In-depth reviews

Porsche Taycan review – the best EV of the bunch

The Taycan steers better, accelerates harder and is built better than the competition, but its weight ultimately undoes its claim as a sports car

Evo rating
Price
from £79,200
  • Astounding, reliable performance from Turbo models; superb build quality
  • Huge weight; not especially roomy inside; top models are very expensive

This is Porsche’s first all-electric car, a high performance four door that can go bumper-to-bumper with Tesla’s Model S. We’ve had some time now to digest the Taycan on-road, and with a full strength range on offer, from a basic single-engined £79,200 base model all the way up to the £148,300 Turbo S, it’s now time for the Taycan to start notching up some sales wins, not just online drag races.

The Taycan now comes in a vast variety of forms, with the Cross Turismo and Sport Turismo having now joined the saloon, making a total of 12 different variants in total. Of course, as well as kicking off Porsche's revolution, the Taycan is also the basis of Audi Sport’s electric vehicle program, the e-tron GT.

As one of the best-selling Porsche's of recent times, the Taycan appears to have resonated with premium electric car buyers. But for the enthusiast type, is it worth taking a punt on an EV now, or is it still too early in the game?

Porsche Taycan: in detail

  • Engine, gearbox and technical highlights > All but the base model feature a motor on each axle, the rear mated to a two-speed ’box
  • Performance and 0-60 time > Turbo and Turbo S models have astonishing performance. The same can’t be said for the base models
  • Ride and handling > There’s impressive depth to the chassis and engineering. It feels uncannily Porsche-like 
  • MPG and running costs > If you’re charging from home then this is an amazingly affordable Porsche to run. Make use of fast public charging and it’s a different story
  • Interior and tech >  Loaded with tech and built with an impregnable solidity, but is it a bit stark?
  • Design > A faithful representation of the superb concept, if you specify it properly 

Prices, specs and rivals

Taycan models start at £79,200 for a basic rear-wheel-drive model with a standard 79.2kWh (net) battery pack, a single motor and a pretty basic specification that includes 19-inch wheels, partial leather trim, an 11-inch infotainment system, dual climate control, LED headlights and that’s about it.

Next up is the £90,700 Taycan 4S, which aside from the mechanical enhancements that we’ll go into more detail about later, throws in a diamond-cut version of the 19-inch wheel set, some brightwork around the windows, and again, that’s about it. Both the standard Taycan and Taycan 4S feature a 79.2kWh Performance Battery, but can be upgraded to the 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus for £4049 and £3906 respectively.

The latest addition to the range is the GTS, which is only available as a saloon or Sport Turismo. Here it combines mechanical elements of the 4S with a more obviously sporting focus. Prices start at £110,200 with the Sport Turismo costing an extra £1000. 

Stump up £125,800 and you’ll get the first of the two Turbo models, bringing you the larger battery pack, upgraded adaptive LED headlights, 20-inch wheels, body-coloured accents around the exterior, upgraded leather trim on the dash and doors, a BOSE stereo and Porsche’s coated brake discs signified by its white calipers.

The £148,300 Turbo S tops the range, and swaps out the coated brakes for a carbon-ceramic set, plus fits 21-inch wheels, carbonfibre trim inside and out, standardises the leather-free interior option and swaps out the standard seats for a more heavily bolstered set. All of this equipment, plus a whole lot more, is able to be specified on all models from the options list too. 

Joining the saloon are a pair of Cross and Sport Turismo models. They are identical in body-in-white, with the Cross Turismo adding in some light off-roading styling addenda (that's mostly for show). Pricing for the estate models varies depending on spec, but they cost around a grand more, with subtle adjustments to the specs to compensate.

While it’s only been four years since its launch, the premium electric car class is already expanding at an exponential rate. Audi’s (very) closely related e-tron GT shares a majority of the Taycan’s mechanicals, but packages them in a similarly sized, but differently styled package, slipping in between Taycan derivatives in terms of performance and price. The e-tron GT quattro kicks things off at just over £86k, with the RS e-tron GT starting from £118k.

The Taycan's obvious rival, the Tesla Model S, is now a more niche proposition in the UK, being exclusively available in left-hand drive. We haven't driven the updated Model S yet, but with the 1006bhp Plaid version holding the current EV lap record at the Nürburgring, we're very intrigued to find out if its raw performance translates into Taycan-equaling dynamic finesse. 

Mercedes-AMG has also entered the space with its EQE53 saloon, and while it's bursting with tech and offers huge pace, the Porsche is far more involving from behind the wheel. Lesser known manufacturers are gearing up to launch new competitors in the UK, too; Lucid has already impressed us with its Air saloon, and in 1200bhp+ Sapphire form, it uses true torque vectoring to deliver enormous capability. The Taycan leads the pack for now, but it might have a more difficult time as these new rivals swarm in. 

