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the electric station wagon better than the sedan?

A wagon version of the German electric sports car, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is finally arriving in dealerships. What is it worth in reality? We were able to test it in its 4S configuration.

With more than 9,000 units sold in the first quarter of 2021, the Taycan is a real success for the German brand. With its many variations, the sportswoman from Stuttgart now arrives in an unprecedented station wagon version.

Prefigured by the Mission E Cross Turismo concept (Geneva 2018), this Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is distinguished from the sedan by its extended roof and its look of an adventurer station wagon. Shields are specific. The same goes for the protected wheel arches and sills.

Stretching over nearly 5 meters in length, the Cross Turismo is 3 cm taller than the sedan. It is distinguished by its raised ground clearance of 2 cm and even 3 cm with the optional Offroad Design pack.

Benefited by its slender silhouette, the Taycan Cross Turismo benefits from a 446-liter trunk, which is 39 more than the sedan. Modularity is at the rendezvous with a folding bench in three parts and a double bottom that allows you to store your charging cables neatly. Under the front hood, another trunk is available. Limited to 84 liters, it is not huge but sufficient to accommodate two cabin bags.

Length4,974 mm
Width (with retro)1,967 mm (2,144 mm)
Height1,409 mm
Wheelbase2,904 mm
Front wheelbase1,718 mm
Rear wheelbase1698 mm
Rear trunk (bench seat folded down)446 liters (1212 l)
Front trunk84 liters

In the rear seats, the Cross Turismo offers a little more headroom than the sedan because of its higher roof. The upholstery is comfortable, but visibility is obscured by the front seats. As for the sedan, it will be necessary to fulfill an additional option to be able to transport a third passenger who will have to deal with the imposing central tunnel whatever happens. For the rest, the equipment is up to par with heated seats and independent air conditioning for each passenger.

At the front, we find unsurprisingly the same dashboard as the classic sedan. Our test model benefits from the full leather option and upholstery combining leather, alcantara with multiple electrical adjustments. Slightly curved, the instrumentation screen is completed by two touch screens. The first is used to adjust the multimedia system while the second, in a vertical position, manages the battery and air conditioning. Optionally, another screen can be added for the passenger.

The technique

Under the hood, the mechanics are known since they are strictly identical to those on board the sedan. In the 4S intermediate configuration, our test model has an electric motor on each axle and develops up to 490 horsepower (571 hp in overboost). On the battery side, the Cross Turismo receives the Performance Plus battery as standard. This accumulates 93 kWh of energy capacity and authorizes 388 to 452 km of autonomy in the WLTP cycle.

For recharging, the characteristics are identical to the sedan. Configured in 11 kW (22 kW optional), the on-board charger allows a full recharge in 9 hours. It is completed by a DC Combo connector. Operating at 800 volts, it accepts up to 270 kW. Enough to recover 100 km of autonomy after only 5 minutes of recharging.

A more comfortable ride

If the Taycan tends to rub on the speed bumps, this Cross Turismo version takes advantage of its raised stature. Both flexible and silent, it remains easy to handle despite its large size, the presence of rear steering wheels (obviously optional) allowing to steer much shorter (11.4 with the option vs. 12 m without).

On small roads, the Cross Turismo has nothing to envy to the sedan. Despite her additional 25 kilos, she remains both pleasant and agile. It even gains in versatility thanks to its “gravel” mode which, reserved for “off-road” use, optimizes torque management on all four wheels. Added to this is a “Lift” mode which increases ground clearance, but is limited to 30 km / h.

On the motorway, Porsche’s electric station wagon does not float and also remains stable despite its raised ground clearance. On the Autobahn unlimited German, we were able to test the maximum speed (250 km / h counter) but also the braking, very effective despite the absence of the carbon-ceramic option C. At steady speed, the car is both restful and silent, the presence of double side glazing to better isolate external sounds.

In terms of consumption, we complete this test with an average of 35.6 kWh / 100 km which includes our test at high speed. By stabilizing at 130 km / h with the cruise control, we can maintain an average of 30 kWh / 100 km. Enough to offer a real autonomy of 300 km on a motorway journey without playing crazy behind the wheel.

The best electric Porsches?

With its raised ground clearance and large trunk, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo gains versatility and corrects the two main flaws of the sedan. A great success, especially since the prices are not much higher.

Billed € 114,814 excluding options, the 4S version of our test model is sold € 5,400 more than the sedan. A price differential which is justified by the presence of the large battery, but also by the standard air suspensions, billed as an option on the sedan.

Obviously, this Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is not limited to a single engine. In addition to the 4S configuration of our test model, the Porsche electric station wagon is also available in Turbo (680 hp) and Turbo S (791 hp) versions at the respective prices of 157,774 and 191,374 €, still excluding options. There is also a basic version “Taycan 4 Cross Tourismo”, limited to 476 horsepower and invoiced from € 96,454. In all cases, the Performance Plus battery (93.4 kWh) is offered as standard.

Max power (overboost)Price
Taycan 4 Cross Turismo476 hp€ 96,454
Taycan 4S Cross Turismo571 hp€ 114,814
Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo680 hp€ 157,774
Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo791 hp€ 191,374

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