2025 Porsche Taycan Review: Electrifying Performance Meets Efficiency Evolution

2025 Porsche Taycan Review: Electrifying Performance Meets Efficiency Evolution

Initial Impression: The 2025 Porsche Taycan delivers on its promise

It’s not just the statistics that create excitement or excellence in a vehicle. However, they usually spark the initial dialogue.

In 2015, Porsche unveiled its initial Mission E concept, marking an ambitious first attempt to surpass Tesla’s achievements, boasting impressive specifications. The design featured a striking, low-profile four-door car with Porsche asserting it could travel slightly more than 300 miles on a single charge. They also promised quick charging capabilities, achieving a 10-80% battery level in roughly 15-20 minutes courtesy of an 800-volt charging system; acceleration from 0-62 mph in a mere 3.5 seconds; and the capability to complete a circuit of the renowned Nürburgring race track in under eight minutes.

Four years after its initial concept, Porsche unveiled the Taycan for production. This model surpassed the performance goals set by its predecessor, the Mission E, and introduced a level of accuracy and agility that fans of Porsche recognized, yet was unprecedented in electric vehicles at that point. However, what stood out, particularly in the U.S. market, was the absence of notable range and efficiency. Despite this, on actual road trips across America, the Taycan demonstrated these qualities, even though they weren’t reflected in the test statistics.

Over four years have passed and with close to 150,000 Taycans purchased worldwide, the new iteration of the J1 platform that forms the foundation of the Taycan is here. While the Taycan’s appearance hasn’t changed much, Porsche has perfected the technical details through thorough re-engineering, enhancing the performance of this luxury sports car.

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Enhanced efficiency, increased range, and quicker power-ups

Porsche has achieved a significant feat: without altering the Taycan’s aesthetics and layout, it has meticulously enhanced its efficiency, accelerated its charging capabilities, and, naturally, boosted its performance. Demonstrating a characteristic approach of a German automaker focused on engineering, Porsche details its investment in the Taycan by revealing that 70% of its development budget was dedicated to improving performance, energy efficiency, and charging speed.

The initial focus for upgrading an electric vehicle could logically be its power source. In this instance, the total battery capacity has increased from 93.4 kilowatt-hours in the previous Taycan model to 105 kilowatt-hours (97 kilowatt-hours of which is effective for use) due to the incorporation of cells with higher energy density. Additionally, the battery pack’s weight has been reduced by 20 pounds, now weighing in at 1,375 pounds.

Porsche has enhanced the overall range of their vehicles by roughly 35%. They attribute approximately 14% of this enhancement to a larger battery size. However, the remarkable aspect is the breakdown of the remaining improvements: enhanced drivetrain efficiency contributes to 5% of the range increase, better recuperation accounts for 4%, and a comprehensive vehicle optimization—including weight reduction, aerodynamic adjustments, and rolling resistance improvements—makes up 11%.

Porsche has revamped the Taycan’s temperature regulation system, choosing a more potent 800-volt air conditioning compressor coupled with a heat pump that operates non-stop for warming the interior. According to Porsche, the battery can be warmed to enhance performance in cooler environments, and any surplus heat from the battery can be redirected to warm the passenger area.

Exploring the breadth of the Porsche Taycan’s capabilities

The recent updates have elevated the Taycan’s potential even further, presenting an astonishing selection of 14 different versions, including the new Taycan Turbo GT variants which deliver a staggering 1,093 horsepower in their Attack Mode. Although I had the chance to test those on the racetrack—details to follow soon—I dedicated close to five hours driving both the 4S Cross Turismo and the standard Taycan sedan on the highways and byways of Southern Spain.

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During my journey, I was behind the wheel of a Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, which boasts 509 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque, escalating to 590 horsepower and 523 pound-feet when utilizing launch control. This model, featuring all-wheel drive, ensures acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and can reach speeds up to 149 mph. The starting price for the base model of this Taycan 4S Cross Turismo is $127,195, but the one I drove came fully equipped with the Sport Chrono package for an extra power boost on demand, steering on the rear axle, insulated glass for temperature and sound reduction, a four-zone climate system, Bose surround sound, and a range of aesthetic and comfort enhancements. As I attempted to calculate the total cost on Porsche’s U.S. website, the price exceeded $150,000 before I could tally it all.

The 4S Cross Turismo ranks among the heavier options in the Taycan series, tipping the scales at 5,093 pounds. It offers an extra 0.8 inches in ride height, which can be beneficial for navigating trails if you pick your path wisely. When it comes to practicality, this model shines, featuring a cargo capacity of 15.7 cubic feet when the back seats are up (an increase from the standard 12.9 cubic feet in most Taycan four-doors), and an expansive 42.8 cubic feet with the seats down in the Cross Turismo variant. The front trunk space remains consistently generous at 2.9 cubic feet across all models.

