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2021 Porsche Panamera Sedan Review - Performance, Trims, Prices, Features, And Rivals

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Madhav A Nigam

Content Writer June 30, 2020 at 06:36 PM
The 2021 Porsche Panamera will be undergoing updates in the front and rear fascia for this year. Powered by a dynamic 3.0L turbo V6, it is almost a sports car in the guise of a sedan. Stipulated to be unveiled in late 2020, it remains tech-savvy and comfortable, while taking on the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7-Series and Audi A8 L. Sticker prices for the 2021 Panamera lineup should begin at $89,125 for the base trim and conclude it around the $135k mark.

The pioneers of the sloping roofline, and the true example of a driver’s car, there are a lot of things that describe Porsche. As with every venture of theirs, the 4-door offering from them has also been a great hit despite everyone’s apprehensions. Having completed a decade of existence recently, it's time to make way for a refresh, with the 2021 Porsche Panamera.

With the Porsche Panamera, the brand has shown that the dynamics of a sports car can be brought into a full-size sedan as well. For 2021, the front and rear fascia will be receiving minor updates. And with those updates, it will take on its long term rivals, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, and the Audi A8 L. With so many head-turning crowd favorites as part of the lineup, the Panamera has its work cut out for itself. So, let’s see if the Porsche Panamera has the capability to hold its own. 

What's the Price of the 2021 Porsche Panamera Sedan?

Along with power and performance, Porsche offers a long list of features with the Panamera lineup which comes in 4 trims, base, 4, 4s, and the crazy GTS. The prices for the 2021 Porsche Panamera lineup should start at $89,125 for the "Base" trim, extending all the way to $134,495 for the top-trim GTS. The Hybrid models are also expected to wear the 2021 drapes with a few updates here and there, which are covered separately.

Being a luxury sedan, Porsche has already packed the interior with a lot of standard equipment and does not leave much to the imagination. When you move into the customization phase, you might freak out looking at the sheer volume of options available. Right from the kind of stitching of the seats, to the color scheme to creature comforts, there is a lot you can add to the ride to make it a stand-out more than it already is.

What's the Engine under the 2021 Porsche Panamera's hood?

The 2021 Panamera will derive its power from a 3.0L turbocharged V6 like its predecessors. This comes mated to an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission which is actually a blessing in disguise, for those who want the thrill of driving. The duo produces a total of 330 hp with 331 lb-ft of torque. 

The more powerful GTS trim of the 2021 Porsche Panamera will come loaded with a 4.0L, twin-turbo, V8 motor producing 453 HP of power, and 457 lb-ft of torque. This motor shares the same 8-speed PDK gearbox with its "weaker" siblings. That said, even the 3.0L, V6 engine is dynamic and allows the car to maintain its zesty flavor. For a full-sized sedan of its stature, this is more than adequate enough to get your senses moving. The 4.0L motor, on the other hand, is just bonkers!

Models

2021 Porsche Panamera (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2020 BMW 7-Series

2020 Audi A8 L

MRSP

$87,200

$94,250

$89,450

$83,800

Engine

3.0L, turbocharged, V6

3.0L, turbocharged, V6

3.0L, turbocharged, Inline-6

3.0L, turbocharged, V6

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Power 

330 hp @ 5,400 rpm

362 hp @ 5,500 rpm

335 hp @ 5,000 rpm

335 hp @ 5,000 rpm

Torque 

331 lb-ft @ 1,340 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

330 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 1,370 rpm

In a pure German lineup, the Porsche Panamera sits in the lower part of the crop while the Mercedes Benz S-Class takes the top spot, while the Audi A8L comes in next by just inching forward with higher torque figures as compared to the BMW 7-Series

How fast is the 2021 Porsche Panamera from 0-60 MPH?

Porsche claims that the Panamera can break the Nurburgring record for a 4-door long sedan. While that is still left to be tested, in the streets, the Porsche Panamera can complete the 0-60 MPH dash in 5.4 seconds, ensuring a wide grin on your face every time you floor those beautifully crafted aluminum pedals.

The 8-speed shifter is quick to react and keeps up with all the tempers you throw at it. Paddle shifters behave just like the 911s, holding gears for even while redlining, pumping more adrenaline in you. To sum it up, the 2021 Panamera is nothing but a wolf in sheep's clothing! 

