Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo review - Reliability and Safety
The Sport Turismo should be safe and reliable, but some driver assistance systems are hugely costly options
The Panamera doesn’t sell in large enough numbers in the UK to have featured in our Driver Power 2018 satisfaction survey, and we didn’t receive enough responses from owners for Porsche to have ranked among more run-of-the-mill manufacturers. But the brand is well respected within the industry for its engineering excellence, so we don’t have any qualms about the reliability of the Sport Turismo.
As far as safety is concerned, the Sport Turismo does come with all the expected stability and traction control devices and has a comprehensive selection of airbags, too. However, while the car is undoubtedly surefooted, most safety enhancing systems that you might expect to be standard equipment are to be found on the options list. On the entry-level Panamera 4, for example, you’d need to spend an additional £795 for a lane keeping assist system, £617 for a lane changing assist system and an eye-watering £2,438 for its most advanced active cruise control set-up.
It’s unlikely the Sport Turismo will be tested by the safety experts at Euro NCAP, but the Porsche Cayenne was assessed in 2017 and achieved the full five stars, so we’d expect the Panamera Sport Turismo to offer similar levels of protection in the event of an accident.
Porsche’s new car warranty lasts for three years and has no mileage restriction.
Porsches tend to be more expensive to maintain than some of their mainstream competitors, although they are not in the same category as some Italian supercars. Main service intervals on the Sport Turismo are every 20,000 miles.
In this review
- 1Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo reviewWith powerful engines, a sublime chassis and a luxurious interior, the Panamera Sport Turismo could be the ultimate executive express
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Sport Turismo’s depth of talent ranges from luxury cruiser to out-and-out sports car ability
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsHybrid models offer significantly better economy and Benefit-in-Kind tax breaks, but are less involving to drive
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Sport Turismo’s cockpit features cutting-edge yet usable technology wrapped up with sumptuous finishes
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceImproved rear headroom, more luggage space and occasional five-seat capability enhance the Panamera’s practicality
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingThe Sport Turismo should be safe and reliable, but some driver assistance systems are hugely costly options