Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Porsche Panamera VS 2015 Tesla Model Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Porsche Panamera

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2015 Tesla Model

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 Tesla Model S doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Panamera are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Tesla Model S doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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

Both the Panamera and the Model S have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, front and rear parking sensors, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

The Panamera’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Model S’ (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are almost 25 times as many Porsche dealers as there are Tesla dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Panamera’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Panamera third among large premium cars in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Model S isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Panamera Turbo is faster than the Model S 85:


Model S

Zero to 30 MPH

1.2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

5.6 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.8 sec

10.8 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

1.8 sec

1.9 sec

Quarter Mile

11.8 sec

13.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116.4 MPH

110.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Panamera S E-Hybrid’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel and a full charge is 1408.6 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The Model S’ range is only 270 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 30 minutes for only a 54% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 82 hours and 53 minutes.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Panamera’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Model S:


Panamera Turbo S

Model S

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

16.5 inches

14 inches

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 Model S doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Panamera has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Model S doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Panamera stops much shorter than the Model S:


Model S

80 to 0 MPH

196 feet

200 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

160 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Panamera’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Model S (F:255/40R20 & R:295/35R20 vs. F:245/35R21 & R:265/35R21).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Panamera has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Model S’ suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Panamera Executive’s wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than on the Model S (120.9 inches vs. 116.5 inches).

The Panamera Turbo 4 handles at 1.03 G’s, while the Model S pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Porsche Panamera may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 750 pounds less than the Tesla Model S.

Passenger Space Comparison

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Panamera’s available rear seats recline. The Model S’ middle row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Panamera. The Model S doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Model S, 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 standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Model S doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left down on the Panamera the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Model S can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the Model S.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Panamera offers an optional rear wiper. The Model S 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 Model S doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Model S’ optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Panamera’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the Panamera to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Model S doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the Panamera’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Model S doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

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

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