2020 Porsche Panamera

2020 Porsche Panamera Review: Long Live The Sedan King

by Sebastian Cenizo

The antidote to becoming irrelevant and struggling to survive is, apparently, to break your own rules and lightly slap your most loyal fans in the face. For 10 years now, the Panamera has been one of Porsche's most successful money makers with Stuttgart releasing a special edition to commemorate the milestone that purists thought would never be achieved. Various types of the Panamera are available, with the most common powertrain being comprised mainly of a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with 330 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic is standard fare across the range, with most models sending power to all four wheels and the lower trims turning the rears exclusively. A 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 is available with 440 hp and 405 lb-ft, as well as a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 453 horses and 457 lb-ft of torque. These are fitted to S and GTS Panameras respectively, but no rear-wheel-drive variant is available in conjunction with the 400+ hp models.

2020 Porsche Panamera Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Panamera?

As touched on above, a new model is added to the Panamera lineup to celebrate 10 years of the model's existence. The Panamera 10 Years Edition and its Panamera 4 10 Years Edition sibling get adaptive air suspension as standard, along with 21-inch wheels painted in Satin White Gold Metallic. That Satin White Gold theme continues onto the door logos and interior trim logos, with White Gold contrast stitching on the upholstery too. A ski bag, an upgraded sound system from Bose, quad-zone climate control, soft-close doors, and some driver aids are added to this model as standard. The regular Panamera models only get a slight change with the addition of two new metallic colors: Papaya and Gentian Blue.

Pros and Cons

  • Impressive performance on all models, with top variants exceptional
  • Numerous configurations to suit various needs
  • Plenty of standard features
  • Comfortable ride
  • Useful cargo area
  • Still looks weird
  • Ridiculously expensive when you get carried away
  • Infotainment system could be better

2020 Porsche Panamera Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Panamera
3.0-liter Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$87,200
Panamera 4
3.0-liter Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$91,800
Panamera 4 Executive
3.0-liter Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$98,500
Panamera 10 Years Edition
3.0-liter Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$103,300
Panamera 4S
2.9-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$105,000

Panamera Exterior

The Panamera still exhibits its frog-like front end even a decade after we first reeled in shock at the original's face. LED headlights and taillights are standard along with fender vents that trail off as smoothed body lines. At the back, an adaptive spoiler and a dual-exit exhaust system rounds off the design while 19-inch wheels try to fill the arches. Fortunately, 20- and 21-inch wheels are available. A black roof is standard on 10 Years models while a panoramic sunroof features on every variant. The 4S models gain quad-exit exhaust pipes with the GTS getting these in a gloss black finish. This top trim also gets redesigned fascias and various Satin Black accents.

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Dimensions

The Panamera is a large vehicle and measures 198.8 inches in length with a width of 76.3 inches (85.2 with mirrors extended). Height is 56 inches on the dot while the wheelbase is 116.1 inches. Curb weight starts at 4,157 lbs on the base model and 4,554 lbs on the top GTS variant, which is also slightly longer at 198.9 inches. Height also changes here, down to 55.8 inches. The Executive variants have a greater length and wheelbase for more rear legroom, with the length measurement at 204.7 inches and the wheelbase at 122 inches. These models are also slightly taller at 56.2 inches.

  • Length 198.8 in
  • Wheelbase 116.1 in
  • Height 56.0 in
  • Max Width 76.3 in
  • Front Width 65.8 in
  • Rear Width 65.0 in

Exterior Colors

Numerous choices are available for the Panamera, but only White and Black are free on the base model. Metallic options include Carrara White, the new Gentian Blue shade, Mamba Green, and Mahogany, with each option adding $830 to the bill. Special colors include the other new shade of Papaya Metallic, which costs $3,310. Amethyst Metallic is also available at the same price, but a custom color can be mixed up in either a metallic or non-metallic finish for the whopping price of $11,430. Black brakes are standard on the base models, while the 4S variants gain calipers in Titanium Grey. The sporty GTS gets red calipers.

