2017 Porsche Panamera vs. Its Competition

2017 Porsche Panamera
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the comfort and technology king in this group.

It doesn't offer the Panamera's level of driver connection (although the edgy S63 and S65 AMG models are fast in a straight line).

Mercedes’ CLS-Class offers a sexy look, yet it, too, doesn't drive like a high-performance sports car.

The BMW 7-Series is the legendary full-size sport-sedan entry.

In some of its forms, it can come close to rivaling the Panamera's performance, yet its conservative roofline will cause for some to dismiss it from this group.

Maserati’s Quattroporte is a markedly more aesthetic choice, and its interior is downright opulent, though like the 7-Series, it lacks the sharper end of performance offered by the Panamera.

Finally, the Aston Martin Rapide S offers a presentation that's a lot like that of the Panamera, but the Aston is actually a much edgier, more compromised sedan.

It'll turn more heads, though.

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Quick Specs
With better looks, more efficient and powerful engines, and a less cluttered interior, the 2017 Porsche Panamera promises to be a better carn than the fun sport sedan it's always been.
9.2
Don’t let the conservative wrapper fool you, the 2016 BMW 7-Series charges boldly into a new generation as a sporty big sedan, with new ride-and-handling tech, space-age construction, and a plug-in hybrid version.
8.2
The 2016 Mercedes CLS-Class looks great—inside and out. But a new E-Class and more efficient powertrains may outrun the potent "four-door coupe" sooner rather than later.
9.2
Coupe, Cabriolet, and Maybach versions—and even a Plug-In Hybrid—make the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class far more diverse and adventurous than it used to be; it's now not just a flagship sedan, but a family of flagships.
Even though it has four doors, the Aston Martin Rapide S is worthy of the wings and heritage thanks to its unparalleled good looks.
8.0
The 2016 Maserati Quattroporte is a rare sight, but shouldn't be—it's gorgeous, with sharp, Ferrari-flavored performance.
MSRP From     
$85,000$81,300$66,900$95,650$206,000$99,900
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Premium Unleaded V-12Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Large CarsLarge CarsCompact CarsLarge CarsSubcompact CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
RWD4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan CLS 400 RWD4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD4-Door Sedan Automatic4-Door Sedan Quattroporte S
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
454545
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2017 Porsche Panamera vs. 2016 BMW 7-Series2017 Porsche Panamera vs. 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class2017 Porsche Panamera vs. 2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class2017 Porsche Panamera vs. 2016 Aston Martin Rapide2017 Porsche Panamera vs. 2016 Maserati Quattroporte