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Porsche Panamera hatchback - Reliability & safety

Porsche owners seem pleased with their cars, although reliability stats could be better

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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, but Porsche as a brand came in a remarkable first place overall. The Panamera comes laden with safety equipment and Porsche has a strong reputation for durability. 

Porsche Panamera reliability

Porsche’s impressive first-place finish out of the top 32 manufacturers in the 2023 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey shows that its buyers are a very happy bunch. Reliability itself, however, could be better, with a concerning 37% of Porsche owners reporting an issue with their car in the first year of ownership. The majority of these issues were not reported to be engine-related though, with 21% categorised in the ‘electrics’ or ‘other’ category, so hopefully they were easily sorted.

Safety

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.

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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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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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