2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo Review - Asian Car Guide
October 17, 2018




2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo Review

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The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo full-fills the expectation of a fantastic-looking wagon that it is extremely well made, handles brilliantly, is luxurious and has strong brand prestige.

When one wants to push hard it can go very fast. Also the engine growls and throws you back in the seat when you plant the foot.

Oh how far the Porsche Panamera has come. When first introduced to the market back in 2009, the Panamera was widely criticised for being an ugly car with its bulbous proportions and massive backside.

And yet, it did prove popular, appealing to buyers who wanted a Porsche but also needed to be a family man, without having to cave in to a sports utility vehicle.

The second generation Panamera, launched in 2016, saw significant improvements all round.

porsche panamera interiorOf course, one of the most noticeable changes was to the way the car looks; tauter, leaner and recognisably more 911-like.

And now, there is perhaps the best-looking one of them all – the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo.

This car is quite simply an estate variant and it is absolutely stunning.

Just look at it!

With a sharp nose, elongated body and muscular yet angular rear end, the Panamera Sport Turismo definitely has a space distinctive quality about it.

It looks sleek, futuristic and ready to rocket away.

Does the estate body style translate to greater space and utility? Well, YES. There is better headroom at the rear as you get a flatter roofline instead of the sloping roofline in the saloon variant.

The new dash features a chrome sill which spans right across, holding the 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment unit.

Within the instrument binnacle, flanking the analogue rev counter, are another two 7-inch display units built to mimic the traditional two dials left and right format of conventional Porsche dashes.

Rear seat passengers get the same control panel for air-conditioning, and the rear infotainment unit also doubles in controlling the audio system.

On practicality, cargo space is very good, providing 500 litres of trunk room.

The flat folding rear seats can expand this to 1,340 litres.

It is also somewhat improved in the sense that the new tailgate offers a much wider loading aperture, and the loading lip is also lower, making cargo stowing slightly easier.

The rear hatch opens to a super wide angle, allowing much easier access to the boot.

The tailgate closes electrically.

Our test car’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine delivers 404kW of power and 770Nm of torque via the eight-speed dual-clutch auto transmission, and all of that to the rear wheels.

It pulls a very respectable 3.6 seconds century sprint. This car is specced with a few options bringing it to $415,670 plus on-road cost.

The Panamera Sport Turismo is a joy to drive. It is well-planted car that tackles corners with extreme competence, yet still delivers a pliant ride.

Comfortable, effortlessly powerful and with handling other cars of the same category can only dream of, this car offers you a fantastic combination of sportiness, comfort and luxury.

The exhaust does let off a few pops from the twin tail pipes when you lift the throttle.

Turning it into corners the Panamera is hardly unsettled, thanks to the wide track, suspension and fat tyres working together.

2018 porsche panameraThrottle sensitivity is spot-on accurate and you would simply know how much you are feeding into those rear wheels, especially when in “Sport+”.

The Porsche Panamera impresses not only on driver satisfaction, but very special attention has been paid to materials used in the interior, to build one of the best high-performance luxury sedans the world has to offer.

Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo Pricing and Specifications:

  • Price: $390,700 plus on-road cost
  • Engine: 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol all-wheel drive
  • Power: 404kW at 5,750-6,000rpm
  • Torque: 770Nm at 1,960-4,500rpm
  • Transmission: Eight-speed dual-clutch auto
  • Fuel: 9.5L/100km
  • Fuel tank: 80 litres
  • CO2: 217g CO2/km