The Cross Turismo variants have a slightly higher drag coefficient—ranging from 0.26 to 0.27, compared to the 0.22 to 0.23 found in the sedans—which could result in a minor decrease in mileage. Porsche has introduced new wheel designs, moving away from the original Mission E concept style to a more aerodynamic option that the company claims can add an additional 40 kilometers to their WLTP range assessments.

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Every Taycan model features a dual-speed, dog-ring transmission mechanism connected to the back wheels, which reserves the first gear mainly for launch control and enhanced bursts of acceleration. During our evaluation of the 4S, the few instances where we engaged the lower gear resulted in a gratifying boost, with the traction control systems adeptly regulating force distribution and application to the wheels. The auditory experience of the powertrain can be toggled on or off, and while the sounds produced by the Taycan are relatively subtle, resembling a softly humming spaceship with a flat-six engine, I usually prefer to listen to the authentic sounds, which in this case are the gentle whistles of the electric motors and the subdued noises of the transmission.

Porsche has unveiled an upgraded rear motor for their cars, boosting energy recovery up to 400 kW and enhancing brake cooling capabilities. Every model, including the base rear-wheel-drive Taycan I tested later, comes equipped with a highly responsive air suspension system. For an additional cost, there’s the Porsche Active Ride, a fully active suspension option. Porsche claims this is their most sophisticated blend of chassis technologies, offering active dampers and individual wheel force control. This system includes dynamic leveling, skyhook damping, and both active tilt and roll features. These latter features, which essentially make the car lean into turns, are optional and can be switched on or off. They’re designed for passenger comfort, though they may seem a bit unsettling from the driver’s perspective.

The dynamic suspension system is cooperative, though it has its flaws. It’s designed to handle uneven, bumpy terrain found on winding country roads or less maintained highways, reducing the small but constant jolting movements that can tire a driver out. However, this smoothing effect appears to have a downside—it results in a less precise feeling in the steering when driving straight ahead.

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The vehicle is equipped with a feature called Comfort Entry Height which swiftly elevates the car by one to two inches as soon as you slightly open the door, making it more convenient to enter or exit the car.

The Taycan offers seating for four, yet one must acknowledge certain challenges when entering the rear seats. While entering through the doors is relatively simple, simpler than the process in a Lucid Air due to its sloping roof, settling into the back seats demands a bit of maneuvering with your knees and feet. To comfortably accommodate someone of 6 feet behind another person of the same height, you’ll initially have to angle your feet to the side and then slide them beneath the front seat. This may make entry and exit slightly more complex, but the seating is quite comfortable once you’re situated.

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Porsche has enhanced the Taycan’s charging capability by increasing the maximum charge current from 336 amps to 400 amps. This boost raises the entire charging performance, enabling the car to reach a peak charge rate of 320 kW close to a 50% battery level. Moreover, with optimal conditions and pre-conditioning of the battery, it’s possible to maintain a charging rate above 300 kW for over five minutes. The improved system also allows for fast charging to begin at a lower temperature of 15 degrees Celsius, compared to the previous 35 degrees Celsius. This advancement shortens the time needed to pre-condition the battery and improves the likelihood of accessing the fastest charging curve suited to the available charging infrastructure.

The Taycan’s improved charging capabilities now allow it to power up from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes, a reduction from the initial 21.5 minutes. Porsche highlights that even with a battery temperature of 15 degrees Celsius, where previously the Taycan took 37 minutes for the same charge level, it can now achieve it within 18 minutes. Furthermore, all Taycan variants are equipped to handle 150 kW charging from less advanced 400-volt chargers. For overnight charging, there’s a handy 11-kW onboard charger. Charging ports for AC are available on both sides of the Taycan, while the fast-charging DC port is exclusively located on the right side.

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Despite the fact that our journey and battery level didn’t allow us to use one of the nearby Ionity rapid charging points, Porsche claims that charging has been made simpler by adhering to the car’s indicated charging capacity displayed on the dashboard. The Taycan has updated displays that now provide less unexpected charging figures upon connection. When approaching a charging point with the charge planning feature enabled, the dashboard displays the highest possible charging power given the battery’s current charge, and a temperature indicator signifies when the battery is at the ideal temperature for charging. The system also monitors the battery’s temperature during the charging process, and a visual indicator on the left lets drivers know if the charging speed is being restricted by the charging station rather than the car itself.

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Perceptions of the Taycan: Envision a blend of a sleek sports vehicle with the ease of a long-distance cruiser

From afar, one could mistake the Taycan for an electric version of the Panamera, leaning more towards a plush executive car rather than a performance machine. However, that assumption is quickly dismissed the moment you settle into the driver’s seat.

