2018 Porsche Panamera

#3
in Compact sedans
2018 MODEL
$85,000 - $113,900 See Inventory Prices

8.6

Overall Rating

Detailed Review

The all-new, 2018 Porsche Panamera looks like the child of a classic sports car and a highly lavish sedan. Carrying a starting price tag of $85,000, this super luxury car meets the brand's standard for performance and luxury; the two factors, Porsche build its name for.

This dynamic vehicle is powered by a 6-cylinder 3.0L engine which generates 330hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. The base trim's drivetrain is RWD, whereas all the higher trims run on an all-wheel-drive system. The vehicle uses an 8-speed automatic transmission system.

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Pros

Great fuel economy

Powerful engine

Athletic handling

Smooth driving experience

Comfortable seating

Cons

Only 2 rear seats offered as standard

Inferior infotainment system than competitor

What's New?

Sport Turismo now available


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$85000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

4

top speed

164 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu. in.

horsepower

330 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

331 lb.-ft. @ 1340 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13 in. ventilated disc brakes/13.8 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

116.1 in.

length

198.8 in.

width

76.3 in.

height

56 in.

curb weight

4001 lbs.

ground clearance

6.4 in.

capacity

cargo volume

17.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

12500 lbs.

payload capacity

1268 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

8.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/28 mpg

highway range

663.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Porsche Panamera in Chalk White color  2018 Porsche Panamera in Black color  2018 Porsche Panamera in Night Blue Metallic color  2018 Porsche Panamera in Jet Black Metallic color  2018 Porsche Panamera in Carmine Red color
Chalk White

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

Exterior

9.3

Engine

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.1

Features

8.0

Interior

8.6

8.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Porsche Panamera 4dr Sedan

4dr Sedan

power
330 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$85,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM) Starting at $85,000 MSRP (21/24/28) 330 hp @ 5400 rpm, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4

 2018 Porsche Panamera 4

4

power
330 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$89,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM) Starting at $89,600 MSRP (21/23/27) 330 hp @ 5400 rpm, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 Sport Turismo

4 Sport Turismo

power
330 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
TBD

$96,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4 Sport Turismo 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM) Starting at $96,200 MSRP TBD 330 hp @ 5400 rpm, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 Executive

4 Executive

power
330 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$96,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4 Executive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM) Starting at $96,300 MSRP (21/23/27) 330 hp @ 5400 rpm, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

 2018 Porsche Panamera 4S

4S

power
440 hp @ 5650 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$103,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4S 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8AM) Starting at $103,000 MSRP (21/23/28) 440 hp @ 5650 rpm, 2.9 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

 2018 Porsche Panamera 4S Sport Turismo

4S Sport Turismo

power
440 hp @ 5650 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
TBD

$109,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4S Sport Turismo 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8AM) Starting at $109,200 MSRP TBD 440 hp @ 5650 rpm, 2.9 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2018 Porsche Panamera 4S Executive

4S Executive

power
440 hp @ 5650 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$113,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4S Executive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8AM) Starting at $113,900 MSRP (21/23/28) 440 hp @ 5650 rpm, 2.9 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 25, 2018

8.6

Overall Rating


9.3/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Features

 

8.6/10
Interior

 
 
 
 

2018 Porsche Panamera comes in 5 trim options. Going up the trims would fetch you AWD and an extended wheelbase. The interior is spacious and luxurious and is equipped with lots of the features. Panamera is a performance filled car with agile handling.

2018 Porsche Panamera Exterior

9.3/10

No matter what you think about the Panamera’s styling, its dynamic abilities are beyond question - Caranddriver

Dimensions and Weight

This beautiful and sleek super luxury car has a classic sports vibe to its design. The car's iconic hood is long like a sedan with the lines and curves running aerodynamically to the rear to give this car a sporty and opulent look. The car drives on 19-inch alloys and has an option of upgrading to bigger, 20-inch and 21-inch alloys.

The Panamera weighs the lightest in its class with a curb weight of 4001 lbs. The vehicle has a ground clearance of 4.5 inches. In comparison, the Mercedes-Benz CLS has the best-in-class ground clearance of 5.1 inches. The wheelbase of the Panamera is a decent at 116.1 inches long. BMW 6-Series has the longest wheelbase of 120.9 inches.

Model

Porsche Panamera

Audi A7 (Premium Plus)

Mercedes-Benz CLS (550)

BMW 6-Series (640i xDrive Gran Turismo)

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4001

4255

4158

4409

Wheelbase (in)

116.1

114.7

113.2

120.9

Length (in)

198.8

196.2

194.5

200.9

Width (in)

76.3

75.2

74.1

74.9

Height (in)

56.0

55.9

55.8

60.6

Ground Clearance (in)

4.5

4.4

5.1

5.0

Track Width  Front (in)

65.8

64.7

62.9

63.7

Track Width Rear (in)

65.0

64.4

64.1

65.0

Exterior Features

  • Sun/Moonroof
  • Rear spoiler
  • Heated mirror
  • Automatic headlights

2018 Porsche Panamera Engine

9.0/10

"... Power is breathtaking, and the shifts are impressively smooth. Engaging launch control will fulfill your adolescent racer dreams, and the cars sounds great, too."-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The car comes in two engine options. The lower trims are mated to a 3.0L V6 engine that generates 330hp and 331 lb-ft of torque, whereas the higher trim would fetch you a mightier twin-turbo 2.9L V6 engine capable of generating 440hp and a maximum torque of 405 lb-ft. 

