Porsche Taycan is a full electric five-door hatchback aimed at those who want a practical
family vehicle with plenty of performance, and that does minimal harm to the environment.

That’s right – it’s a family hatch, but there’s a lot more to it than carrying you and the kids
around. This is a full-on sports machine that can be taken on track days – or to simply
carve your way around your favourite section of country road very early in the morning
when there’s nobody else about.

Like all Porsches with GTS badges, it’s a midrange model. There are faster, much more
expensive Taycan variants with added performance, but the standard model is relatively
affordable starting at just $158,100 for a two-wheel-drive working on the rear wheels.

Prices can go sky high up to $283,000 if you go the whole hog with extra power in the so-
called Turbo models. Obviously, the latter don’t have a turbocharger, but we guess that
adding a lot of extra grunt does sort-of justify the Turbo tag (your thoughts?)

The warranty is three years and unlimited distance which is on the low side these days.
Many vehicles are now covered for five years and no distance limit. Surely Porsche has
enough faith in its cars to cover them for five years?

Taycan carries a decent resemblance to the famed 911 which isn’t easy to do in a practical
family car. We like the shape, as did all of our friends and neighbours who popped around
to check it out. Well done the stylists!

The Taycan GTS variant has blacked-out styling elements within the front bar, headlights,
door mirrors, side sills and window trim.

The driver gets a 16.8-inch curved display easy to see at a glance. You can customise it,
it’s beautifully laid out and easy to read in all light conditions.

Luggage space is useful, too, with 84 litres in the small front ‘boot’, sometimes tagged as
being a ‘frunk’ a shortened version of front trunk … or a ‘froot’. There’s 366 litres of space
under the rear hatch and it’s easy to load.

A high-quality Bose audio system is standard. The high-resolution 10.9-inch touchscreen
is clear to see in any light and is easy to use.

Power is produced by two permanent magnet synchronous motors. There’s a two-speed
transmission at the rear, the front axle has a single-speed.

The Porsche GTS model has 380 kW of power. But if you use ‘overboost’ there’s 440 kW
and 850 Nm sent to all four wheels.

The Performance Battery Plus system gives you a 93.4 kWh battery pack with a claimed
range of 485 km.

During our 340 km week of driving, we averaged 19.8 kWh per 100 kilometres, which is
less than the estimates given by Porsche. Perhaps because I tend to be an economical
driver in all cars (and have a Guinness Book of Records entry to prove it).

The Porsche Taycan GTS hasn’t been rated by Australasian NCAP. It does score well on
the Euro NCAP testing program, gaining the maximum of five stars in 2019

It has an active bonnet system, a full suite of airbags including curtain ‘bags along the
entire roof frame and side window sections, and with rollover detection.

There’s lane-change assist and lane-keep assist with corrective steering should the driver
not paying attention.

In addition there’s active lane-keep assist with traffic jam assist and emergency assist,
cross-road assist, collision and brake assist rear cross-traffic alert and exit warning.

The zero to 100 km/h time claimed by Porsche is 3.7 seconds. That’s right 3.7 seconds,
not that many years back anything under six seconds was considered to be rocketship
acceleration, the ultra-low time of the Taycan was due not only to its instantaneous
reaction to flooring the right pedal but also the huge torque that’s there from one rpm.

Three driving modes allow you to select Normal, Sport and Sport Plus. The full 440kW
comes in when you select launch-control. The 380kW still offers plenty of grunt.

Driver and three passenger get comfortable seats, with a bit of a squeeze in a centre seat
in the back. The driver and front passenger have 18-way electric adjustable seats.

There’s a head-up display, which is easy to read even in sunlight.

Looks: 8/10
Performance: 10/10
Safety: 8/10
Thirst: 7/10
Practicality: 6/10 (mainly because of the short fuel range)
Comfort: 8/10
Tech: 9/10
Value: 8/10


Taycan RWD: $158,100
Taycan 4S AWD: $197,200
Taycan GTS AWD: $240,300
Taycan Turbo AWD: $280,300
Taycan Turbo S AWD: $351,000
Taycan Cross 4 Turismo: $178,800
Taycan Cross 4S Turismo: $208,000
Taycan Cross Turbo Turismo: $283,000
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your
local Porsche dealer for drive-away prices.


Capacity: NA
Configuration: NA
Maximum Power: 460 kW
Maximum Torque: 850 Nm @ rpm
Fuel Type: NA
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): L/100km
CO2 Emissions: Nil

Length: 4963 mm
Wheelbase: 2900 mm
Width: 1966 mm
Height: 1381 mm
Turning Circle: 11.2 metres
Kerb Mass: 2295 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: NA

Front: Ventilated disc
Rear: Ventilated disc

Three years / unlimited kilometres


About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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