The all-electric Taycan range has
already proved a major success for Porsche, with 20,000 examples delivered
globally in 2020. Now its stablemate the Taycan Cross Turismo is here, offering
the same brilliant performance along with a versatile, estate-style body and
mild off-road capability. As with the Taycan saloon, performance is
Imagine the design fusion of Porsche’s Taycan saloon and the Panamera Sport Turismo, and you’ve got the Taycan Cross Turismo. From the front it has the Taycan’s low-profile nose and sleek bonnet line, while the way the rear cabin sweeps downwards into the flared rear wheel arches and raked rear screen is described by Porsche as its ‘dynamic flyline’.
It’s a handsome machine and though not a full off-roader, its ability off the beaten track is hinted at by rugged sills, front splitter and wheel arch trims. Inside the spacious and airy cabin there’s 36mm more rear-passenger headroom than the Taycan and up to 1,200 litres’ luggage capacity with the rear seats down.
All Taycan Cross Turismo models have the largest 93.4 kWh Performance Battery Plus and all are all-wheel drive. The range starts with the 380hp Taycan 4 Cross Turismo which delivers 476hp in overboost mode and accelerates from zero to 62mph in 5.1 seconds. Next up is the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, which produces 490hp (571hp in overboost) and cuts the 0-62mph time to 4.1 seconds. Faster still is the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, which has 625hp (680hp in overboost) to bring the 0-62mph time down to just 3.3 seconds.
Vital stats for the top of the range Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo are 625hp/761hp, and 0-62 miles an hour in a laugh-out-loud 2.9 seconds. 800-Volt architecture gives the capacity to charge at 270kW, taking the battery charge from 5% to 80% in 22.5 minutes. Maximum range for the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo is 283 miles, while the more powerful Turbo S has a slightly lower 260 mile maximum.
Like the Taycan, the Cross Turismo
has a contemporary, appealing cabin with the Porsche Advanced Cockpit’s curved
16.8-inch digital instrument cluster providing clear information to the driver.
Infotainment is controlled via a central 10.9-inch touchscreen that has
intuitive menus and crisp haptic touch feedback; Taycan Cross Turismo owners also
receive free access to Apple Music streaming for six months.
You can switch between the two levels of regenerative braking via a control on the steering wheel, while settings for drive mode, stability control, and dampers are all within easy reach. Adaptive Air Suspension with three ride modes comes as standard, while the optional off-Road Design package adds a further 30mm of lift for extra off-road clearance.
As well as regenerative braking,
the Taycan Cross Turismo has six-piston aluminium monobloc fixed-calliper
brakes at the front and four-piston fixed-calliper brakes at the rear. Alternatively,
high-performance Porsche Surface Coated Brake discs (PSCB) are an option. The
Porsche InnoDrive active cruise control package includes active lane keeping.
It also recognises speed limit signs and adjusts speed accordingly.
Like its close relative the Taycan, the Taycan Cross Turismo is more than a fast, luxurious EV. It’s also a Porsche, with all the precision of driver feedback and exhilaration that implies. What the Cross Turismo offers in addition is extra headroom, a more versatile load space and the option of a higher ride height for rough surfaces. Looks are subjective, but many will prefer its design. Taycan or Taycan Cross Turismo? Our sales team awaits your verdict.
|Unladen Weight (DIN)||TBC|
|Engine / Cylinders||Full Electric|
|Max Power||761 PS (with overboost launch control)|
|Max Torque||1,050 Nm|
|Charge Time||10.5 hrs (AC) at 9.6kW (0 to up to 100%)|
|Top Speed||155 mph (limitted)|
|Acceleration||2.9 sec (with launch control)|
|Range combined (model range)||241 - 260 miles|
|Range City (model range)||286 - 308 miles|