No longer the ugly duckling of the Porsche lineup, the Panamera sedan spawns a new body style for the 2018 model year. A wagon by any other name, the Sport Turismo proffers the Panamera’s newfound style in a more versatile package-versatile being a relative term, because the Sport Turismo’s cargo hold is among the smallest in its class. Offered exclusively with all-wheel drive, the Sport Turismo is available with three different powertrains-one a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid. (The ultra-high-performance Turbo Sport Turismo, not covered here, also comes in a plug-in-hybrid version.) All Sport Turismo models move with gusto, and while they handle well by most standards, they don’t live up to the brand’s reputation for otherworldly dynamics and driver involvement. Nevertheless, if you accept this German wagonette as the luxury-lined cruise missile that it is, then you’ll surely be pleased with the Panamera Sport Turismo’s sultry style, comfortable ride, and high-quality cabin.
What’s New for 2018?
The Sport Turismo is a new addition to the Panamera lineup. Following in the tread marks of the Panamera sedan, the Sport Turismo trades the standard model’s fastback profile for an upright rear hatch. In short, it’s a station wagon. It’s also a Porsche, and the Sport Turismo is-unsurprisingly-an alluring combination of seductive style and speed.
Trims and Options We’d Choose
No automaker is better at nickel-and-diming its customers than Porsche, so plan on spending some serious coin on a Panamera Sport Turismo to equip it the way you want it. We’d put our money on the entry-level $97,250 Panamera 4 Sport Turismo-the 4 designates all-wheel drive-which includes items such as:
• 330-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine
• Four-corner air suspension
• Panoramic sunroof
• Navigation system
With the money we saved by passing on the pricier and more powerful 4S and 4 E-Hybrid trims, we’d add a number of options to make sure our Sport Turismo feels as special as it looks. Specifically, we’d spend $280 on a heated steering wheel, $600 on a set of swankier 19-inch Panamera S wheels, $830 on a metallic paint color (only white or black come standard), $1000 for brushed-aluminum interior trim to replace the standard smudge-attracting piano-black trim pieces, $1200 on a surround-view camera to assist with parking, another $1200 on massaging front seats, $2890 for adaptive cruise control, and $6250 on the Premium Plus package. This package includes a proximity key, soft-close doors, heated and cooled front seats, 14-way power front seats with memory, heated rear seats, blind-spot monitoring, a Bose premium audio system, and dynamic LED headlights. All in, our Panamera 4 Sport Turismo would set us back-gulp-$108,610. We told you it would cost.