In 2020, a third of all Porsches sold in Europe had an electric or hybrid drivetrain. By 2025, it’ll be more like half. The fully electric and beautiful Taycan sports sedan, with its 911-aping silhouette is already a big catalyst of change, having outsold the Boxster and Cayman individually last year, and that gap will most likely increase further by the end of the year.
And here to broaden the gap is Porsche’s latest model. Meet the Taycan Cross Turismo, an off-road ready estate version of Porsche’s Tesla Model S rival. Except in this instance, Porsche is offering something rivals like Tesla don’t quite offer. It’s got style, heritage and pedigree from a brand with amazing reliability and peerless build quality. And the consistent performance metrics Porsche is known for.
In essence, it’s a Taycan that’s taller and much roomier. The Cross Turismo sits 20mm higher than the standard sedan, or 30mm if you’ve optioned out the Porsche Off-Road Design Pack. From there, the air suspension can rise a further 80mm in off-road mode to clear most obstacles, although Porsche says that height isn’t meant to be used at speed. At its lowest mode, it rides the same as the regular Taycan sedan.
There’s an additional 47mm of headroom in the rear, which is a welcome boost to a car that many will potentially buy as a family car and needs space for the dog and kids. There’s also more space for feet beneath the front seats and a very welcome maximum luggage volume past 1,200 liters with the seats folded flat. But make no mistake, Porsche claims everything below the Cross Turismo’s beltline is similar to the sedan save for the new air springs which are specific to the Cross Turismo.
Powertrains are lifted directly from the Taycan sedans as well. There are the top-tier Turbo variants, both with a 616bhp power-plants but differing in launch control systems: the stock Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo’s peak power is at 670bhp (on overboost) and from a standstill, does the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.3secs. Range sticks at 281 miles or 452 kilometers. The more expensive Turbo S variant cranks things up to 750bhp on overboost for a 2.9-second sprint from rest to 100kmh, dipping max range to 420 kilometers in the process. We’ve tested the Taycan Turbo S sedan and performance was simply awesome so the Cross Turismo should very much offer the same performance in an even more practical package. Porsche will also offer the lower variant Taycan Cross Turismo 4 and 4S from launch unlike the Taycan sedan where the lower tier variants came a few months later.
The Cross Turismo gets a number of things as standard, including air suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) electronic damper control and the higher performance 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus battery which is an expensive option on lower-rung Taycan sedans.
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A car enthusiast through and through, Botchi Santos believes that different people have different needs. He tries to find the best car for a specific audience, and spruces things up by delving into car culture, helping make the local car community vibrant and enjoyable for all. His passion for motoring is built around a belief that cars are among the top three life purchases.