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2012 Porsche Panamera Hatchback

2012 Porsche Panamera Review

(0 Stars)  Porsche's biggest and best-selling vehicle.

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Overview
Two years ago, many pundits predicted that Porsche would fall on its face with this full-size, four-door hatchback. Well, the verdict is in: the Panamera is the brand's best-selling car, beating out the 911 in all its iterations. The secret is that under its somewhat polarizing exterior, the Panamera is an excellent luxury car. The well-appointed cabin features four nicely sculpted, 911-style chairs, although it takes some flexibility to sit in the ones in back. Those rear seats fold down to open up 44 cubic feet of cargo space--more than three times what you'll find in a BMW 7-series. We're still not sure about Porsche's approach to telematics: more than fifty center-console buttons collectively do the work of one BMW-style controller. The Panamera is also fast, especially when you opt for one of its V-8 engines. We suggest the 550-hp, four-wheel-drive Turbo S model for keeping away those pesky 911 GT3s. On the more sober end of the spectrum, one can opt for the same V-6/electric hybrid powertrain offered in the Cayenne and enjoy 30 mpg on the highway. The Hybrid comes only with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic. All other variants can be had with four-wheel drive and use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. For all its capability and versatility, though, the Panamera does not offer anywhere near the driving involvement of its sports car brethren. The steering is accurate but numb, the brakes powerful but not very progressive. Still, it's hard to argue with a four-door luxury sedan that can hang with a Nissan GT-R in a drag race.

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2012 Panamera Base Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.6L V 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 18 MPG city, 27 MPG highway, 21 MPG combined and 443 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
21.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 300 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 295 ft lb of torque @ 3,750 rpm

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'12 Porsche Hatchback Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Adjustable Pedals
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Headlight Wiper/Washers
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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HID Headlights
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Knee Air Bag
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Memory Mirrors
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Fog Lights
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Rear Side Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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DVD Entertainment
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iPod Connector
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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