The 2020 model year marks the 10-year anniversary of the manufacturing of the Porsche Panamera. Porsche celebrates this with an available 10 Years Edition. Regardless of which trim you buy, you will be treated to current-gen technology, a selection of strong powertrains, and seriously sporty handling.
Porsche Active Suspension ManagementPorche's Active Suspension Management system (which is an adaptive suspension) lets you select between the type of ride you want. If you want something sporty, you can select a setting that gives you sportier handling capabilities. You can switch to a softer suspension mode when you want a cozier ride. The fact that this technology comes standard on all trim levels makes the Panamera all the more attractive. Drivers should expect a good driving performance, but not all luxury sedans offer this type of suspension system on their base trims.
The Sport Chrono PackageThe Sport Chrono Package gives the chassis, transmission, and engine a sporty boost. Drivers can view performance stats with lap times in the Porsche Communication Management, and there is a stopwatch that has both digital and analog capability. For 2020, a mode switch has been added to the steering wheel with a SPORT Response button. This switch is borrowed from the 918 Spyder and gives the driver four modes for personalizing their driving experience.
The Turbo's Full Leather UpholsteryThe Turbo trim level gets several upgrades, including a turbocharged 4.0-L V8 engine that generates 550 horsepower and heating on the rear seats. It also gains full leather upholstery and interior trim inserts done in suede simulation. The upgraded interior comes in the buyer's choice from 12 different color configurations. The leather is smooth but breathable, covering seats with supportive padding.
An Impractical Cargo Area DesignBuyers looking for a practical cargo area might dislike the Panamera's high liftover height and low trunk height. The 17.4 cubic feet of cargo space seem spacious at first, but the trunk's design makes loading and unloading cargo somewhat difficult. Additionally, drivers might want to bear in mind that the Panamera does not come with remote releases for the seatbacks. This means the driver will have to manually let down the seats to fit bulkier cargo.
The Infotainment SystemThe Panamera's infotainment system (Porsche Connect) is loaded with features, including standard smartphone app integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The touchscreen is also appropriately responsive. However, the system is not that user-friendly. Some functions fail to work at all while others, such as Android Auto, are known to repeatedly crash during one drive.
Only Two Rear Seats Come StandardPorsche gives you the option of adding a middle seat on the Panamera, but it comes standard with just two seats. This could prove troubling when a fourth passenger needs to be seated in a pinch. While it might make more sense to make the middle seat optional, Porsche aims at sportiness over practicality on the Panamera. At least the two rear seats are cozy, and there is enough head and legroom for most adults.