Driving the world's fastest wagon: Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo S review
Prepare for some pretty big statements
The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is, without a doubt, a landmark moment for the motor vehicle. Here we have a Taycan – already the epitome of feel-good fast EVs – but with an estate car body that means you can carry adults in the back and loads of stuff in the boot.
It's bloody brilliant – Lucy Brown would probably call it 'epic' – so read on for more thoughts or watch the really quite brilliant video below to see why this is our favourite car of the year so far.
What is it?
It's a lifted and longer (by 11mm) version of the Taycan, Porsche's all-electric go-fast practical car. The Cross bit of the name means it's jacked up by 20mm on its air suspension in most modes, or 30mm in the most lifted mode (there's a new gravel mode too for off-road hooning with fewer electronic nannies).
The Taycan nicks the Panamera Sport Turismo's rear looks
It's available in a couple of versions – the entry-level 4, the slightly faster 4S, the much faster Turbo and the absolutely batshit 751hp Turbo S with 1,050Nm of torque. We drove the latter. Bwaha.
So it's fast then?
Fast enough to make your eyes go funny. The Turbo S will get from 0-60mph in 2.7 seconds, thanks to a motor on each axle and a clever two-speed gearbox for the back wheels which exists to punch you off the line. You only get the full 761hp in launch control mode, otherwise you have to make do with 625hp. Honestly, the Cross Turismo Turbo S feels just as savage as its 25kg-lighter saloon sibling, and flooring it from 30mph will still have your head thumping loudly into the headrest as you struggle to get your words out. And when they do eventually escape your lips, they'll likely be rude ones.
Huge carbon-ceramic brakes are phenomenal – and they need to be given how fast the Turbo S is
We could talk all day about how the Taycan Cross Turismo is the fastest estate car you can buy, but that'd miss all the other things that elevate it above straight-line YouTube fodder.
Spec your Taycan Cross Turismo with Porsche's fancy torque vectoring and you'll experience a car that clings to the road like anything else you've ever driven. You can slingshot around corners at speeds that'll have your passengers muttering their last rites under their breath, and yet it's still a hugely enjoyable and engaging car to drive. At no point do you feel like you're just operating a big 2.3-tonne gaming computer.
Somehow Porsche's engineers have given the Cross Turismo an organic feel. From the way you mete out the power through the heavyweight accelerator pedal, to the way the car rotates slightly as the torque vectoring chucks volts at the rear wheels if you accelerate mid corner. It's engineered to be fun and involving.
Paddle-less wheel feels lovely. You change driving mode using the small wheel in the bottom-right bit
None of that would matter if it rode like a bag of spanners, and – yup, another ladle from the praise pot – the Cross Turismo smothers bumps sublimely. And we don't mean 'pretty good for a big heavy EV'. Honestly, in normal mode the air suspension could fool you into thinking you're in a Bentley.
We daresay the three-chamber air suspension system is probably the same as on a Bentley, but it has a much broader range of operation here, given that it sharpens up so much in Sport Plus mode a Bentley owner would be spitting out their Cognac the second they cross a cat's eye.
It's worth noting the Cross Turismo has a more relaxed ride and flows with the bumps in the Tarmac better than the regular Taycan, presumably because the 20mm lift comes from new suspension mounting points, resulting in a bit of a geometry change. It's nerdy stuff, but you can feel a surprisingly big difference in the way they drive.
What about the rest of it?
The boot still isn't cavernous, but it's a lot more useable than the saloon's
The big news is that the back seats now have 45mm more headroom (47mm with the excellent panoramic sunroof) than the regular Taycan, which does wonders for your passengers. Suddenly the whole cabin feels bigger, and more capable of being used by families as a daily driver. It now feels like a practical car, rather than an oddity.
The boot is also large, up 39 litres to 405 litres, and up 400 litres with the seats down to reveal a 1,200 litre space for lugging furniture to the tip at break-neck speed.
The rest of the interior is the same as the Taycan, with two touchscreens for infotainment and air-con controls (they're easy to use and largely faff-free), and a couple of touch buttons for the suspension controls on the right-side of the driver's display.
So is it perfect?
This is parked in full lifted mode
If you can stomach the cost, pretty much. The Taycan Cross Turismo is a car with an absurdly large repertoire of skills. It can now waft, it can lug loads and yet it can still thrill you on a twisty road in a way that an Audi RS6 or Merc-AMG E63 couldn't dream of. Sure, we'd like to see more than a 240-mile range on the top-spec Turbo S, but a 4S or Turbo gives you a bit more range with similarly impressive performance.
Otherwise, if you have a low six-figure sum set aside for a family car and you're even half tempted by an EV, you'd be utterly wrong to spend it on anything else.