Despite the lack of official data, Porsche's proven chassis engineering, together with the strong base safety equipment of the Panamera, should inspire confidence in safety-conscious buyers. Dual front, side, knee, and side-curtain airbags, and an active pop-up hood for pedestrian protection are all standard. Rear-seat side airbags are available.
Active safety features in the Panamera might come up a bit short of the Mercedes-Benz S Class or BMW 7-Series, but still offer Porsche's advanced traction and stability control systems, a rear-view camera, and hill-start control.
Available or standard all-wheel drive also improves safety in adverse road conditions, while Porsche's Torque Vectoring system can help keep the car on its intended path even when grip is low--or during emergency maneuvers.