Our Car of the Year is…
The (insert drum roll)… Porsche Taycan! The Stuttgart super sedan has fended off competition from the Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC and Tesla Model 3 (which only went on sale in Europe this year so was eligible for the award) to be crowned our Car of the Year!
So, why did it win? Well we feel in the Taycan Porsche have created the first proper sports car EV, one that is equally at home on a twisty country road as it is cruising at 120 mph down the Autobahn.
Inside the Taycan expertly combines comfort and style, and the whole infotainment system is cutting edge yet also classy embedded into the dash. In a clever touch, the passenger can even use their own separate screen (optional extra) – something first seen in the Ferrari GTC4Lusso. The driving position is fantastic, low and ready just like in a 911, and road noise is minimal – unlike in it’s American competitor the Tesla Model S.
In terms of straight line performance, the Porsche is lightning fast, capable of 0-60 mph in just 2.6 seconds with launch control in top-end Turbo S guise. The base Taycan 4S will still cover the 0-60 sprint in a brisk 3.8 seconds, faster than many supercars.
So, Porsche really have done a good job with their first EV, but what spec should you get? At first many were shocked with the Taycan Turbo’s $150k MSRP, but for a base 4S in the US the Taycan actually starts at under $100,000 with Federal grants ($96,300 purchase price). However we’d recommend opting for the $6,580 Performance Battery Plus upgrade, which boosts range by over 30 miles compared to the standard 4S giving the Plus a 287 mile (463km) WLTP range.
So, there you have it. The Taycan is our inaugural Car of the Year. Do you think it deserved the award? Feel free to let us know in the replies section below!
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