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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Even the most devoted Panamera spotter will struggle to discern the V6 from its grander siblings.
Edmunds' Inside Line
Regardless of what descriptor you use, most of us seem to agree that it looks like the unlikely five-door offspring of an illicit tryst between a Porsche 928 and a Chrysler Crossfire.
We'd willingly trade room for top hats and designer luggage for a form that sincerely flatters the Panamera's far-reaching function.
Like no other Porsche before it, the Panamera aims for a traditional sedan silhouette, for better and for worse. Even the characteristically sleek Porsche front and rear fender styling can't distract from the lack of proportion; the imbalance is accentuated by the low nose, which draws attention to the awkward rear profile. The rear roofline extends upward and outward, which makes the Panamera seem out of proportion, even in darker tones. It's simply not as sleek as a Benz CLS or even four-doors like the new Jaguar XJ, nor does it pair a sports-car snout with a sedan body as well as the Maserati Quattroporte.
The interior, on the other hand, is a stylish upgrade compared to dull, drab Porsche interiors of the past, with just enough warmth to win over those considering some of the more hot-blooded alternatives. The wrap-around instrument-panel design, canted-back center console, and vertical vents altogether give it a rakish yet practical and luxurious feel, and though the cabin's materials are a tremendous upgrade, the combination of wood, leather and plastic comes out a bit heavy on plastic, especially considering the Panamera's price bracket. Borrowing a trait from the 911, the Panamera's ignition sits to the left of the steering wheel.
There's very little difference in appearance between the V-6 and V-8 models—only the standard smaller 18-inch wheels, different single-oval exhaust tips, and matte-black (instead of chrome) side-window trim.
Depending on which angle you see first, and which angle you fixate on, the Panamera could be seen as a sexy sports car or a not-quite-svelte humpback-fastback—but it's undeniably a little bit of both.