The Porsche Panamera blends an athletic appearance with ultimate comfort and practical features to create the perfect driving experience. It mixes business with pleasure in a stylish and sleek design.
A couple of years ago, we had the pleasure of test driving the first generation Porsche Panamera. And this year, we got to relive that excitement all over again. The second generation Porsche Panamera has always been ready for us to take a Porsche masterpiece out for a spin.
Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company spoiled us with three incredible days to make the most of the Panamera. Once we’d finished admiring it from the outside, it was time to jump in and put it to the test.
For this drive, we wanted a bit of everything – everyday roads, long open roads, and a touch of adventure. So we drove through Kuwait City, along coastal roads, and for the final test, we headed to the desert.
This was an experience no one wanted to miss out on, and so the test drive turned into a team outing. But as usual, I was the first to jump in the driver’s seat. The first to experience the incredible craftsmanship of this Porsche model.
A seamless design
Before we’d even unlocked this beautiful new motor, we were in awe over the sleek design that matched its sporty spirit. The flyline roof sweeps from the bonnet all the way down to the signature, slanted rectangle exhaust.
The 19-inch wheels cling to the ground, perfecting the car’s cornering and braking abilities and adding to the car’s athletic appearance.
The contoured design screams speed, but with this concept, Porsche refused to sacrifice practicality for appearance. The sporty ergonomics of the car gives way to one of the most practical Porsche saloons.
The Panamera (G2) is spacious, comfortable and suitable for individuals as well as families, thanks to the four-door design. The four doors don’t interrupt the sweeping design in the slightest. And as for storage space, there’s a spacious boot for luggage or everyday items.
The ultimate driving experience
Once you’re in the driver’s seat, that’s when the fun begins. Before you’ve even turned the engine on, you’ll be taken aback by the luxury interior. You feel cocooned in grandeur.
The racer sports seats continue the car’s sporty appearance, and support the perfect driving position. They’re sleek, but most importantly, they’re comfortable. So whether you’re driving for 5 minutes or 5 hours, the supportive seats will provide ultimate comfort.
The ascending centre console is one detail that adds to the perfection of the Porsche driving experience. Every movement is as swift as possible. The gear selector is only a second away from the steering wheel, limiting the amount of effort required for manual driving.
The Panamera makes every aspect of driving easier. The windscreen wipers are automatic, and the parking sensors make it easy to park in any space. The dual climate control also allows the driver and front passenger to choose their own temperatures, there’s no need to compromise. When customising a new Porsche Panamera, you’ll even have the option to upgrade to a 4-zone climate control system – giving each passenger private temperature control.
Driving becomes an effortless and enjoyable experience. The Panamera’s smart design does most of the work for you, so all that’s left to do is enjoy the ride.
And whilst you’re on the move, the optional panoramic roof gives a breath of life to each drive. The tinted glass sunroof brings the outside in. You can experience the road and the outside environment from the comfort of the Panamera. And if you want to feel the fresh air as you fly down open roads, it opens electronically, so you can feel the sun and wind as you drive.
Another optional feature with the Panamera is the ambient lighting. On darker days or during the evening, the ambient lighting gives the Porsche a futuristic feel. You can set the colour and intensity of the lighting, so you can really set the mood within the vehicle.
The different buttons and the 12.3-inch touch screen gives you control over a range of features, making this the perfect car for those that enjoy a high-tech driving experience.
The Porsche Connect system makes it easier to take the road less travelled. The real time traffic information helps you take the fastest route, making your journey quicker, and taking the stress out of navigation.
Porsche have recognised that nowadays, we don’t go anywhere without our phones, and so they’ve actually included a LTE phone as a standard on all Panamera models. The phone is stored underneath the armrest, out of sight and out of mind until you need it. The smart Porshe Connect system gives you peace of mind, it monitors your vehicle, and if it detects an emergency it will automatically call for help.
But for the most part, Porsche Connect will be your driving assistant, navigating your journeys, providing great audio, and giving you weather and news updates. Thanks to the wireless hotspot, you and your passengers can enjoy on board internet too. .