Sitting behind the wheel, you’ll notice the front of the car dips down, giving off a race-car vibe with its dashboard setup. The steering responds sharply, telling you exactly what the car is doing, and with the weight centered slightly to the rear, it’s clear this vehicle was designed with the influence of the iconic 911 in mind.

In addition to that, when navigating sharp bends, the synergy of the rear-axle steering, the framework of the vehicle, and the dynamic suspension system effectively made the wagon’s weight of over 5,000 pounds imperceptible. It stands out as one of the rare electric vehicles available where there’s a sense of unity with the mass of the battery pack instead of merely being perched atop it.

The Taycan still lacks paddle shifters, and the only method to control regenerative braking is through the brake pedal, which transitions from electric motor to brake pads with a mostly smooth yet occasionally uneven feel. Tapping the regen icon on the display offers options like „Off,“ „On,“ and „Auto.“ The „Off“ setting slightly decelerates the car, less so than a typical gas car in its highest gear. The „On“ setting increases regen to mimic a lower gear, but it doesn’t approach the experience of one-pedal driving. The „Auto“ setting actively analyzes upcoming traffic using safety sensors and adjusts accordingly to minimize the need for the brake pedal.

Some people really love driving with just one pedal, however, I don’t share that enthusiasm. I discovered that maneuvering the Taycan on winding routes was quite effortless when using its regeneration setting, but I opted for the automatic setting when navigating through congested urban streets and chose to deactivate it while driving on the highway.

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The aesthetic changes to the Taycan model of 2025 compared to its predecessors are subtle. The design tweaks mainly refine the edges at strategic places, such as the front corners of the vehicle, supplemented by an updated palette of paint options and interior materials. The Turbo versions stand out with unique enhancements to the upper front design, bolder side skirts, and distinctive emblems. Additionally, Porsche provides the option to add a light strip with the „Porsche“ branding at the back, and a new feature that allows all four doors to close softly is now available.

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The capability to charge devices wirelessly has been enhanced to a power output of 15 watts, accompanied by a cooling system. Moreover, due to the implementation of a new screen that is polarized on the side of the front passenger, which is designed to be almost invisible to the driver, it is now permissible to stream videos while the vehicle is in motion. Although passengers have the option to view gauges and various control displays on their side, from my experience sitting in the passenger seat, it can be somewhat overwhelming.

Porsche continues to provide excellent Apple CarPlay connectivity for its entertainment displays, with the car manufacturer stating that the feature has received a deeper integration. This enhancement includes the ability to link with the vehicle’s battery level, offering additional functionalities such as Apple Maps navigation with battery status awareness.

The selection of electric vehicles in the Taycan range is certainly intricate, with prices that can soar to steep levels—reflecting a considerable price jump for the 2025 Porsche Taycan compared to previous rates. However, just like in the past, the more reasonably priced models within the collection continue to stand out as highlights.

After spending the latter part of the day with the standard Taycan, which had a few select additions beyond its initial $101,395 price tag and featured appealing 20-inch rims as part of its enhancements, it struck me as an ideal electric vehicle designed for high-performance and effective long-distance travel on highways.

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The vehicle produces a power output of 402 horsepower and a standard torque of 272 pound-feet, which increases to 302 pound-feet when using launch control. It can go from a standstill to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 142 mph. This marks a significant improvement in acceleration compared to the previous year’s model, which took 5.1 seconds to achieve the same speed.

Porsche hints that this particular model in their series is guaranteed to exceed a 300-mile range according to EPA standards—truly, this time around, although the official figures are still pending.

The standard model provided an interior that was the highlight for me, featuring a pepita checkerboard fabric that delivered the same comfort as the more expensive versions, while also adding a touch of classic 911 allure.

The vehicle’s driving experience was significantly altered when equipped with the air suspension but lacking the Active Ride system. It exhibited a sharp and instinctive response when steering straight ahead, a consistent reaction to controls, and seamlessly integrated braking while navigating through the congestion of Seville.

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Has the Porsche Taycan accomplished its goals? While the seating arrangement, design of the cabin, and interior finishes have remained largely the same, the car now matches or surpasses the initial concept of the Taycan in almost every way, and not only in terms of speed. With this milestone reached, Porsche is now turning its attention to expanding its range of electric vehicles, just as the company’s second electric model, the Macan, is about to be launched.

The Taycan has consistently presented itself as the perfect choice for long-range electric touring, offering a more enjoyable driving experience compared to the Model S or similar options. Now, with the right infrastructure in place, it boasts the necessary range and fast-charging capabilities to back that up.

Porsche facilitated the travel and lodging expenses to ensure the availability of their vehicle for evaluation.

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