2018 Porsche Panamera vs. Its Competition

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Truthfully, there's really no direct rival for the Porsche Panamera.

The closest, in terms of positioning and size, is the Aston Martin Rapide, but it's not available in anywhere near the wide range of models the Panamera is.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class comes closest in that respect, minus the Panamera's high degree of driving feel.

That's where the BMW 7-Series should come in, but it still feels disconnected and conservative.

If it's style you're after, the less costly Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class started the swoopy roof trend.

And if it's classiness, perhaps the updated Maserati Quattroporte should be on your shopping list.

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo2018 Porsche Panamera
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2018 BMW 7-Series2018 BMW 7-Series
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2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class (CLS 550)2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
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2018 Mercedes-Benz S4502018 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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2018 Maserati Quattroporte S 3.0L Angular Front Exterior View2018 Maserati Quattroporte
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2018 Tesla Model S2018 Tesla Model S
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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2018 Porsche Panamera is a worthy four-seater for the vaunted Porsche badge.
8.2
The 2018 BMW 7-Series is a plush ride with plenty of powertrain options and customizable features that places it among the full-size greats.
7.2
The 2018 Mercedes CLS hangs on to its lissome curves; it’s V-8 only this year.
8.4
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz continues to push the envelope for comfort. safety, and autonomous driving aids, while improving upon its effortless power and dignified road manners.
7.8
The 2018 Tesla Model S still delivers unequaled battery-electric performance, though its style and safety are beginning to show their age.
MSRP From     
$85,000$83,100$75,150$89,900$105,600$78,000
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Electric
EPA Class     
Large CarsLarge CarsCompact CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
RWD740i SedanCLS 550 CoupeS 450 SedanS 3.0L75D AWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
454555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackSedanSedanSedanSedanHatchback
Transmission     
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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