera, Panamera 4, and the Panamera 4 Executive. The base trim comes with a plethora of features inside the cabin and leaves very little room to opt for the higher trims unless necessary. The Executive model of the base trim is practically the longer wheelbase model with no changes in features but comes with a slightly better rear-seat legroom and cargo capacity. The legendary Sports Chrono package is available right from the base trim and it quickens the acceleration time by a slight margin. Some of the standalone additional features include Adaptive cruise control, Surround-view camera system, Four-zone automatic climate control, Night vision camera system, Ventilated seats, and massaging seats among others.

Models

Panamera

4

4 Executive

MSRP

$87,200

$91,800

$98,500

Key Features

19" Panamera wheels with summer performance tires

Replaces or Adds to the Base trim:

Adds to the 4 trim:

 

Heated seats for driver and front passenger 

Same as the base and adds AWD system

Increased cargo capacity

 

Adaptive suspension

 

Increased wheelbase and rear legroom

 

12.3-inch infotainment system

   
 

Adaptive rear spoiler

   
 

Partial leather seats

   
 

Dual-zone climate control 

   
 

Particle/pollen filter with active carbon filter

   
 

Wireless Apple CarPlay smartphone integration

   

Which trim should you buy?

We would recommend the base trim since it offers a plethora of features. You can opt for the Panamera 4 trim if you need the practicality of AWD and the 4 Executive in case you wish to have even more space at the rear seats.

2021 Porsche Panamera Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2021 Porsche Panamera gets an all-new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 motor. It has been downsized slightly from the previous year’s motor and gets an additional turbocharger to increase fuel efficiency. The power levels however remain similar to the previous motor. The motor whips out a maximum of 325 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of maximum torque. Even though the motor has been categorized as the base engine, it offers impressive performance and a lively character.

2021 Porsche Panamera Sedan Hits 0-60 in just 5.3s

The power delivery is almost instant and the turbo-lag is negligible, thanks to the all-new twin-turbo mechanism. The 8-speed PDK automatic transmission does an excellent job and offers super smooth and quick shifts. The adjustable drive modes do help to dial up the settings as per your requirement while the Sports Chrono package brings in some enhancements and makes the car slightly quicker. 

Models

2021 Porsche Panamera 

2021 Mercedes-Benz S500 4MATIC

2021 BMW 7 Series

2021 Audi A8

MRSP

$87,200

$109,800

$86,800

$86,500

Engine

2.9L twin-turbo V6

3.0 Liter I-6 hybrid

3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6

3.0-liter turbocharged hybrid V6

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

All Wheel Drive

Transmission

8-speed PDK automatic

9G-TRONIC Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8 speed shiftable automatic

Power

325 hp @ 5,400 RPM

429 hp @ 5500 RPM

335 hp @ 5500 RPM

335 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

331 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM

384 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM

330 lb-ft @ 1500 RPM

369 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm

0-60 (seconds)

5.3

5.0

4.8

5.8 

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

13.6

16

13.2

13.8

Top Speed (mph)

168

155

155

166

The Mercedes-Benz S500 is the most expensive of the lot and comes with a 3.0-liter hybrid I-6 powertrain. It generates over 400 horsepower and a torque output of 384 lb-ft yet it still takes 5-seconds to do the 0-50mph sprint. It is largely owing to its curb weight and comfort-oriented driving dynamics, unlike the Porsche Panamera. The BMW 7 Series sedan with its base 3.0-liter turbocharged I-6 motor paired to an AWD layout impresses with its sub-5 second 0-60mph sprint time and the quickest standing quarter-mile among the rivals here. The Audi A8 gets a turbocharged hybrid V6 powertrain and the slowest one here to complete both the 0-60mph sprint and the standing quarter-mile run but the difference is marginal at the most. The Porsche Panamera, however, takes the top spot when it comes to top speed and it maxes out at 168mph which is considerably higher than the rivals here.

How well does the Porsche Panamera handle?