Models

2021 Porsche Panamera (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2020 BMW 7-Series

2020 Audi A8 L

0-60 MPH 

5.4 sec

5.4 sec 

4.8 sec 

5.8 sec 

Quarter Mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Top Speed

164 MPH

155 MPH

155 MPH

166 MPH

Engine

3.0L, turbocharged, V6

3.0L, turbocharged, V6

3.0L, turbocharged, Inline-6

3.0L, turbocharged, V6

For the Panamera, it's not all about speed but also about sense. That being said, the S-Class matches the Porsche while the 7-Series takes the top spot. The Audi A8L takes the longest to achieve the feat and comes in last. 

How is the drive experience of the 2021 Porsche Panamera?

If you have ever wondered what a full-size sedan with sports car dynamics looks like, then the answer is hidden within the Porsche Panamera. Despite its size, the car handles impeccably well. Throw it around the corner or just go galloping on the highway, you will not find any fault in its dynamism. 

The suspension is fine-tuned at a perfect balance between sporty and comfortable and hence gobbles up road irregularities like a pro. The steering wheel offers immense feedback but can feel heavy every now and then.

The ride remains smooth throughout, whether you are on the highway, or stuck in traffic, you will never find any hassles with the drive experience. Even if you step in after slogging in a long day at work, the vibe of the Porsche is such that you will exit from it rejuvenated with a wide grin on your face.

Though the Porsche Panamera looks quite beefy from the rear due to its heavy derriere, the reality is quite the opposite. The ride comes with 4-wheel ABS with EBD, working with 6-piston monobloc callipers at the front as standard. The GTS, however, brings more flavor with a massive 10-piston monobloc unit!

That said, the 2021 Panamera Sedan makes sure it comes to a stop effortlessly. In comparison to the rest, the biggest rotors are packed within the Mercedes-Benz S-Class while the BMW 7-Series comes in next. The Audi A8 L weighs the highest and hence takes the longest to come to a stop. But nothing breast the Panamera's biggest brake callipers in the segment!

What Fuel Economy does the Panamera offer?

For a ride that is a statement piece, the fuel economy numbers of the Porsche Panamera are about average. It is more a head-turner than a fuel-efficient econobox. The Panamera offers 19 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on the highway, and 22 MPG combined. Combined with an adequately large fuel tank, the range always turns out to be decent. 

Models

2021 Porsche Panamera (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2020 BMW 7-Series

2020 Audi A8 L

MPG (City)

19

18

20

19

MPG (Highway)

27

28

28

27

MPG (Combined)

22

22

23

22

Fuel Capacity

23.7 gallons

21.1 gallons

20.6 gallons

21.7 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (miles)

450/640/521 

380/591/464 

412/577/473 

369/564/477 

Emission (Tons/yr. of COM2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

When pitted against its adversaries, the Bimmer takes the top spot while all the others stay at par with each other. The Audi and Porsche being corporate cousins, offer the exact same fuel efficiency.

Is the interior of the Porsche Panamera nice?

Porsche has taken a lot of care when it comes to pampering its passengers inside the cabin. From plush leather upholstery to top-of-the-line technology features, there is almost nothing that this ride misses out on. 

There is also the option of Alcantara upholstery that will adorn the seats, dashboard, headliner, and the steering wheel. Porsche offers most of the things as part of the package, but the optional list is sure to compel you to slide in a couple of thousand dollars more!

Models

2021 Porsche Panamera (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2020 BMW 7-Series

2020 Audi A8 L

Seating Capacity

4

5

4

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

39.7/59.7/41.4

39.9/59.2/41.4

38.3/59.1/41.5

Rear Row (Head/ Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

37.4/59.1/34.1

38.9/57.7/44.4

38.5/57.6/44.3

The only caveat with the Panamera’s interior is its seating capacity of only 4. While its competitors offer 5 seats as standard, the Panamera and 7-Series offer 5 seats as optional for an additional sum. That being said, the seats are supremely comfortable and the seating posture, more so. The other creature comforts you will find in its interiors are:

  • 8-Way Power-Adjustable Bucket front Seats 
  • Manual Tilt and Telescoping Steering Column
  • Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
  • Valet Function
  • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 
  • Illuminated Entry, Ignition Switch, and Panic Button
  • Remote Release Power Cargo Access
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • HVAC- including Underseat Ducts, Residual Heat Recirculation, Headliner/Pillar Ducts, and Console Ducts
  • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Leather Door Trim Insert
  • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
  • Partial Leather Seat Trim
  • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Dual Illuminated Vanity Mirrors

The above non-exhaustive list includes optional and standard features. And looking at it, it becomes pretty evident that you might not ever need anything else for the cabin as long as you own the Porsche Panamera.

