What is it?
The estate version of the Porsche Taycan without the slightly raised ride height, slightly softer ride, plastic bodywork protection and mild off-road vibes – that’s the Cross Turismo. It’s a rival to the Audi RS6, Merc-AMG E63 Estate and Porsche’s own Panamera Sport Turismo, although the Taycan is slightly smaller than the Panamera inside and out… and runs on electricity.
Give me some details about the Taycan Sport Turismo?
Porsche has launched the Sport Turismo bodystyle with the schporty GTS version first, presumably to put some distance between it and the Cross Turismo. The GTS gets a WLTP range of 304-miles and develops 590bhp, giving 0-62mph in 3.7secs. As the range pads out it’s likely to sit smack in the middle of the performance spectrum, flanked by base and 4S versions beneath it and Turbo and Turbo S above. Expect the price spectrum to run from £80,000-£145,000.
Why should I care about the Taycan Sport Turismo?
Because if you want a sleek, moderately practical, fine-driving electric car, look no further. It’s a crisp, composed machine to drive, and in GTS guise arguably the most satisfying Taycan of all. And while everyone else has focused on SUVs as their electric leaders, Porsche stands proud in championing an estate.
Why did you give the Taycan Sport Turismo an award?
Because the people have spoken… and they’ve spoken well. For the first time in the history of the Electric Awards (OK, it’s only been going three years) we threw it over to you, the good readers, to decide which car should drive away with the inaugural Readers’ Choice award. And you did us proud, voting in your thousands on TopGear.com.
The winner, by a small landslide, was the Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo. Excellent choice we say, because who doesn’t like a car that looks like a Porsche, goes like a Porsche, runs on electrons and has a boot big enough for your bags and your hound? With 16 per cent of the vote, and almost double its nearest competitor (Polestar 2), frankly it walked it. Some surprises in there too, though – the wildly expensive Rimac Nevera in third, the short-on-range Honda e in fourth and the ridiculously good looking Hyundai Ioniq 5… in fifth. At the other end of the scale we find the Mokka-e, iX3 and EQA in the relegation zone. We look forward to finding out whether opinions translate into actual sales…
For the full story pick up the Electric Awards issue of Top Gear magazine