The 2021 Porsche Panamera comes equipped with all the bells and whistles to offer a sporty driving experience. And it does so with a sportscar-rivaling handling and excellent track performance. The Sports Chrono package further enhances the experience by altering the suspension settings and throttle response.

2021 Porsche Panamera Sedan Front Angle View In Motion

The standard adaptive suspension does an excellent job of making the car both comfortable and sporty as per requirements. The car also gets an adaptive rear spoiler that adjusts itself in two levels according to the speed and enhances the aerodynamics of the sedan.

Braking Performance

The 2021 Porsche Panamera sedan comes equipped with a sporty braking system to aid the performance offered by the sedan. Even though the brakes are not of absurd or huge dimensions they are capable enough to halt the car from 60mph at an amazing 102 ft, a figure mostly seen in high-performance sportscars only. The front brakes are 6-piston aluminum monobloc fixed calipers while the rear ones are 4-piston aluminum monobloc fixed calipers. Both the brakes come with an internal ventilation system that helps to keep the brakes cool at all times.

Models

2021 Porsche Panamera 

2021 Mercedes-Benz S500 4MATIC

2021 BMW 7 Series

2021 Audi A8

Brakes Front (inches)

13.7

13.2

14.7

14.8

Brakes Rear (inches)

13.0

11.8

14.5

13.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

4222

4542

4381

4905

60-0 (ft.)

102

N/A

112

118

The Mercedes-Benz S500 comes with the smallest brakes as compared to the rivals and the sedan’s sheer size. Its braking performance is not available but we expect it to be at par with the rest of the rivals here. The BMW 7 Series comes with a set of big brakes for both the front and rear wheels and has an impressive stopping distance of 112 ft. The Audi A8 ships with the biggest front brakes among the rivals here but considering its sheer curb weight of almost 5,000lbs, its stopping distance is impressive.

2021 Porsche Panamera Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The 2021 Porsche Panamera fuel economy ratings are not at all impressive despite it getting an all-new and more efficient powertrain for this year. The powertrain employs some advanced techs such as Direct fuel injection and VarioCam Plus systems yet the results are barely at par with the segment. The sedan returns an average of 18mpg within urban limits and 24mpg out on the highways. The combined mileage is rated at 20mpg. With a sizable gas tank of 23 gallons, the sedan returns some decent driving range numbers however the fuel economy ratings drop with the Sports Chrono package and entirely depend on the driving style.

Models

2021 Porsche Panamera 

2021 Mercedes-Benz S500 4MATIC

2021 BMW 7 Series

2021 Audi A8

MPG (City)

18

19

20

15

MPG (Highway)

24

28

28

23

MPG (Combined)

20

22

23

18

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

23.7

22.1 

20.6 

21.7 

Range (City/Highway/Combined; miles)

N/A / N/A / N/A

420/619/486

412/577/473

326/499/390

The Mercedes-Benz S500 has some impressive fuel economy numbers considering its power output numbers and all those heft it carries around. It comes fitted with a slightly smaller gas tank measuring about 22.1 gallons but it delivers a better driving range than the Panamera. The BMW 7 Series takes the top spot in terms of fuel economy and offers marginally better mileage ratings than the S500. The Audi A8 is the sole contender with utterly disappointing gas mileage ratings and it is mostly due to its excessive curb weight. Its mileage ratings are even lower than the Panamera’s and the overall driving range on offer from the sedan is acceptable at the most.

2021 Porsche Panamera Interior

8.6/10

The cabin of the 2021 Porsche Panamera is definitely a nice place to be in. It comes in a 4-seater configuration as standard with an option for a middle seat at the rear. The cabin is wrapped in premium quality leather and the minimal exposed surfaces are made up of steel or covered in soft-touch materials. The overall fit and finish levels are impeccable and the features like dual-zone automatic climate control with separate temperature settings for the driver and the front co-passenger and heated front seats take the experience to a whole new level.

