Porsche Panamera diesel: One Minute Test Drive
20 October 2011
What's new: Porsche's progression into the mainstream continues with its first Panamera diesel. The black-pump version of the luxury four-door model will account for over half of Panamera UK?sales.
Excellent: The performance and refinement make it almost unbelievable that this is a diesel Porsche, and will soften the blow aficionados will feel as the brand moves away from solely selling pure sports cars.
Good: Although the hybrid Panamera gets under 160g/km, the diesel's 172g/km and 43.5mpg combined figures are impressive for a large luxury 250hp car that can still get to 60mph in less than seven seconds.
Average: Those Panamera looks are still very divisive, although most come down on the side of them not making for the world's prettiest car.
Poor: The fact that there's only one model in the range means expensive trips to the options list - Porsche claims no two cars leave the factory identical.
Verdict: Feels faster than the hybrid version, despite the figures not backing that up. A?very impressive and enticing model, if you can reconcile the styling.
Feels faster than the hybrid version, despite the figures not backing that up. A?very impressive and enticing model, if you can reconcile the styling.