Model

Porsche Panamera

Audi A7 (Premium Plus)

Mercedes-Benz CLS (550)

BMW 6-Series (640i xDrive Gran Turismo)

MSRP

$85,000

$69,700

$75,150

$70,200

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged V6

3.0L TFSI

6 Cylinder

4.7L V8 biturbo

3.0L TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

330 hp

340 hp

402 hp

335 hp

Torque

331 lb-ft

325 lb-ft

443 lb-ft

332 lb-ft

Panamera offers a quick power delivery and smooth shifts in transmission. The engine's revving up sound is great too. However, with that being said, the Mercedes-Benz CLS offers a better powertrain. The Mercedes comes mated to a 402hp, 4.7L V8 engine and uses a 9-speed automatic transmission.

Acceleration

The initial acceleration is engaging. The car takes 5.4 seconds to reach 60mph. It finishes a quarter mile drag in 14.0 seconds, which is faster than many of its rivals. Mercedes-Benz CLS, owing to the V8 engine, offers the best-in-class acceleration as it takes only 4.9 seconds to go from 0-60mph and is able to finish a quarter mile in 13.7 seconds.

Model

Porsche Panamera

Audi A7 (Premium Plus)

Mercedes-Benz CLS (550)

BMW 6-Series (640i xDrive Gran Turismo)

0 – 60 mph

5.4 sec

5.2 sec

4.9 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.0 sec

14.8 sec

13.7 sec

14.1 sec

Engine

3.0L

3.0L

4.7L

3.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.3

7.7

8.4

7.7

Ride and Handling

The ride experience of Panamera is smooth. The Porsche Active Suspension Management system adjusts itself well to the changes in the road condition making the ride comfortable and luxurious. The car doesn't feel heavy while driving. AWD helps to maintain a good grip on the road.

This luxury car's handling is aggressive like a performance sports car. The steering is light and accurate, so, taking sharp turns is easy. Maneuvering the car in unfavorable winds and traffic feels precise. This vehicle maintains the comfort while giving an agile driving experience.

Braking

The brake pedal is light and the vehicle remains stable when braking. This 4,000 lbs car stops from a speed of 60mph in 113ft. Mercedes-Benz CLS, which has the best braking system in the lot, takes 104 ft to come at a halt from 60mph.

Model

Porsche Panamera

Audi A7 (Premium Plus)

Mercedes-Benz CLS (550)

BMW 6-Series (640i xDrive Gran Turismo)

60 – 0 mph (ft.)

113

109

104

106

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4001

4255

4158

4409

Brake (Front)

13.8

14.0

14.2

13.7

Brake (Rear)

13.0

13.0

12.6

13.6

2018 Porsche Panamera Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The Panamera has great fuel economy compared to its rivals. The car receives an EPA rating of 21 MPG in the city, 28 MPG on highways and a combined rating of 24 MPG. Opting for the AWD won’t be an issue as the car shows almost no drop in fuel economy for AWD. The 4 Executive is rated at 21 City/ 27 Hwy. Mercedes-Benz CLS has the poorest mileage among its rivals with a rating of 18/26/21 MPG.

Model

Porsche Panamera

Audi A7 (Premium Plus)

Mercedes-Benz CLS (550)

BMW 6-Series (640i xDrive Gran Turismo)

MPG (City)

21

20

18

19

MPG (Hwy)

28

29

26

27

MPG (Combined)

24

23

21

22

2018 Porsche Panamera Features

8.0/10

Trims

Panamera

Panamera 4

Panamera 4 Executive

Panamera 4S

Panamera 4S Executive

MSRP

$85,000

$89,600

$96,300

$103,000

$96,200

Features

  • LED headlights
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Power hatchback trunklid
  • Two-way adaptive rear spoiler
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Driver-seat memory settings
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen 
  • 10-speaker audio system
  • Features Same as Panamera Plus:
  • All Wheel Drive System
  • Features Same as Panamera Plus:
  • Extended Wheelbase
  • The Panamera 4S keeps the all-wheel-drive powertrain,
  • Twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 (440 hp, 405 lb-ft)
  • Unique dual exhaust system
  • Features Same as Panamera 4 Executive Plus:
  • Twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 (440 hp, 405 lb-ft)
  • Unique dual exhaust system

We recommend

The 4S Executive trim has an extended wheelbase, a unique dual exhaust system and a really powerful engine. The extra power offered by the engine combined with the amazing features make this trim our pick out of the lot.

