Pros and Cons of a Porsche Taycan Explained


The Porsche Taycan rolls in at the top of the luxury electric class of cars, with a price tag to match. The Taycan is the first all-electric offering by Porsche and designed to be a competitor for the Tesla Model S. These cars are directly competing to gain market share in the luxury electric vehicle class by combining beauty, luxurious materials, and high-tech offerings in a high-performance all-electric vehicle.

The pros of the Porsche Taycan include the styling, reliability of performance, available upgrades, and the feeling of luxury throughout. The cons of the vehicle are its low seat positions, an overreliance on touchscreens, and the overall cost.

While there are both pros and cons to the Porsche Taycan, the pros greatly outweigh the cons. Read on to discover all of the pros and cons, and understand why the Porsche Taycan is one of the most desirable all-electric cars available on the market.

The Major Pros of the Porsche Taycan Lineup

The best advantage of every model in the Porsche Taycan lineup is the acceleration performance. Unlike the Tesla which can perform incredibly on a full charge, but then experiences a rapid decrease in acceleration performance, the Porsche Taycan can perform multiple rapid accelerations without a noticeable decrease in performance. This sustained power is unique in the EV world and makes it a lot of fun to drive.

The base model of the Porsche Taycan has a 0 to 60 acceleration in 5.1 seconds on a single motor. While this is not singularly impressive, it is more than adequate for enjoyable daily driving, commuting, freeway driving, and merging, and provides a sporty acceleration and handling for enjoyable cruising. It is reassuring to know that it can deliver this power acceleration boost multiple times on the same charge.

Keeping this repeat performance capability in mind, here are the tested acceleration rates from 0 to 60 for each model of the Porsche Taycan lineup.

  • Porsche Taycan: 5.1 seconds
  • Porsche Taycan 4S: 3.8 seconds
  • Porsche Taycan Turbo: 3 seconds
  • Porsche Taycan Turbo S: 2.6 seconds
  • Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo: 4.8 seconds
  • Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo: 3.9 seconds
  • Porsche Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo: 3.1 seconds
  • Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo: 2.7 seconds

Two new features were also recently added to the Porsche Taycan lineup, which is becoming quite standard for luxury vehicles, especially in the EV sphere. One of these additions is a heads-up display. This can enhance driver awareness and safety, keeping eyes on the road. Considering the heavy reliance on various touchscreens in the car, this heads-up display is an added safety benefit.

The other recent upgrade is the availability of wireless updates for the car. Tesla has raised the expectations of what should and should not require a visit to the dealership, and software updates are something that EV owners expect to be able to accomplish in the driveway rather than at the dealership. Porsche Taycan owners can now enjoy this easy and reliable way to update the car’s software from home.

Pros of the Porsche Taycan Sedan Base Model

The base model pricing starts at $79,900. That buys the base 402-horsepower motor, 79.2kWh battery, and a two-speed rear axle transmission. For those who want a slick everyday driver and an approximately 224-mile range for city and suburbia driving, this is a great entry model. It has the sporty Porsche look and handling, with a competitive entry-level price tag.

The pros of the base model of the Porsche Taycan sedan are many and impressive. Here are just a few of the many great benefits that come with the base model of the Porsche Taycan. These are elements that are expected to be included in a vehicle that is being sold in the luxury class of cars, and even the entry-level Taycan does not disappoint.

  • The base model includes sport and range mode as well as launch control to ensure that the start and acceleration of this Porsche are as faultless as possible.
  • The standard perks are luxurious, including window and mirror heaters, leather interiors, auto-dimming mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, and an adaptive rear spoiler.
  • Two-zone climate control with air quality sensors that will automatically switch to recirculate when the intake air quality dips below healthy levels of particulates.
  • Active carbon cabin air filters that eliminate particles, dust, and pollen from entering the cabin air supply.
  • Two and two seating with front seats incorporating heating and 8-way power adjustments.
  • Collision warning and braking assistance (Porsche is careful to clarify that these systems do not necessarily prevent accidents and that the driver can defeat these systems by performing evasive maneuvers).
  • A massive 16.8-inch curved touchscreen infotainment system that also controls all of the interior functions such as lighting and climate control. This corresponds to a premium sound package with a whopping 10 speakers for fabulous sounds.
  • Porsche Connect and a 3-year subscription to Apple Carplay. This also includes the Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (PVTS) which monitors for car theft, activates a silent alarm, and tracks the vehicle for recovery by law enforcement personnel.

