Spanning a very wide range of powertrain and equipment features, the Panamera isn't easily compared to any single direct competitor.
Instead, alternatives offer different takes on the idea of a large, luxurious, performance sedan.
The BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S Class offer similar outlooks on the theme: traditional looks, ample features, good-but-not-thrilling performance, and fuel-efficient powertrain options.
The Mercedes-Benz CLS Class, particularly in AMG trim, is perhaps the closest natural competition to the Panamera, with its own unique look and a definite tilt toward the sportier end of the spectrum while still retaining a luxurious feel--though ride quality suffers noticeably in the CLS63 AMG.
The Maserati Quattroporte is all-new for the 2014 model year, and with new powertrains and fresher styling, is a viable alternative for those perhaps a bit less focused on outright performance and more concerned with passionate styling.
An outlier in the form of the Aston Martin Rapide could also be considered against the upper end of the Panamera spectrum, but its exclusivity and price tend to put it in a different league.
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|15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I6||Turbocharged Gas V8||Gas/Electric V6||Gas V8|
|Large Car||Large Cars||Compact||Large||Large Cars|
|4-Door HB||4-Door Sedan 740i RWD||4-Door Sedan CLS 550 RWD||4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD||4-Door Sedan Quattroporte S|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/manual shift|