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Porsche Panamera hatchback - Practicality & boot space

The Porsche Panamera can honestly be described as a practical family hatchback

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If you’ve got the money, the Porsche Panamera provides supercar-like performance wrapped up in a relatively sensible body. You might be loath to use it for trips to the dump, but the 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats make this a realistic prospect.

Porsche Panamera interior space & storage

Anyone in the front of the Panamera will find themselves very well taken care of. Leg and headroom are good, while the standard seats offer excellent comfort, something that becomes even truer if you upgrade to the 18-way adjustable sports seats.

Taller adults in the rear may wish for a little more leg and headroom and that wish is granted by the Executive model, whose wheelbase is extended by 150mm. This provides greater space to stretch out, but whichever model of Panamera you choose, it’s far more spacious than the car it replaced. You’re unlikely to hear complaints from the back, even on longer journeys, but if you really do want to look after your passengers, all-round ventilated massaging seats are available.

Boot space

At 495 litres, the Panamera’s boot isn’t vast, but it’s on a par with the Mercedes CLS’ and by no means a token gesture. Drop the split-folding rear seats and space grows to 1,304 litres, which is roughly equivalent to the space available in a Volkswagen Golf with the seats down. The E-Hybrid has a slightly reduced boot capacity due to the batteries under the floor, but this doesn’t really impinge on practicality.

If you require more space, a Panamera Sport Turismo is also offered, with a more estate-like roofline and a 520-litre boot.

Towing

In the unlikely event you wish to use the Panamera as a tow car, Porsche will fit the necessary preparation for £150 and an electric extending towbar for around £1,000. The Turbo S can even haul an impressive 2,200kg braked trailer, but there’s no such luck with the hybrids, which aren’t able to tow.

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