What's the infotainment system in the 2021 Porsche Panamera?

Though the exterior of the Porsche Panamera Sedan is subjected to a mild refreshment, the infotainment system remains the same. However, you get your hands on a beautifully crafted 12.1-inch all-LED touchscreen infotainment system with the 2021 Porsche Panamera lineup. It was already futuristic with loads of connectivity features on offer in including all the detailed performance-related data of the vehicle. Hence, no changes here shouldn't be much of a problem.

The infotainment is easy to read and the picture quality is crisp and clear. The polarising contrast ratio looks appealing to the eyes and all of this experience is topped by the fluid transitions with every swipe of your fingers. That said, some of the eye-catching features that are expected to be seen in the 2021 Porsche Panamera's infotainment system are: 

  • 12.1-inch touchscreen infotainment screen
  • 14-speaker Bose Premium Sound System
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth 
  • NFC
  • WiFi hotspot
  • HomeLink
  • Satellite Navigation with Real-Time Traffic
  • SiriusXM
  • Two 10-inch touchscreen rear entertainment screens

How much Cargo Space does the 2021 Porsche Panamera have?

While you may not plan on it, but every once in awhile, you might have to pick up some stuff on the way back home. And to that avail, the Porsche Panamera comes with 17.6 cu-ft of cargo space. This is enough to carry two months’ worth of household supplies and still have space to carry a duffle bag.

Everything you expect from a six-figure sports sedan is all here. You get a power tailgate and gesture unlocking. The lid lifts high but the low-slung nature of this sedan surely asks you to lean a bit more in order to organize your stuff.

Models

2021 Porsche Panamera (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2020 BMW 7-Series

2020 Audi A8 L

Cargo Capacity 

17.6 cu.ft.

18.7 cu.ft.

18.2 cu.ft.

12.5 cu.ft

In comparison to the other full-sized saloons, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class takes the cake its bigger cargo compartment. The BMW 7-Series follows closely while the Audi A8 L stays silent with its rather small cargo space. 

Does the 2021 Porsche Panamera look good?

The best part has yet to come. The looks of the 2021 Porsche Panamera is aggressive and sporty, despite being a full-size sedan. The front looks have the Classy Porsche LED headlights and on the hood holds the company's shiny emblem. The lines are continuous and glamourous and travel back to the rear and fuses with the boot. 

The Panamera is one of those Porsches that has managed to look fresh even with minimal styling updates. The 2021 Porsche Panamera will bring just subtle updates, mainly focused on the front and rear bumpers, retaining every other detail that already sets it apart from the segment. We do not think this sedan needs to look any better, how about you?   

Models

2021 Porsche Panamera (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2020 BMW 7-Series

2020 Audi A8 L

Curb Weight (lbs)

4157 lbs

4685 lbs

4381 lbs

4751 lbs

Length (in)

198.7

206.9

207.4

208.7

Width (in)

76.3

74.8

74.9

76.6

Height (in)

56

58.9

58.2

58.5

Ground Clearance (in)

5.3

5.0

5.3

4.8

Wheelbase (in)

116.1

124.6

126.4

123.1

The legendary sloping roofline comes into view when you gaze at it from the side. The rear holds the slim LED taillamps along with the 3D Porsche badging. Riding high on the 19-inch wheels, the ground clearance will also not be an issue. Look at it from the back, and the dual chrome exhausts let a sweet symphony that is pure music to a gearhead’s ears. The other exterior details include:

  • 19-inch Wheels, dual-arm 5-spoke design
  • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Power Sunshade
  • Chrome Door Handles
  • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Power Folding
  • Fixed Rear Window with Defroster and Power Blind
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers with Heated Jets
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Power Spoiler
  • Power Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included with Power Door Locks
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Rear Fog Lamps
  • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • LED Brakelights
  • Door Auto-Latch

While these features are great, a lot more is in store when you move into the customization stage. Whether you want bigger wheels, special paint jobs, the world is your oyster since the Panamera offers all that and more. 

