Porsche Taycan 4S Review - Interior, Exterior, and Performance

Porsche Taycan 4S Review - Interior, Exterior, and Performance

In recent years, we've had the opportunity to experience numerous electric vehicles, ranging from newcomers to established luxury brands. However, none have left as profound an impression as the Porsche Taycan 4S. Known for its pursuit of pure driving excellence, Porsche has combined stunning aesthetics, exhilarating acceleration, and unparalleled driving control in the Taycan 4S. Even after experiencing various Porsche 911 models, it's hard to fathom how an electric car like the Taycan 4S can reignite one's passion for the brand.


Beneath the Taycan 4S's aggressive exterior lies a chassis setup that's surprisingly comfortable, rivaling even the Mercedes-Benz EQS in ride quality. This car seamlessly switches between personalities, delivering a more extreme driving experience than the Panamera. Don't assume that the electric cars of the new era lack the driving pleasure that enthusiasts seek. The Taycan 4S will undoubtedly provide a fresh perspective.

Porsche currently offers four models within the Taycan series. Apart from performance grades, there are Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo versions.

The Taycan 4S is the most balanced and cost-effective model in the entire lineup. Its dual-motor all-wheel-drive system is the most common and practical configuration for performance-oriented electric cars today. With a maximum power output of 390 kW and peak torque of 640 Nm, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4 seconds and reaches 0-200 km/h in 13.3 seconds. While this acceleration is impressive, it may seem conservative given the current low 0-100 km/h acceleration times in the electric vehicle market. However, 4 seconds is more than sufficient to pin you firmly to your seat.

The Taycan 4S we tested was equipped with a 79.2 kWh battery pack, providing a claimed range of 461 km under CLTC test conditions. It's common knowledge among those who've driven German electric cars that they tend to be conservative in their stated range figures. However, the Taycan 4S delivers real-world range performance that is almost spot on. With the battery charged to 95%, the displayed range was 421 km, and during actual driving, the vehicle maintained an impressively accurate 1:1 km to consumed range ratio. Even at 120 km/h cruising speed without air conditioning, the ratio was around 1:1.2-1.3 km. This precision effectively eliminates range anxiety, and during a week of driving covering approximately 500 km, there was no noticeable rapid drop in remaining range.

Charging speed, on the other hand, is a weak point for the Taycan 4S. The detailed data provided for the test vehicle indicated a charging time of 93 minutes (5% - 80%) with a 50 kW DC charger. This speed is not on par with many popular electric cars currently on the market. In practice, even when using 80 kW or higher DC chargers, the real-time charging power displayed on the vehicle's screen hovered around 60 kW/h. It seemed that the power was intentionally limited, likely for protection purposes, so charging from around 20% to 90% took approximately 75 minutes, which is not particularly fast.

Moreover, there were instances of compatibility issues with certain charging stations. Two scenarios were encountered: one required a confirmation step in the car's menu, and the other indicated that the charging station was not supported.


The Taycan 4S excels in terms of performance, leaving no room for doubt. Unless you're seeking the utmost in straight-line acceleration without budget constraints, the 4-second 0-100 km/h acceleration time is more than sufficient for 90% of drivers. The instant torque delivery from the electric motors ensures instantaneous response to throttle inputs. Notably, the Taycan 4S features two-speed transmissions on the rear axle, with the first gear providing higher initial acceleration and the second gear optimizing efficiency and power at higher speeds.

The car offers four driving modes: "RANGE" (Efficiency), "NORMAL" (Standard), "SPORT" (Sport), and "SPORT PLUS" (Sport Plus). It's important to mention that regenerative braking is initially disabled but can be manually activated. Regenerative braking strength cannot be adjusted and remains fixed. In "RANGE" and "SPORT PLUS" modes, regenerative braking is automatically enabled and is more pronounced than in other modes, offering strong deceleration. The Taycan 4S adapts its power delivery logic differently in each mode, with significant variations in performance characteristics. "RANGE" mode exhibits conservative power delivery, while "NORMAL" mode strikes a balance between efficiency and sportiness, with a noticeable difference in power delivery based on throttle input. In "SPORT" mode, power delivery becomes more linear, offering near-instantaneous responses to throttle inputs. "SPORT PLUS" takes things to the extreme, with highly responsive throttle input and increased regenerative braking assistance.

A standout feature is the "Electric Sport Sound," an optional configuration that simulates engine noise. This feature is worth every penny. Unlike some software-based simulations found in other vehicles, Porsche's system creates an immersive and realistic driving experience. The simulated sound is not a mere compensation for the absence of an internal combustion engine but enhances the acceleration sensation with authentic electric motor whirring. It adjusts dynamically with throttle input, providing a truly captivating auditory experience.

The Taycan 4S's electronic all-wheel-drive system ensures exceptional traction during rapid acceleration, even under aggressive driving maneuvers. The four tires remain firmly planted on the road, making it suitable for drivers of all skill levels. The car's chassis performance is exceptional, delivering a driving experience that surpasses the Panamera in terms of sportiness. The integrated air suspension lowers the car to just a couple of inches in sport mode, and the damper settings adjust accordingly to provide ample support during cornering. Thanks to the centrally located battery pack, the vehicle's low center of gravity offers precise and responsive steering. Porsche's ability to deliver such realistic steering feel is truly exceptional. Overall, the Taycan 4S enhances the sports driving experience compared to the Panamera 4S, making it an accessible and enjoyable transition from a traditional sports car to an electric vehicle.


Porsche has reinterpreted the interior of the Taycan in a modern and tech-savvy manner. While the number of physical buttons has been reduced in favor of multiple screens, it's worth noting that the infotainment system may not match up to some competitors from newer electric vehicle manufacturers. The one saving grace is the inclusion of CarPlay.

The white interior option is appealing compared to the standard black interior. The cabin, configured with four seats, offers ample space for adult passengers, even for those with a height of 1.8 meters.

Storage space in the Taycan is generous, rivaling that of the Panamera. The front trunk is well-organized and can easily accommodate carry-on luggage. Opening the front trunk lid to load luggage adds a touch of style, reminiscent of many sports cars.


The Porsche Taycan, despite being in the Chinese market for three years, remains a somewhat enigmatic vehicle. Its high price point and relatively limited marketing in the electric vehicle segment have contributed to its air of exclusivity. However, after experiencing the Taycan 4S, it becomes evident that this car offers a unique dual personality. It's not merely a transition product from Porsche's gasoline era to electrification; rather, it's a perfect blend of Porsche's gasoline heritage with the future of electric vehicles. If you have the means, it's a vehicle worth experiencing, and it won't disappoint.

Overall, the Porsche Taycan 4S impresses with its combination of stunning design, exhilarating performance, and versatile driving characteristics. It delivers a dynamic and enjoyable driving experience while providing the comfort and luxury expected from a Porsche. Its precise handling, well-balanced chassis, and impressive range accuracy make it a standout in the electric vehicle market. Whether you're a sports car enthusiast or transitioning to electric mobility, the Taycan 4S offers a unique and satisfying driving experience that lives up to the Porsche legacy.

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