Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo: A pure leisure pleasure – Test drives

Premium Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is the first electric car with station wagon body on Swedish roads. Combi is well adapted for our poor road network with long suspension travel, comfortable comfort and driving mode for gravel.

The Nordic countries and Germany are the station wagons’ last bastion. Therefore, it is no wonder that it is German Porsche that comes with the first fully electric station wagon. Admittedly, Chinese MG launched a station wagon a few months before Taycan Cross Country had its world premiere, but MG5 Electric has not yet put its rubber paws on the Swedish road.

In September 1997, the Volvo V70 Cross Country was introduced, a forest version of the standard V70 with four-wheel drive, higher ground clearance and protective plastic details on the body. It became a success and the successors even more popular. Although Volvo was not the first to come up with the concept, they got it flying. Since then, most manufacturers have followed suit, and now also Porsche.

Swedish Porsche estimates that 65–70 percent of all Taycan will be the combi model Cross Turismo. For a standard car such as the Volkswagen Passat, the proportion of combi bodies is more than 90 percent. It is estimated that 30-35 percent of Taycan is then sold due to the fact that many of the buyers are couples with out-of-town children. Their load requirements are not that great.

Cross Turismo has a special driving mode for gravel roads that allows some wheel spin.

Of course, Cross Turismo costs more than the sedan. Versions 4 and 4S cost SEK 90,000 extra, which includes air suspension to a value of SEK 50,000. For the Turbo models that have air suspension as standard, the price increase is SEK 40,000.

The sedan model is available in a cheaper entry-level version with two-wheel drive, but Cross Turismo is only available with four-wheel drive.

There is much to suggest that there will be a Sport Turismo in the future, ie a station wagon without high ground clearance, air suspension and plastic shock on the outside. That model can come with two-wheel drive.

The driver environment is the same as in the sedan model, but at the rear there is a better ceiling height.

None of the Taycan models are allowed to tow trailers, but for Cross Turismo there is at least one solid bike carrier to attach to the back and you can load 75 kg on the roof. Together with a relatively large luggage space, it can be enough for four people on holiday.

We drive Taycan 4 Cross Turismo with 380 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. For shorter periods, the engine can deliver a full 476 hp. It is enough to throw the 2.2 tonne car away from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.1 seconds.

It is faster than most station wagons, but not so fast compared to many other Porsche models and with the Audi RS 6 Avant which “only” costs SEK 40,000 more and does 0-100 km / h in 3.6 seconds. If you choose Taycan 4S Cross Turismo instead, which costs SEK 1,270,000, you reach 100 km / h a second earlier. It may sound a little, but feels clear in the back and neck.

HOW IS IT TO DRIVE? It feels a bit damp to complain about the power resources in a car that can deliver 476 horsepower, but when it says Porsche on it, you expect something extra. From a standstill, the real torque gets good speed on the crew, but when, for example, you have to accelerate out on a motorway, it would have liked to go even faster.

We already know that Porsche is phenomenal at making the chassis that moves both stably and sportily on the road without sacrificing comfort. Taycan Cross Turismo is really no exception despite two centimeters higher ground clearance.

Thanks to the air suspension, it is possible to adjust the height at will. On the motorway, the car can be low to provide less air resistance and the last bit to the holiday home you can increase the ground clearance. It is also possible to raise the body further to overcome a speed obstacle or a strong curb. With the help of navigation, Cross Turismo can be automatically raised to the maximum position when approaching these obstacles.

Shopped at the hardware store? The car easily fits with both long worktops and a lot of other things.

Porsche emphasizes in their press material that they developed the car to be able to handle long distances on gravel roads. A standard anti-spin system can choke much of the power – and reduce driving pleasure – as the wheels easily spin on gravel. Cross Turismo has a special driving mode for gravel roads that allows more wheel spin without restricting the power to the wheels. With a wide smile, we can state that the function works as intended. The disadvantage is that the rear end quickly becomes dirty.

Putting practical views on a fast million-Porsche spontaneously feels wrong, but this is actually a car that meets everyone’s transport needs.

The 446-liter luggage compartment at the front is practically drawer-shaped. If that is not enough, you can stow another 84 liters of gasket in the front of the frunk.

With a load length of two meters, it is no problem for most people to sleep straight in the car.

With the rear seat folded holds 1,212 liters of cargo. The maximum length is 200 centimeters, which makes it possible for most people to spend the night in the car. Although the person who buys this model can afford to stay in a hotel, right?

Because Porsche uses an 800-volt electrical system, it is possible to fast charge with 270 kW. If you are lucky enough to find a matching charger, the batteries can be charged from 5 to 80 percent in 22 minutes and 30 seconds.

Although it can be said very positively about Taycan Cross Turismo, there are some downsides in our test protocol. The biggest mistake is, as we mentioned earlier, that it is not allowed to tow a trailer. The range would probably have been in the shortest team with a large caravan, but it can be practical to tow a smaller trailer to the municipal landfill or home from the hardware store.

Point number two applies to the rear seat. Although the Cross Turismo has about three centimeters better ceiling height at the rear than the sedan model, it is still a bit claustrophobic there.

Finally, we need to address the tire noise. It is not disturbingly loud, but noticeable. With wide sports tires, it is probably inevitable if you do not weigh down the car with hundreds of kilos of sound insulation.

SHOULD I BUY ONE? Strange as it may sound, a Cross Turismo for just over a million can actually give a lot for its money. This is due to the relatively low benefit value and lower operating costs than the corresponding conventional wagons in the same price range.

As a benefit car, the Taycan Cross Turismo can be affordable for quite a few. This means that Porsche dealers are trained in how to attract customers who today drive more powerful versions of BMW’s 5 Series. Do not forget to test drive big brother 4S – it can be worth the extra cost.

Source: Senaste nytt från auto motor & sport by www.mestmotor.se.

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