What are the Safety features in the 2021 Porsche Panamera?

Porsche, despite being a performance-centric vehicle has made sure that its users are always safe as well. And on that note, it provides a lot of standard safety features. Some of them are:

  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Backup Camera
  • Parking Sensors
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Alarm
  • Traction Control
  • Stability Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Side Airbags
  • Curtain Airbags
  • Knee Airbags

The NHTSA and IIHS are yet to test the ride. Though it seems highly unlikely that it would happen, if it does, the Panamera will surely procure a respectable rating. That being said, you can tread out dauntless since the ride will always keep you covered. 

How does the said car stack up against the competition?

2021 Porsche Panamera vs 2020 Audi A8L

The corporate cousin to the Porsche, the Audi A8 L is the flagship saloon offering that can easily keep you comfortable with its roomy and immensely comfortable cabin. With its tech-savvy approach, almost a living room style cabin, and a knack for performance, the Audi A8L is a worthy buy if you want a no-nonsense chauffeur-driven saloon to your name.

2021 Porsche Panamera vs 2020 BMW 7-Series 

The BMW 7-Series is the flagship saloon from the Bavarians. BMW's flagship sedan is comfortable, spacious, tech-friendly, and the icing on the cake is the on-point driver assistance system. Only one of the lot that can offer massager seats in its cabin for both the front and rear, you can never go wrong with this chariot if you add it to your garage.

2021 Porsche Panamera vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has long stood as the quintessential symbol of opulence and luxury. Packing a punch with its interiors, luxury, and performance streak, the S-Class is the unbeaten king of the segment. It is also spacious and offers many more amenities compared to the Porsche Panamera. 

Should you go with the 2021 Porsche Panamera?

The 2021 Porsche Panamera remains the same trusty rider in the new outfit, hence fulfilling the statement “old dog, new tricks”. It is stylish, flamboyant and offers the performance of a sports car in a long saloon package. So, If you want something that stands aside from the crowd of the generic long saloons, then the Porsche Panamera should be your pick of the lot.

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2021 Porsche Panamera FAQs

What's the warranty with the 2021 Porsche Panamera?

The 2021 Panamera Sedan shall carry forward the same plan of 4-yr/50,000-mile basic warranty and another 4-yr/50,000-mile coverage for the powertrain as well. Further enhancing the factor is the free complimentary maintenance for 1 year or 10,000 miles.

Which is the fastest Porsche Panamera in the 2021 lineup?

Although the "Turbo" badge has always been the fastest in any Porsche lineup, this year, this torch is being lent to the "GTS" trim which packs a 4.0L, twin-turbo, V8 motor churning 453 horses. We expect the more powerful "Turbo" models to follow up later in the year 2021.

What's the difference between the Porsche Panamera Base and the Panamera 4?

Although both trims are powered by the same 3.0L, turbocharged, V6 motor, the Base Panamera is an RWD while the "4" drives all four wheels. This enables a quicker 0-60 MPH acceleration taking just 5.2 seconds for the 2021 Porsche Panamera 4, as opposed to the Base's 6.0-second 0-60 MPH run.

What's the average maintenance cost of the 2021 Porsche Panamera?

If the reports are to be believed, the current Porsche Panamera has recorded an average maintenance cost of $1,290 incurred annually, while a basic oil change cost lies in the bracket of $490-$530, including labor charges. Since the 2021 Porsche Panamera retains everything mechanically, $1,290 is totally worth it considering it is one of the most reliable sports sedans in the market.

Is it safe to buy a used Porsche Panamera?

The Panamera sedan is just a decade old tag that has managed to earn maximum reliability points from all its owners. Infact, the Porsche Panamera has set reliability benchmarks in the luxury sports sedan segment. So, if you have your heart set on a used Panamera, we'd give you a thumbs up!

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