These are by no means the only pros of the base model of the Porsche Taycan. This car is sleek, stylish, sporty, and so fun to drive. Those who are looking for an affordable entry point in the Porsche EV lineup will be very happy with this beautiful car.

Pros of the Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo

The Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo is the base model of the crossover style Taycan. Starting at $90,900, it comes equipped with dual synchronous motors that deliver 469 horsepower. That gives it an acceleration of 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds. It also features both launch control and lane-keep assist. This gives maximum stability, smooth acceleration, and an added measure of safety while driving.

  • Dual-equipped with both the large 16.8-inch curved display and a center console direct touch display.
  • Multiple driving modes for various road conditions including sport mode, gravel mode, and range mode. For those who have long dirt or gravel driveways, yet desire to have this luxury Porsche EV, this is the model to buy.
  • Park assist with both front and rear cameras make parking a snap.
  • Lane keep assist adds side-to-side safety while driving.
  • Warn and brake assist adds collision avoidance assistance.
  • Both traction management and recuperation management help to add stability to the vehicle when driving in inclement weather or on dirt and gravel surfaces.
  • Adaptive air suspension with a smart lift ensures that the vehicle does not ride too low for the road surface conditions.

This is a very smart and capable EV crossover that Porsche has designed. With additional features on higher models, the Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo just gets better.

Upgrades for the Porsche Taycan

Upgrades for all versions of the Porsche Taycan are plentiful. Porsche offers a generous selection of options with no upgrade cost, plus a few premium upgrades for a reasonable charge. This is a major pro for choosing Porsche. These premium options allow buyers to design and purchase a vehicle that is unique and sure to turn heads.

  • Porsche offers 13 stunning exterior colors at no additional cost. They also offer an additional four premium colors that run about $3,000 each. Buyers can also have wheels custom-painted for about $1,300.
  • Porsche offers a lovely array of single and duo-tone interior color palettes. They offer seven leather colors and five non-leather colors included in the base price. They also offer four premium leather colors that add about $2,500 to the bill. Add deviated seat stitching for about six grand.
  • For a little over $3,500, buyers can add the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport option which increases stability in cornering with the addition of front and rear anti-roll bars.
  • About $1,100 buys a Porsche subsecond analog dashboard clock.
  • A fixed glass panoramic sunroof can be added for about $1,500, and all of the car glass can be insulated for both sun and sound for an additional $1,130.
  • A heads-up display can be added to a Taycan for $1,850. Night Vision Assist, which gives the driver a thermal image of objects that are hidden beyond the headlights, can be added for just over $2,400.
  • $1,130 buys a 10.9-inch passenger touchscreen that allows access to the infotainment, navigation, and car information on the passenger side dash.
  • Buyers who want the ultimate surround sound in-car entertainment can put down $5,810 on a Burmester 3D surround sound system with 21 speakers and a 400-watt subwoofer.

These are just a small selection of the huge array of options that are available for the Porsche Taycan. This is a significant advantage for choosing a vehicle from the Porsche Taycan lineup. The upgrades and options are massive, and they are very well apportioned and enviable.

The paint can be modified and added to various car components such as side mirrors. Badging can be upgraded, all interior and exterior lights and light strips can be upgraded. The drivetrain, motors, and brakes all have available upgrades and options. The car electronics and connectivity options are all upgradable. The wow factor of this car is only limited by the buyer’s budget.

Porsche Taycan Range

The range of a Porsche Taycan depends on the battery system and the motor system. There are two types of battery systems: the performance battery and the performance battery plus. The performance battery is 240kW; the performance battery plus is 280kW. The 240kW battery delivers up to 321 horsepower, while the 280kW battery delivers up to 375 horsepower.

Secondly, there are various motors available for the Taycan. The base model Taycan sedan comes with a single 402 horsepower motor. Upgraded models feature dual synchronous motors that deliver additional power, depending on the motor and battery setup. The 280kW battery plus dual motors boost power output to 469 horsepower.

It is easy to see how various configurations can affect the range of the vehicle. Further, it is important to note that as with all lithium-ion batteries, the performance degrades over time. This means that the battery will take less and less charge as the years go by, greatly decreasing the range with the age of the car.

Porsche expects the batteries to retain 70 percent of their charge capacity for eight years after the initial purchase. Consumers can expect to lose about 30 percent of the car’s range during those first eight years. External conditions such as extreme heat and cold, as well as personal charging and driving habits, can also greatly decrease both the range and the charging capacity of the batteries.

