Porsche Taycan review - Reliability & safety
The Porsche Taycan features the very latest safety and driver assistance technology.
The Porsche Taycan is so new, and the technology is so advanced, that it’s hard to forecast its reliability. However, Porsche is using the Taycan as a business card for its electric future, so it won’t have left anything to chance. By 2020, the company will have invested more than six billion Euros (£5.5 billion) in electromobility.
The Taycan is too new to have featured in our Driver Power 2020 customer satisfaction survey, but Porsche finished fourth out of 25 on the list of best car dealers. No other dealers have better facilities, while the staff are polite and courteous.
Safety experts at Euro NCAP awarded the Taycan a maximum five-star rating when it was tested in 2019. The car scored particularly well for adult and child occupant protection.
Predictably, there’s an impressive array of safety equipment. There are eight airbags, while pedestrians are protected by an active bonnet. Depending on the number of seats, four or five three-point belts with force limiters are fitted as standard. There are also two ISOFIX mounting points in the back, along with an optional front passenger seat airbag with deactivation function.
A RECAS (Rear End Collision Alert System) actively warns the traffic behind of a potential rear-end collision. There’s also a clever Porsche InnoDrive system, which uses navigation data together with radar and video sensors to adjust the driving speed according to speed limits, topology, roundabouts, bends and traffic. It also features active lane-keeping assist, swerve assist and junction assist, which warns the driver if they have overlooked oncoming road users.
Every Porsche comes with a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty as standard. The Taycan’s battery is covered by a separate eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.
The Porsche Taycan needs to be serviced every two years or 20,000 miles, which is a more generous interval than you get when buying a Porsche Panamera.
The cost of maintenance is lower compared to the Taycan’s petrol and diesel counterparts. The interior cabin filter is the only filter that requires changing, while the brake fluid is the only fluid that requires maintenance, at the two-year mark.
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
- 3MPG, CO2 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 safety - currently readingThe Porsche Taycan features the very latest safety and driver assistance technology.