2012 Porsche Panamera Hybrid

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Porsche Panamera Hybrid. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    333-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Better mileage than gas-only model
  • Doesn't sacrifice acceleration
  • Accommodates four adults
  • Good cargo space

The Bad

  • Odd rear styling
  • Pricier than V-8 version

Notable Features of the 2012 Porsche Panamera Hybrid

  • Hybrid version of Panamera four-door
  • 380 net horsepower
  • Electric up to 53 mph
  • 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds (est.)
  • Equipped like gas-only Panamera S

2012 Porsche Panamera Hybrid Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The 2012 Panamera S Hybrid, which will hit dealerships in late 2011, is a gas/electric version of the company's runaway-hit Panamera — a four-seat, four-door hatchback the company calls a sedan. It uses the same hybrid drivetrain as the Cayenne S Hybrid SUV to propel the car to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. As of this writing, EPA mileage estimates weren't available. The most efficient gas-only model, the base Panamera with a V-6 and rear-wheel drive, earns 18/27 mpg city/highway and 21 mpg combined. In terms of features, the S Hybrid is more like the V-8-powered Panamera S.

With a manufacturer-suggested retail price of $95,000, the Panamera S Hybrid has only one direct hybrid competitor, the Lexus LS 600h, which is rather inefficient at 19/23 mpg. The Lexus GS 450h delivers 22/25 mpg for considerably less money.


Exterior
Aside from some hybrid badges, the Panamera looks almost exactly like the non-hybrid versions of the controversially styled hatchback.

Interior
The S Hybrid's interior rivals that of the gas-only Panamera S, with partial leather upholstery. Typical of hybrids, this one includes a display that shows the status of the electric and gas motors and where the power is flowing. As in the other Panamera versions, the hybrid seats four. Standard features include a navigation system and a USB port for the stereo, just to name a few.

Under the Hood
The hybrid system teams a 333-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with a 47-hp electric motor ...

Vehicle Overview

The 2012 Panamera S Hybrid, which will hit dealerships in late 2011, is a gas/electric version of the company's runaway-hit Panamera — a four-seat, four-door hatchback the company calls a sedan. It uses the same hybrid drivetrain as the Cayenne S Hybrid SUV to propel the car to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. As of this writing, EPA mileage estimates weren't available. The most efficient gas-only model, the base Panamera with a V-6 and rear-wheel drive, earns 18/27 mpg city/highway and 21 mpg combined. In terms of features, the S Hybrid is more like the V-8-powered Panamera S.

With a manufacturer-suggested retail price of $95,000, the Panamera S Hybrid has only one direct hybrid competitor, the Lexus LS 600h, which is rather inefficient at 19/23 mpg. The Lexus GS 450h delivers 22/25 mpg for considerably less money.


Exterior
Aside from some hybrid badges, the Panamera looks almost exactly like the non-hybrid versions of the controversially styled hatchback.

Interior
The S Hybrid's interior rivals that of the gas-only Panamera S, with partial leather upholstery. Typical of hybrids, this one includes a display that shows the status of the electric and gas motors and where the power is flowing. As in the other Panamera versions, the hybrid seats four. Standard features include a navigation system and a USB port for the stereo, just to name a few.

Under the Hood
The hybrid system teams a 333-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with a 47-hp electric motor and a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack. They power the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Porsche says the car can drive on electric power alone up to 53 mph for almost a mile. Naturally, the engine stops completely when the car comes to a halt, as the non-hybrid versions do.

The S Hybrid includes the regular S trim level's air-spring and adaptive-shock-absorber suspension system and variable power-steering assist.


Safety
The Panamera S Hybrid has antilock disc brakes and an electronic stability system as standard equipment. Airbags include dual frontal and side curtains that cover the side windows along front and rear seats.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
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(3.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(3.5)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(2.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Fast and economical

by Smirf2017 from Vancouver on July 31, 2017

Vehicle drives very good. Good on gas considering the size and weight of the car. Stylish. Head turner. Comfortable and smooth driving yet at the same time fast Read full review

(5.0)

not bad car but beautiful

by abrozy from iran,IR on June 24, 2013

i had one panamera turbu ,it was very beautiful and sport but it wasnt good at speed and it wasnt very comfortable but really beautiful and everyone like to have one inside the car was beautiful like ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Porsche Panamera Hybrid currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Porsche Panamera Hybrid has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    8 years/100,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain warranty

    2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    111-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Panamera Hybrid received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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