2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

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2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Karan Harit Content Writer Updated on: November 16, 2019


The Porsche Panamera has dominated the luxury sedan segment since its inception. With its 2020 iteration, the Stuttgart special seems only to bolster its pole position. With the electric/hybrid powertrain gaining popularity by each passing day, Porsche intends to not leave out of the fun. The 2020 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid may very well be the best hybrid sedan in the market today. It is not only insanely powerful with a big V8 backed up by an electric motor, but its handling makes it the 911 of sport sedans.

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Pros

Robust Powertrain

Handles more like a sports car than a large sedan

Refined interior design with the latest technology

Cons

A bit pricey as compared to Rivals

Infotainment system not up to par with its segment

Limited cargo space

What's New?

Refreshed exteriors

Air suspension comes as standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$186200

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

244 cu.in.

horsepower

542 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

567 lbs.-ft @ 1750 rpm

transmission

8-speed automated manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/active anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/active anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

65.2/64.5

dimensions

wheelbase

116.1 in.

length

198.8 in.

width

76.3 in.

height

56.2 in.

curb weight

5093 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

44 cu ft.

payload capacity

1069 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

TBD/20/TBD mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.



Styles

 2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid in Carmine Red color  2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid in Carrara White Metallic color  2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid in Alloy Silver Metallic color
Carmine Red

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

9.0

Interior

8.0

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Base

Base

power
542 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
20 combined

$186,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8AM) Starting at $186,200 MSRP (20/) 542 hp @ 5700 rpm, 4 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed automated manual all wheel drive 4

 2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo

Sport Turismo

power
542 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
20 combined

$190,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport Turismo 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8AM) Starting at $190,200 MSRP (20/) 542 hp @ 5700 rpm, 4 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed automated manual all wheel drive 5

 2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive

Executive

power
542 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
20 combined

$196,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Executive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8AM) Starting at $196,600 MSRP (20/) 542 hp @ 5700 rpm, 4 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed automated manual all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

8.5

Overall Rating


With a one-up on almost all other sports sedans, one thing that becomes immediately noticeable about the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is its sheer power. As if the 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 wasn't enough, Porsche engineers added in an electric motor that pushes the power figures straight into supercar territory. You would struggle to find any other sedans that pack in more than 600 horsepower under the hood. The Panamera is deceptively quick, as seated inside the cabin you could swear it is designed as a luxurious grand tourer.

Still, the Panamera E-Hybrid has little room to breathe. All the exceptional features don't come without a hefty price tag, and that price tag brings in a lot of premium competition from other manufacturers. Both Mercedes and BMW offer massively powerful sedans in this segment. The Panamera E-Hybrid also goes toe-to-toe with the Tesla Model S. Although it is fully electric, it closes in quite well on these gas guzzlers for opulence and performance alike.

2020 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid Front Three-Quarter View
2020 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid Front Three-Quarter View
2020 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid Rear Three-Quarter View
2020 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid Rear Three-Quarter View

 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Features

The Porsche Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid is the flagship vehicle for Porsche in the line-up for Panamera and it comes loaded with standard equipment. The optional Porsche Carbon Composite Brake (PCCB) is offered as standard with 10-piston calipers on the front wheels. The vehicle also comes equipped with Panoramic sunroof, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), on-board charger with 3.6 KW, Bose surround sound system with a total output of 710 watts.

Trims

Turbo S E-Hybrid

MSRP

$187,450

Key Features

21-inch 911 Turbo design wheels

 

Sport Chrono Pack

 

Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+)

 

14-Speaker Bose Surround Sound System

 

Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS)

 

Porsche Side Impact Protection System (POSIP)

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The Turbo S E-Hybrid comes as the single most powerful trim in the entire Porsche Panamera lineup. You won't feel the need for more since this trim level includes most of the performance and luxury features as standard. For a more thrilling experience around the track, you can go for the Sport Chrono package. The interior customization is limitless, so you can have any color or material you desire for your Porsche Panamera.

2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Engine and Performance

9.0/10

“We've gotten seat time in about half of all Panamera models, and we can say this: Acceleration and grip are both phenomenal.” -The Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

The powertrain found in the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is also available in the regular Panamera Turbo S in the exact state of tune. The 4.0L twin-turbo V8 produces 550hp and 567 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to an 8 speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual-clutch transmission. Sandwiched between them is the 14.1 KWh battery producing an extra 134hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Combined together they produce 680hp and 626 lb-ft of torque. The total peak power output is less than the combined output of the gasoline and electric engines due to the different output curves of the two powertrains. Porsche provides a 3.6 KW onboard charger which claims to charge the battery completely in 6 hours. However, customers can opt for a 7.2 KW onboard charger which can do the job in 2.4 hours.

