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First Reviews 2022 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo First Drive Review : A Special Car Made...

2022 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo First Drive Review : A Special Car Made Even Better

Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo Pros

  • Exceptional design
  • Usable rear seat
  • Just enough power
  • Remarkable handling and agility
  • Better range than expected

Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo Cons

  • Still not all that spacious for a family
  • Cargo area remains small
  • Complicated infotainment system by Porsche standards

The Porsche Taycan, Porsche’s first fully-electric vehicle, has a lot of pros which just a few cons. The Taycan’s handling, performance, and overall feel isn’t just great for an electric car, it’s on the level that you expect from a Porsche which is to say near perfection.

Our first drives in the numerous versions of the Porsche Taycan have all been positive, but there was one drawback. Rear seat room was lacking, making the Taycan a difficult choice as a daily driver for anyone with a family planning to use the rear seats on a regular basis. The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo doesn’t entirely fix the problem, but it certainly helps make the Porsche EV a more friendly daily driver if you have kids.

What’s Different on the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo?

You can tell the difference just by looking at the Cross Turismo next to the Taycan sedan. Like the Panamera Sport Turismo, the Taycan Cross Turismo has a wagon body that stretches the Taycan sedan’s rear into a hatchback form, improving not only practicality, but also the design in my humble opinion. The Taycan sedan looks pretty darn good, but the Cross Turismo is another level of gorgeous. And despite being longer by about 11 mm, it still looks quite compact.

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Those who walked by the Cross Turismo in Old Montreal certainly seemed to agree. Most who stopped said they already knew the Taycan sedan, but this was the model they were looking forward to seeing and all agreed it was prettier. Ultimately, it’s a matter of opinion but there’s something about wagons that are just cool, and the Cross Turismo certainly delivers the coolness factor. This is not the car to get if you want to go unnoticed.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo S | Photo: Porsche

Interestingly, the extra height in the cargo area doesn’t translate into that much more cargo space compared to the Taycan sedan. You get 405 litres (16 cu.ft.) of total cargo space compared to 366 litres (14 cu.ft.) with all seats in place. Fold the rear seats down, however, and you get nearly 1,200 litres (43 cu.ft). Still, a Tesla Model S has more cargo space as does an Audi A6 Allroad for that matter with the rear seats in place.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Trunk Screenshot

The Taycan Cross Turismo really stands out compared to the sedan when getting into the back. There’s more head room than the sedan and it is a lot easier to enter and exit. I still had a bit of trouble getting my toddler back there and her feet could easily kick the front passenger seat all the way to daycare despite my best efforts, but there’s no question that the Cross Turismo is more practical inside. As mentioned earlier, if you are going to get a Taycan for family duties, the Cross Turismo is really the only option, and it does a reasonably decent job in that regard.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 4S | Photo: Porsche

The rest of the interior is identical to the Taycan sedan. Everything is controlled through a centre screen with an optional passenger side display which proved useful when needing to connect a phone to Bluetooth on the highway. The centre display wouldn’t do it for safety reasons, by my passenger was allowed to. Aside from that, the passenger display is essentially a duplicate of what you see in the middle, although it does up the wow factor inside.

It does take a bit of time to get used to the interior and the climate controls in particular can be a bit of a pain. A friend who has owned a Panamera for two years with a similar layout for climate says he has never gotten used to it. For the rest however, you do find what you need fairly quickly after a while, although the Audi e-tron’s physical buttons do prove a bit more practical for common functions.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 4S | Photo: Porsche

Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo: More than enough performance

Our tester was the Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, the base model in the lineup and the only Taycan 4 available across the board, at least in Canada. The Taycan sedan is available starting in 4S guise. That means that the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo is actually the most affordable Taycan you can buy with a starting price of $119,900.

In the US, things are a bit different as the Taycan is offered in a rear-wheel drive version for roughly $11,000 less than the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo’s price of $93,700. Still, the Cross Turismo is the only Taycan 4 in the US and the most accessible Taycan with all-wheel drive.

There are two ways to look at the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo in terms of performance. The first would be to point out the major gap in how it accelerates or passes compared to other Taycan trims, even the 4S, but also compared to much more accessible cars like a Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, Tesla Model 3 Performance or even a Volvo XC40 Recharge. Those three are quicker than the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo off the line.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo S and Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 4S | Photo: Porsche

On the other hand, and on its own, the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo is plenty quick. It reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.2 seconds. With up to 469 horsepower under your right foot and 368 pound-feet of torque immediately available, there’s no hesitation when you press down on the right pedal and the car leaps forward with satisfying confidence. Is it the same kind of throw-you-into-your-seat thrust as a Taycan Turbo S or any other super quick EV? No. You won’t film a reactions video for YouTube in Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, but you will have all the power you need when you need it.

As a matter of fact, the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo felt even more enjoyable to me than any of the high-performance EVs I tested prior such as the Taycan Turbo S or Audi RS e-tron or even the Mustang Mach-E GT I had at the same time. That’s because unlike those ridiculously quick monsters, I could actually use more of the Taycan 4’s power without risking my license or making myself feel sick.

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S | Photo: Olivier Delorme

The best-handling electric vehicle you can buy

As for handling, there is absolutely no compromise to be made over the Taycan sedan. The latter is the best handling electric vehicle on the market and the Cross Turismo is just as good. It is perfectly balanced, and the heavy center of gravity translates into exceptional composure going around tight corners. You may have read or heard that the Taycan feels just as agile as a 911, and although that may seem hard to believe it’s very true.

The Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo is a perfect driver’s car, in part because the power is more reasonable. The car sticks to the road in any situation, and when you come out of a corner and push hard the power level is exactly where you want it to be. Balance once again is the name of the game and when it comes to combining straight-line accelerations with cornering, the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo delivers on a level very few cars can. Sure, sometimes you’d like the extra kick a Turbo S delivers, but you get over it when you realize the Taycan 4 is $100k less.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo S | Photo: Porsche

What About the Range?

The Taycan’s EPA range numbers have been a rock in Porsche’s shoe ever since they were announced. And yet, as more and more people drive the Taycan, it is becoming clear that unlike many EVs, Porsche’s numbers are underestimated.

The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo has a posted range of 215 miles, or 344 kilometres. Our car wasn’t even fully charged and showed 370 kilometres (231 miles) of range when we picked it up. Once completely charged, we had over 400 kilometres (250 miles) and a few calculations show that we actually could have reached 425 kilometres (265 miles) overall.

Sure, the Tesla Model S advertises larger range numbers, but they are actually inflated while Porsche’s numbers are quite a bit lower than what you actually will do. Range is obviously an important consideration for EV buyers, but in our book 400 kilometres is more than enough.

Porsche Taycan Turbo S Review
2020 Porsche Taycan | Photo: Porsche

Conclusion

It’s easy to disregard the Porsche Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo when comparing specs and price, and yet Porsche’s new EV has been one of the hottest-selling cars in the industry since it arrived, and the new Cross Turismo is flying just as quickly off dealer lots.

That’s because the Taycan is a lot more than the sum of its parts. It is a car that is amazing to drive and that makes you feel so very good behind the wheel. The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo may not be the quickest, but it’s a great driver’s car with just enough extra room inside to be used every day.

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Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including EcoloAuto.com and MotorIllustrated.com as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email

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