2018 Porsche Panamera Interior

8.6/10

"The Panamera’s cabin is well-designed. It looks great, and the sleek dashboard gives an air of elegance. To top things off, there are plenty of premium materials throughout the interior."-Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

The Panamera's cabin is quiet and roomy. The cockpit feels like that of an expensive sports car with all the knobs and buttons surrounding the driver. The built quality is really great which isn't surprising from a brand like Porsche. The car is equipped with all the modern features like dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and a rear parking aid.

Model

Porsche Panamera

Audi A7 (Premium Plus)

Mercedes-Benz CLS (550)

BMW 6-Series (640i xDrive Gran Turismo)

Passenger Capacity

4

4

4

5

Passenger Volume (Ft.3)

105.9

105.8

104.3

103.6

Headroom (Front/Rear) (in.)

38.0/38.2

36.9/36.6

36.9/36.1

39.4/38.5

Legroom (Front/Rear) (in.)

41.9/33.3

41.3/37.0

42.1/35.0

41.1/40.4

Shoulder Room (Front/Rear) (in.)

51.9/51.7

57.2/55.9

57.1/56.5

60.0/57.1

The car comfortably seats 4 people. The cabin has ample amount of legroom and headroom even for tall people. Getting in and out of the car is fairly easy with the car's short but wide door openings. The seats are well contoured and have various sitting adjustment settings for a comfortable and precise driving position. Besides this, Porsche provides the option of upgrading to full leather upholstery making the seating plusher.

Infotainment System

The interface of the Panamera's infotainment system is a big disappointment as rivals provide a far more convenient infotainment system. The audio quality of the standard sound system is average. Going for the $8000, 21-speaker audio upgrade would be really beneficial if you're serious about your music while driving. We expect that Porsche will pay more attention to its infotainment system in future generations.

There are noticeable glitches in the infotainment system. The Panamera feels sharp as most of the controls are used through the 12.3-inch touchscreen only and there are no useless buttons and controls in the cabin. Besides this, two 10-inch displays are used for a rear entertainment system. The car is loaded with updated features like WiFi hotspot, smartphone integration, and auxiliary audio input.

Interior Features

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • HD radio
  • Hard disk drive
  • Satellite radio
  • Navigation
  • Bluetooth

Cargo Capacity

The Panamera has an average boot volume of 17.6 cubic ft but it can be increased to 47.3 cubic ft. by folding the rear seats. The BMW 6-Series offers the best cargo space of 31.0 cubic ft.

Model

Porsche Panamera

Audi A7 (Premium Plus)

Mercedes-Benz CLS (550)

BMW 6-Series (640i xDrive Gran Turismo)

Trunk Vol. (Ft.3)

17.6/47.3(w/seats folded)

24.5

15.3

31.0

2018 Porsche Panamera Safety

Both, the IIHS and the NHTSA are yet to finish their testing of the 2018 Porsche Panamera. The vehicle has a warranty of 4 years/ 50,000 miles.

Safety Features

Porsche didn't compromise with the safety of the Panamera. The car is equipped with an ample amount of modern safety features like ABS, child seat anchors, stability control, emergency braking assist and lane departure warning (optional).

  • Driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags, front thorax side airbags, knee airbags, and Sideguard head curtain airbags
  • Front passenger occupant detection — for airbags
  • Power central locking system with safety unlock feature if airbags deploy
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and brake assist
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with secondary collision brake assist and traction control (ASR)
  • Anti-theft alarm system with immobilizer
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) in rear seats
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Safety belt reminder for driver and front passenger

2018 Porsche Panamera Competition

Audi A7 vs Porsche Panamera

The Audi A7 has almost the similar engine as that of the Panamera. There is not much difference in the performance of these two vehicles. A7 has a slightly better braking, whereas the Panamera has a slightly better fuel economy. A7 is $15,300 cheaper than the Porsche. This huge difference in price makes A7 the more economical option.

Mercedes-Benz CLS vs Porsche Panamera

Mercedes has the best-in-class engine, acceleration and braking system. It also has a superior transmission system as compared to the Panamera. In terms of fuel economy, Mercedes has the poorest economy in its class due to its more energetic engine, whereas the Panamera has the best fuel economy. Mercedes is about 10 grand cheaper. If fuel economy is not a concern then Mercedes is the go-to car.

BMW 6-Series vs Porsche Panamera

Both the cars have similar engine and acceleration. The BMW has a better cargo volume, whereas the Panamera outshines the BMW in terms of fuel economy. The Panamera, overall, is a better car due to all the features and customizations available for it.

2018 Porsche Panamera Final Verdict

The Porsche Panamera is an energetic car with composed and agile handling. The 4S Executive trim outperforms most of the other luxury cars within a similar price range, in terms of acceleration and braking. It has the best-in-class fuel economy. Though the infotainment system could have been better, it is not a deal breaker.

The interiors are comfortable and the car has a lot of customization and upgrading options available. The exterior is really to die for. Many would level the classic sporty appearance of the car. Go for this car if you want an aggressive and classic looking luxurious car.