Mon. Mar 30th, 2020
The Sport Turismo

The Sport Turismo Is The Porsche Panamera You Want To Buy

The 2019 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is the Porsche Panamera you want to buy. It’s a wagon, and it’s a Porsche – enough to make any gearhead swoon. It might be even better than baby Yoda and his soup.

After spending some lovely time in a 2019 Panamera Sport Turismo GTS, we think the Europeans are onto something. Why? Let’s get to it.

What you do get with the Sport Turismo, though, is a lower lift-over angle and a more useful shape. Square cargo areas are always superior when trying to load up on luggage, and the Sport Turismo is much more squared-off than the Panamera. That little bit of extra vertical height can make all the difference. After a recent four-person road trip, I can attest to just how important an extra inch or two can be when stacking massive suitcases in a wagon.

So while the Panamera’s sportback gives it a utility leg up on sedans, the Sport Turismo’s wagon-lite cargo hold is still superior – even if the specs underwhelm.

The droopy, somewhat bloated styling of the normal Panamera has never been classically attractive. It’s better since the 2017 redesign, but it still doesn’t capture the sportback look in the way an Audi A7 or Kia Stinger do.

In-person, the transformation is radical. Perhaps it’s our wagon-loving tendencies, but the longer roof makes the whole car look as if it’s hunkered down, ready to pounce. There’s a distinct aggressiveness to the stance, and overall it’s angrier and has the edge that the regular Panamera is lacking from its overly rounded styling. And whereas the regular Panamera sports a look that can best be described as an over-inflated, four-door 911, the Sport Turismo is a distinctive thing.

You’ll be remembered, in a good way

It’d be a smart bet that the Sport Turismo will be much more sought after years from now, increasing its value. They’ll be rare for starters, and as enthusiasts tend to have a thing for high-performance wagon and/or hatchback variants, its collectability seems assured. See the once-derided, now-beloved BMW M Coupe as Exhibit A. Yet the Sport Turismo still gets plenty of attention today. When driving our dark burgundy (almost brown) Sport Turismo GTS, it drew stares and double-takes.

Perhaps that means that 90% of American Panamera buyers know a better value when they see one. Good for them, but we’d happily pay extra to stare slack-jawed in the parking lot every time we walked out to this phenomenal long-roof Porsche.