Porsche Panamera S Review & Ratings
- 15 February 2018
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
THE PRICE AS tested of our Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is much higher than the car’s actual on the road price. That’s because we sourced our car through Porsche GB itself, and the firm wants us to experience as many of the options as possible.
Question is, after a few thousand miles, do we think any of them are worth the money? Office opinion is split on the Panamera’s red metallic paint (an £851 tick box called Ruby Red), which has a lot of pink in it in full sunlight. We’re all a bit bemused, too, that you have to pay £224 for the Universal Audio Interface, which is a USB socket.
The two most expensive options could scarcely be more different in terms of value, though. The adaptive sports seats – a hefty whack at £2276 – are worth every penny in terms of adjustability and support. They’re terrific on longer journeys and hold you in place on faster B-roads, too.
The 20in black alloy wheels – the single most expensive option, at £3134 – are another prospect entirely. Firstly, while they’re beautifully finished and engineered, they do look like the sort of wheel your local dealer (ahem) puts on his lowered Range Rover. Secondly, I don’t reckon an extra two inches of alloy does anything for the Panamera’s ride.
Thirdly, and worst of all, the low-profile rubber really kicks up a lot of road noise on our coarse asphalt motorways. On a car that does such a good job of refined cruising, spending more than £3000 on these larger wheels and tyres, that then break the near-silence, seems like folly indeed. My tip? Stick to the regular 18-inchers.