Porsche Taycan review - Practicality, comfort & boot space
Enough room for four adults and can take as much luggage as a family hatchback
The Porsche Taycan is a triumph of good packaging, but there’s a touch of smoke and mirrors about the way it looks. While the similarly sized Porsche Panamera can look a tad cumbersome from some angles, the Taycan looks low and lithe, with styling that’s closer in spirit to the 911 than a four-door coupe.
The Taycan can seat four adults in comfort, with the driver and front passenger enjoying the best experience. That said, it’s a big car, which is something you’ll need to remember when parking and passing through narrow-width restrictions.
If you're after increased practicality, Porsche has introduced the higher-riding Cross Turismo body style which offers improved interior and luggage space. A Sport Turismo model is also available and sits between the standard car and the Cross Turismo in the range.
The Porsche Taycan is 4,963mm and 2,144 wide, including the door mirrors. This means it’s wider but slightly shorter than the Porsche Panamera. It’s actually longer and wider than the Cayenne SUV, which gives you some idea of the size of the Taycan. Amazingly, it’s only 1,380mm high, so it looks particularly wide and flat.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The Taycan can seat four adults, but it’s quite tricky to get into the back. Once there, headroom is restricted by the sloping roofline, while tall adults might find there’s not enough room for their feet below the front seats. The middle seat is suitable only for small children and occasional use.
With this in mind, it’s probably worth opting for the four-seat configuration, which swaps the middle seat for an armrest. There’s plenty of headroom and shoulder room in the front, while the driver will have no trouble finding the perfect driving position, thanks to electric adjustment for the seat.
For such a big car, the boot space is a little disappointing. There’s an 81-litre luggage compartment at the front, which is large enough for a backpack or soft bag, along with a 366-litre boot at the back. That’s less than you’ll find in some family hatchbacks, which also feature a wider boot opening and a more usable space.
It’s worth noting that the two luggage areas in the Tesla Model S combine to deliver 894 litre of boot space. At least the Taycan boasts a pair of individually folding rear backrests, if you’re prepared to ditch your back-seat passengers in favour of more luggage space.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe 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 around 300 miles
- 4Interior, design and technologyPorsche has created an all-electric sports car with stunning good looks and an impressive, tech-laden interior
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingEnough 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.