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      Launch year
      2017
      Body type
      Performance
      Fuel type
      Petrol, PHEV
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Porsche’s more practical, handsome Panamera

Best bits

  • Hugely engaging driver’s car, in any guise 
  • You gain a little bit more headroom in the rear over the standard Panamera  
  • Looks are more appealing in Sport Turismo guise than the divisive style of the saloon

Not so great

  • Not massively more practical than the saloon in reality
  • Silly ventilation controls are under touchscreen sub-menus
  • You need a lot of option box ticking to make it as good as it can be

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Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Left Side View

Overall verdict

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Front Interior

On the inside

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Rear View

Driving

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Logo

How much does it cost to run

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Right Side View

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"The Panamera Sport Turismo adds some space to the pace of the Panamera, while also adding some grace at the same time. It's not the most commodious of estate cars - and not hugely more practical than the saloon it’s based on, but there’s a sizeable increase in appeal regardless of this. The Panamera Sport Turismo’s appeal remains focused on the driver, as well as the improved looks at the rear."

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Left Side View

The Porsche Panamera had been around for seven years before Porsche added a larger estate-style rear end to it to create the Panamera Sport Turismo.


Adding to the already decent practicality of the fastback hatchback it’s based on the Panamera Sport Turismo also had the additional effect of improving the Panamera’s looks, the big saloon not so wedded to the rakish-backed style that defines the standard car, with the obvious benefit not just to luggage space, but also rear seat headroom. 


When it was introduced in 2017 Porsche additionally added the option of 2+1 seating in the rear, which brought five-seat (if you’re small and friendly for the rear three passengers) to the Panamera for the first time, Porsche subsequently offering the 2+1 seating option across the entire Panamera range.


It might seem like an obvious thing to do, giving more space and practicality to a luxury saloon, but the luxury saloon marketplace is a traditional one, which is why you’ll not find rivals for the Panamera Sport Turismo from many rivals. There’s no Mercedes-Benz S-Class estate, likewise no BMW 7 Series or Audi A8 estates, instead you have to look a class down, at cars like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series, as well as the Audi A6 Avant.  


Like its saloon relation it’s powered by a choice of engines with outputs ranging from 330PS up to over double that in the range topping, take a breath, Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, which as its lengthy name suggests uses plug-in hybrid power to boost not just economy, but performance from its 550PS petrol V8 twin turbocharged engine. For the record, that plug-in is a 680PS load-hauler.


Not that any Panamera Sport Turismo is slow, all offering pace that will keep sports cars honest, and not just on the straights, the Panamera Sport Turismo’s chassis hugely adept at meting out the Panamera’s prodigious power. It’s very agile, particularly given its size and weight, making it a very appealing choice for those used to the speed and engagement of sports cars, but needing the space of something a bit more usefully-sized. 


The Panamera Sport Turismo has that angle covered, then, though inevitably its focus on performance does mean some compromises over some of its luxury car rivals. They’re few though, and mostly centred around the Panamera Sport Turismo’s relatively snug rear passenger area, which pretty much rules it out if you’re after an upmarket, classy and expensive car to be chauffeured in.


But in every other respect the Panamera Sport Turismo offers a desirable proposition, adding some practicality into the Panamera saloon’s already pleasing mix of pace, style and driver appeal, with that oh-so-desirable badge on the bonnet. 


If you're looking for the standard version, you need our Porsche Panamera (2016-) review.

Is the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo right for you?

The Panamera Sport Turismo is something of a niche within a niche, taking an already driver focused sporting take on the traditional luxury saloon, and adding some practicality. It’s not an estate car in the sense that you’ll be able to stick a Chesterfield sofa in it, but it does gain some usefulness over its Panamera saloon relations, as well as its standard luxury car rivals. 


If you’re after the maximum load-carrying capacity in your Porsche you’d be better served by its Cayenne SUV, but the Sport Turismo does actually fit the needs of a sector of buyers wanting pace and space but not bowing to the current fashion for high-riding SUVs - with all the negativity weighed on them. If you’re that person, then the Panamera Sport Turismo might just prove the perfect choice. 

What’s the best Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo model/engine to choose?

Which Panamera Sport Turismo your pick will be defined by a number of factors, as while they’re all very good, some are better in particular areas than others. City dwellers with driveways might want either of the two plug-in hybrids for their ability to cruise on electricity alone for around 20 miles, yet having all the long-legged ability and pace to get you to your weekend bolthole with no range worries. You’ll carry a bit less in them, thanks to the battery taking up a bit of the boot’s volume, though. 


The Panamera 4 Sport Turismo and the 4S offer 330PS or 440PS respectively, and are able all-rounders, but the GTS adds more driver appeal, sharper looks, standard air suspension and a V8 for not much more (relatively here, these are Porsches) than the 4S. It’s very good indeed. 


If you want the fastest, then the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is the pick, but, the Turbo below it delivers much the same speed, without the weight and complexity of that flagship model, which is to the benefit of its agility.

What other cars are similar to the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo?

The Panamera Sport Turismo might widen the Panamera’s bandwidth, but in doing so it narrows the choice of potential rivals. There are no other cars in the luxury segment that are tourers, or estates, so you need to look at rivals like the Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon, Audi RS6 Avant and, really, that’s about it. 


You could, of course, consider a huge choice of high performance SUVs, but as the Panamera Sport Turismo is an obviously anti-SUV choice then the chances are you’ve already discounted them from your list of potential buys. Indeed, if you’re even looking at the Sport Turismo as a potential car, then the chances are you’ve found exactly what you’re after. 

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Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Front Interior

On the inside

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Rear View

Driving

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Logo

How much does it cost to run

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Right Side View

Prices, versions and specification

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