PH Fleet: Porsche Panamera Diesel


There is little to report in Panamera world right now - the car has sailed beyond 22,000 miles and continues to do things better than I had ever expected. It still averages over 38mpg and will carry three mountain bikes in the back, with the seats folded flat.

Winters have proven reassuring so far
Winters have proven reassuring so far
There has been one dynamic change - winter tyres. The fronts lasted over 20k miles, which is very impressive for something this big - but it seemed like a decent chance to try a set of winters. Also, for the final few thousand miles the worn rubber had a pronounced affect on the Panam's handling: the car hunted around more, had loads more understeer and generally followed the crown in the road.

There's probably a strong argument for running car on winter tyres all year round in the UK. The way they deal with standing water is so reassuring - given that our summers seem to be wetter than our winters, having that ability to smash into unforeseen puddles at high speed and not be badly deflected is something I would value.

Not the most attractive part of the Porker...
Not the most attractive part of the Porker...
The car's a little blunter in terms of steering and turn-in, but not to any degree that would matter to anyone who drives like a normal human being. I'd say they were a touch noisier at 70mph, but the difference is so marginal that you end up concentrating more on the slight improvement in ride comfort.

A big tick for winter tyres on the Panamera then.

Two unsolved questions for me right now. Why can't Porsche make a 5-seat version of this car? Why are the exhaust outlets so ugly? And why does the low coolant light come on in fast right-handers? And what the hell can replace this car for me? I can't think of anything.


FACT SHEET
Car:
 Porsche Panamera Diesel
Run by: Chris Harris
On fleet since: August 2012
Mileage: 22,000
List price new: £66,558 (base price £62,134 plus £777 for metallic paint, £1,457 for 19" Panamera Design alloy wheels, £243 for automatic dimming mirror package, £919 for Bose surround sound system, £227 for Universal Audio Interface USB/iPod connector, £526 for aluminium interior package and £275(!) for 'seatbelts in silver')
Last month at a glance: Winter tyres are so good that Harris might just run them all year

Previous reports:
Marmite anyone?
Bye bye diesel Jag, hello diesel ... Porsche?

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  • sisu 22 Dec 2012

    Chris does the current Panamera still have the paddle shifts that are backwards compared to the other cars?

  • edo 22 Dec 2012

    sm34uk said:
    My point is that those commenting on it also happen to drive some pretty sh*t looking cars themselves so are obviously in a good position to judge its aesthetics but thank you for your comment and will reflect upon how I can make my comments less open to misunderstanding.
    A touch of irony from someone who owns a beetle convertible?!

  • Nohedes 22 Dec 2012

    Guvernator said:
    Nohedes said:
    Guvernator said:
    proof that the right badge and brilliant marketing can make you believe you are driving something unique.
    What brilliant marketing would that be exactly?
    The Porsche brand is a cleverly nurtured, long established and very well known aspirational brand. Let's face it, if the Panamera had a Kia badge on it, I am pretty sure there wouldn't be as many people ready to defend it no matter how well it drove.
    Perhaps, but there's a difference between brand management and marketing, no? The Porsche brand is built on strong products over 60+ years, and I would expect their marketing cost per sale is among the lowest in the car industry.

    In terms of looks, I think that Porsche are in a tricky place - if they don't include some recognisable Porsche styling cues as they expand their range, they risk alienating some of their existing customers, if they go down a different route with something totally fresh, they'll be castigated by internet aesthetes like yourself. Tough call for them, but they're selling quite a few Panameras with strong margins, so who knows, maybe they know what they're doing after all?

  • Dapster 21 Dec 2012

    As far as a replacement goes, I'd try the Audi A6 Bi-Turbo Avant. A diesel estate quicker than a 911....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEiatntYYpU

  • Guvernator 21 Dec 2012

    Nohedes said:
    Guvernator said:
    proof that the right badge and brilliant marketing can make you believe you are driving something unique.
    What brilliant marketing would that be exactly?
    The Porsche brand is a cleverly nurtured, long established and very well known aspirational brand. Let's face it, if the Panamera had a Kia badge on it, I am pretty sure there wouldn't be as many people ready to defend it no matter how well it drove.

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