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Porsche Panamera hatchback - Reliability & safety

Hard to accurately gauge, but all signs indicate the new Porsche Panamera is a safe and reliable car

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The Porsche Panamera is a very expensive car, and this means it’s unlikely to sell in large enough numbers to be put through Euro NCAP crash-testing. The Panamera also didn't feature in our latest Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. Still, the Panamera comes laden with safety equipment and Porsche has a strong reputation for durability.

Porsche Panamera reliability

Porsche came seventh out of 32 carmakers in our 2016 Driver Power customer satisfaction poll, with a second-place finish for build quality, performance and handling. The brand has failed to appear in more recent results due to a lack of owner responses. Porsche owners marked their cars down for running costs (to be expected), practicality (something the Panamera counters against) and in-car technology (an area where the Panamera shines). The abiding impression the Panamera leaves you with is that it’s so solid as to be almost bulletproof.


The Panamera’s brakes are one of its best safety features, providing incredible stopping power from any speed; these can be upgraded to high-spec ceramic items, should you wish.

All Panameras come as standard with numerous airbags, including front knee airbags and full-length curtain airbags. Porsche’s side-impact protection system should ensure structural integrity is maintained in the event of a collision, while the ‘active’ bonnet pops up in the event of a pedestrian impact, offering cushioning against unforgiving and hard engine components. Mandatory kit like electronic stability control and rear ISOFIX child-seat mounting points (with the option of adding a third to the front seat) is present and correct.

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