  • Carrara White Metallic
  • Jet Black Metallic
  • Volcano Grey Metallic
  • Dolomite Silver Metallic
  • Gentian Blue Metallic
  • Night Blue Metallic
  • Mamba Green Metallic
  • Burgundy Red Metallic
  • Mahogany Metallic
  • Ristretto Brown Metallic
  • Papaya Metallic
  • Carmine Red
  • Amethyst Metallic
  • GT Silver Metallic
  • Chalk
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Panamera Performance

The Panamera is available in varying states of tune, but the one you really want for ultimate performance is the top GTS model. Equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and all-wheel-drive, this model comes standard with the Sport Chrono package and its launch control function, allowing it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Porsche always underquotes their figures, however, so real-world figures of around three and a half seconds are likely attainable. Keep your right foot flat and this behemoth becomes something of a juggernaut that keeps charging until 181 mph, thanks to figures of 453 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. In addition, its suspension is stiffened for better grip and control in the corners. Moving down the list, the 4S comes with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 with 440 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. In its fastest configuration with Sport Chrono package, 0-60 is dispensed with in four seconds flat with the speed limiter only arriving at 179 mph. Models without an S in their name are fitted with a turbocharged V6 too, but only one turbine is bolted to a 3.0-liter motor. This produces 330 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque, with the base model capable of 164 mph and sprint times as low as 5.2 seconds.

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Engine and Transmission

The base model is known simply as the Panamera and features the above mentioned 3.0-liter V6 turbo with 330 horses and the same figure of torque. This model sends thrust to the rear wheels and performs remarkably well for such a heavy car, with respectable acceleration and overtaking ability once the tires start rolling. If you opt for the Panamera 4 Executive, the weight problem is compounded further as this model shares an all-wheel-drive system with the Panamera 4, but you can still reach 162 mph if you find a safe place to express your inner maniac. Naturally, the advantage is that you have more traction off the line, making acceleration more impressive. The 4S swaps out the 3.0-liter for a 2.9-liter V6 with an additional turbo. This engine offers up 440 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque, and is properly rapid. Opting for the available Sport Chrono package and its launch control feature all but guarantees a win from the line, and the additional Sport+ drive mode makes throttle response and shifts even more exhilarating. The top GTS trim takes all the advancement that a Panamera without a Turbo badge is capable of and puts it in one package. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 mill churns out an extravagant 453 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. If you think there's a chance your private jet will leave without you, the GTS will ensure you aren't late.

Despite different engines, the Panamera in all its variations comes with an eight-speed PDK, or dual-clutch, automatic transmission. Why? Because it's that good. In the comfort setting, the changes are almost imperceptible, while more aggressive modes will change gears a fraction before you even realize an up-change, or downshift, is necessary. If you decide to take control with the steering-mounted paddles, these respond with immediate reactions - exactly what you want from a manually-shiftable automatic transmission of any kind.

  • Engines
    2.9-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas, 3.0-liter Turbo V6 Gas, 4.0-liter Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

If you're buying a luxury vehicle, you expect comfort. If you're buying one from Germany, and particularly if it bears a Porsche badge, you expect exceptional handling too. With the Panamera, your expectations are met. As standard, the Panamera is equipped with adaptive dampers, otherwise known as Porsche Active Suspension Management. This allows for both a supple ride and excellent control of the body when you're pushing the car. Also available is an adaptive air suspension system that further enhances the contrast between various modes, allowing for a plush ride when you're cruising or need to drive over less than perfect surface.

In sportier settings, the suspension stiffens up to minimize body roll and keep the car flat. The adaptive air suspension package that is standard on the GTS is typically a little firmer than what is available elsewhere in the range, but it's not unbearable in the least and the benefits in the corners are astonishing. In terms of steering, you'll find that although the Panamera can never mirror the 911 for delicacy and ease of sudden direction changes, this big sedan can still turn in as sharply and as fluidly as the best of them. This is especially true if you opt for the rear-axle steering system that turns in the same direction as the front wheels when you're at higher speeds, thus increasing stability. In low-speed corners, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction for even sharper agility.

When it's time to stop, you can opt for carbon-ceramic brakes that minimize brake fade after consecutive hard stops, but even the standard setup is more than beefy enough to bring this hefty machine to a sudden stop. In traffic, the pedal is just as good too, allowing for easy modulation without excessive travel nor bite.