This list shows the EPA range estimates for all models. Keep in mind that these are EPA estimates, and do not necessarily represent a real-world driving range that includes heavy traffic, heavy acceleration, and use of in-car accessories like infotainment systems and air conditioning. Furthermore, not all Taycan models have an EPA estimate, as some of these models are so new.

  • Base model sedan with the standard performance battery: 200 miles
  • Base model with upgraded performance battery plus: 225 miles
  • 4S base model with standard performance battery: 199 miles
  • 4S with upgraded performance battery plus: 227 miles
  • Turbo with performance battery plus (standard): 212 miles
  • Turbo S with performance battery plus (standard): 201 miles

Increased performance motors require the increased performance batteries to enable the car to drive with an acceptable range. These EPA estimates are updated and made available on the dealer lot and can be seen on the Monroney label on each vehicle.

AMCI Testing Porsche Taycan Range

Porsche has also had AMCI Testing perform real-world tests of the various Taycan models. This independent testing included two modes available in the car which are normal mode and range mode. Further, the tests included a typical city route. Thus, the AMCI tests are more informative and helpful for those looking to purchase a Porsche Taycan for everyday commuting and driving in the city and suburbs.

Full results can be found here, on the AMCI Testing website. These include tables that show the range that was achieved per the battery charge, arranged as a bar graph. Here are the basics of the AMCI Testing results.

  • Porsche Taycan, base model. Driven on a real-world city and highway combination route in normal mode, it delivered 252 miles of range.
  • The Porsche Taycan, when driven on a real-world city route using the range mode, achieved 269 miles of range.
  • The Porsche Taycan with the performance battery plus has an extended range. Driven on a city and highway combined route in normal mode it delivered 282 miles of range.
  • The same Porsche Taycan with the performance battery plus driven on a real-world city route in range mode gained 40 miles in comparison to the standard battery, with a range of 309 miles.
  • The Porsche Taycan 4S with a standard performance battery was tested on a highway/city route in normal mode and achieved a 247-mile range. This is 20 miles over the EPA estimate.
  • The Porsche Taycan 4S with the standard performance battery, when tested on a real-world city route in range mode, achieved an impressive 271 miles.
  • The Porsche Taycan 4S was also tested with the performance battery plus on the city/highway combination route in normal mode and gained an additional 25 miles over the standard battery range. It came in at a 272-mile range.
  • The Porsche Taycan 4S with the performance battery plus was also tested on the real-world city route in range mode, topping out at a very nice 296 miles.

The AMCI Testing real-world performance range tests show that the Taycan performs well over EPA estimates in real-world commuting circumstances. Additionally, the extended range provided by the performance battery plus adds a significant amount of range. This is a major consideration for those who need to use the car for more than the average neighborhood commute which includes a plug-in at the office.

Furthermore, considering that the minimum time to charge an EV battery to 80% which does not deliver full vehicle range is about 20 minutes, providing the driver can find an ideal 50kW DC charging station. Where these are not available, charging will take anywhere from an hour and a half to almost a full 10 hours. These charging times are simply untenable for road trips and busy days, so more range is always better.

Cons of the Porsche Taycan Lineup

Not all of the cons of the base model Porsche Taycan are singular to the base model. In fact, some of the cons get more irritating as the cars advance in trim level. There are not very many cons of these cars, but these are a few of them to keep in consideration when shopping for a luxury EV.

Some of these cons are becoming ubiquitous in the EV market offerings, so these do not necessarily set the Porsche Taycans apart as being more aggravating or hard to use than any other luxury EV. As technology becomes more integrated, many of these cons will become even more commonplace, and drivers will learn to use them better.

  • The seats are very low to the ground. It can be difficult to get into and out of the Taycan. This is not unique to this car. It is quite the usual experience with many high-performance vehicles due to the low center of gravity. However, for those who are new to this type of car, it is something to consider before ordering.
  • The standard seating setup is for four passengers. This means that each passenger is very comfortable, but this limits the car to small families. A five-seat setup is available at an additional cost. Climate control is not available for rear-seat passengers on all models.
  • Nearly all of the controls are accessed by various infotainment screens, which become more numerous with upper trim levels. These make controls more distracting and difficult to use while driving. The driver may need to navigate multiple screens to do simple tasks such as adjusting the cabin air temperature.

