Review of the Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo Bedford News

The Taycan is the first all-electric car from the German performance car manufacturer. It is available as a four-door sports sedan or in two body shapes – called Taycan 4S Cross Turismo and Taycan Sport Turismo.

We headed to Yorkshire for a ride in the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo. With added ground clearance, height-adjustable suspension and all-wheel drive, Porsche considers the car suitable for a bit of light off-roading. There’s even an off-road package on the options list.

Prices start at £88,270 for the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, which generates 483hp from two electric motors. An overboost mode generates an additional 80 hp for short periods and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds.

Want to go faster? Then for £140,000 you can have the Taycan Sports Turismo Turbo S. This beast cranks out a maximum of 750bhp and sprints the 0-62mph sprint in a supercar beating 2.9 seconds.

Having driven the “standard” Taycan Sports Turismo, I can’t imagine wanting or needing more power.

Nothing at 62mph happens in 4.1 seconds, 0-99mph takes just 8.6 seconds, and in 13 dead seconds you’ll be going 124mph (or 200kph in new money).

Plus, the power delivery is instantaneous. There’s no waiting for the revs to rise or for a turbocharger to kick in. As soon as you step on the accelerator, you start hurtling forward.

It’s huge but not unusual. Many electric cars are fast. What is unusual is the handling of the car. The weight of electric cars – all those batteries are heavy – makes them cumbersome beasts. So while their straight-line speed can be phenomenal, approach a corner and you need to slow down.

Not so with the Taycan. Somehow, the engineers at Porsche have come up with an electric car that’s really fun to race around the corners. It corners sharply, hooks up like crazy, and stays flat and balanced throughout. Different riding modes let you fine-tune the suspension and throttle settings.

With a 93.4 kWh battery, the Taycan is good for 277 miles, according to official figures. Of course, the way you drive will greatly affect the range. Drive around town and you’ll cover well over 300 miles before you need to hook up. Explore the car’s impressive performance envelope and watch the battery level drop.

It accepts charging up to 270kW, so if you can find a spot fast enough, an 80 per cent recharge takes just over 20 minutes.

The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo also scores well when it comes to comfort. Sitting at 60mph on a long stretch of empty Yorkshire road, wind noise was completely absent. There was of course no engine noise either. The muffled sound of tires on the tarmac was the only sound that indicated we were moving.

20mm – 30mm extra ground clearance with the optional off-road package – over the standard Taycan makes the ride quality even more comfortable, allowing the adaptive air suspension to smooth out bumps, potholes- potholes and all the other imperfections of Britain’s pockmarked roads.

The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo also scores well in terms of practicality. The rear seats are suitable for adults and the trunk volume is good at 446 litres. Drop the rear seats and there’s 1,200 liters to play with. There’s also a ‘frunk’ storage space under the hood, where you can store 84 liters of gear.

The well-designed cabin is of the highest quality. Three screens – one behind the steering wheel and two in the dashboard – are responsive and easy to read and use. The driver can customize the steering wheel display to suit their preferences.

As is the case with all touchscreens, they’re great for operating from a standstill, but old-school dials and buttons are much easier to operate without taking your eyes off the road.

With the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, Porsche offers one of the most impressive electric cars to date. It’s quick. It’s funny. It’s practical and luxurious. The range is good. It will even be able to handle a bit of off-roading (very light).

At £88,000 it doesn’t cost much more than a Jaguar I-Pace or Tesla Model S, but offers a better driving experience and that Porsche cachet.

You can spend almost half again on the top-end versions, but the entry-level model offers everything you need and more.

Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo

Price: £88,270 (£102,961 tested); Engine: Two permanent magnetic synchronous motors; Battery: 80.7 kWh; Able: 483 hp (563 hp supercharged); Couple : 479 lb ft; Transmission: Two-speed automatic, all-wheel drive; Top speed: 149mph; 0-62mph: 4.1 seconds; WLTP range: 277 miles; Consumption: 2.3-2.7 miles/kWh; Loading: Up to 270kW

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This notice was published: 2022-04-24 10:29:00

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