Even if the fashionable crossovers and SUVs have squeezed some market share for it in recent years, the practical station wagon is still one of the most popular body styles in Europe. However, if you wanted one with an electric drive, you haven’t looked for one so far. The MG 5, made in China and located in a lower price segment, should come onto the European market in 2020. The model is still not available in this country. Established manufacturers have so far only presented studies. The production version of the Passat-like VW ID Space Vizzion should roll out to Volkswagen dealers in around two years. Porsche’s new and somewhat more practical Taycan variant, on the other hand, will be delivered from next summer.
More headroom in the second row
The Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2018, already provided the rough direction for the design of the Taycan Cross Turismo that is now being presented. The slightly more practical version of the electric sports car sits visually between the chairs: up to the B-pillar, the new version is very similar to the basic model that was successfully launched last year. If you tick the off-road package on the surcharge list, the Shooting Brake also goes through as a genuine crossover. Then, in addition to the plastic wheel arches and the underrun protection, there is also a lift of up to three centimeters, as well as special plastic flaps that are supposed to protect the paintwork from stone chips. The standard air-sprung E-Porsche should also be able to cope with dirt roads and easy terrain.
At 4.97 meters, the Cross Turismo is around one centimeter longer than the Taycan sedan. The station wagon also rises above the latter by up to 3.1 centimeters, which should provide a little more headroom, especially in the second row. Otherwise the interior was hardly changed. On request, however, there is a removable compass as a unique selling point, which is intended to underline the adventurous character of the noble electric car.
The Cross Turismo is not a load master
The steeply sloping roof line towards the rear and the comparatively narrow trunk opening already give it away: The Taycan Cross Turismo is, similar to its larger brand brother, Panamera Sport Turismo, more of a sporty Shooting Brake than a full-fledged station wagon. In the normal configuration, the cargo space swallows 490 liters. If you fold down the back seat, the volume increases to over 1,200 liters. With the sedan, however, a maximum of 407 liters fit in the luggage compartment. This may be a step forward, but full-fledged station wagons still offer significantly more storage space. The three centimeters shorter Mercedes E-Class T-Model, for example, offers a standard capacity of 640 liters. The Taycan Cross Turismo was also not designed as a classic family truck, but is primarily intended to serve as a sporty leisure vehicle. It goes with the fact that Porsche officially calls the model a “Crossover Ultility Vehicle” and has developed a special, optionally available bike rack for it. Depending on the version, there is also a roof rail for additional luggage.
The rear-wheel drive version is omitted
The Cross Turismo takes over all of the drives from the normal Taycan. The only difference: With the Shooting Brake, even the 476 hp (all performance data in overboost) basic version has an electric motor on each axle and therefore a full all-wheel drive. The basic sedan, on the other hand, has to get by with a single 408 hp engine and pure rear-wheel drive. Above the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo are the 4s with up to 571 hp and the Taycan Turbo with 680 horses. The top model is called the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo and briefly releases 761 hp on the wheels in overboost. The latter sprints to the country road speed limit in 2.9 seconds and is therefore only a tenth slower than the Turbo S sedan. The basic version runs out of breath at 220 km / h, while the Turbo and Turbo S are electronically sealed off at 250 kilometers per hour. The most powerful sedan is allowed to run 10 km / h faster at the top. The standard and adaptive three-chamber air suspension on the Cross Turismo has been adjusted to be a bit more comfortable and equipped with a specific “Gravel Mode” that lifts the body a little for off-road driving.
It starts at a sumptuous 93,635 euros
The Taycan station wagon comes with the large lithium-ion battery as standard, which has a capacity of 93.4 kWh. The basic model goes the furthest with it. Its data sheet states a WLTP range of up to 456 kilometers. Thanks to the well-known, but still advanced, 800 volt architecture, the charge level of the Cross Turismo can also be increased from 10 to 80 percent within around 20 minutes at a rapid charging station. For those interested in the MG 5 mentioned above, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will most likely still not be an alternative. The prices of the e-station wagon from Zuffenhausen only start at 93,635 euros. This makes it around 10,000 euros more expensive than the rear-wheel drive basic version of the Taycan sedan.