2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan

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2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 18, 2020

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Since the time when the electric cars were just a mere concept and nobody dared to engineer one, Tesla took a giant leap and then came the Model S. Now, as the popularity of the electric cars increased, everybody wants a share in the pie. The big boys of sports car town heard the news too and came up with their “Mission E” concept which now is launched as Porsche Taycan.

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Pros

Breathtaking acceleration

Engaging handling dynamics.

Exceptionally well build quality.

Surprisingly enough luggage space.

Cons

Range anxiety.

Sub-par leg room.

The car and options list is pricey. 

What's New?

All new in Porsche line-up.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$103800

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

horsepower

522 hp

transmission

2 Speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
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Styles

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Black

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

9.5

Fuel Economy

9.5

Interior

9.0

9.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Base

Base

power
N/A
fuel
Electric
mpg
combined

$103,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2A) Starting at $103,800 MSRP TBD electric, electric
2-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

9.0

Overall Rating


Porsche going electric news didn’t seem to please the purists but, I’m glad to inform you that the all-new Taycan is every it Porsche as you would imagine. The aggressive styling, insane acceleration, and precise handling of this very sedan live up to the brand’s name. 

The Taycan comes in four trims, the base 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S, even though all of these run on electric power. The Porsche people have kept this nomenclature even though electric vehicles aren’t the things of the future, people still need a hand to walk them to the electric car era. 

Now, Tesla doesn’t get to boast their exclusivity in the big-bodied electric car market, the big boys have stepped up their game. Talking of performance even the base 4S model can be opted with Performance Battery Pack that turns up the performance wick a smidge.

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Front View
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Front View
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Rear View
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

9.5/10
Engine and Performance

 

9.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Features

8.0/10

 

Model

4S

MSRP

$103,800

Key Features

Four-point LED headlamps with Matrix beam6.8-inch curved MID 

 

Four-zone automatic climate control system

 

16.8-inch curved MID 

 

10.9-inch central display and passenger display respectively

 

Automatically extending door handles

 

Panoramic fixed glass roof

 

Porsche three-stage active rear spoiler

 

20-inch Taycan Turbo Aero wheel

 

Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control 

 

Rear-axle steering

 

Adaptive air suspension

We Recommend

 Buying a Porsche is a tough job on its own, our pick is the “cheaper” , in Porsche’s terms the 4S model. It is quick enough 3.8 seconds and is expected to deliver more range than the Turbo models. Although the Porsche’s options list is longer than a trans-Atlanctic flight and far pricer than you would expect. But, you should consider 150kW charger that triples maximum charging power at 400-V DC fast charging stations.

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Engine and Performance

9.5/10

The Taycan 4S features two electric motors on each axle, making it four-wheel drive from a 79.2kWh battery but a 93.4kWh battery pack is optional. This makes it put out a peak power of 522hp with base battery and 563hp with a bigger battery. The peak power only comes in short bursts to prevent the battery pack from overheating, after that the power drops to the regular 429hp. The rear motor is run by a unique 2-speed transmission. During regular driving the change in gear is imperceptible but activating launch control the shift from one to two is quick and violent as in any gas-powered supercar. EVs tend to slow down after battery gets depleted but according to Porsche, the Taycan is able to execute ten repeated launches with consistent performance.

Models

Porsche taycan

Tesla Model S

MSRP

$103,800

$90,115

Engine

Electric

Electric 

Transmission

Two speed

Single-speed

Horsepower

429

762 

Torque

472

723 

Although the Tesla annihilates the Porsche in terms of engine output and being quicker off the line in 2.4 seconds compared to Porsche’s 3.8 seconds. Taycan featuring a two-speed transmission sure is expected to give it a boost in mid-range as compared to Tesla’s single speed.

Acceleration

The base Taycan putting out a healthy 429 horsepower and 522 horses in overboost pushing to 60mph in 3.8 seconds, the instant torque is enough to blow your mind. That sure is not even close to the Tesla’s neck-snapping 723 lb-ft of torque. There isn’t any competition if cornering speeds aren’t included. Although, talking of the Turbo S model, comes very close punching 60 in 2.6 seconds. 

2020 Porsche taycan Rear View
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan 0-60 MPH in just 3.8 sec

Models

Porsche taycan

Tesla Model S

0-60mph

3.8 seconds

2.4 seconds 

Quarter Mile

 

10.69 seconds 

Engine

Electric Motor

Electric Motor 

Emissions

N/A

N/A 

Braking

 To bring the hefty 5000 lbs machine to stop, 6 piston fixed calliper front brakes and 4 piston rear brakes with cast iron discs are provided. If you tend to brake late you really should opt for the optional carbon-ceramic brakes. Although, as the Porsche is known for their sports car feel, the brake pedal feel is not up to the mark, the initial bite of the brakes is not as hard you really need to dig into the pedal to work, which doesn’t seem sporty at all. With the Taycan Porsche stands against the regenerative braking messing into the pedal feel so if you have to slow down. Although, the regen braking can be adjusted by a button the steering wheel. 