More on Porsche Taycan

New Porsche Taycan – all you need to know
Porsche Taycan – front
News

New Porsche Taycan – all you need to know

It might look familiar, but the facelifted Porsche Taycan promises huge gains in dynamic potential and everyday usability
6 Feb 2024
Porsche’s Taycan Turbo GT has narrowly missed out on the Nürburgring EV lap record
Porsche Taycan Turbo GT – front
News

Porsche’s Taycan Turbo GT has narrowly missed out on the Nürburgring EV lap record

Porsche’s forthcoming Taycan Turbo GT has posted a 7:07.55 lap time at the Nürburgring – just 2.25 seconds shy of the 1887bhp Rimac Nevera
2 Jan 2024
New Porsche Taycan Turbo GT: ultra-focused EV to arrive this year
Porsche Taycan Turbo GT – front
News

New Porsche Taycan Turbo GT: ultra-focused EV to arrive this year

Porsche’s electric saloon will soon spawn a track-ready Turbo GT variant, and we’ve spotted it testing at the Nürburgring
2 Jan 2024
Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo 2023 review
Porsche Taycan GTS – front cornering
Reviews

Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo 2023 review

The Taycan GTS is superb in both saloon and Sport Turismo forms – it's the driver's choice for EVs right now
6 Apr 2023
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 2022 review – a sports utility vehicle done right
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo – front cornering
Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 2022 review – a sports utility vehicle done right

A convincing play at being the ultimate everyday driver of the future. It’s heavy and doesn’t have enough range, but there’s lots here to like
2 Jul 2022
‘The Porsche Taycan is a terrifically comfortable and able bit of kit, but as a sports car, I’m not so sure’
Porsche Taycan
Porsche Taycan

‘The Porsche Taycan is a terrifically comfortable and able bit of kit, but as a sports car, I’m not so sure’

A drive in a Taycan leaves Porter reflecting on The Meaning of Liff
4 May 2022
Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo now available in all powertrain variants
Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo – range
Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo now available in all powertrain variants

The low-slung Taycan Sport Turismo range has grown to full strength, topped by the 741bhp Turbo S
19 Jan 2022
Porsche Taycan GTS debuts alongside new Sport Turismo body
Porsche Taycan GTS – rear tracking
Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan GTS debuts alongside new Sport Turismo body

The Porsche Taycan continues to diversify with GTS and Sport Turismo reveals in LA
17 Nov 2021
Porsche Taycan updated for model year 2022
2022 Porsche Taycan – Rubystone
Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan updated for model year 2022

Software updates and efficiency improvements to the electric powertrain bring Porsche’s electric car up to date
25 Aug 2021
Porsche Taycan recalled for powertrain glitch
Taycan Turbo S
Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan recalled for powertrain glitch

Over 45,000 units of Porsche’s popular all-electric Taycan to be recalled globally
2 Jul 2021
Porsche Taycan given performance boost via software update
Porsche Taycan front
Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan given performance boost via software update

The Porsche Taycan to receive free over-the-air update boosting performance from its electric powertrain
23 Mar 2021
Porsche Taycan receives design overhaul from TechArt
TechArt Porsche Taycan
Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan receives design overhaul from TechArt

TechArt has applied aesthetic and performance-enhancing modifications to the all-electric Porsche Taycan
4 Mar 2021
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo revealed – 750bhp Turbo S to top crossover range
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo - Turbo S front static
Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo revealed – 750bhp Turbo S to top crossover range

Porsche expands Taycan range with new Cross Turismo high-riding estate
4 Mar 2021
Porsche Taycan RWD 2021 review – capable, desirable, but not lovable
Porsche Taycan rwd - coffee front tracking
Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan RWD 2021 review – capable, desirable, but not lovable

The promise of adding rear-drive thrills to the Taycan’s already formidable dynamic repertoire falls rather flat in reality
2 Feb 2021
Entry-level rear-wheel drive Porsche Taycan revealed
Porsche Taycan rear-wheel drive
Porsche Taycan

Entry-level rear-wheel drive Porsche Taycan revealed

Porsche’s Taycan range continues to grow, with this new £70,690 entry-level model
19 Jan 2021
Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo spied – low-slung estate to join saloon
Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo spied – low-slung estate to join saloon

Electric Porsche spawns an estate variant, and should be available in full 750bhp Turbo S spec
5 Nov 2020
Porsche Taycan receives more performance and options for 2021
Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan receives more performance and options for 2021

The all-electric Porsche Taycan has been updated for 2021, bringing more options and performance
19 Aug 2020
Porsche Taycan 4S revealed with up to 563bhp
Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan 4S revealed with up to 563bhp

The mid-range Porsche Taycan 4S expands the brand’s all-electric saloon line-up
14 Oct 2019
Hennessey Performance Porsche Taycan on the horizon - plans announced for fettled EV
Porsche Taycan

Hennessey Performance Porsche Taycan on the horizon - plans announced for fettled EV

Texan tuner Hennessey Performance has unveiled plans to turn the new Porsche Taycan up to 11
24 Sep 2019
2020 Porsche Taycan revealed – 750bhp EV ready to go
Porsche Taycan

2020 Porsche Taycan revealed – 750bhp EV ready to go

Look out, Tesla! Porsche’s production-ready Taycan is finally here, and it doesn’t disappoint
11 Sep 2019