Panamera Gas Mileage

The Porsche Panamera in base trim has official EPA figures of 19/27/22 mpg city/highway/combined. Coupled with a 23.7-gallon gas tank, mixed range is estimated at around 521 miles. Paired with all-wheel-drive, the highway figure drops slightly to 26. 4S models with the more powerful V6 return figures of 18/26/21 mpg on the same cycles, while the top trim's 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 is predictably even worse at 16/23/19 mpg.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    23.7 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 19/27 mpg
* 2020 Porsche Panamera RWD

Panamera Interior

Every Panamera's cabin is a lavish place to be, with a sleek design and leather upholstery as standard. Touch-sensitive controls dominate the center console, although these can be tricky to operate without averting your gaze from the road. A 12.3-inch touchscreen handles infotainment and luxuries like heated front seats are standard. As usual, the build quality is exemplary and the general ambiance is one of high-quality luxury, while a chunky steering wheel adds sporty character to the driver's side of the cockpit. Naturally, everything can be upgraded. From leather air vents to massaging seats, your checkbook is the limit.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Panamera is a compromised vehicle in principle, yet it does not compromise on comfort for occupants. This car offers four individual buckets instead of a cramped three-abreast bench in the back, although that is available as an option. The result is that even tall individuals feel at ease and have plenty of headroom and legroom, traits that are further enhanced if you opt for an Executive model with its longer wheelbase. Getting in and out is not undignified, and even the standard eight-way seats in the front offer enough adjustment. A Porsche relies on its feel as much as its outright performance, and all the chassis engineering in the world wouldn't be enough to fix an awkward driving position that detracts from the overall experience. In a Porsche, that is never the case, and drivers of all sizes can fine-tune the perfect position for a good view and a commanding reach of all controls.

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

Even the base Panamera is beautifully finished with partial leather upholstery in black as standard. Alternatively, you can opt for Agate Grey leather at no charge or a two-tone combo of black and Luxor Beige for $390. Extended leather is available in a wider range of colors, with prices ranging from $3,790 to $4,320. Here you can have Marsala, Saddle Brown, Black/Bordeaux Red, Marsala/Cream, and more. A Club leather option is also available in Cohiba Brown or Truffle Brown for $5,650. High Gloss Black interior trim is also standard on the base model, but you can have various types of wood for anything from $1,000 to $2,460. Carbon fiber is also available for $2,000 or you can have one of two types of brushed aluminum for 1,000 bucks. On the 10 Years Edition models, White Gold stitching is standard on the leather with distinctive logos dotted about and accented by trim elements in the same finish. The racy GTS trim comes with a mix of black leather and Alcantara as standard, with Alcantara on the headliner too. Black brushed aluminum is standard on this model too, but really, the limits are only reached when you become disgusted by how much money you've got to cough up.

Panamera Trunk and Cargo Space

Panamera models with the regular body style are capacious enough, offering 17.6 cubic feet of volume in the trunk, enough space for each occupant to bring a medium suitcase with. Fold the rear seats down and that figure expands to 47.3 cubic feet. If you opt for an Executive model with its longer body, the trunk space remains the same but maximum volume increases to 52.6 cubic feet.

Inside, a center console runs the length of the cabin. This gives rear passengers a pair of small to medium size storage solutions for wallets and phones, while front occupants have a glovebox and a center armrest bin. They also get a pair of cupholders, something that rear occupants only get as standard if they're sitting in the back of an Executive model. Medium-sized door pockets help with overflow items.

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  • Maximum Cargo Space
    47.3 ft³

Panamera Infotainment and Features

Features

The list of standard and optional features on the Panamera is rather extensive, with all models getting adaptive dampers, a panoramic roof, rain-sensing wipers, heated mirrors, an automatic rear hatch, LED cornering lights, and front and rear parking sensors. The base model also has a two-way adaptive rear spoiler, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, keyless ignition, and eight-way heated front seats. 10 Years Edition models add adaptive air suspension, LED Matrix adaptive headlights, quad-zone climate control, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, a surround-view camera, lane-keep assist, lane-change assist, and soft-close doors. The Executive variants get heated rear seats as standard, while the top GTS variant benefits from the Sport Chrono package with a steering-mounted drive mode selector and launch control, as well as, a four-way adaptive rear spoiler, adaptive LED headlights, and 18-way adaptive front seats. Various options are available throughout the range, with even the base variant having access to things like adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, a night vision camera, predictive cruise control, a head-up display, ambient lighting, massaging and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, power sunshades, and a cabin ionizer.

