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.

Warranty

Porsche’s new car warranty lasts for three years and has no mileage restriction.

Servicing

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.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    2.9 V6 4 5dr PDK
  • Gearbox type
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  • Price
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Most Economical

  • Name
    2.9 V6 4 5dr PDK
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £75,037

Fastest

  • Name
    4.0 V8 Turbo S 5dr PDK
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £137,760

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