Porsche Panamera Review
The 2013 Porsche Panamera ranks 3 out of 11 Super Luxury Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Porsche Panamera, as well as reliability and safety data.
Although it only seats four, critics say that the 2013 Porsche Panamera offers a spacious and luxurious interior, as well as dynamic performance that few super luxury cars can match.
The 2013 Porsche Panamera is available with engines that range from a 300-horsepower V6 to a 550-horsepower twin-turbo V8, and critics say that even the base engine provides plenty of power. A seven-speed automated manual transmission is standard on all but the Panamera S Hybrid, and auto reviewers agree that it shifts quickly and smoothly. The EPA reports that the V6-powered Panamera gets 18/27 mpg city/highway, which is better than the Lexus LS’ fuel economy, but not as good as the BMW 740i’s. Reviewers agree that the Panamera handles similarly to a smaller sports car, with accurate steering and strong brakes. In addition, some critics also point out that a well-engineered suspension system gives the Panamera excellent driving dynamics, as well as a comfortable ride.
While the Panamera’s cabin is among the most opulent and finely-crafted you’ll find, a few critics are overwhelmed by its center stack. Unlike the 740i and Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, the Panamera has separate buttons and switches instead of a knob-based controller. However, most test drivers agree that its control layout becomes intuitive with use, and that in some cases, having a dedicated button is quicker than shuffling through on-screen menus. While one reviewer thinks the Panamera’s cabin is a bit narrow, most approve of its supportive, comfortable seats. Many test drivers say that the back seats are almost as comfortable as those up front, and the Panamera’s hatchback body style and split-folding rear seats also mean that it can carry more cargo than many super luxury cars. The 2013 Panamera comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation and an 11-speaker stereo with a USB port and Bluetooth. Options and features available on higher trims include front and rear parking sensors, Bose and Burmester sound systems, four-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera, a rear-seat refrigerator, adaptive cruise control and a blind spot monitoring system.
- "In terms of competition, the 2013 BMW 7 Series, 2013 Jaguar XJ, Maserati Quattroporte and 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class are all worthy of consideration. Most are prettier, some are more stately and some are better bargains. Yet the 2013 Porsche Panamera is our pick for a car that delivers more of everything to everybody." -- Edmunds
- "There's still nothing delicate in the car's features. It's still shaped kind of like a pint of O-negative. But I think enthusiasts have forgiven its outside on account of its famously overachieving insides." -- The Wall Street Journal
- "If your next sports car requires easy entry and exit for all four passengers, the 2013 Porsche Panamera tops a very short list of options. Its low-slung stance and 911-like shape help it stand apart from other performance 4-doors that are merely beefed-up luxury sedans." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The 2013 Porsche Panamera might just be the perfect car for the mom or dad wanting prestige, performance and panache, with just enough comfort and functionality thrown in to work as a daily driver." -- Cars.com
Other Cars to Consider
The Audi A8 has a slightly lower starting price, and it’s also a bit more powerful than the base Panamera. The A8 also comes with standard all-wheel drive, and reviewers say that it has one of the most lavish interiors in the class.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is available with a wide range of powertrain choices, just like the Panamera. While reviewers note that the S-Class isn’t the most performance-oriented car in the class, they love its spacious, high-quality interior and comfortable ride.
Details: 2013 Porsche Panamera
The 2013 Porsche Panamera seats four and has standard rear-wheel drive. A 3.6-liter V6 engine and seven-speed automated manual transmission are standard, while all-wheel drive and more powerful naturally-aspirated and twin-turbocharged V8 engines are available. A hybrid model, which pairs a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with an electric motor, is also available. The Panamera comes in a variety of trims, which range from the 300-horsepower base model to the 550-horsepower Panamera Turbo S. Each trim adds mechanical upgrades and improves the list of standard features. The Panamera GTS joins the model lineup for 2013, but other trims see few changes this year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2010 through the current model year.