2021 Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid review: Plug-in with power and poise

Victoria D. Doty

The Panamera’s liftback form presents type and functionality.


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The all-electric powered Porsche Taycan is a incredibly hot ticket right now, but never rest on the plug-in hybrid Panamera. Porsche’s range of electrified Panameras features a taste of EV daily life with the reassurance and usefulness of a fuel-fed powertrain, and for 2021, an great new variant joins the lineup: the 4S E-Hybrid.

Like

  • Unbelievable on-road manners
  • Sumptuous and practical inside
  • Powerful plug-in powertrain

Really don’t Like

  • Inconsistent brake feel
  • Deficiency of standard driver-support tech
  • Still no Android Automobile (for now)

The 4S E-Hybrid slides in over the standard Panamera 4 Hybrid but well beneath the unquestionably bonkers Turbo S E-Hybrid. Like the many others, you can get the 4S E-Hybrid in long-wheelbase Executive and wagony goodness Activity Turismo human body styles, or just adhere with the standard liftback tested here.

In truth, the standard ol’ Panamera seems much better than ever, many thanks to the now-standard SportDesign front fascia and redesigned taillights. All kinds of 20- and 21-inch wheel styles are offered, and there are a complete bunch of shades, together with favorites like Papaya, Copper Ruby, Aventurine Inexperienced or the Gentian Blue seen here. Of system, you can pick to purchase off the menu and get your personal unique shade combo (for a hefty price), just make guaranteed it will not clash with the E-Hybrid-certain Acid Inexperienced badge accents and brake calipers.

Within the Panamera, not much adjustments for 2021. This Porsche is comfortable as heck, with supportive seats, terrific in good shape and finish and logically arranged controls. The backlit heart console will select up each smudge your fingers can lay down, and if you seem at it in direct sunlight, you will see the unlit icons for the possibilities you were much too low-priced to obtain. Talking of which, even though lane-trying to keep guide and targeted traffic sign recognition are standard fare for 2021, Porsche’s other goodies — together with InnoDrive, which brings together adaptive cruise control and lane-trying to keep guide — continue to be optional.

The Panamera uses Porsche’s a little bit more mature infotainment computer software, housed on a 12.three-inch touchscreen in the sprint. This procedure is loads sturdy, with substantial-res graphics, shiny shades and crisp fonts, and it immediately responds to swipes and faucets. Wi-fi Apple CarPlay comes standard throughout the Panamera range, but this car will will need an infotainment update prior to Android Automobile is offered. Quickly, pals. Quickly.

The more mature PCM infotainment procedure is nevertheless shiny and vibrant.


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All electrified Panameras have 27{394cb916d3e8c50723a7ff83328825b5c7d74cb046532de54bc18278d633572f} extra battery potential for 2021, which indicates the 17.9-kilowatt-hour battery can present for a longer period electric powered driving range, even if the EPA only suggests the 4S E-Hybrid will go 19 miles on a comprehensive cost. Fortunately, you can recharge the battery even though driving — finest completed on the freeway in Activity and Activity Additionally modes — and all instructed, you need to get about fifty mpge if you plug in routinely.

On its personal, the 4S E-Hybrid’s two.9-liter twin-turbo V6 can make 443 horsepower and 405 pound-ft of torque, which is extra than ample oomph for a car the Panamera’s dimensions. Factor in the battery’s electric powered muscle and the 4S E-Hybrid’s complete procedure output is 552 hp and 553 lb-ft, which is ample to get this major boy to sixty mph in just three.5 seconds. For reference, that is .three seconds quicker than the electric powered Taycan 4S with the performance battery.

Acid Inexperienced brakes are a useless giveaway that this thing’s a hybrid.


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All Panamera products are happy to be tossed all-around, and the direct steering and well balanced chassis make the 4S E-Hybrid a joy to travel on winding streets. Even much better, the Panamera is an unquestionably serene highway cruiser, specially so when you depart it in Hybrid Automobile manner and enable the motor shut off even though coasting. Typical adaptive dampers assist hold the trip sleek and supple, and you will find scarcely any noise or chatter from the Michelin summer tires wrapping my tester’s 20-inch wheels. Overall performance possibilities like rear axle steering and torque-vectoring for the all-wheel-travel procedure enhance the Panamera’s dealing with chops, and you can even insert Porsche’s ceramic composite brakes, if you feel like plunking down an more $9,860.

The brakes, however, are the 4S E-Hybrid’s only dynamic weak spot. Regardless of Porsche engineers telling me they made computer software tweaks to simplicity the transition in between mechanical and regenerative braking, the on-road encounter continues to be a little bit wonky. You will find inconsistent pedal feel and the brakes can be grabby at very low speeds. My buddy Andrew Krok observed this when he tested the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Activity Turismo, much too.

Even so, that is a compact blemish on what is an if not flawless bundle. The Panamera 4S E-Hybrid does every thing well — it truly is fast, comfortable, enjoyment to travel, and many thanks to its liftback style and design and folding rear seats, it truly is rather darn practical, as well. It really is not the most impressive plug-in Panamera — that honor goes to the 690-hp Turbo S E-Hybrid — but the 4S is all the car you will ever will need working day to working day. Additionally, the Turbo S E-Hybrid prices extra than $190,000. Yikes.

Who will not love Gentian Blue?


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Not that the 4S E-Hybrid is what I would contact low-priced, with a starting price of $114,650 together with $one,350 for spot. Include niceties like rear-axle steering, sport exhaust, heated steering wheel, seven.two-kilowatt onboard charger (for quicker electricity intake), Bose encompass audio procedure and a couple other goodies, and you get to the $one hundred thirty five,510 as-tested price of the car pictured here.

The Panamera is the only car in its class to present a plug-in powertrain and the 4S E-Hybrid is a mighty good alternative for the EV-curious. But thinking of the electric powered Taycan is now outselling the Panamera by a factor of four to one, this electrified 50 percent-phase might not be the finest of equally worlds it after was.

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