Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Porsche Panamera 4S

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Porsche Panamera 4S

3. Practicality

Even the regular wheelbase model we borrowed from Porsche has oodles of rear seat legroom. The trunk carried three suitcases and auxiliary baggage for a three-night trip with ease.

It won’t take more than a few minutes in the back seat to appreciate the car’s cartoony-looking rear end because the hatchback offers boatloads of headroom.

A past Porsche marketing campaign pushed the 911 as a surprisingly practical option. Debatable as that is, the Panamera’s everyday utility is difficult to ignore.

That comes at a cost because the Panamera is huge. It’s sloping hood can be difficult to judge in parking lots and you can forget about rear visibility. The “premium” package costs $2,230 but you might as well factor that into the base cost because it’s a necessity. Click to the next point to find out why.