Models

Porsche Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid

Tesla Model S

Mercedes-AMG S 63S

MSRP

$187,450

$89,750

$149,550

Engine

4.0 Twin Turbo V8

Dual Induction Electric Motors

4L, Twin Turbo, V8 Engine 

Transmission

8-Speed PDK Automatic

1-Speed DD

9-Speed AMG SpeedShift Automatic

Horse Power (HP)

680 hp

N/A

603hp

Torque (lb-ft)

626 lb-ft

N/A

664 lb-ft

It is a very unusual comparison here. A hybrid vs electric vs an all-out performance sedan. 

Acceleration

The Porsche propels itself from standstill to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds with the help of all-wheel drive and the instant torque output from the electric motor. The acceleration is blistering fast and is faster than its non-hybrid sibling despite being heavier.

Models

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Tesla Model S

Mercedes-AMG S 63S

0-60 MPH

2.9

2.4

3.5

Quarter Mile

11.1

10.7

12.0

Engine

4.0 V8 Twin Turbo + 14.1KWh electric motor

Dual Induction Electric Motors

4L Twin Turbo, V8 engine

Emission Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @15k Mi/year

6.6

0

8.8

The Panamera Turbo S e-hybrid is a car that can match its nose to the finish line, it needed to have a plush V8 powered four-seater AMG. Which is fast but Porsche just outshines the luxurious German. And while this is happening the Tesla Model S leads the pack hands down. It is lightning quick for a four-seater and just unbelievable how it performs. Crown stays with the Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid for the best performer here unless the Tesla takes 10 minutes warms its circuits and gets ready to drag race.

Braking

With great power, comes great responsibility to shed it too. It holds true for this vehicle as it comes equipped with Porsche Carbon Composite Brakes (PCCB) with 28 piston calipers all around. The front calipers itself contain 10 pistons each and that amount of stopping power is a prerequisite with a car with this much heft and power. 

The vehicle also makes use of regenerative braking and somewhat lacks in feel because of that. Nevertheless, they don’t lack in bite and the brake calipers are painted acid green from the factory (but they can be changed according to the customers’ fancies).

Models

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Tesla Model S

Mercedes-AMG S 63S

Brake Pads Front (inch)

16.5

14.0

15.4

Brake Pads Rear (inch)

16.1

14.4

14.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

5315

4941

4564

70-0 MPH

152 ft

102 ft (60-0)

165 ft

Each one of these here is a heavy car. At 5315 pounds, how the Porsche gets to halt from 70 taking just 152 ft it is impressive. While the Mercedes would take another 15 ft. The Tesla uses the conventional brake setup with motors working in reverse and helping the deceleration further. 

Ride and Handling

The Turbo S e-Hybrid sports a battery pack which is housed under the cargo floor and weighs in around an additional 287 pounds. Despite the additional weight and the batteries being placed low in the car, the center of gravity is fairly low and it places around 51.3 percent of the weight on the rear axle. 

The vehicle comes equipped with brake-based torque vectoring and adaptive dampers as standard. Along with the standard air-suspension, Porsche also offers the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport), as standard, which helps keep the car flat around corners with the help of active electromechanical anti-roll bars. Despite its gargantuan size and earth-shattering weight, the Turbo S e-Hybrid stays well planted and attacks corners with ease.

If equipped with the $1340 rear-wheel steering system option, the Panamera comes into a league of its own by feeling nimble and agile at low city speeds and extremely planted at high highway speeds. But if it feels more at home doing ridiculous speeds on the highways rather than being an all-out track weapon for the family.

2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Fuel Economy

The Porsche Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid returns a decent 19MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway. This is not bad considering the humongous weight of the vehicle coupled with the electric motor. 

Models

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid 

Tesla Model S 

Mercedes-AMG S 63S

City

19

92

17

Highway

23

105 

26

Combined

21

98

20

The Porsche even with the hybrid system doesn’t help it over the AMG S 63S, they both return more or less the same fuel economy. The Tesla with its charging points spread across the country is pretty sorted. Buying a car that’s around $100,000, you just want the ease in place and Tesla gives you that. What Tesla is build for, it delivers that and hence it busts both the gas-guzzling Germans.

2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Interior

8.0/10

“The 2020 Panamera distinguishes itself with supple front seats and astonishing cargo space.” - The Car Connection

Seating and Comfort

The Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid is offered as a strict four-seater but a five-seater configuration can also be opted for. The interior quality is top-notch with the use of expensive materials such as leather and Alcantara. Porsche also provides customers with an extensive range of colors to choose from while speccing out the interiors. However, the Panamera’s infotainment screen lags behind the competition, albeit not by a big margin. The directional controls for the Aircon are now handled through the 12.3inch touchscreen, but it takes some getting used to. Even the regular controls on the center console are now touch-sensitive which are difficult to find while on the move. 