2021 Porsche Panamera Sedan Dashboard

There are several optional features such as Quad-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, ventilation, and massaging function for the rear seats which ensure that your passengers enjoy the ride as much as you do. The roofline is quite low as compared to the rivals and even though the interior dimensions are not known, it can be guessed that the headroom is adequate at the most. The cargo capacity is generous at 17.6 cu-ft and the height-adjustable power liftgate makes loading and unloading of luggage and cargo items a breeze.

Models

2021 Porsche Panamera 

2021 Mercedes-Benz S500 4MATIC

2021 BMW 7 Series

2021 Audi A8

Seating Capacity

4

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

39.7/59.7/41.4

39.9/59.2/41.4

38.3/59.1/41.5

Rear Row (Head/ Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

37.4/59.1/34.1

38.9/57.7/44.4

38.5/57.6/44.3

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft.)

17.6

18.7

18.2

12.5

The Mercedes-Benz S500 has a futuristic cabin with a state-of-the-art design theme along with a rich blend of wood and leather covering all the surfaces of the interior. The features on offers are significantly more than what the Panamera offers but it is quite obvious since it is aimed to offer the best possible comfort. It also offers a better cargo capacity than the Panamera as well. The BMW 7 Series is as spacious as the S Class but its design theme is more classy rather than futuristic and flashy as the latter. The 7 Series’s cabin is tastefully covered in premium leather and it gets a driver-oriented dashboard design which is a nice touch. The Audi A8 gets a rich and elegant cabin with very few buttons and an abundance of touch screens and touch interfaces to take care of the controls. It offers the best rear-seat space and it can be extended with the A8 L variant.

Some interior features are:

  • 8-Way Power-Adjustable Bucket front Seats 
  • Manual Tilt and Telescoping Steering Column
  • Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 
  • Illuminated Entry, Ignition Switch, and Panic Button
  • Door armrest front center console with integrated storage compartment
  • Multifunction steering wheel with shift-paddles with smooth-finish leather
  • Automatically dimming interior and exterior mirrors
  • High Gloss Black interior trim
  • Door sill guards in brushed aluminum with the model designation on the front
  • Two USB charging ports in the rear
  • 12V plug socket in the front center console storage compartment
  • Floor mats

 What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 Porsche Panamera sedan comes with a standard 12.3-inch touch screen infotainment display that incorporates the Porsche Communication Management user interface. The system is smooth and offers a seamless experience but the controls can be overly complex to use while driving.

2021 Porsche Panamera Sedan Infotainment System

The infotainment system offers some standard features such as navigation, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio with HD Radio, and a Hi-Fi audio system with 10-speakers. There is also a voice control function for ease of use and it works flawlessly at all times.

Some standout infotainment features are:

  • Porsche Communication Management with 12.3-inch touchscreen display
  • Bluetooth, USB, and Aux-in
  • Online Navigation Module
  • Wireless internet access
  • Porsche Car Connect 
  • Hi-fi sound system with 10 speakers with 150-watts output
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay 
  • Wired Android Auto
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio 
  • HD Radio Receiver
  • Voice Control

2021 Porsche Panamera Exterior

9.3/10

The 2021 Porsche Panamera looks like an elongated sports car rather than a full-size sedan. From the front, it carries the same design theme as its other siblings but the attractive LED headlamp units with the PDLS system is a real charmer. Apart from that, the front end looks sleek while the side profile looks sporty with a low-slung design.

2021 Porsche Panamera Sedan Front Angle View

The windows get a proper chrome treatment around the borders while the rear end looks spectacular with the adaptive rear spoiler and the full LED taillights. It has a comparatively shorter wheelbase as compared to the rivals but it allows the sedan to achieve its sporty character. The ground clearance is decent at 5.3 inches.

