In-depth reviews

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.

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.

If you're looking to buy an electric car, why not visit our sister site buyacar.co.uk for the latest deals...

More on Taycan

Audi e-tron GT vs Porsche Taycan 4S
Audi e-tron GT vs Porsche Taycan 4S
Audi e-tron GT
22 Sep 2021

Audi e-tron GT vs Porsche Taycan 4S

If you want an EV but you're also a keen driver, the Audi e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan 4S are tempting propositions - but which is best?
New Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo 2021 review
Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo - front
Porsche Taycan
15 Sep 2021

New Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo 2021 review

With a lower price tag and more boot space, the all-electric Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo is the perfect all rounder
2022 Porsche Taycan updated with more range and added tech
Porsche Taycan 2021
Porsche Taycan
25 Aug 2021

2022 Porsche Taycan updated with more range and added tech

Porsche unveils revised Taycan with improved real-world range, updated infotainment and new paint colours
Porsche Taycan recalled over sudden power loss problem
Porsche Taycan
Porsche Taycan
2 Jul 2021

Porsche Taycan recalled over sudden power loss problem

The recall applies to all versions of the electric Porsche Taycan made before June this year
New Porsche Taycan RWD 2021 review
Porsche Taycan RWD - front
Porsche Taycan
4 Jun 2021

New Porsche Taycan RWD 2021 review

The entry-level Porsche Taycan loses four-wheel drive, but is sharper as a result
New Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 2021 review
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo - front
Porsche Taycan
27 Apr 2021

New Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 2021 review

The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo’s more practical bodystyle brings extra versatility to the stunning electric car’s line-up
Free Porsche Taycan software upgrade boosts performance and functionality
porsche taycan
Porsche Taycan
23 Mar 2021

Free Porsche Taycan software upgrade boosts performance and functionality

Buyers of early Taycan EVs are being offered free software upgrades, improving the car’s infotainment an sharpening up acceleration
New Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo electric shooting brake unveiled
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo - front
Porsche Taycan
5 Mar 2021

New Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo electric shooting brake unveiled

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo range breaks cover – EV estate comes in four different versions with prices starting from £79,340
More Porsche Taycan variants could be in the pipeline
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo - static
News
4 Mar 2021

More Porsche Taycan variants could be in the pipeline

Porsche considering more versions of Taycan EV; two-door, sporty estate and convertible models
New entry-level Porsche Taycan on sale now from £70,690
Porsche Taycan - front
Porsche Taycan
19 Jan 2021

New entry-level Porsche Taycan on sale now from £70,690

Porsche has launched a cheaper, rear-wheel drive version of the Taycan EV, with a claimed maximum WLTP range of 300 miles
New Porsche Taycan 4S 2021 review
Porsche Taycan 4S - front
Porsche Taycan Saloon
5 Jan 2021

New Porsche Taycan 4S 2021 review

The entry-level Porsche Taycan 4S is the pick of the impressive electric car's range
New Porsche Taycan 2020 review
Porsche Taycan
Porsche Taycan
27 Mar 2020

New Porsche Taycan 2020 review

Electric Porsche Taycan sports car delivers the goods as we try out in the UK for first time
New Porsche Taycan Turbo S 2019 review
Porsche Taycan Turbo S - front
Porsche Taycan Saloon
24 Sep 2019

New Porsche Taycan Turbo S 2019 review

The new all-electric Porsche Taycan has finally arrived, but is it as good as the stats suggest? We find out…
New 2020 Porsche Taycan reveal
Porsche Taycan - Frankfurt front
Porsche Taycan
11 Sep 2019

New 2020 Porsche Taycan reveal

The new Porsche Taycan is the brand’s first ever all-electric production car, and it arrives with two high-power ‘Turbo’ variants
New Porsche Taycan prototype review
Porsche Taycan - front tracking
Porsche Taycan Saloon
28 Aug 2019

New Porsche Taycan prototype review

Our first drive of the Porsche Taycan reveals sports car DNA
New Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo spied at the Nurburgring
Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo - spyshot 1
Porsche Taycan
3 Apr 2019

New Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo spied at the Nurburgring

A test mule for the upcoming all-electric Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo estate has been caught on camera during its handling assessment