When the Panamera first came out in 2009, it was hard to believe that Porsche would allow a four-door sedan into their lineup. However, the head-turning, divisive sports sedan drives on to tear up the roads. With the Sport Turismo wagon model gaining popularity, we only see the popularity of the Panamera growing in the next few years.
If you’re considering the 2020 Panamera, take a look at the quick guide we’ve compiled below. It’s your one-stop research spot for all things Porsche Panamera. That said, we do recommend you do your own research too. By that, we obviously mean you should take one of these puppies for a test drive. “Puppies” is hardly the right word though. The Panamera is more like a mix between a German Shepherd and a Jack Russel Terrier.
The newest Panamera might be many things, but a dog off the line it is not. There are plenty of powertrains to choose from. Here are your options.
- 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with 330 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque.
- 2.9-liter V6 with 440 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque.
- 2.9-liter V6 paired with an electric motor, for 462 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque combined.
- 4.0-liter turbo V8 with 453 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque.
- 4.0-liter turbo V8 with 550 horsepower and 567 lb-ft of torque.
- 4.0-liter turbo V8 paired with an electric motor, for 680 horsepower and 626 lb-ft of torque combined.
Though the 2020 Panamera comes standard in rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive is available on several trims — for a price, of course. All non-hybrid powertrains are coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Before you pick out your favorite color, here are the available trim levels on the 2020 Panamera. Note that it’s available in both sedan and Sport Turismo body styles. If you’re unfamiliar with the company’s naming customs, “Sport Turismo” is Porsche for “wagon” and includes an extra seat. Extended wheelbase models can be purchased as well.
More like “basic.” This entry-level model is a bit like two pieces of bread; if you want to make a whole sandwich, you’re going to have to pay more. Porsche starts the sticker pricing near $88,000. For nearly $90K, you can get this bare bones Panamera. You’ll get the 3.0-liter V6, which is at least turbocharged for some pep.
Other standard features on this base model include keyless entry, turn-key ignition (on the left side, of course), Apple CarPlay, heated front seats, 19-inch wheels, and navigation. You will also enjoy a panoramic roof, power rear hatch, and LED headlights and taillights. For almost all the trim levels, adding a ‘4’ to the nameplate just means you get all-wheel drive standard. So a 2020 Panamera 4 is just the Base trim level in all-wheel drive.
Upgrade to the S (or 4S model) for a bit more to enjoy. Prices jump to just over $100K if you’re interested in this model, which draws power from the 2.9-liter V6 that makes about 110 more horsepower than the base model.
Those of you looking for the V8 should start here. Along with the larger engine come 20-inch wheels, bigger brakes, and much more in terms of upgrades and accents. Leather and Alcantara line the interior. Expect to pay at least $130,000 for this sporty model.
The quickest of the non-hybrid V8 models, the Turbo combines speed and luxury. Big red traditional Porsche brakes offset 20-inch wheels on the outside. Inside, you’ll find leather seating, heated front and rear seats, and a Bose 14-speaker sound system. You’ll have to save about $153,000 for this trim level.
Ranging anywhere from just over $100,000 to just below $200,000, the E-Hybrid model brings technology to aid the traditional internal combustion engine. In fact, the 2.9-liter V6 paired to an electric motor comes from the Audi parts bin.
Turbo S E-Hybrid
Acid Green brake calipers aren’t the only highlight of this trim. Though you’ll pay nearly $190,000 for it, the Turbo S E-Hybrid compiles some of the fancier equipment for a full bells-and-whistles package. Achieving over 650 horsepower, the Turbo S E-Hybrid wears larger carbon ceramic brakes for safety, along with 21-inch wheels, and plenty of advanced driving technologies that make the entire experience that much more fun.
10 Years Edition
More of a special edition package than a trim level, the 10 Years Edition model includes features like “lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring and road-sign recognition as standard.” Customers will pay over $100,000 for this model. Really, it’s all about celebrating the Panamera’s 10 years in production.
