Porsche Taycan review
The Porsche Taycan is arguably the most desirable electric car on the planet
The Porsche Taycan is the electric four-door saloon that thinks it’s a sports car. We had an inkling that the first all-electric Porsche would be good, but we had no idea it would be this good.
This is a vehicle that shows how much fun a plug-in future can be. It’s a car with a realistic electric range, a delightful interior and the handling characteristics of a lightweight sports car. It’s not cheap, but anyone fortunate enough to take the plunge will enjoy a truly revolutionary electric car.
Porsche has drawn a line in the sand with the Taycan. Its electric car takes the fight to the Tesla Model S and gives the Americans a bloody nose. The Germans have won this battle – and there’s no need for it to go to penalties.
About the Porsche Taycan
Eight years after the launch of the Tesla Model S, Porsche responded with what feels like a turning point for the electric car sector. It was worth the wait. We don’t say this lightly: the Porsche Taycan is a genuine game-changer.
Making its debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Taycan is the first all-electric car Porsche has produced. The four-door saloon has the look of a coupe and is built on a new battery-electric platform that’ll be used to underpin a number of all-electric cars from the Volkswagen Group (Porsche’s owner), including the Audi e-Tron GT.
The Taycan is roughly the same size as the Porsche Panamera, but it’s not quite as practical as its conventional sibling. It’s also significantly heavier, weighing in at a lardy 2.2 tonnes. Despite this, it feels as agile and playful as a Porsche 911, with the performance to rival any supercar at any price.
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On the subject of price, the Taycan isn’t a cheap car. Porsche is investing around six billion euros on electromobility over the next couple of years – the Taycan is its first opportunity to recoup some of this outlay.
How much is the Porsche Taycan? The entry-level model is just shy of £73,000, while the Taycan 4S costs £84,000. The Turbo is £117,000, while the flagship Turbo S commands a price tag of £139,000. Beware of the options list, though, as there is a range of costly extras to choose from.
So which Porsche Taycan should you buy? The base model is certainly not your typical entry-level model, while the entry-level 4S is as remarkable as its more powerful Turbo and Turbo S stablemates, especially if you opt for the 93.4kWh battery from the more expensive models. It makes the Turbo models feel like pure one-upmanship rather than necessity.
The Taycan 4S with the larger battery offers the most range, with an official 301 miles on offer. Chuck lower winter temperatures into the equation and a range of 220 miles between charges is likely. Still impressive given the performance and weight of the car.
It’s brilliant to drive. The Taycan hides its bulk remarkably well, tackling B-road corners like a 911, yet feeling as refined and comfortable as a Panamera over long distances. You’re also treated to one of the most tech-laden and impressive interiors this side of a luxury saloon.
Opt for one of the Turbo models or a Performance Battery Plus version and you get a super-fast, 800V, 270kW peak charging rate. Once the charging network has caught up, this promises to make the Taycan no less usable than a 911.
Buyers looking for a little more practicality might be drawn to the estate body style of the Taycan Cross Turismo. In contrast to the Taycan saloon, the Cross Turismo offers more of a shooting brake design, with a hatchback that provides a 446-litre boot. There’s an 84-litre storage compartment in the front for charging cables, too.
The Taycan saloon isn't perfect, with a smaller 366-litre boot, some features that should be free on a car of this price, and a sloping roofline limiting the space in the back. However, none of this detracts from what is one of the best four-door sports cars you can buy, regardless of the powertrain. This is a remarkable car.
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In this review
- 1Verdict - currently readingThe Porsche Taycan is arguably the most desirable electric car on the planet
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Taycan offers next-level performance, with the agility and deftness of a lightweight sports car
- 3Range, charging and running costsThe Taycan features efficient motors and a large battery pack for a range of nearly 300 miles
- 4Interior, design and technologyStunning good looks and an impressive, tech-laden interior
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceEnough room for four adults and can take as much luggage as a family hatchback
- 6Reliability and safetyThe Porsche Taycan features the very latest safety and driver assistance technology.