Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Porsche Panamera VS 2014 Dodge Charger Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Porsche Panamera

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2014 Dodge Charger

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Panamera have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Dodge Charger SRT doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Panamera offers optional Porsche Active Safe, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Charger SRT offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Panamera offers all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

The Panamera’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Panamera offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Charger SRT only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Panamera and the Charger SRT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Panamera comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Charger SRT’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Panamera’s corrosion warranty is 5 years and unlimited miles longer than the Charger SRT’s (10/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Panamera third among large premium cars in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Charger SRT isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 50 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 96 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

The Panamera Turbo’s standard 4.8 turbo V8 produces 50 more horsepower (520 vs. 470) and 46 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 470) than the Charger SRT’s 6.4 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Porsche Panamera is faster than the Dodge Charger SRT:

Panamera GTS

Panamera Turbo

Charger SRT

Zero to 60 MPH

4.1 sec

3.5 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

11.9 sec

12.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera S E-Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Charger SRT (23 city/29 hwy vs. 14 city/23 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera gets better fuel mileage than the Charger SRT:

Panamera

Charger SRT

RWD

V6/Auto

18 city/27 hwy

n/a

S/Auto

17 city/27 hwy

n/a

V8/Auto

n/a

14 city/23 hwy

AWD

V6/Auto

18 city/27 hwy

n/a

V6 S/Auto

17 city/27 hwy

n/a

GTS/Auto

16 city/24 hwy

n/a

Turbo V8/Auto

15 city/24 hwy

n/a

The Panamera S E-Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The Charger SRT must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the Panamera’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Panamera’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Charger SRT doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Panamera Hybrid/V6/S RWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Charger SRT (21.1 vs. 19.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Panamera S4/GTS/Turbo’s standard fuel tank has 7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Charger SRT (26.4 vs. 19.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Panamera Turbo/GTS’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the Charger SRT:

Panamera Turbo/GTS

Charger SRT

Front Rotors

16.1 inches

14.2 inches

The Panamera’s brakes have 25% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Charger SRT (836 vs. 667 square inches), so the Panamera has more braking power available.

The Panamera offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Panamera stops much shorter than the Charger SRT:

Panamera

Charger SRT

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

112 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Panamera’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Charger SRT (F:255/40R20 & R:295/35R20 vs. 245/45R20).

The Panamera’s optional 255/40R20 front and 295/35R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Charger SRT’s 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Panamera offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Dodge doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Charger SRT.

The Panamera has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Panamera’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Panamera offers optional vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Panamera is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Charger SRT.

The Panamera Turbo 4 handles at .97 G’s, while the Charger SRT pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Panamera Turbo 4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Charger SRT (24.4 seconds @ .81 average G’s vs. 25.8 seconds @ .72 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Porsche Panamera may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 450 pounds less than the Dodge Charger SRT.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Panamera Turbo 4 is quieter than the Charger SRT (43 vs. 45 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Panamera has .1 inches more front legroom and .3 inches more rear headroom than the Charger SRT.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Panamera’s available rear seats recline. The Charger SRT’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Panamera has a standard power rear liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Charger SRT Premium, the Panamera offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster), outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Panamera’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Charger SRT’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Panamera’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Charger SRT’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Panamera to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Panamera offers an optional rear wiper. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Panamera has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Panamera offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Panamera also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Panamera’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Charger SRT Super Bee doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Panamera offers optional rear seat controls for the radio which can play a separate audio source. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

Optional Online Services for the Panamera allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Panamera offers an optional 115 volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters which can break or get misplaced. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Panamera will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Panamera will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the Charger SRT.

Panamera

Charger SRT

Five Year

39% to 40%

32%

Three Year

50% to 56%

47%

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Porsche Panamera and Dodge Charger SRT won an award in Kiplinger’s 2013 car issue.

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