Porsche Panamera review - Reliability and safety
Porsche’s reputation for reliability and advanced safety tech means the Panamera should be safe and easy to live with
Porsche has built a strong reputation for reliability thanks to its success in endurance racing, and many of the innovations it's developed in motorsport filter through to its road cars. You might not always be able to see them, but they should contribute towards the Panamera being a dependable car.
The German brand didn't figure in our Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, although its reputation for superior engineering and being part of the VW group, points towards Panamera ownership being a positive experience.
There’s lots of safety tech, too, so while there’s no Euro NCAP rating for the Panamera, with big brakes (upgradable to ceramic composite items), an active bonnet system and plenty of airbags, it should provide a decent level of protection.
You can also add more airbags in the rear, adaptive LED headlights, night vision assist, adaptive cruise and Porsche’s InnoDrive package that includes traffic jam assist for extra safety.
As with all Porsche models, a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty comes as standard.
As a premium brand, Porsche servicing pricing is steeper than some mainstream rivals, but the cost of keeping your car on the road is still reasonable. However, bear in mind tyres and brake pads will be expensive if these wear items need replacing.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Porsche Panamera offers sharper styling, an exquisite interior and plug-in hybrid powertrains
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Panamera range now spans the entry-level V6 cars, to the range-topping Turbo S and E-Hybrid performance versions
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Panamera is no eco car, but efficiency improvements and new E-Hybrid versions mean it returns respectable fuel economy
- 4Interior, design and technologyInside the cabin is where the new Panamera really excels, with a beautifully crafted design and top-class materials
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceDespite rakish coupe looks and a sloping tailgate, the four-seat Panamera offers plenty of practicality
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingPorsche’s reputation for reliability and advanced safety tech means the Panamera should be safe and easy to live with