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Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

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3. Porsche Panamera

Model/Engine size:
Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
Fuel:
Petrol/Electric Hybrid
Fuel economy combined:
113 mpg* see text
Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

Summary

The Panamera S E-Hybrid is one of the most advanced Porsches ever, thanks to a plug-in hybrid system which combines a 3.3-litre petrol V6 engine with a 134 bhp electric motor driving all four wheels through an 8-speed Tiptronic S automatic gearbox. The system is designed to provide a moderate electric-only range of between 15-31 miles at up to 88 mph and moderate the fuel consumption of the petrol engine at all other times.

The electric range allows the Panamera to qualify for super low company car tax, and exemption from the London Congestion Zone charge. If you can regularly keep within the electric range (Monday – Friday commute) then it is capable of very low CO2 and other exhaust emissions.

Once you run out of electric-only range the motor will still chip in like any hybrid but fuel consumption is likely to be in the mid-30’s mpg equating to around 190g/km. The upshot is that if you will do lots of electric running it does make sense, if you won’t the diesel Panamera is a better real-world solution.

Apart from the price, the only compromises are a smaller boot (335 litres), no manual gearbox option, and no four-wheel drive option. The upsides are very low tax, very low running costs in electric mode, and despite the two tonne kerb weight, physics-defying body control and a very neutral balance. It remains a niche product but the Panamera proves that in the right circumstances space, pace and driving enjoyment can be combined with low emissions.

Estimated real world electric range: 15 – 31 miles
Official electric range
: 31 miles
Official electricity consumption: 159 Wh/km
Battery pack: 14.1 kWh Lithium-ion
Recharge time: 240v 5.8 hours; 3.6 kW home charger TBC; optional 7.2 kW on board charger 3.6 hours

Read our full Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid Review

Specifications

Fuel economy, extra urban:
TBC
Fuel economy, urban:
TBC
CO2 emissions:
Officially 56 g/km. Average UK grid electricity (31 mile range) 61 g/km; (15 mile range) 125 g/km. Petrol hybrid mode (estimated 35 mpg) 187 g/km
VED:
First year £15, then £440 per year for 5 years
Weight:
2245 Kg
BIK Company Car Tax (2018/19):
16%
Price:
£81,141
Insurance group:
50
Power:
326 bhp (petrol) 134 bhp (electric); (system) 456 bhp
Max speed:
172 mph
0-62mph:
4.6 seconds
Torque:
332 lb ft @ 1750 - 5000 rpm (petrol) 295 lb ft (electric) 516 lb ft @ 1100 - 4500 rpm (system)