2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo Review: A Beautiful Compromise
With respect to the Porsche 911, the new Panamera Sport Turismo is my favorite vehicle to come out of Zuffenhausen in a long time. It's not because it's a station wagon, or because the Turbo I've been testing has 550 horsepower, or even because it's available in brown.
All of those things help, sure, but it’s how the Panamera Sport Turismo negotiates between sensible, respectable wagon-ness and just being a Porsche that makes it worth considering. Its cargo hold is tiny relative to true wagons, but it will still swallow a weekend’s worth of bags and it’ll look stunning in the process. The back seat is tight for anything more than two adults, but it’s not some vestigial growth like on the 911. And it goes like the dickens, but is perfectly civilized and docile at the press of a button.
The Panamera Sport Turismo is a compromise between what a well-to-do adult may want (a 911) and what they actually need (a Cayenne). It fails to live up to both of those vehicles, but as a middle ground that’s going to stand out in a crowd, it’s an overall success.