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2010 Porsche Panamera - Review


2010 Porsche Panamera

Porsche knows a thing or two about building sports cars, and, one might argue, SUVs. The Cayenne has been very successful, rapidly becoming Porsche's hottest-selling model. But what does the company know about sedans? According to our own Marty Padgett, quite a lot, actually.

It's not really all that much of a stretch to make a larger rear seat and slap on a couple of extra doors, after all, though engineers will certainly groan, "it's not that easy!" Building a roomy, stylish, capable and yet compliant luxury sedan, on the other hand, takes a fine hand.

The 2010 Panamera delivers on (almost) all accounts: delivering huge power, great handling and ample room for four real-world adults. Considering the $90,750-$133,550 price range of the sedan, it better deliver, as it's up against some of the finest sedans in the world, including the Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes CLS- and S-Class, and BMW 7-series.

If there's one area where the Panamera falls short, it's styling. While the rear seat can handily seat people over six feet tall, the resulting effects on the roofline aren't what most people would call aesthetically pleasing. With the unbalanced rear of the sedan protruding, even the typically Porsche front and rear fender styling can't distract from the lack of proportion. The imbalance is accentuated by the low nose, which draws even more attention to the awkward, fastback-like rear profile.

Inside, the cabin's combination of wood, leather and plastic errs a bit too heavily on the side of plastic, especially considering the price bracket. Borrowing a trait from the 911, the Panamera's ignition sits to the left of the steering wheel. The rest of the cabin, like the exterior, heads off in a new and often unsuccessful direction, however.

Wide rows of buttons flank the center console and overhead control stack, contrasting oddly with the well-executed leather and wood at both front and rear center consoles. Another shortfall in quality is found on the fiddly and weak-feeling steering column-mounted control stalks.

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Comments (3)
  1. I just don't get it. Styling? This is one of the sexiest cars ever. It looks even better in person.

  2. I am among the new-to-Porsche Panemera owners who are ecstatic. To the purists who deride the look, I express surprise; the brief on this car is to carry 4 six foot three inch tall adults and their luggage (or 2 adults and 2 bicycles in the folded rear seats!) within in a full size four door sedan at 175 mph in extraordinary comfort, in a strikingly beautiful (I think) and technological advanced cabin, and this they have done. On top of that; it is light weight: incredibly fast given the (relatively) modest horsepower, yet it gets no fuel guzzler tax -- and is an ULTRA low emissions vehicle. SO, to the "purists" who say; "it has a bulge," I answer; the beauty lies in delivery of a genuine masterpiece of engineering that eschews the "box with brand cues" approach of other luxury sedans (exception: new XJ which I cross shopped). I too grow fonder of it every day and sneak out to look at it often. It has a "1940's" sensibility to the side view, which is unique, and one that I like! In short; we all love our new cars but i do believe my car is magnificent in every possible way.

  3. Having owned 4 previous Porsches, I find the Panamera to be a continuation of the Porsche philosophy. It has a presence that is missing with most current car designs and has the performance to blow away it's detractors. They hit a home run with this car.

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