Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo on test: My electric dream car

  • The Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo is the mighty electric station wagon from Porsche.
  • It’s stunning, incredibly fast, charges quickly and offers some practicality.
  • The 2022 Taycan Cross Turismo starts at $98,000. The 2021 model I drove was $208,650.

The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo is an odd mix of things. It is a practical station wagon, incredibly fast sports car, outrageously expensive luxury car and zero-emission electric car all in one.

That may sound like too much – and frankly, it is. In terms of price, performance and speed, the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo is completely over the top. But pack all those things together and you’re left with something amazing.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

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The $209,000 top-of-the-line model that Porsche loaned me for a weekend last month was great. It’s also completely unattainable, which adds to its allure.

What is the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo?

Porsche launched the Taycan sedan as the first electric car in 2019 and has since introduced a handful of additional trim levels and variations. The Cross Turismo, a $98,000 4×4 meant to offer a little more interior space and everyday usability, went on sale for the 2021 model year.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

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There are four Cross Turismo trims to choose from: the base model, the more powerful 4S, the even faster Turbo, and topping the list, the $190,000 Turbo S. In terms of performance and utility, the Turbo S is the top of the line, what the Taycan has to offer.

It’s the kind of car that compels you to ask tough questions about your life and journey: Should I be an investment banker? Do I really need to own a house? Who needs a retirement plan anyway?

What stands out: Outrageously cool, unbelievably fast

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

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The sports cars from Porsche have been setting standards in driving precision and driving pleasure for decades. Now that I’ve driven one, I understand why.

The Taycan rode beautifully on New York’s highways and back roads, staying perfectly flat and cornering like no other car I’ve experienced. And the steering has zero play; Point the cart an inch left or right and it will obey without hesitation. Thanks to its agility, the Taycan feels more like a go-kart than a 2.5-ton electric car.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

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Then there are the absurd, godless amounts of power: 616 hp normally and up to 750 in short bursts, according to Porsche. Because the Taycan is electric, it can deliver every moment of its grunt. It is an absolute thrill to drive.

Find a safe place to step on the car’s gas pedal and it’ll instantly hurtle off into the distance with an urgency that’s hard to imagine if you haven’t experienced it. Porsche says 60mph arrives in just 2.7 seconds. All I know is that your surroundings are flashing past you faster than your brain can handle.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

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The Taycan’s cabin is luxurious, and everything feels premium. From the outside, the Cross Turismo is a stunner. It’s strikingly low and wide, with dramatic curves and large 21-inch wheels. I could go on, but come on, check it out.

After draining the Taycan’s battery for a day, you can refill it remarkably quickly. The station wagon and its sedan sibling can be charged at a rate of 270 kilowatts – faster than most other models – meaning 5% to 80% happens in just 22.5 minutes, Porsche says. With many smaller electric vehicles, it would take more than twice as long.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

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And while the Turbo S’ range looks mediocre on paper (202 miles according to the Environmental Protection Agency, compared to 396 for a comparable Tesla Model S), it fares much better in the real world. I’ve observed a more competitive 250-mile range, and Edmunds has clocked a 2020 Taycan for an even healthier 323.

What falls short: practicality in a way

The Cross Turismo is decently practical compared to the Taycan sedan thanks to its larger cargo area and standard glass roof that expands headroom. The rear seat isn’t lavish, but it’s roomier than you might expect, as Porsche put clever indentations into the Taycan’s battery pack to allow for more legroom. A front trunk offers additional storage space.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

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But the Cross Turismo doesn’t feel quite as capable as Porsche claims it is.

Porsche says the Cross Turismo is better suited to dirt and potholed roads than the regular Taycan, partly because of its increased ground clearance. But the station wagon drives only a few centimeters higher than the sedan. I was always aware of how close the Cross Turismo is to the ground when hitting a steep ramp or speed bump.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

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Does that take away a lot from the size of the Cross Turismo? nope

An electric dream car

The Taycan is a racer that surpassed the legendary 911 sports car from Porsche last year. But the Cross Turismo accounts for just 5% of the model’s sales and I can’t see why given what it brings to the table.

It drives exceptionally, exudes swagger, uses no fossil fuels and has room for the kids, making it a fabulous everyday vehicle when money is no object.

Would I turn my life upside down just to be able to afford a Turbo S Cross Turismo? No chance. But if I ever make it big with Dogecoin or marry into royalty, that will be at the top of my list.

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