When you’re in the market for a new vehicle, no article or review in the world can replace the experience of sitting in the driver’s seat. Of course, we recommend that do your homework beforehand, but a single half hour test drive could influence what you’ll be driving for the next few years. Cars have personalities – and Porsche is no exception – so it's important to find one that matches yours. Here are some things to remember, to ensure your next Porsche test drive is a successful one.
1. More than a feeling
If you’ve done your research, you’ll know the main performance features of the new Porsche, but the success of a test drive often comes down to the smaller details. What conveniences do you desire? Can you picture it in your driveway? When you buy a new Porsche, you’re building a relationship that will ‘go the distance’, so listen to your instincts and you’re sure to make the right choice.
2. Play with anything and everything.
If technology and convenience are important to you, put Porsche’s features to the test. New models can surprise you with the number of added features waiting at your fingertips. Drivers who are always on the go and need to stay connected should sync their phone via Bluetooth and test out Porsche’s outstanding ‘infotainment’ system.
Before you hit the road, play with the centre console, ask questions and adjust the seat to your ideal position. Try out different drive modes and ask the product specialist about the benefits of each. Be very particular, as the more you get to know now about each particular Porsche model, the fewer questions you’ll have down the road.
3. Time and Place
Schedule your test drive outside of peak traffic hours. At around ten or eleven in the morning, there should be space on the road for you to make a clear decision. It’s also a good idea to try taking the Porsche model you’ve chosen on your regular route to work. Most drivers know their morning commute so well it will be easy to compare how your potential new rides makes it feel. In general, stick to roads you know but try to add some variety so you can test how it performs in different scenarios. Don’t forget to take a pit stop in a parking lot and reverse into a spot. That way you can check for any blind spots and find out how easy it is to park.
4. Sample the Space
One of the first things you’ll notice on your test drive is what it’s like to get in or out of the Porsche. If possible, and if the model allows, it’s a good idea to make it a family drive. Whether Panamera, Macan or Cayenne, nothing is stopping you from bringing car seats to the dealership to see how a Porsche fits in with your family!
On your test drive, you are visualizing what it would be like to own it, not just drive it. Make sure you have measured the dimensions of the space needed for the Porsche in mind, so you don’t find out too late that it doesn’t fit in your garage or parking space.
5. Enjoy the Ride
Everyone is looking for something different in a test drive so take your time to evaluate the Porsche for everyday use. If you’re exclusively a city driver, you’re probably looking for a model that can be parked anywhere. Whereas, if you’re a highway driver you might a more performance model, loaded with driver assist technologies and more storage space. Either way, if you want to be confident in your purchase, you need to go with the Porsche you enjoy most and that satisfies your needs.
Research can take you far, but it simply narrows the field. A test drive is your chance to see how a Porsche performs firsthand. Interested in a test drive? Contact Porsche Centre Kelowna today to schedule yours!