Review: The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo
The idea of a sports wagon has changed over the years, hasn’t it?
They are no longer the boxy point A to point B, people carrier like they were before. Like many other vehicle silhouettes, they have changed for the better.
The sports wagon concept was more utilitarian than your average car. It was a necessity for extra storage and space, but not as desirable as your sports car or SUV.
The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo is much more than your typical sports wagon. It is a sports wagon that also happens to be an electric supercar.
This car honestly makes you think of getting a sports wagon.
The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo is one of those cars that turns an everyday car into a ridiculously powered sports car whenever you want. You can go from a mundane commute to feeling like a Grand Touring driver in less than 10 seconds when you have an opportunity to open it up with some power.
Looks & Aesthetics
If you have looked at any Porsche Taycan models from the last few years, it has that modern, ‘classic Porsche from the future’ look to the front of the car.
Just like the Panamera GTS, the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo starts to take shape from the side profile view. You have the sleek front find some height towards the top and drops off nicely off of a small lip that then follows down to the very back.
The back really collects everything well and keeps it from making the car feel too wide. It feels like the more aggressive height changes from the side really get tapered back to have a very proportionate rear design of the car. It tidies the full package up, brings the interior height back down and keeps everything sporty.
I personally love this iteration of the Porsche lineup with the very sleek and connecting LED backlight that spans the width of the vehicle. Really looks great idling and when you are on the road. It’s a design that I feel will feel pretty timeless for a long time.
I find that when it comes to Porsche, they are really great at keeping models looking modern over time. I am convinced that if you had a few iterations of Porsche Taycans in a row, the general public would not be able to guess the year of the models. They all look like they were just announced. It’s a very great aspect of design that I have been impressed with over the years. It’s only until you see the interior of some Porsches that their age starts to show with the times.
The Driving Experience
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo is a motivated vehicle. It looks great standing still, but it would rather be in motion. With its compelling stellar electric power and all-wheel drive, it’s ready for just about any driving experience on the road that you are.
The interior is sporty, but with the beautiful LED curved 16.8″ screens, it is quite a sleek dashboard. The seats hold you well in place (especially handy with the wild acceleration numbers this car has), the steering is responsive and the view is expansive out of the windows surrounding you.
If you want to change the environment, sound and atmosphere of the cabin, it’s very easy to do so from the buttons and knobs around you.
The leather, stitching and premium leather materials seem very high-end and durable and the colour tones chosen in the interior really pop well as soon as you open the driver side door.
The Power & Delivery
With the Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo having an 800-volt platform, it makes it very straightforward and quick to charge. Yes, fast chargers would be great to have everywhere you go, but some are just not available compared to the growing number of EV charging stations available.
From my driving experience, it was very easy to go to one of the charging stations around grocery stores, malls and whatnot and set it charging while I head to go shopping. I didn’t find it inconvenient one bit to have the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo as my daily driver.
I didn’t have a fast charger at the time where I live, so everything was based on public access to electric charging. I did not find it any more difficult than finding super premium gas in select gas stations. If I had a fast charge built-in to my parking spot or if my building had one, I don’t think I would even think about range in my day-to-day.
QUICK SPECS OF THE 2021 PORSCHE TAYCAN TURBO S CROSS TURISMO
- Horsepower: 750 hp
- 0 – 100km/h in 2.9 seconds (with launch control)
- 0 – 160km/h in 6.2 seconds
- 0-200km/h in 9.7 seconds
- Top Speed: 250km/h
- Power Up To: 460 kW / 616 hp
- Torque: 774 lb-ft
- Range: 227 miles / 365KM
- 21″ Taycan Turbo S Aero Wheels
- Charging: Roughly 5% – 80% in a fast charger in under 25 minutes.
- Price of the model that was driven in this review: $238,590 CAD (MSRP $218,000 CAD)
The Bottom Line
This 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo is like the electric brother to the Panamera GTS, but offers way more flexibility with the electrically powered aspect, especially with gas prices going through the roof these days.
It’s very fun, easy to drive, great in and outside in cities, especially long winding roads and on highways. I would say that the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo suits more of the life of a family car or young professionals but something really anyone can enjoy it. It could be a great step up from an older Porsche you would like to upgrade to as well. The size and storage make it easy to have for golf or ski trips up for the weekend or even running a business if you prefer this form factor compared to a full-size SUV. The all-wheel-drive makes it convenient to drive in the colder weather or when you need that extra bit of traction. Thank you Porsche for letting me test drive this car over a few days, it was a pleasure.
For more information about the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo, be sure to visit their website.
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