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Brakes
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Front Brake is 360 mm

Models

Porsche taycan

Tesla Model S

Front brake (in)

360mm

N/A

Rear Brake (in)

358mm

N/A

Curb Weight (lbs)

4960lbs

N/A

60-0 mph (ft)

N/A

N/A 

Ride and Handling

 On paper, it absolutely doesn’t make any sense why anyone should buy a Porsche. But, once you drive one you can’t help but fall in love. Porsche makes high-quality cars that drive really really well. You obviously get to notice the eerie silence in the cabin when you’re cruising around the town. But, as soon as you slip into the Sport mode a whizzing sound makes it futuristic and adds to the experience. Oh, did I mention you can slide an elephant over it just coughing? Because, surprisingly, the 4S model is the slipperiest of all with the drag coefficient of just 0.22. 

The 4S comes with standard 19-inch wheels, while it is supposed to have a stiff suspension and ride is supposed to be cruel and harsh, it doesn’t disappoint in either ride or handling. The car can handle a few imperfections on the road with ease and without complaint. The ride is fairly smooth and compliant. 

2020 Porsche taycan Front View
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Rear View

Coming to the steering wheel, it sure is precise but is numb. A very little feedback is given via the steering wheel which is very unlike Porsche. Coming to the real stuff where Porsche doesn’t seem to disappoint is the handling. Hustling through complex corners is where it really makes you wonder if the laws of physics still work. 600 lbs heavier than the heavyweight champ in their own house the Panamera Turbo, the agility is ungodly. It is a miracle how it hides its weight. The skateboard-like architecture makes the heavy batteries sit on the bottom of the car getting the center of gravity down low resulting in very less body roll and immense grip. 

Porsche uses a centrally networked control system for the Taycan chassis. The integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control analyses and synchronises all chassis systems in real time. As standard, the Taycan 4S features adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology including electronic damper control PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management).

In the handling department, the Taycan is unmatched let it be the most powerful Tesla. If the Model S went down a canyon road as fast as a Taycan, it wouldn’t go around at all. 

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Fuel Economy

9.5/10

With its very first 800V architecture Porsche boasts superfast recharging, imagine getting 60 miles of range in just 5 minutes of charge, as Porsche claims, impressive, isn’t it?

Although it is an expensive decision but, Porsche had to fulfill their vision. This makes this car viable for long trips which this tourer sedan is made for. 

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Charge Port
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Charge Port

The Taycan is rated for about 280 miles but on the harsher or more realistic environment, it can go for 225 miles. 

Models

Taycan 4S

Tesla Model S

Miles Per Charge (Long Range)

N/A

373

Miles Per Charge (WLTP)

N/A

279

The Model S has a huge advantage in terms of the range it offers but in a Porsche you will enjoy every mile rather than counting miles in a Tesla.

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Interior

9.0/10

With the Taycan, Porsche took the stand against the interior with buttons. The last dramatic interior change was with the Panamera but with Taycan it has gone to a whole new level. 

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Front Seats
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Front Seats

The new steering wheel shows off some floating elements similar to the new generation 911. Porsche Communication Management display sits in front and center of the dashboard, a wide welcoming screen is all you’ll see when first entering. Another touchscreen sits a little below the first which is divided into two halves the upper half is for your climate control and seat functionalities. The lower half is for frequently used areas like volume control or opening the trunk. 

Models

Porsche taycan

Tesla Model S

Passenger Capacity

4(+1 optional)

Front(head/shoulder/leg)

N/A

38.8/57.7/42/7

Second(head/shoulder/leg)

N/A

35.3/55.0/35.4

The front seats are comfy and nicely cushioned and rear seats have enough leg room because the electric motors don’t really take enough space but not much headroom because the batteries are laid down low in the car making it less accommodating for taller passengers. The middle rear seat is optional and for securing child seats it also has two latches. \

Partial leather upholstery is standard which can be upgraded to full leather or leather-free suede. The standard upholstery is made of recycled leather, seems like Porsche is going environmentally-friendly all the way. 

