The other engines in the range are just as tough and long-lasting, so which one is best is down to your needs for performance versus economy. A 100-litre fuel tank gives decent range in petrols despite thirst. At a steady 70mph, the V8s can return 32mpg, so longer trips are possible without stopping too often to fill up.
Oil changes are needed every 10,000 miles, while a service comes at 20,000 miles and is around £650 at an independent specialist. However, most specialists reckon an annual service is a better bet as preventative maintenance if you don't rack up enough miles in the year.
For anyone who wants a louder exhaust note, owners recommend the Milltek system for a subtle improvement without impacting on refinement when cruising. A DMS remap is common among Turbo models and takes power up to around 640hp...
One area where the Panamera is very similar to its 911 brother is the need to check and clear the front radiators of any leaves or much that accumulates there. If left, it can corrode the radiators and pipework, leading to expensive failure and replacement.
All three gearbox types offered in the Panamera are strong and trouble-free. Most cars have the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission and the only thing to look for here are oil leaks underneath the middle of the car. If there's any sign of this, the gearbox sump probably needs a new cover, which is around £350.
Now, a word about options, of which there are many for the Panamera. The Turbo was offered with a Powerkit upgrade that boosted power from 500 to 540hp, taking the 0-62mph time down to 3.9 seconds and top speed up to 190mph. This was a £11,118 option when new and several owners have told us they don't really notice the difference in performance.
"I was convinced the Turbo was the only Panamera to have until I tried a friend's GTS. It's a much better balanced car and more suited to UK roads, even if it's not quite as rapid as the Turbo. In reality, you don't notice the speed difference on the road."