Infotainment

All Panamera iterations are equipped with a gorgeous 12.3-inch touchscreen display for infotainment duties, but it's unfortunately not quite as intuitive as we'd like. Nevertheless, it is well supported as it features navigation, Bluetooth and USB compatibility, aux input, a WiFi hotspot, voice control, and Apple CarPlay. Android Auto is not offered and neither is wireless charging, but at least SiriusXM satellite radio and HD Radio are played through 10 speakers. A Bose 14-speaker upgrade is available, but the richest tones come from the available Burmester surround sound system with 21 speakers. A rear-seat entertainment system is also available and features a pair of 10-inch touchscreens with wireless Bluetooth headphones.

Panamera Problems and Reliability

The Porsche Panamera has been free of recalls since the 2018 model, which was tragically subject to five recalls. However, it seems that all issues have been ironed out since then.

Along with four years/50,000 miles of paint and limited bumper-to-bumper coverage, 24-hour roadside assistance is offered for the same period too. A 12-year/unlimited mileage corrosion warranty is offered as well, while complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    1 Years \ 10,000 Miles

Panamera Safety

Neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA often get cars as expensive as this to throw at walls and smash into SUVs, and the Panamera is no exception with no crash data available. However, the standard and available safety features impress, and would likely lead to an excellent score from either agency.

Key Safety Features

As standard, the base Panamera gets rain-sensing wipers, LED headlights with cornering, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Available features are more plentiful and include LED Matrix adaptive headlights, a surround-view camera, lane-change assist, lane-keep assist, predictive and adaptive cruise control systems with traffic jam assist, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. A head-up display and a night vision camera can also be had for further peace of mind on the road.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Porsche Panamera a good car?

The Panamera is an outstanding car. It stands out for its price, the length of the options list, and the ridiculous things that you can change about it - those leather-wrapped air vents come to mind here. Even so, few will take issue with its foibles because it's brilliant in so many other respects. The handling is astounding for a vehicle of this size and makes the Panamera debatably worthy of the Porsche crest on its hood. The interior is finished to the highest standard with plenty of premium materials and expert design flourishes. Furthermore, even the base model is an impressive performer. Whatever you want to achieve with your Panamera, there's a model for you. Just need a family car with good handling and decent performance? There's an entry-level model for that. Wanna stretch out like a foreign dignitary in the back? The Executive has you covered. Wanna embarrass the kid in his Camaro next to you at the lights? The GTS will make him sell it. Truly, the Panamera has come of age, and despite being in relative infancy compared to some other nameplates, this vehicle is worthy of respect. Even if Porsche didn't respect the wishes of traditionalists who helped keep the brand alive in the past.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Porsche Panamera?

If you're the type to bum a smoke or go to the loo when the check arrives, the Porsche Panamera isn't for you. In base form, you'll pay $87,200 before a $1,250 destination charge. The Panamera 4 starts a little higher at $91,800. The long-wheelbase Panamera 4 Executive is $98,500 while the Panamera 10 Years Edition is $103,300. The 4S variant starts at $105,000, while the Panamera 4 10 Years Edition is $107,500. The 4S Executive will set you back at least $116,300 and the top GTS trim costs $129,300. Fully loaded, one can easily spend over $230,000.

2020 Porsche Panamera Models

A total of eight trims are available as part of the 2020 Porsche Panamera lineup, not including hybrid, Sport Turismo, or Turbo-badged derivatives. The convoluted list reads as follows: Panamera, Panamera 4, Panamera 4 Executive, Panamera 10 Years Edition, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4 10 Years Edition, Panamera 4S Executive, and finally the Panamera GTS.

The base model is the Panamera. This is fitted with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that sends 330 hp to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch auto. It rides on 19-inch wheels and comes with black calipers, a panoramic roof, LED cornering headlights, dual-zone climate control, eight-way heated front seats, parking sensors, cruise control, keyless ignition, and an adaptive rear spoiler. 10 speakers are connected to a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display.

The Panamera 4 is largely identical but sends power to all four wheels.

The 10 Years Edition adds to the base model with adaptive air suspension, 21-inch wheels, various Satin White Gold accents and logos, and quad-zone climate control. You also get 14-way power-adjustable front seats, a surround-view camera, soft-close doors, an LED Matrix adaptive headlight setup, and a Bose 14-speaker sound system, along with additional safety equipment.

The Panamera 4 10 Years addition is as above but with all-wheel-drive.