Models

2021 Porsche Panamera 

2021 Mercedes-Benz S500 4MATIC

2021 BMW 7-Series

2021 Audi A8 L

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,222

4,586

4,381

4,905

Length (in)

198.8

208

207.4

208.7

Width (in)

78.2

76.1

74.9

76.6

Height (in)

56

59.0

58.2

58.6

Ground Clearance (in)

5.3

5.1

5.3

4.8

Wheelbase (in)

116.1

127.0

126.4

123.1

The Mercedes-Benz S500 comes with the brand’s new design language and looks quite aggressive with some sharp styling cues. The S500 gets a standard 4-wheel steering system as well which allows for a reduced turning radius. The S500 also offers standard all-LED headlamps and taillamps which look cool. The BMW 7 Series looks the weirdest with that huge and ugly front grille but has a seamless design otherwise. The Audi A8 has the best and most aggressive design among the rivals here and there are very few competitors in the class that can actually match the oozing elegance and aggressiveness of the A8 sedan.

Some standout exterior features are:

  • Fully galvanized steel and aluminum hybrid lightweight bodyshell
  • Panoramic roof system
  • Stepless door stay hinge
  • Windshield washer system with rain sensor
  • Electrically adjustable, folding, and heated exterior mirrors
  • Side window trim in Black
  • Automatic height-adjustable rear hatch
  • Adaptive rear spoiler
  • Twin single-tube tailpipes
  • High Gloss Silver trim side skirts 

2021 Porsche Panamera Safety

8.0/10

The 2021 Porsche Panamera doesn’t have any crash test ratings which are common for vehicles carrying a price tag similar to the Panamera’s. Despite that, the sedan features a strong build quality and comes with a handsome list of safety features along with some available advanced safety techs as well. Some of the safety techs include a Rearview camera, Lane departure warning, and Lane Keep Assist. Some of the available safety techs include a Surround-view parking camera system, Adaptive headlights, and Automatic emergency braking among others.

Some standout safety techs include:

  • Porsche Side Impact Protection System 
  • Full-size airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Knee airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Front side airbags
  • Rear side airbags
  • Curtain airbags along the entire roof frame
  • LATCH child seat mounting system
  • Engine immobilizer with remote central locking 
  • ParkAssist
  • Lane Keep Assis with Traffic Sign Recognition

2021 Porsche Panamera Competition

Porsche Panamera vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The Mercedes-Benz S Class has literally defined the standards of the full-size luxury sedan segment and the band has kept the tradition alive by constantly updating the sedan with the most advanced techs and gizmos available out there.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The 2021 S Class comes with a futuristic cabin and design which mainly focuses on offering the best possible comfort and luxury one can ask for. The Panamera falls short in front of the ultra-luxurious S Class but offers a nice blend of comfort and performance which is a dream for the latter.

Porsche Panamera vs Audi A8

The Audi A8, like the S Class, focuses mainly on the comfort and luxury aspects but also has a head-turning exterior design to boast about. It has one of the best interior designs in terms of aesthetics and user-friendliness and has supremely comfortable back seats as well.

2021 Audi A8

The Porsche Panamera might not look the part but poses as a better alternative with a fuel-efficient motor and superior driving dynamics.

Porsche Panamera vs BMW 7 Series

Yes, BMW messed up big time while designing the new 7 Series by slapping on that ugly and huge front grille, but on the inside, it is supremely luxurious and comfortable like the A8 and the S Class.

2021 BMW 7 Series

Its interior design is not that flashy or futuristic like the S Class or the A8 yet it follows a more classy design language with a driver-oriented dashboard. The Porsche Panamera might not match up to it in terms of sheer comfort and luxuries but it sure has a sporty driving experience and track-worthy performance to boast.

2021 Porsche Panamera Final Verdict

The Porsche Panamera is aimed purely at performance enthusiasts who also want a fair bit of comfort and luxury while on the go. The sedan has a near-perfect blend of sporty handling and a comfortable ride owing to the PASM and adaptive dampers while the legendary Sports Chrono package enhances the experience further. Apart from being sporty and track-worthy, the sedan is quite practical too with a generous trunk and a big electronically-operated height-adjustable liftgate. Overall, if you’re a huge fan of the Porsche tag and desire a comfortable sedan that performs and handles like a sports car, the Panamera is the one to go for.

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