Models

Porsche Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid

Tesla Model S

Mercedes-AMG S 63S

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) Inch

N/A

38.8/57.7/42.7

42.1/59.7/41.4

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) Inch

N/A

35.3/55.0/35.4

39.2/59.1/43

 Since there is no available data on the Porsche Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid, it becomes difficult to compare it with the other cars here. But Porsche is immaculate in terms of the seating and comfort more so after the standard air suspension. The Mercedes S class can be called the symbol of ride and comfort, these guys just get the suspension and seats so right. The Tesla can get a little firm and a little less on space in the rear seats. 

Interior Features

  • Bose Surround Sound System with 14 speakers; the total output of 710 watts

  • Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including online navigation, mobile phone connectivity, Bluetooth, USB, Aux-in and Apple CarPlay

  • Touch Screens for rear-seat passenger entertainment

  • 4-zone climate control

  • Air filtration system with active pollen and carbon filter

Infotainment

The center fascia sports a 12.3-inch touchscreen which has a crisp graphical interface but lacks intuitive menus and is utterly confusing. The infotainment system also controls a whole host of different controls and systems all around the car such as Aircon vents direction etc. Some key features are:

  • Apple CarPlay

  • Ability to raise the spoiler

  • Onboard Navigation

  • Satellite Radio

Cargo Volume

Being a hatchback, the Panamera has a decent amount of cargo space at 17.6 cubic inches. However, if you fold down the rear seats you get much more cargo capacity at 47.3 cubic inches. 

Models

Porsche Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid

Tesla Model S

Mercedes-AMG S 63S

Volume (cu.ft) (all seats up)

17.6

30

18

The Model S has the luxury of having two boots: one in the front and the other one in the rear. 30 cubic feet of space alone! It would take two Panameras to store what you can in a Tesla. The Mercedes is just a tad bit better than the Porsche .4 cubic feet to be exact.

2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Exterior

“The sinewy second-generation Porsche Panamera has cured its roofline blues.” -The Car Connection

Design and Styling

The current generation Panamera looks much better than the previous generation with a more chiseled backend along with sharper tail-lights. It also sports an active rear spoiler that can be raised or lowered through the touch of a button or by reaching certain speeds. The front fascia sports the new headlight design with exceptionally good looking Daytime Running LEDs, a signature design element of all-new Porsches.

Dimensions and Weight

Models

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Tesla Model S

Mercedes-AMG S 63S

Curb Weight (lbs)

5093

4941

4630

Length (in)

198.8

196

208.2

Width (in)

76.3

77.3

75.4

Height (in)

56.2

56.9

59

Ground Clearance (in)

8.4

4.6

5

Wheelbase (in)

116.1

116.5

124.6

The design of the Porsche Panamera has improved over the last one but is still subjective. The S-class doesn’t have the coupe droop line like the Tesla or the Panamera. Well, this just depends upon the taste, all three of them are good looking cars.

Exterior Features

  • Porsche Dynamic Light System

  • Active rear spoiler

  • Automatic rear hatch

  • 21 inch 911 Turbo Design wheels

2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Safety

The Porsche Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid has not yet been tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS so it is difficult to conclude how safe the vehicle is. However, due to the extensive list of safety features incorporated in the car, it can be safely said that the passengers can have their peace of mind while traveling in the vehicle.

Safety Features 

The safety features in the Porsche Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid are

  • Porsche Side Impact Protection System (POSIP)

  • Full-size airbags for front passengers

  • Knee airbags for front passengers

  • Front side airbags

  • Rear side airbags

  • Curtain airbags along the roof frame

  • LATCH child seat mounting system

  • Engine immobilizer with remote central locking and alarm system

2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Competition

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid vs Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S is what future would be and it presents it in the most subtle way possible. The kind of gizmos and tech it is laden with no one and we mean no one comes close to the trickery it packs. It is eye-wateringly quick too. It instills a kind of value, that electric cars didn’t really have before. It is one hell of a car to have. But to the more conventional car seeking audiences it might not break a ball and hence you have to look elsewhere.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid vs Mercedes-AMG S 63S

The Mercedes-AMG S 63S has one of the best-tuned engines that you could find on a car. The twin-turbo V8 on this one is to be felt to be believed. The brat nature of the car on the throttle and the supple nature of the car on the seats, the balance is unmatchable. This had been the benchmark for other luxury car manufacturers. This is best sleeper you could buy.

2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Final Verdict

The Porsche Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid is the top of the line Panamera that you can buy. The hybrid powertrain helps increase the acceleration and the fuel economy as well as reducing emissions. Even though it’s more expensive compared to its rivals, it’s “green” trump card makes it a more compelling choice.