In-car entertainment at its finest
At the centre of the dashboard you’ll find a 12-inch touch screen – the control hub for your car’s infotainment system. From here, you can control everything from navigation to music.
The Panamera has plenty of audio options, from Apple CarPlay to digital radio. You can choose your own tunes, or discover new ones with the help of Porsche Connect Plus.
Music is often what makes a drive memorable. Nothing beats road tripping with your favourite playlist beating through a top quality sound system. And the Porsche Panamera sound system is definitely impressive.
But if you want to be fully blown away by the ultimate sound system, you can always choose the added option of the 21-speaker Burmester sound system.
As for the passenger experience, there are several USB charging ports around the cabin, so charging devices like phones and tablets is possible in both the front and back. But the in-car entertainment doesn’t stop there.
A popular add-on for families is the back-seat entertainment package. You can choose to have screens on the back of the front seats, so rear passengers can watch or game on long journeys. You can also add fold-down tables to the back of the front seats, giving those in the back an airplane-like experience. .
As an avid driving enthusiast, what interested me even more than the luxury of the interior, or the sportiness of the build, was the performance. During our few days with the Panamera, we really put this Porsche to the test.
The twin-turbo engine had a real kick, and within a few seconds, we were up to flying speeds. The Panamera had the acceleration of an impressive sports car, thank to the 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung.
Despite its large size, it feels surprisingly light and nippy to drive, thanks to the aluminium shell. This also means braking is smooth and easy. Whilst it feels light enough to throw around corners, it still has a substantial and secure feel. The car utilises every ounce of power by feeding it to each of the wheels, giving you a sturdy ride and a fabulous growling engine.
The Porsche Active Suspension Management System adjusted the dampening force on each wheel, ensuring a smooth ride regardless of speed or road surface.
When we ventured out of the city, and into the desert, the Panamera coped well with the sand and bumpy surfaces. It’s a car that pushes boundaries, blending the sporty with the practical. It can cope with every-day city driving, or if you want to unleash its full power, it’s best driven on long open roads. But as we discovered in desert, it’s also equipped for adventure.
Perfecting your Porsche
There are several different Porsche Panamera models to choose from now, and each comes with a range of optional add-on features. You can create your very own extraordinary car.
Our Panamara was a beautiful burgundy red, a metallic colour option. But depending on what Panamera model you choose, you’ll be able to choose between 12 different colour options. There are standard colours, metallic colours and special colours to choose from. You can also customise the interior by choosing the colour scheme and seat material. The front seats can be either 8-way electric seats (the standard option) or 14-way electric seats with memory.
To add even more luxury to this magnificent Porsche, you can add heated seats, or even heated massage seats. There’s even a heated steering wheel option!
And as if the Porsche didn’t have enough power, you can choose between a twin-turbo V6 engine or a twin-turbo V8 engine.
The entertainment options can transform the Panamera into the perfect family car, with plenty to keep the kids entertained on long journeys. From folding tables, to USB chargers, to 4-zone climate control, to entertainment screens, this is one car where the features extend to the back. Some Panamera models also have the option of adding in a fifth seat in the back.
You can customise just about every part of the Porsche Panamera. The options seem endless, so you can really make this car your own. You can even customise the colour of the rev counter! So if you’re thinking of investing in a Porsche Panamera, why not create a unique build, with all of your dream features? You’ll stand out from the crowd, and enjoy the ultimate driving experience.
Our Panamera verdict
There wasn’t a single member of the team who wasn’t impressed with the Panamera. The design has come on leaps and bounds since we test drove the previous model.
It impresses from afar, but once you’ve sat inside, you’ll want to own one instantly. It’s so much more than just a vehicle. You feel more like a pilot than a driver, with so many control options, and features that make long journeys not just bearable, but desirable. It’s a vehicle that inspires travel and success. And if you’re looking for a family car, it doesn’t just get you from A to B, it makes that journey an exciting family experience.
We can’t recommend the Panamera enough, we just loved our drive experience in this beautiful Porsche saloon.