The Porsche Taycan is a groundbreaking electric vehicle that combines timeless elegance and performance of a Porsche with the innovation of electric power. As the first all-electric model from Porsche, the Taycan has captured the attention of car enthusiasts and while still being kinder to hardcore environmentalists, Let’s take a sneak peak into the impressive features and driving experience that make the Porsche Taycan a true pioneer in the electric vehicle market.
Porsche Taycan reviewed:
What we absolutely loved!
+ The best EV I’ve ever driven. Period. 326 hp and 408 hp on demand with a thrilling stint to 100 kmph in 5.4s
+ The realistic range is a li’ll north of 300 km when driven sedately, that’s a Bangalore-Goa with just one charging stop
+ 1.6 cr on road (without customisation) doesn’t seem like buckets of money for the German craftsmanship and competition
+ Lift mode is very very useful in Indian driving conditions. Did not scrape the breakers even once with 30mm lift
+ Electric sport sound is the only ray of hope for it to come even closer to the experience of normal cars
+ Futuristic dash, swipe to open charging port, sports crono package, extendable door handles etc in the kitty make it a very desirable and irresistible EV
What could be better!
– Might not be a convincing factor to pay additionally for kitties like front camera(2 lakhs) and ventilated seats (1.5 lakh) I guess they are better off as a part of standard equipment. 1.5 cr ain’t no small money
– Touch controls for AC vent adjustment feels like an overkill challenging to operate it during the move
– You would end up depending on DC charging for your road trips. That won’t come cheap. A superfast 120 kw DC charging will set you back by 7rs per km of running cost since time > money on trips.
The LED headlamps light up the road like a stadium and what’s kind of astonishing is you would have to shell out a couple of lakh rupees to possess the front camera in the car, not something to convince your mistress, that said, the frunk doubles up as a utilitarian factor as the boot is sparingly usable, courtesy the full sized spare wheel which eats up good chunk of space, airport transfers? don’t even dream! The Taycan has a small front boot of 84 litres, which is almost full by the time you’ve packed the charging cables in there, so you’ll have to rely on the 407 litre boot to pack your luggage. Aside from a slightly intrusive loading lip, the boot is wide, and the rear seats can be folded down in a 60/40 split (or 40/20/40 split with the 4+1 seating option) to provide a flat loading area.
The rear looks absolutely smashing in my opinion with the elegance and classic-timeless design of Taycan gelling along well with a typical Porsche, the rear camera is neatly tucked in and what’s important is the clever features of boot release which does not let you literally bend down to access the boot. The alloys which are large enough at 21 inches are absolutely top notch in terms of the design they offer. not just that, they are aerodynamic too, which is recipe for the fact that the car sprints to 100 kmph in 5.4 seconds flat-out.
Stepping inside the Taycan, you are greeted by a luxurious cabin that seamlessly combines high-quality materials, advanced technology, and ergonomic comfort. The driver-focused cockpit offers an intuitive layout, with a customizable digital instrument cluster and a centrally-mounted infotainment display. The quality of the materials used, including premium leather, carbon fiber accents, and optional wood trims, elevates the overall ambience.
The cutting-edge technology in the Taycan is truly impressive. The infotainment system is intuitive to use and offers seamless connectivity options, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The digital displays provide vital information and can be customized to suit individual preferences. Additionally, the Taycan features advanced driver-assistance systems, making it a safe and reliable companion on the road.
In this case it does without a gear lever in the centre console and the driver’s display is a full 16.8-inch digital unit – no analogue rev-counter here. All pertinent driver info is displayed here, configurable to your needs, and the sharp graphics do a great job of mimicking analogue dials, too. That said, die-hard Porsche fans will surely miss the OG analogues that the Porsche stable is known for.
Although the Taycan has a touchscreen for the climate controls below the main infotainment unit. The lack of physical buttons for the heating and ventilation can be frustrating though, and you’ll have to dig through the menus to change the direction of the air vents.
The infotainment touchscreen looks slick and is intuitive to use. It also allows for wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity (but no Android Auto) if you prefer using your own navigation or music apps. A 10-speaker 150-watt sound system is standard, and you can upgrade to a 710-watt Bose unit or 1,455-watt Burmester 3D surround sound system on top-end trims.
Once you move to the rear, things are not that disappointing and you will be puzzled with the kind of space and practicality the car tends to offer. The AC vents do help you in calming things down. However what’s kind of too modern is they too need to be operated through touch panels which is a serious eyesore considering that its going to be challenging to fiddle with them every single time. Even though the rear window is pretty narrow, rearward visibility is perfectly fine. And it’s even better out front thanks to the thin windshield pillars. The door-mounted mirrors ensure objects don’t get obscured when you’re turning.. That said the practicality of extra 2 doors will play a huge role in convincing someone to pick this over its arch rivals with limited practicality.
Ride and Handling
he Battery has a gross capacity of 79.2kWh and can charge at up to 225kW. We charged it using a 120 kw charger and it took about 45 minutes to juice it up from 8% to 95%. The practical range can be expected north of 300 km when driven sedately. The handling too is magical and grips itself quite well in a straight line. The 2-speed gearbox is focussed on optimising initial acceleration, and takes about 5 seconds, to go from zero to 100 kmph, which is brisk.
The ride quality is remarkably better than what one would expect from a car like the Taycan thanks to the adaptive air suspension that also lets you raise the ride height by a 30 millimetres helping protect the underside while driving over nasty speed bumps. Where the Taycan truly shines and proves itself to be every bit a Porsche is through corners. The steering wheel is spot-on in terms of weight and response, which helps the Taycan do some real justice to Porsche brand name. The brakes feel and perform amazingly, offering ample stopping power and none of the artificialness that’s common among today’s EVs and hybrids. The Taycan does casual cruising well too, with the exception of its lack of automatic regenerative braking. Some EVs provide enough regen when you lift off the accelerator that you often don’t need to touch the brake pedal. Do check out the MG Comet which has different regen levels and is offered as a lucrative proposition as an urban dweller.
In a nutshell, If I had to pick one EV today it would undoubtedly be the Tacan, not just about the Porsche brand, but it has everything you want under the sun plus the green badge
The Taycan represents Porsche’s entry into the electric vehicle space, and it does not disappoint. The Taycan is a technological masterpiece that manages to deliver incredible comfort and effortless driving one moment and then, with the twist of a knob, world-beating performance the next. How one car can do both so well is a little baffling. But all that technology and capability comes at a high price. The Taycan is not cheap at 1.6 crores, especially when you realise that you have to shell extra lakhs for necessities like ventilated seats and the front cameras, and we found some of Porsche’s touchscreen tech to be needlessly complicated .