The new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo has sparked the imagination of the Editors at Top Gear magazine who have today awarded it the title of ‘Best Electric Car 2021’.
This is the first global media accolade for the all-wheel drive, five-door Taycan Cross Turismo model, and brings the tally of titles for the all-electric Porsche sports car to over 50 worldwide. In a neat symmetry, Top Gear was also the first magazine to present an award to the Taycan saloon, hailing it as its ‘Car of the Year’ in 2020.
With the renowned reputation of its sister saloon in mind, the Top Gear writers concocted a thorough programme to assess the all-round ability of the Cross Turismo. A journey of many hundreds of miles across the UK from east to west concluded with a high-speed assault on a closed road of loose surfaces; the ‘Sweet Lamb’ special stage made famous from the Wales Rally GB.
In keeping with its brief to offer adventure, electrified, the new Taycan Cross Turismo was more than equal to the challenge. Awarding the Porsche its prize for ‘Best Estate’ and ‘Best Electric Car 2021’, the magazine commented; “It’s one of those cars that sweeps along effortlessly, carrying speed easily, lightly and deftly, the sort of speed that leaves passengers clueless as to how quickly they’re travelling. There’s no heave around corners, no loss of body control and most remarkably of all, no tension in it. I literally cannot think of another car that blends speed and comfort as well as this, another car that you could load four people into and drive so rapidly yet serenely.”
Reflecting on the handling and control of the 761 PS Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo over mixed surfaces, the writer concluded; “An electric crossover should not be able to do what this one did to a gravel rally stage…..(it) turned in the performance you’d expect of a genuine rally car.”
Separately, BBC Top Gear TV star, Paddy McGuinness, heralded the Porsche Taycan as his favourite electric car of 2021. The show co-host commented; “..because it’s electric you don’t expect it to feel like a proper Porsche, and then you get in it and it does. And then you start driving it and it really really does. It’s a car I just loved driving, so much I asked if I could keep it a little bit longer.”
In 2020, the Taycan was the second best-selling Porsche overall in the UK, its popularity driven by its unique combination of attributes including typical Porsche performance, innovative powertrain and connectivity solutions, and everyday usability. The addition of the new Cross Turismo is driving further interest from customers in the first months of this year, and underlines the pure Porsche credentials of the company’s all-electric sports car.
The greater versatility offered by the all-wheel drive, five-door Taycan Cross Turismo makes the car a true all-rounder. Like the Taycan saloon, the Cross Turismo benefits from an innovative electric drive with 800-volt architecture. The new high-tech chassis with all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension standard on the Cross Turismo ensures confident handling and greater control off the beaten track. Add up to 47 mm more headroom for rear seat passengers and over 1,200 litres of luggage capacity, accessed through the large rear tailgate, and the Cross Turismo is ready for adventure.
The appreciation of the Cross Turismo by Top Gear follows the Taycan saloon being named ‘Best EV Executive Car’ by Fleet World magazine in its annual Great British Fleet Awards earlier this year.
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*Data determined in accordance with the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) as required by law. You can find more information on WLTP at www.porsche.com/wltp . For Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) range and Equivalent All Electric Range (EAER) figures are determined with the battery fully charged, using a combination of both battery power and fuel.
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