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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Comes standard with antilock brakes (with brake assist), stability and traction control
Porsche goes to other extremes to guarantee the Panamera's performance in accidents. Though neither NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) nor the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has tested its crash safety, its extensive list of standard safety features earns a high score from TheCarConnection.com.
ConsumerGuide confirms "safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags"; Edmunds adds "front knee airbags" are on the list of inflatables. There's also an active hood that pops up to mitigate injuries in car-pedestrian accidents. Rear side airbags are an option.
Rearview cameras assist when backing up, and the multifunction display in the gauges allows drivers to toggle through car functions and displays, including navigation, while keeping more focus on the road ahead. All-wheel drive is a safety benefit on its own, even more so on the ferociously powerful Panamera Turbo-and Porsche permits drivers to cycle through various traction and stability control modes for all kinds of driving situations. Depending on your confidence level, Autoblog reports that the "stability control raises its intervention threshold based on the driver selected sport settings," although the "stability control may be completely defeated at the touch of a button." A hill-holder feature keeps the car from rolling back on inclines when starting.
Despite its impressive list of safety credentials, the 2010 Porsche Panamera isn't perfect; in fact, its driver sightlines are rather poor in some directions. While Autoblog finds that "visibility out the front and side is good," the "three-quarter view over the shoulder is a bit limited by the thick C-pillar."
The 2010 Porsche Panamera hasn't been crash-tested, but offers a long list of safety equipment and options.