Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

Porsche USA

Base MSRP: From $102,900 to $196,600
Destination Charge: $1,050
Tax Credit: up to $6,670

EPA Range: 30 electric miles
Battery: 14 kWh lithium-ion
Cost to Charge (US average $0.1315/kWh*): $1.81
Estimated Gas Equivalent Cost**: $3.85
(Light Duty, 22 mpg at US average $2.857/g)
Charging Acceptance Rate: 3.6 kW

Dimensions: 199-205″ L x 76″ W x 56″ H

 

Reviews of the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

Overview

Performance: Electric motor; 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V6, 462 horsepower
Mileage estimate: Equivalent of 22-46 mpg

Price estimate: $102,900 to $196,600

Warranty: 4 years / 50,000 miles
Drivetrain warranty: 4 years / 50,000 miles
Roadside assistance: 4 years / 50,000 miles
Corrosion warranty: 12 years / unlimited

Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid 2018 Review

Expectations run extremely high when one purchases a Porsche. Car buyers demand it all – luxury feel, appealing exterior, superior comfort, excellent driving acumen, and exhilarating performance.

And for the hefty price tag, one should have all its demands met when proudly heading home after driving a Porsche off the lot.

Operating with Volkswagen as its parent company since 2012, Porsche hasn’t rested on its considerable laurels as the automobile industry has turned its attention to producing electric vehicles. Porsche engineers have been hard at work trying to stay current, and the results have been impressive.

One vehicle the German manufacturer enjoys promoting is the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. The folks at Porsche believe it can rival some of the highly-acclaimed Tesla models for innovation and productivity. Although the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid falls a bit short in comparison with several Tesla vehicles, it remains an impressive green luxury sedan.

The stylish-looking Panamera 4 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is extremely capable in a number of areas. Yet the top priority for any of its vehicles remains: can it deliver that signature Porsche performance? The E-Hybrid certainly passes that test, despite weighing a hefty 4,784 pounds, 705 more than the regular Panamera 4.

One gets to experience rapid acceleration in the E-Hybrid, which pairs an electric motor with a twin-turbo V6 that goes 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. That’s about half a second faster than the V6 Panamera 4. For overall speed, the E-Hybrid can’t compare with the regular Panamera 4. It tops out at around 172 mph and the E-Hybrid will only reach approximately 86 mph.

One downside to the E-Hybrid is it only has an electric range of 30 miles. However, that’s more than enough range to transport many people to work and back, recharge the 14.1 kilowatt (kWh) battery overnight, and travel to work the next day without requiring a drop of gasoline.

As an option with the E-Hybrid model, Porsche has a 7.2-kWh onboard charger which can be used with a Level 2 EVSE to fully charge in around three hours (you’ll gain about 12 miles of range per hour of charging). Using a standard 120 volts, 10 Amp connection requires about 12 hours to reach a full charge.

The standard all-wheel drive Panamera E-Hybrid utilizes an electric motor combined with 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V6 that generates a combined 462 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The gas engine twin-turbo V6 produces 330 horsepower, while the electric motor (positioned between the engine and eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox) supplies an additional 136 horsepower.

We know, the horsepower math (330 + 136) doesn’t quite add up. The reasoning is the gas engine and electric motor don’t offer maximum power at the same time.

Performance is highly regarded and so is the driving capability of the Panamera E-Hybrid. One can easily feel the tremendous grip to the road, an experience that leads to tremendous confidence behind the wheel. For a large sedan, the Panamera 4 offers terrific road manners that make it very fun to drive. A drawback is the inconsistent nature of the regenerative braking – it isn’t as refined as other E-Hybrid competitors.

The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid interior matches up quite well to Tesla. The interior design is refined, yet also simplistic, and is bolstered visually by hints of an acid green color throughout. Leather is used extensively and dark wood is a pleasing feature as well.

The huge 12.3-inch touchscreen display has quick response times and delivers crisp graphics. The separate hybrid screen gives lots of feedback information regarding different drive modes, power flow and energy usage.

The E-Hybrid seats four comfortably and an optional middle back seat adds one more person. The battery resides in the rear of the vehicle, reducing the cargo area a bit. The E-Hybrid has 44 cubic-feet of space, about 3 feet less than the standard Panamera 4.

The 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is quite appealing, provides a mixture of sportiness, terrific performance, and offers quiet luxury. If one’s budget can handle the near $100,000 price tag, it’s a worthy purchase.

J.W.

For more manufacturer details on this vehicle visit: www.porsche.com

Recommended Power Level of Charging Station for BMW i3 = 32A

Vehicle Acceptance rate: 3.6kW

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