From the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range we’ve made our way through the Long Range variant to the current Model Y, but of course we wouldn’t say no to detailed testing of the Porsche Taycan GTS for just under €170,000. In trips totaling 1,700 kilometers in the space of a week, we understood what was missing from Tesla and why Porsche is such a premium manufacturer, and gained our first extensive experience in charging other than a supercharger.
An electric Porsche for everyday use?
The data for the electric Porsche is exciting: top speed of 250 km/h, 3.7 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, net battery capacity of 83.7 kWh (total 93.4 kWh), maximum charging capacity of 270 kW and 170327 prices Purchase 15 euros. Basically, we will have to compare the Taycan GTS with the Model S Plaid – at least in terms of price, because the Model S Plaid accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.1 seconds, which is much faster. We don’t compare the two directly because there is still no S Plaid model available in Europe. Additionally, Porsche definitely has higher standards for itself when it comes to workmanship and quality. When it comes to software and operation, even the small Teslas are on top.
Porsche in everyday life? This is possible with the Taycan, albeit very noticeable. We tested a car that, thanks to the air suspension, ran smoothly and comfortably even on the worst roads. Here you can see what is technically possible and what is missing from the smaller Teslas, especially since we drove the same routes with the previous Model 3 and the current Model Y. Even in urban cobblestones, the Porsche chassis filters out almost everything without losing any notes. If you like it sporty (most likely with a Porsche), you can also go very hard and low. Adjustment works very easily via the touch screen.
There is plenty of space inside for daily use. Nearly 440 liters of luggage space front and rear isn’t particularly large, but we were able to safely stow our luggage for two productive trips. There is room for a classic child seat on the rear seat seat, without the front passenger having to push themselves too much forward.
An interesting feature of the Taycan GTS is the sound generator. The so-called Porsche Electric Sport Sound can be activated individually and is a combination of very powerful traditional engine rumble and conditioning linked to technical boat sounds. Not only can the sound be heard inside, but you can also hear these sounds outside. This synthetic electric car noise is so controversial, we allow ourselves to find it at least successful in a Porsche and fit for character. And you can turn them off.
No surprises in the Taycan GTS
Otherwise, nothing really surprising on board. The help systems are easy to understand and work very well in our testing. We experienced atypical perfection at Tesla. Light assistant, for example, really deserves its name. It reliably hides oncoming vehicles. The speed limit detection also worked flawlessly. We say it very clearly: here you can see where the big weaknesses of Tesla are. We’re not only aware of better performance systems from Porsche, according to two other testers, VW Group’s ID electric cars now also offer better assistance in Europe than Tesla’s autopilot.
On the other hand, anyone familiar with the Taycan’s navigation system will quickly realize that this is a traditional program. The touch controls work, but feel slow. This gives a less modern impression of a Tesla for much less money. Overall, the navigation performance is still solid in terms of output. The routes are calculated well and quickly. It was also planned to stop charging, which worked very reliably. Intermediate goals are possible. What we love: The individualization of the details regarding shipping status. For example, you can specify the exact battery level at which you want to reach your destination.
Six buttons and switches on the driver’s seat of the Taycan GTS alone adjust the sport seats in almost every way possible. In practical terms, this means: we rarely travel very comfortably. The side supports are adjustable, as is the leg rest. Tesla is sometimes accused of being cumbersome or unintuitive to use, but when you sit at a Porsche, you realize what that could actually mean: At first you don’t know how something works and have to do it two or three times. But then you can reproduce it easily and quickly.
Fast loading, a little entertainment
Thanks to the relatively large battery and very good chassis, we liked the Taycan on long trips. The ride was noticeably more comfortable than it was in the Model 3 or today in the Model Y. Plus, there’s really impressive charging performance: Essentially, with every charge below 80 percent, we’ve seen values expire. 120 kW and more at EnBW or Aral 150kW fast charging stations. From five to 80 percent, we needed less than 20 minutes a few times. We think Porsche buys these values with a larger net-to-total battery buffer, among other things.
Anyone who drives a Porsche and often travels long distances from big city to big city will experience a truly functional charging network. We often stopped at Aral or Hellweg. Fast charging stations can be found there, and Porsche’s navigation system often uses these displays to calculate routes. This test gave us a glimpse into a new world of charging, as we used to charge our Model Y outside our hometown almost exclusively on the Supercharger network. In any case, it can be said that this type of charging at Porsche works reliably for us. We did not stand in front of broken or occupied columns.
Taycan’s entertainment is limited to the reasonably successful integration of Spotify and Apple Music. We don’t use the latter because we don’t have an iPhone, but Spotify is as much a part of our life as the water we drink. Compared to Tesla systems, the performance drops a lot. Everything takes a long time in an electric Porsche, the music often falters, and the operation of the small screen is boring. A lot of writing is necessary to play your favorite songs, for example. But this also works. So you don’t have to do without your Spotify playlists. If necessary, use and control the Bluetooth music player function via smartphone. There’s no more entertainment in this Porsche – if you don’t count the upscale feel you’re sitting in.
Consumption is much higher than that of Tesla
Should you report the consumption of such an expensive car? We are convinced that it does not play a decisive role in this car class. It’s still interesting, and because it has a direct impact on range, it’s probably more important than the combustion engine. So we first tested the Taycan GTS on a road in Berlin we know well, almost 17 kilometers through the whole city and then on to Spandau. Here we saw roughly 27 kWh per 100 km, while the Model Y got 16 kWh at the same time of day according to the screen – not a scientific test of consumption, but a clear difference. In the long run, we always had about 28 kWh in a Porsche; According to the screen, our Model Y consumes 19 kWh with a similar driving style. Here, too, the difference appears.
With the Taycan, Porsche has an electric car in its range that scores the highest for classic quality. Our version’s handling was superb, driving performance is impressive, the interior is gorgeous and beautiful, and the long-distance experience is virtually unparalleled. On the other hand, those who are more interested in the digital factor will come to the conclusion that Porsche offers a fairly classic car with an electric motor – also reminiscent of the past thanks to the sound generator.
– Our author was shown on Autobahn 9 in the direction of Munich in the 120th area. Let’s see if it will be pedestrian from now on, or if the width of 144 km / h in Porsche is a little less.
-One of the riders, who appears to belong to the left, was tipping us a beer over the roof of the Taycan in Berlin. We recognized the Sternburg brand.
During our nearly 1,700km test, charging stopped three times on the Aral Pulse and once on the Hellweg/EnBw. The Porsche charge card was not recognized at the Porsche in Magdeburg, which is why we weren’t able to charge there at all.
– In the Hellweg hardware store in Berlin, we heard a little boy, maybe five years old, say to his father, “Dad, why is there a Porsche here? Is he also building a bunk bed?”