With a powerful turbocharged engine and an unmistakable road presence, the 2022 Panamera Turbo S is Porsche’s sporting ethos in four-door form. Unlike the iconic 911 sports car, the Panamera Turbo S sedan has its engine up front—a twin-turbo V-8 making 620 horsepower. Opt for the more expensive Turbo S E-Hybrid and output surges to 689 ponies. This gives the Panamera Turbo S the ability to keep pace with other high-powered sports sedans, such as the Audi RS7, the BMW M5, and the Mercedes-AMG GT63. Handling is lithe for a car this size, although it lacks the natural balance of the 911 and 718 Cayman. But the Panamera bests those more focused cars when it comes to passenger space and cargo storage. If you need even more room for cargo, consider the Panamera Sport Turismo station wagon, which we review separately.
What’s New for 2022?
For 2022, the biggest update to the Panamera Turbo S is the introduction of Porsche’s latest infotainment software (called PCM 6.0). This brings the long-awaited Android Auto compatibility as well as wireless Apple CarPlay. Other new system features include built-in interfaces for Apple Music and Apple Podcasts.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Although the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is exceedingly impressive, with even more power, acceleration, and fuel efficiency than the Panamera Turbo S, it’s also more expensive. If its price jump doesn’t make you twitch, by all means, go for it. However, the 620-hp Turbo S, which can hit 60 mph in less than three seconds, offers a greater balance between price and performance. We’d go with the Executive model—which has a six-inch-longer wheelbase and considerably more rear-seat legroom—and spring for the Sport Chrono Package, which adds a Sport Plus Mode for additional performance.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Under the Panamera Turbo S’s long hood is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine that makes 620 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. Porsche says the car is capable of reaching 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, while the longer Executive models are a bit heavier and need another tenth of a second to reach the same speed. With its adjustable air suspension, huge brakes, and massive tires, the Panamera Turbo S also delivers supercar handling, precise steering, and a smooth, refined ride. With a mind-boggling 689 horsepower, the power and performance of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is even more extreme. It uses the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 from the Panamera Turbo S, but Porsche adds an electric motor for the additional horsepower. It’s also capable of speeds as high as 83 mph without its gas engine ever turning on, and it has a pure-electric range of more than 20 miles. The hybrid system can also operate in a battery-saving mode that only burns gas, or the two systems can work together. Operation is exceedingly smooth, and its battery pack can recharge in about 2.5 hours when plugged into a 240-volt source. Buyers in this class looking for an all-electric Porsche should check out the Taycan.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Although it’s a hybrid and a hatchback, you’ll never confuse the fuel efficiency of the 2022 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid for that of a Toyota Prius. The Turbo S’s big twin-turbo V-8 drinks fuel rapidly; however, the E-Hybrid version provide the best fuel economy when driving around town. The EPA estimates that the nonhybrid model should deliver 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway, which are slightly higher numbers than those of rivals such as the M5 and the GT63. For more information about the Panamera Turbo’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
You sit low in the Panamera Turbo S’s driver-focused cabin, just like you should in a true sports sedan; and in the grand Porsche tradition, the ignition is to the left of the steering wheel. It’s spacious inside, even for taller drivers. Rear-seat space is also generous, especially in the six-inch-longer Executive models, which offer limo-like legroom. With 18 cubic feet of cargo space, the Turbo S also offers a large trunk for this class. Open the door, and everything inside the Porsche looks and feels every bit of its steep price tag. Its list of standard features is also long and appropriate for the class, but as with any Porsche, the pricey options are quite extensive. Available upgrades include everything from leather-covered climate-control vents to a fire extinguisher. More practical options include massaging seats, ventilated seats, soft-close doors, four-zone automatic climate control, and a power rear sunshade. We especially like its optional sport seats, which are shaped to perfection and have 18-way adjustability. With touch-sensitive controls for functions such as the climate control, the Panamera’s clean and minimalistic center console looks like something from Apple. The all-touch system can be fussy and difficult to use while driving, but you get used to it quickly.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Also, quite Apple-esque is the large and attractive 12.3-inch touchscreen sitting in the center of the Turbo S’s dash. Unfortunately, its infotainment system isn’t as easy to use as it should be. Although the system has standard features such as Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay, navigation, and a Wi-Fi hotspot, its menus are overcomplicated. Many of its functions could be more intuitive, making it distracting to use while driving. On the upside, the Panamera’s digital gauge cluster can sync with the CarPlay system, which allows it to put navigation maps and other information ahead of the driver. Pretty slick.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Panamera Turbo is available with numerous driver-assistance technologies, including features such as lane-keeping assist, lane-change assist, and adaptive cruise control. Porsche even offers a night-vision system. However, despite the Panamera Turbo S’s considerable asking price, many of these tech-based driver aids and active safety systems cost extra. For more information about the Panamera Turbo’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Available adaptive cruise control
- Available lane-keeping assist
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Porsche’s limited warranty and its powertrain warranty are competitive in this class. Spanning the same amount of time, its 24-hour roadside-assistance program is also similar to what rivals offer. However, Porsche only includes complimentary scheduled maintenance for a short time. BMW’s complimentary scheduled maintenance program is considerably longer.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles