2020 Porsche Panamera vs. Its Competition

2020 Porsche Panamera
Anthony Sophinos Anthony Sophinos Contributor

The Panamera is exemplary—but so is most of the other competition.

The question is more about what you want than what’s better or worse.

Case in point is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, long regarded as the standard-bearer for big sedans.

It has plenty of power, but delivers it in a far more muted sense.

It’s more deprivation chamber than driver’s car.

The BMW 7-Series is another AA-grade ride, with more feel than the big Merc but still focused on quiet luxury more than anything else.

The Maserati Quattroporte doesn’t tread that softly.

It’s the emotive one of this group, a barking Italian full of pizzazz.

Too bad it’s one of the most outdated sedans in this class.

A better choice would be the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, which is the S-Class for those not yet retired.

It sells itself on the swoopy roofline and more invigorating driving dynamics. And then there’s the Tesla Model S, an electric superstar that made Elon Musk a household name.

It doesn’t have the gravitas of everything else on this list, but it does have a ludicrous mode that makes it faster than nearly anything else ever built.

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7.2
It’s expensive, but the Porsche Panamera proves that old saw about getting what you pay for.
7.6
The 2020 BMW 7-Series has a much bigger grille, but behind it is a posh, powerful, thirsty luxury sedan that’s loaded with tech.
7.2
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is graceful and serene with impressive performance available.
7.8
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the benchmark for large luxury sedans.
8.2
Growing old though it is, the Tesla Model S still looks and feels as fresh as when it first debuted eight years ago.
MSRP From     
$87,200$86,450$69,950$94,250$99,490$74,990
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Electric
EPA Class     
Large CarsLarge CarsCompact CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
RWD740i SedanCLS 450 CoupeS 450 SedanS 3.0LLong Range Plus AWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel
Passenger Capacity     
455555
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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