2020 Porsche Panamera 4

The 2020 Porsche Panamera 4 has a turbocharged 3.0L V6 and 7-speed PDK transmission. My review in one word, “wow!” So what makes this car so special? Lots. First, the engine is the same as the one in the Macan, which I loved from a previous review. The SPORT+ mode with the SPORT suspension is tremendously fun and powerful. It really kicks. I was amazed at the acceleration and cornering in SPORT mode.

Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)

The PDK transmission allows for really fast shifting. Gears change in lightning-quick fashion with no real loss in power. It is truly an amazing feeling to power through a corner using this PDK technology. You can use it in automatic or manual mode. It also has the added benefit of reducing fuel consumption over a manual transmission of the same setup.

All-Wheel-Drive

The model I drove is the Panamera 4. The “4” means this is an all-wheel-drive car. This is not the highest of the high-end trim levels (I drove a 2019 Panamera GTS on a race track last summer). This is close, but the GTS is truly a sportier edition.

Gauges

I love the center-mounted tachometer. It is literally front and center where most cars have the speedometer. For some reason, this makes me feel more in tune with the car. I’m not sure why, but it does. To the left and right of the center-mounted analog tachometer are digital gauges for the speedometer, outside temperature, fuel, engine temperature, oil temperature, oil pressure, battery voltage, tire pressure (for each tire, separately), g-forces, power distribution (front and back), and navigation.

Porsche makes the digital gauges customizable. Since they are digital — why not! There is a configurable button on the steering wheel in the shape of a diamond. You can set it up to be a climate control, heads-up display on and off, change source, repeat driving instructions, next track, and so on.

There is also a handy button to select the drive mode. You can select from Normal, Sport, Sport +, and Individual (which is your own custom setup).

Other Button Setups

The ignition key is off on the left side. This is pretty typical for Porsche. On the doors are the usual buttons along with three buttons to recall the seat settings for up to three different drivers.

I love the classic semi-analog clock on the center of the dash. It has a digital face that shows the hours and minutes. The second hand is analog. It sweeps around the face, which is an identical mirror to the arm on the tachometer. It’s a wonderful detail that Porsche pays attention to.

Infotainment System

The center infotainment system is jam-packed with controls and options. Although there’s a lot, they are actually very easy to navigate. There are climate controls, parking assist, seat settings, tire pressure monitors, air vents, etc.

Seats

The seats are very comfortable. The passenger seat has three settings of its own, so three different people can set their own button for the arrangement they prefer. The back seats actually offer a lot of legroom and feel more like racing seats than a sofa seat.

Final Thoughts

This is an awesome car. It’s quick, sporty, fun, and the hatchback can actually bring home the groceries when needed. For about $92,000, it’s a heck of a lot of sports car for the money.

Written by Gary Pradel