It is worth noting that cons such as an overreliance on touch screens for all aspects of the car’s controls can also be mitigated by using the car’s “Hey Porsche” command systems to control car systems without navigating through a myriad of touch screens.

The acceleration rates are more than adequate for any driver. However, when considering that the base model is priced as a direct competitor to the Tesla Model S, it falls very far short of the approximately two-second 0 to 60 of the Tesla. For a Porsche EV owner to get close to the Tesla Model S acceleration rate, they must be willing to lay down about $185,000 on the top-of-the-line EV Porsche Turbo S.

The biggest con of the Porsche Taycan lineup is simply the cost. Porsche buyers are paying for luxury badging and the Porsche swagger. Costs may come down in the future as production rates increase and EV technology becomes more widespread, but the fact remains that no Porsche is considered to be an entry-level vehicle. It is a luxury car and costs accordingly, even for the base-level trim and drivetrain.

Porsche Taycan Price

The first curiosity for most electric car buyers is the price. This luxury vehicle still comes in at a hefty price. Porsche rolled out a base model that competes directly with the Tesla S in trim and price, but both interior and exterior options quickly jack up the price on the tag with both carmakers.

The Porsche Taycan comes in a sedan and a crossover. The sedan MSRP ranges from about $80,000 up to $185,000. The crossover MSRP ranges from about $91,000 to about $188,000.

Each model boasts the super sporty Porsche body styling and luxurious interiors. The performance of every model is impressive and dependable. Add the dimensional silver and glass-look Porsche badging on each model, and there is no way to go wrong when choosing a Porsche Taycan.

Here is a quick list of the available Porsche Taycan models and their corresponding price tags. Each model includes features that Porsche includes as a base level for the car, but options can be added to each that boost the price even higher.

The prices listed are MSRP from Porsche. The MSRP does not include delivery fees, taxes, options, processing and handling fees, and other possible dealership fees. The ultimate price is always set by the dealership. The various upgrades included in both the sedan and crossover models cause the price to jump significantly between models.

  • Porsche Taycan. This is the base model sedan and starts with an MSRP of $79,900. That includes a single 402 horsepower motor and the base performance capacity battery.
  • Porsche Taycan 4S. This is a sedan model with dual motors. The motor upgrade delivers more horsepower, faster launching, and a higher base MSRP at $103,800.
  • Porsche Taycan Turbo. This model of the Taycan sedan gets a massive motor boost and comes in at 670 horsepower. It also has the performance plus battery system standard. MSRP is $150,900.
  • Porsche Taycan Turbo S. This is the top-of-the-line Taycan sedan model, with motors that deliver a thrilling 750 horsepower. Car and Driver pointed out that this car performs comparably to the 1,000 horsepower Bugatti Veyron. That makes this car a great deal with a base MSRP of $185,000.
  • Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo. This is a slightly lifted and lengthened base model with a smart suspension that can handle some very light off-road such as gravel driveways and maintained dirt roads. MSRP $90,900.
  • Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo. This is an upgrade from the base model of the 4 Cross Turismo that boasts a better battery, dual motors, and traction control systems. This vehicle has more of a crossover body styling. The MSRP is $110,300.
  • Porsche Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo. 670 horsepower motors combine with the slight body lift and traction control systems to offer a very sporty crossover that can handle some light off-road driving. MSRP $153,500.
  • Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo. This is the ultimate electric crossover vehicle. It boasts the same dual synchronous AC motors at the Turbo S, so it has 750 horsepower and upgraded battery systems among the included bells and whistles. MSRP for this vehicle is $187,600.

It is clear to see that model upgrades cause significant jumps in pricing. There are also many options and upgrades available for each model that will increase the price even more. However, depending on the model chosen, many of the options and upgrades may be included. Some models are eligible for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500. More information on EV tax credits can be found at www.energy.gov.

Conclusion

The Porsche Taycan is designed as a luxury EV and keeps the streamlined and sexy Porsche styling throughout each model design of this lineup. There is no mistaking the make of these vehicles, but the fact that they are EVs will come as a surprise to many onlookers. They perform and drive beautifully, and look every bit as classy as they should.

In performance, they do not quite rival the blazing-fast acceleration and sustained speed of the Tesla Model S. However, the great performance of the Porsche Taycan is repeatable and dependable, even on the same charge. For those who are looking for an EV with the classic and sporty styling of the Porsche, the Taycan lineup pulls ahead for the win.

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