Porsche entered the premium fully electric vehicle segment in 2019 with the introduction of the Porsche Taycan, a sporty electrified sedan that quickly exceeded the company’s sales expectations by a wide margin. The popularity of the Taycan led to over 20,000 units sold the first year of production, and last March Porsche further expanded the Taycan range by unveiling the Cross Turismo version.
Both cars share the advanced 800-volt architecture, interior design, and features. Their driving dynamics are quite similar as well with the Cross Turismo feeling just as agile, nimble, and sharp as the Taycan sedan. Both body styles also share most of their powertrains, with 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S trims available in both versions. However, there are some distinct differences between the Porsche Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo. Let’s take a closer look.
Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo
The Porsche Taycan 4 entry-level model is exclusive to the Cross Turismo family. Priced at $119,900, it is the most accessible Taycan model as the Taycan 4S sedan starts at $121,700. The Taycan 4 trim isn’t available in the sedan.
It delivers up to 350 kW of electric power, shared between the front and rear axles. Base performance is rated at 375 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, although activating the launch control function increases power to 469 hp to provide immediate power off the line. The Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo can reach 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds.
Powering this powertrain is a 83.7-kWh battery that needs just 10.5 hours to charge at 9.6 kW. The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo can also charge on a DC fast charger, increase charge from 5% to 80% in just 22.5 minutes.
Range is rated at 363 kilometres, although like every Taycan the actual range is quite a bit higher, with many owners reaching 400 or 425 kilometres.
The rest of the Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo lineups are identical. The price difference between equivalent Taycan body styles is $6,300 for the 4S, and $3,000 for the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S.
Rear seat space
The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is slightly more versatile behind the front seats. Specifically the Taycan Cross Turismo offers more head room, making it the more appealing option for buyers looking to use the rear seats often.
The cargo area volume is similar between the Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo, although the layout of the cargo area is different. The Taycan Cross Turismo offers a higher ceiling in the trunk, making it easier to fit tall objects.
The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo has been designed to venture off the beaten path, offering higher ground clearance (0.8 inches) than the traditional Taycan sedan. It also offers a Gravel mode, offering better traction on dirt roads or sandy hills.
Both the Porsche Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo deliver exceptional performance, impressive comfort and luxury, and head-turning design inside and out. Buyers who need a bit more versatility or need to go off the road occasionally will find that the Cross Turismo better meets their needs, but ultimately it is difficult to go wrong regardless of which version you choose.