  • Auto-Matic Advanced Climate Control
  • Auto Dimming Interior Rear view Mirror and Digital Compass
  • Power Windows with Pinch Protection
  • 14 /18(Optional) Way Adjustable front row Seats with narrow headrests.
  • Multi Function Sports and Optional Gt Sports Steering Wheel
  • Optional Ambient Lighting Interiors
  • Optional dashboard in aluminium, carbon or paldao wood

Infotainment and App

The Car comes with loads of Infotainment features the Apple Car Play support and Porsche Communication Management are among the major highlights. A unique Drive Assist feature Navigation Plus that retrieves real-time traffic information on the road. Porsche promises a seamless 6 Months free Subscription of Apple Music for Taycan owners so now one can stream over 50 Million songs ad free and other apple music play features such as driving mood.

  • Voice Command features (Hey Porsche)
  • Apple Car Play
  • Porsche Connect Feature (Function On Demand)
  • Navigation Plus feature with real time Traffic on Road.
  • Route Monitor with Optimal Data Usage 
  • Bluetooth Telephonic and Audio Connect feature
  • Rearview Camera with Bird View Angle

Cargo Space

 Well Equipped with 81 Litres cabin space at the front to store smaller luggage items, Combining the rear boot space of 366 Litres, the vehicle has a 447 Litres of Baggage capacity and that’s enough for a Sedan of this Size. The Cargo Capacity can also be extended by folding the rear seats backrests. 

Models

Porsche taycan

Tesla Model S

Cargo Space

15.7 cu.ft.

30.0 cu.ft. 

While Cargo Capacity may not be the primary reason why a Customer would want to buy a Porsche Taycan Turbo S but it lands a positive figure in terms of Cargo space.

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Interior
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Interior
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Interior
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Interior
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Interior
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Interior
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Interior
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Interior
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Interior
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Interior

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Exterior

The Chassis of a performance Car can hold anyone for a while to look back, and when one knows its a Porsche they find another reason for a head turn. The galloping roofline which runs from the cowl to the bonnet of this four-door sedan is amazingly capturing especially when it runs the track. The Aerodynamic Design can be felt with just a glimpse of the car which runs low in height, and a sleek, sharp and racy look of the car which finds its DNA from the Porsche tree is quite captivating. At the front the Curvy cowl which on a practical sense do not require a grille for engine cooling being an Electric drive, has got lateral air intakes on either sides for cooling down the battery and runs beneath the line as a signature to Porsche’s design line. The Four-Point LED lights on the front extends the looks of the car and other performance features in this Sedan can be rarely kept unnoticed especially the 21 Inch Wheels. 

2020 Porsche taycan Three Quarter View
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Three Quarter View

At the rear Brake lights finds its roots from the 911 running from one end to the other. Charging Ports on Either Side of the Car and Rise up door handles add to the Convenient architecture of the Car. The Body dimensions and positive weight distribution of the Car helps in better handling and maneuverability of the Car.

Models

Porsche taycan

Tesla Model S

Curb Weight (lbs)

4960lbs

N/A

Length(in)

195.4

196.0

Width(in)

77.4

77.3

Height(in)

54.4

56.8

Ground Clearance(in)

N/A

4.6

Wheelbase(in)

114.2

116.5

Track Width(in)

N/A

N/A

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Exterior
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Exterior
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Exterior
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Exterior
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Exterior
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Exterior
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Exterior
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Exterior
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Exterior
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Exterior

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Safety

Standard Safety features that cannot get unnoticed as Airbags on front row, Side Curtain as well knee protection on Front and Second Row. Apart from that, Traction Control, Headlights Washer, Cornering Lights, LED DRLs and Stolen Vehicle Tracking are some drive friendly features this car gets.

  • Front Row Airbags / Side Impact /Side Curtain / Knee Protection 
  • Occupancy Sensor
  • Traction Control
  • Stolen Vehicle Tracking
  • Height Adjustable Safety Belts
  • Seatbelt pre- tensioners
  • LED DRLs
  • Parking Assist
  • Panic alarm
  • Rare Child Safety Door Locks
  • Content theft-deterrent alarm system
  • Remote Ignition Disable
  • Lane Departure
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • ABS with EBD
  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Standard lane-keeping assistance
  • Available blind-spot monitoring

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Competition

Porsche Taycan Turbo S vs Tesla Model S

Porsche Taycan Turbo S the top of the Taycan Tree has a record of taking down the Model S in track and promises to deliver repeatable performance every time. The reliability and trust of Porsche is another thing that will make one opt for this Car, it is too charming for a 4 Door electric sedan to take down a Tesla in terms of performance as the racing pedigree is still embraced in the Porsche world. Where it lacks is the range and charge which Tesla has in abundance and the Fast Charging infra where Tesla gets a monopoly over Porsche.

2020 Tesla Model S
Caption

 

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Sedan Final Verdict

Setting the price aside, the Taycan is an impressive machine. You could almost say the Taycan is practical too but appears to be far into the performance side. There is still a lot of room for improvement but all in all we can say it is a win for the Porsche.