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Porsche Panamera hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Porsche Panamera was never designed to sip fuel and offer low bills, but the hybrid models are impressively economical

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A decade or two ago, if you wanted a fast car (one that went from 0-62mph in five seconds or so) you could reasonably expect to be taxed very heavily for it, and have to refuel it frequently enough to make several stops on long journeys. Fuel consumption figures in the mid-to-low teens were not unheard of and some cars had a very short range if driven hard.

Technology prevails, especially in the case of the 4S E-Hybrid model, which uses electric power to give the petrol motor a helping hand and dramatically reduce running costs. You’ll need to plug it in regularly if you want to benefit from that lofty fuel economy figure, however.

Porsche Panamera MPG & CO2

The least expensive version to buy is the standard Panamera. It uses a 2.9-litre turbocharged engine and can return up to 27.7mpg, depending on specification, with CO2 emissions of 232g/km, while the range-topping Turbo S model is the least economical, managing up to 22.1mpg.

The most fuel-efficient Porsche Panamera – the 4S E-Hybrid model – has a maximum speed of 185mph and takes less than four seconds to go from 0-62mph. This makes it all the more impressive that it still returns a claimed maximum of up to 128.4mpg – although motorists may find it hard to achieve this figure in real-world driving conditions, especially on longer trips.

However, its CO2 emissions from just 51g/km means that it can claim exemption from the London Congestion Charge, and company-car drivers will be liable for a low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rate if they choose the 4S E-Hybrid.

Every other Panamera is liable for the top 37% BiK rate. Under the current Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rules, the hybrids cost £140 in car tax from the second year, compared to regular versions’ £150. On top of that, all Panameras attract a £325 annual surcharge in years two to six, levied against all cars costing £40,000 or more.

Servicing

Again, it’s a question of expectations here. It’ll be impossible to run a Panamera on a tight budget, but Porsche offers fixed-price servicing to make planning maintenance easier. A minor service for the previous Panamera costs about £450 from a Porsche dealership, while a major is more like £550; brake fluid replacement comes in at £150 alone.

Warranty

Porsche’s standard three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty applies here. This is unexceptional in terms of duration, though the lack of a mileage cap is welcome.

Insurance

Insurance group ratings are high; even the entry-level petrol Panamera is in group 46. You don’t have to go far up the range to hit the maximum group 50 rating, either – the 4S E-Hybrid, GTS and Turbo S are all in that bracket.

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