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Long-term review

Porsche Taycan 4S – long-term review

£83,580 / £100,722 / £1,073 pcm
Published: 12 Jul 2021
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SPEC HIGHLIGHTS

  • SPEC

    Taycan 4S 93kWh Performance Battery Plus

  • Range

    285 miles

  • ENGINE

    1cc

  • BHP

    571bhp

  • 0-62

    4s

Hurrah! Our Porsche Taycan 4S has been repaired

If you read the last update you’ll know there was a interface between the green Taycan and a moped, so to tide us over while it was in the bodyshop, Porsche lent us another Taycan 4S, this time in red – mostly identical but with less interesting wheels and without the premium Bose sounds system. It was hard, but we made do.

While filming our Electric Awards video, red Taycan 4S met blue Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo S. Now, I shan’t wang on, again, about why any reasonable person would buy a saloon version of a car when an estate equivalent exists.

But why would any reasonable person buy a saloon version of a car, when an estate equivalent exists? It literally makes no sense.

Only if the estate equivalent was hideously ugly would I ever be drawn to the less-practical option, and let’s face it they rarely are. In the case of the Taycan, the Cross Turismo definitely isn’t. It actually looks even better – more interesting from the rear, more muscular form the side - costs a mere £1,100 more than the saloon and there’s a trebling of maximum luggage volume, up beyond 1,200 litres with the back seats flipped down.

Which is all academic, because we’re not running a Cross Turismo, we’re running a saloon. Green car back in my possession I pointed it towards Centerparcs for our first proper family break since the pandemic began.

Without a bike rack we had to leave our own bikes at home at hire some there, but cramming in enough stuff for two adults and two small children, as well as two adults and two small children, wasn’t nearly as fraught as my wife’s panic attack, when I told her we were taking the Porsche, would suggest.

The front boot is a total tardis – I counted four squidgy bags and a wafer-thin rain cover for the buggy before it was well and truly crammed. The rear too is usefully big, although the sloping roof line means your stuff has to be packed to fit the shape. Fortunately, I’m a boot-loading jedi.

But with footwells stuffed, and a one-big-bag-per-person rule ruthlessly enforced, it was comfortable in the end. We cruised down to Woburn Forest, hid the car as instructed once unloaded, and enjoyed a delightful week in the rain.

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