The Panamera 4 Executive is a long-wheelbase model fitted with adaptive air suspension, front and rear heated seats, and a pair of additional cupholders.

The Panamera 4S is based on the entry-level model but adds all-wheel-drive to better manage 440 hp from a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. This model gets Titanium Grey calipers, a quad-exit exhaust, and unique badges.

The 4S Executive variant is like the regular Executive model but with the upgraded engine from the 4S.

The top trim is the GTS, which features a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 435 hp and a standard Sport Chrono package for maximum performance. The front and rear fascias are new and this model features sport-tuned adaptive air suspension, 20-inch wheels, red brake calipers, and a quad-exit exhaust finished in High Gloss Black. You also get a four-way adaptive rear spoiler, adaptive LED headlights, 18-way adaptive front seats, black brushed aluminum trim, and upholstery featuring black leather with Alcantara inserts as standard.

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Additional Packages

The base model is available with various packages, as are many of the upper trims, although some are standard as you work your way up. For example, on the GTS, you get 18-way adaptive front seats as standard. On the regular Panamera, this option costs $3,320. Also available is the Premium Package Plus, which costs $6,250 and adds 14-way front seats, lane-change assist, soft-close doors, heated rear seats, a Bose 14-speaker sound system, and adaptive LED headlights. You also get ventilation on the front seats, but many of these features are standard on the 10 Years Edition. If you want to opt for those adaptive headlights, two systems are available: regular LEDs for $1,020 or LED Matrix headlights for $2,220. Of course, performance enthusiasts will want the Sport Chrono package for launch control, additional driving modes, and the analog lap timer/clock atop the dash, which is standard on the GTS but optional on lesser trims.

🚗What Porsche Panamera Model Should I Buy?

The Porsche Panamera is available in so many different variants that there's a model to suit almost any type of buyer. Of course, at this price level, the average family guy won't be doing much more than window shopping sadly. But for those who can afford to buy any of these models, there's a kind of Panamera for every need and taste, and the choice will come down to what the individual needs. Ultimate luxury and comfort will be achieved in an Executive model, but if such an individual has a need for more performance, there is a 4S Executive too. If rear legroom doesn't concern you as much as outright performance, the GTS is the ultimate in the range. Personally, we think 440 hp from an S variant is plenty, and since we'd rather be behind the wheel than sitting in the back, the Panamera 4S is our idea of a great all-rounder.

2020 Porsche Panamera Comparisons

Audi A7 Sportback Audi
Porsche 911 Carrera Porsche
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Porsche Panamera330 hp19/27 mpg$87,200
Audi A7 Sportback 335 hp22/29 mpg$69,000
Porsche 911 Carrera 379 hpTBC$97,400

2020 Porsche Panamera vs Audi A7 Sportback

The Audi A7 is another member of the VAG stable that offers impressive cargo and interior space, but this one is considerably more affordable, undercutting the cheapest Panamera by over $18,000, despite coming with all-wheel-drive as standard. Powered by the same 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine as the entry-level Panamera, the Audi A7 produces a little more power, offering 335 hp and an impressive jump in torque to 369 lb-ft. Interestingly, even more advanced tech is available on the A7, which offers HD Matrix LED lighting with Audi laser light. In addition, the A7 features a large 10.1-inch configurable driver display as standard, and its infotainment system features two screens, both of which are arguably child's play to operate when compared to that of the Porsche. If you're a family head looking to be perceived as discerning, the Audi A7 is the smart buy here.

See Audi A7 Sportback Review

2020 Porsche Panamera vs Porsche 911 Carrera

While the Panamera is offered with various performance-enhancing features and even comes in GTS flavor with 453 hp, a real Porsche key - to purists anyway - goes in the pocket of a 911 owner. With a base price of $97,400, the 911 Carrera is not just an entry-level sports car, it's a doorway to phenomenal driving pleasure and handling balance. It comes with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six as standard and sends 379 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. Thanks to a redesigned interior and wider rear arches as standard, the 911 looks better and feels more right than a Panamera, although it didn't need any updates to achieve that. If you're willing to spend on an S variant, you can even opt for a manual gearbox at no extra cost. Unless you need the space, the 911 is the better performance car in every way, and we wouldn't hesitate to sacrifice practicality in the pursuit of driving nirvana.

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