Additional goodies include “Panamera10” badging, the Porsche crest on front and rear headrests, and white gold interior stitching. Since Porsche is so proud of the Panamera, many of the trims you see above are available with these 10 Years Edition accents.
Now that you’ve chosen a trim level, here are the available paint colors for 2020:
- Vulcano Grey Metallic
- Burgundy Red Metallic
- Night Blue Metallic
- Amethyst Metallic
- Jet Black Metallic
- Carmine Red
- Carrara White
- Dolomite Silver Metallic
- Mahogany Metallic
- Silver Metallic
- Gentian Blue (new for 2020)
- Papaya Metallic (new for 2020)
That being said, there’s not a lot of standard safety equipment on the 2020 Panamera, unfortunately. A rearview camera paired with front and rear parking sensors are the three options included in the sticker price.
You can add more features, like “a 360-degree camera system, lane-keep assist, lane-change assist, traffic sign recognition, and adaptive cruise control.” It all comes with for an increased price, of course.
You should expect to pay quite a bit for the full list of safety features. If you do, you’ll get “forward collision warning with brake assist, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, adaptive pivoting headlights, a night vision camera, a surround-view parking camera system, and a head-up display.”
Suffice to say, the 2020 Panamera requires a bit of a bribe to stay its safest on the roads. Let’s take a look now at how much you’ll be paying in terms of fuel. How thirsty do you expect the 2020 Panamera to be?
As you peruse these fuel efficiency numbers, remember that the Panamera isn’t necessarily going to be stingy when it comes to gas. It’s a performance sedan, after all.
Let’s take the 3.0-liter turbo V6 first. You’ll get about 19 city and 27 highway EPA-estimated miles-per-gallon (MPG) in rear-wheel drive variants and surprisingly, all-wheel drive models only lose 1 highway MPG. The slightly-smaller 2.9-liter V6, with more horsepower, achieves 18 city and 26 highway MPG in rear-wheel drive models, and 18 city and 24 MPG in all-wheel versions.
Moving on to the V8 models, you’ll see about 18 city and 25 highway MPG from the high output model in two-wheel drive models. Those numbers sit at 18 city and 23 highway MPG in all-wheel versions. With less power, the alternative 4.0-liter V8 achieves only 16 city and 23 highway MPG when in RWD. The all-wheel equivalent dips down further to 15 city and 22 highway MPG.
As for the hybrid models, the 2.9-liter V6, when paired with an electric motor, achieves 23 combined MPG, or 51 MPGe. The turbo 4.0-liter V8 paired to an electric motor as well does just about 20 combined MPG or 48 MPGe.
Believe it or not, there are a few competitors with similar offerings as the 2020 Porsche Panamera. Kelley Blue Book names the BMW 8 Series, Audi S7, Alpina B7, Mercedes-AMT GT 63 S, and the Ferrari GTC4Lusso as rivals. But is there really any comparing the Panamera to these high-end models? Or does each variant occupy its own space in the ring?
Well, let’s take a look at what the reviewers had to say about the 2020 Panamera. U.S. News editors call the Panamera “dressed to the nines, spacious and comfortable, a hoot to carve around turns, and seriously quick in a straight line.” That being said, they do bring up the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS as affordable alternatives with similar “performance and refinement.”
MotorTrend advises “it’s safe to assume you’ll spend at least $10,000 on options to get the features you’ll want.” While there are plenty of options for customizing your 2020 Panamera, Android users are left in the cold. In summary, the Panamera is meant “for a particular buyer who doesn’t mind paying a lot, but expects a lot in return and is extremely exacting in his or her many demands,” according to KBB.
The Last Word
Named Porsche’s flagship luxury sedan, the 2020 Panamera stands out among luxury sedans. It’s not quite a wagon, not quite a sedan, and not quite a sports car either. These non-traditional models are making a name for themselves. Break tradition and test drive the 2020 Panamera today. See for yourself what this iconic brand has to offer.