The 2022 Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo is a wagon version of the fully-electric Porsche Taycan sedan that has slightly more SUV-style looks and higher ride height, as well as the choice of four or five seats. This is a ridiculously luxurious, fun and fast car to drive with your family! If you are lucky enough to have this on your list for a family car then let me tell you all about it…
This car certainly turns a lot of heads at school drop off! Firstly because she is a stunning looking machine and secondly because she is actually very large! Although very low, it is the same length and width as the new Kia Carnival give or take a few millimetres! The space has also been used very differently, let's take a look at how…
The interior of the Taycan 4S is beautiful too, it's not over-fussy with textures and fabrics, just sleek classic and simple inside. You feel as though the Taycan is full of technology, with a large digital display screen in front of the driver, media screen and below that one for climate controls etc.
In the Turbo model which I also tested with my family for a week, there was an extra screen in front of the front passenger which showed the sat-nav Google Earth image. I found it took a bit of getting used to, having so many screens wrapping the whole front dash and the kids' eyes were popping out of their heads!! I liked that you could easily turn them off while driving, which left a plain glossy black dash.
What a fantastic car to drive! The Porsche Taycan hugs the road and is heaps of fun on the open roads. Being fully electric it has a lovely silent start and quiet, smooth drive. Even in this Cross Turismo version that sits slightly higher than a Taycan sedan you have to be VERY careful on the roads because it is so low, bumps and undulations in the road will easily ground the front! There are controls to alter the ride height though and it will even remember where you changed it and automatically do so next time… handy for those streets with lots of speed bumps or that friend whose driveway is steep like a skateboard ramp!
I found visibility VERY limited out of the Taycan when child seats were installed because of the sloped roofline. Being 5m long and 2m wide it fills the road and the scale and visibility make it incredibly difficult to park and manoeuvre in school and supermarket car parks.
The reversing camera image is dreadful. It is like tunnel vision and I would expect for a car of this size and price to have a MUCH better reversing camera.
When it comes to putting little passengers in the back. There are ISOFix points in the two outer rear seats…
…and top tether anchorages on the back of all three, which are easily accessed through the boot.
In reality, only the outer rear seats really work for child seats. The central seat is an optional extra and too humped in shape for a child seat that requires a top tether strap.
I installed the Infasecure Achieve More and Attain More child seats, in the rear outer seats, they fit really well either forward or rear-facing. There wasn't really space for me to sit between the two child seats comfortably. You could probably squeeze an Infasecure Versatile Folding Booster seat in the central seat.
One of my favourite things about all the Infasecure child seats, unlike other brands, is it is very simple to switch which side of the seat the top tether adjuster is on. This means you can put your rear-facing child seat on either side of the car and easily adjust the top tether strap.
Legroom in the Porsche Taycan is good, you can fit a 184cm driver or passenger in front of a rear-facing child seat. It wasn't super spacious though, which you would expect in a car of this size. In the central seat's footwell space is a phone tray which also adds to the discomfort whilst travelling in the central seat.
Storage throughout the Porsche Taycan is practical with cup holders in the front and back that will hold reusable or disposable coffee cups and door bins that will hold large refillable water bottles.
The glove box will hold an iPad and there is a small storage shelf under the centre console too.
The Taycan has a phone tray in the rear central footwell…
…and two USB-C ports under the central seat base for charging.
There are air vents in the back of the centre console which are great for keeping rear passengers at the right temperature. The Turbo version also had rear temperature settings controlled by ANOTHER touchscreen!
There are two USB ports and a 12V socket in the back of the central console box for rear passengers too.
When it comes to storage in the boot the Porsche Taycan will hold thirteen shopping bags when empty.
A twin pram will fit in the boot with three shopping bags, making it pretty practical if you do want to transport your children around in it.
The Porsche Taycan also has a front boot that will hold two shopping bags!
The Porsche Taycan is fully electric so you have all the wonderful benefits of an EV, with a peaceful start and smooth drive, you can drive your baby to sleep without burning through fuel and you can sit quietly with the aircon running while they are asleep without wasting money on fuel or pumping exhaust fumes into the surrounding area.
The Porsche Taycan does around 400km to a full battery charge and it is SUPER fast at charging too. In our testing at a service station fast charger the battery went from almost empty to 80% in just 20mins! Which I think is really realistic amount of time you can stop with kids on road trips and charge it.
The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo I tested has two screens in the centre. The media system is very in-depth, I found it quite easy to navigate and use but you would need longer with it than a week to learn all its functions.
I found I could easily adjust the air conditioning from the central screen.
I particularly liked the top screen where you can drag and drop where you would like the airflow to go for the front and rear air-conditioning.
There is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the Taycan, which makes it really nice and easy to access your phone while driving too.
The Google maps sat/nav image has a really good image quality and (shown here) in the Turbo model I also tested it can show this in a third screen.
However, the reversing camera image is poor quality for such and large and luxury vehicle. I would expect it to be better. You can turn the parking sensors off easily with a button on the screen.
The Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo is a great five-seater luxury car and surprisingly practical for families. It will fit two child seats nicely in the back with good legroom and the boot space is big enough to fit your single pram or a twin if needed and a softer or two fits well in there too! In terms of drive, it is a fantastic car to experience and I loved it more out on the open roads where there was space and bends to take advantage of compared with driving around town and suburbs where I found its size and lack of visibility a bit of a liability! The Taycan is a great EV, the nice quiet start and drive and how fast it charges is fantastic.
The Porsche Taycan does not have an ANCAP score but has been through EURONCAP safety crash testing where it scored five stars. It has eight airbags as standard.