The Porsche Taycan, particularly in rear-wheel drive form, offers a solution for motorists who want an all-electric car but who also want a sports car driving experience.
Green Car Guide has been searching for green drivers’ cars for over 15 years. At last we have a Porsche that’s also all-electric in the form of the Taycan – all-wheel drive models are available, but there’s now the rear-wheel drive version, which is likely to offer the most rewarding driving experience for many people – and it’s the most affordable.
The Porsche Taycan has a useable battery capacity of 83.7 kWh (93.4 kWh gross), a 380 PS electric motor, and a 2-speed transmission on the rear axle.
The Taycan looks like a Porsche, the main differentiator being at the front with headlights that are less circular than most other Porsche models. It can seat four or four plus one (rear legroom isn’t huge), with a 407-litre boot (there’s no hatchback) and a front luggage compartment volume of 84 litres.
The Taycan interior looks and feels like a Porsche from the driver’s seat. Virtually all physical buttons have gone, with controls located on the top or bottom central touchscreens. The gear selector is located on the dashboard to the left of instrument display, hidden behind the steering wheel.
It doesn’t take long to discover that the Taycan feels like a Porsche to drive. You’re sitting low, the driving position is good, and the steering is responsive. Ride quality is also impressive, despite the large 21-inch alloys and very low profile tyres, although we should note that our test car had Adaptive Air Suspension including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which is a £1,527 option.
The Taycan hides its 2,130kg kerb weight well, but you’re aware that this is a two-tonne (plus) vehicle. This Taycan is rear-wheel drive, which offers more of a pure handling experience than all-wheel drive.
Our photoshoot in North Wales was regularly interrupted with white-out hail showers. So how did the rear-wheel drive Taycan cope with such wintery conditions? Answer: very capably – the grip levels are excellent. However you can still enjoy the rear-wheel drive chassis on twisty roads.
Because this is an electric car, there’s instant torque, and performance is impressive, with a 0-62 mph time of 5.4 seconds, although other models in the Taycan range have more performance.
All controls are via the touchscreens. The top central screen displays satnav, media etc, with the bottom screen (which also acts as a mouse touchpad) featuring heating and ventilation controls. You can also change some displays via the steering wheel, and there are some shortcut buttons on the right-hand side of the instrument panel.
There are a number of adjustments that you can make to the driving experience using the drive settings screen, including drive mode, chassis, chassis height, brake recuperation and electric sport sound. To save you having to go into this screen to change the drive mode, there’s a drive mode shortcut button at the bottom of the lower touchscreen.
The Porsche Taycan in rear-wheel drive form with the Performance Battery Plus (an option that costs an extra £4,049) has an all-electric WLTP driving range of 277 miles. Of course if you use all of the Taycan’s performance then you’ll be seeing a considerably lower real-world range…
Apart from the driving experience, another one of the Taycan’s party tricks is the ability to charge at public charging stations with a voltage of 800V, with maximum charging power with direct current (DC) of 270 kW. Charging time from 5-80% at a 270kW DC charger can take just 22.5 minutes.
If you can’t find a 270kW DC chargepoint (they’re currently in very short supply), but you can find a 50kW charger, a 5-80% charge will take 93 minutes. If 62 miles of extra range will do, then this can be achieved at a 50kW chargepoint in 26 minutes using the 50kW DC on-board charger for use at public charging stations with a voltage of 400V.
If you can charge at a place of work using three-phase electricity, then a 0-100% charge at 11kW using the 11kW AC on-board charger will take 9 hours.
There are charge ports on both sides of the car; on the driver’s side there’s an AC Type 2 port, and on the passenger side there’s an AC/DC Type 2 CCS Combo port. You can open the charge port by swiping your hand underneath it.
The rear-wheel drive Porsche Taycan costs from £70,690. However our test car had a long list of options, the highlights of which included Frozen Berry Metallic paint (£774), Black Smooth-Finish Leather Interior (£2,538), SportDesign Package (£3,282), Porsche Electric Sport Sound (£354), Performance Battery Plus (£4,049), Adaptive Air Suspension including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) (£1,527), 21-inch Taycan Exclusive Design Wheels (£3,110), Wheels painted in Jet Black Metallic (£842), Matrix LED Headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) (£2,037), Panoramic fixed glass roof (£1,137), ParkAssist including Reversing Camera (£480), Comfort Access (£774), 4+1 Seats (£336), BOSE Surround Sound System (£956), E-Performance Electric charging port cover (£443), and Mobile Charger Connect (£767). These options, and others, took the grand total for this test car to a staggering £97,663.
Company car drivers will make substantial savings due to Benefit in Kind (BIK) tax liability of just 1% for 2021/22.
The Taycan model range includes the Taycan, the Taycan 4S, the Taycan Turbo, the Taycan Turbo S, the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo and the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.
More and more all-electric cars are appearing on a monthly basis, in body styles ranging from city cars to SUVs. However if you want a genuine driver’s car that’s also all-electric the choice has been fairly limited. With the appearance of the Porsche Taycan, particularly in rear-wheel drive form, you can now enjoy a genuine Porsche driving experience – which means excellent performance, responsive steering and rewarding rear-wheel drive handling – with zero tailpipe emissions. The rear-wheel drive Taycan weighs 2,130kg and you’re conscious of this, but the adaptive air suspension of our test car did a good job of dealing with this mass. And the Taycan even coped with roads covered in freezing hailstones. And of course the Taycan can seat up to four or five people. The Porsche Taycan is currently the best all-electric drivers’ car, and it’s awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 10 out of 10.
The Porsche Taycan is available at Porsche Chester