2021 Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo review: Who needs a Turbo?

Cherry Metallic is a great red.

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Although I certainly wouldn’t kick a 670 horsepower turbo out of bed, there’s a lot to like about the base Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo. No, it’s not as fast as the Turbo, but this EV’s accolades extend far beyond the acceleration of a punch. The 4 is just as comfortable, functional and luxurious as the other Cross Turismos, with a lower price and better range to boot.

Like it

  • Elegant and functional
  • Fun to drive
  • Good real world range
  • Solid infotainment technology

I do not like

  • Expensive with options
  • Small loading area

Well, better reach probably. The EPA has yet to release official mileage estimates for the Taycan Cross Turismo, but the 4 is expected to be the champion of the group. All Cross Turismos have the Taycan’s largest 93.4 kilowatt-hour battery and the 4 uses a pair of motors, one for each axle. It’s essentially an all-wheel drive version of the standard Taycan sedan I tested earlier this year (you know, the pink one).

I am no stranger to Taycan to test the range, so putting the 4 Cross Turismo through these same steps is a breeze. The air conditioning remains at 72 degrees and I do not alter my driving style in the slightest. That means above-average highway speeds on a long drive from Los Angeles through Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties, stopping at Electrify America stations along the way to log mileage and pick up the pace. (When they worked, anyway.)

All in all, after about 400 miles of testing, my math shows an average of 277 miles per charge. It is slightly less than what I found in the rear-wheel drive Taycan sedan, but entirely reasonable, considering the Cross Turismo’s extra engine and heavier curb weight. I’m sure Tesla’s stans will jump and yell at me about how Elon’s ad machines will go farther with one charge, but remember, those numbers don’t always play out in the real world. The EPA test is one thing. The actual guide is another. A range of 277 miles is abundant.

Plus, thanks to the Taycan’s 800-volt architecture, you can connect it to a 350kW DC fast charger and get the battery from 5% to 80% charge in 23 minutes. Find one of the 350kW Electrify America chargers (working) in a Wal-Mart parking lot and go buy yourself something nice from the inside. You’ve earned it.

I like the combination of 20-inch wheels and the off-road design package.

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I don’t like the Gentian Blue Taycan Turbo which I tried in April, this Taycan 4 Cherry Metallic has the optional (and fantastic) $ 1,780 off-road design package. This adds extra body trim for maximum butch appeal and by default a 0.4-inch higher ride height than the standard Cross Turismo. This car also travels on 20-inch wheels while the Turbo was 21, and honestly, I’d rather have the Off-Road kit in appearance only. It’s just a shame that this German-spec car has the nice double bubble metal roof that we won’t have in the US – all of our TCs have a solid glass panel instead.

Appearance is key with that off-road design package, since the Taycan Cross Turismo really doesn’t have any genuine off-road capability. Sure, it’ll get over things easier than a Taycan sedan and happily go over two-track dirt roads to a distant campsite. But even in the higher driving setting of the 4 Cross Turismo, it has lower ground clearance than most compact crossovers. This car’s summer tires aren’t even built exactly for demanding tours.

On the other hand, the Cross Turismo is a total road champion. The 93.4 kWh battery and pair of electric motors produce 469 hp (with launch control) and 368 pound-feet of torque. That’s an identical amount of power to the Taycan RWD with the high-performance battery, but the Cross Turismo has 105 more lb-ft. Because of this, despite a weight disparity of nearly 300 pounds, the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds compared to the 5.1 RWD sedan. Not that you’ll actually notice a 0.3 second difference in practice, of course. Plus, all electric vehicles deliver thrilling flips, with that instant torque.

Screens, screens and other screens.

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Once on the road, the 4 exhibits the same excellent poise and composure as any other Taycan, Cross Turismo or otherwise. Crisp turn-in and optional rear axle steering add to this wagon’s agility, and having that big low battery pack in the frame keeps this EV planted in cornering. For what it’s worth, the Taycan 4 has no problem keeping up with two friends in one format 911 Carrera S is 911 Targa 4S on a nice ride on my favorite canyon road. With its great composure and abundant grip, the less powerful Cross Turismo is nothing short of fun to drive.

Regardless of battery size or power output, the Taycan Cross Turismo offers the kind of interior refinement and high-quality fit and finish you’d expect from a Porsche. A wide range of upholstery colors and comfort and convenience options are available – the key word is “options”, as practically everything can be specified a la carte (because Porsche). Rear passengers will appreciate the Cross Turismo’s 3.6 inches more rear headroom than the Taycan sedan, and when you’re not humping people, fold the seats flat to unlock 42.8 cubic feet of cargo volume. It’s not a lot of space and the low profile means taller items are a no-go, but it’s definitely better than what a standard Taycan offers. In addition, the Cross Turismo simply looks better. Win-win, right?

Driver assistance and infotainment technology mimic other Taycan models, with a whole host of systems available as options, some of which can also be added on a subscription basis via Porsche Function on Demand function. The standard Porsche Communication Management multimedia software is housed on a central 10.9-inch touchscreen, complemented by a digital instrument cluster and a screen for controlling the climate control and certain vehicle functions. The Porsche’s passenger display is also optional, for $ 1,130.

The Taycan 4 is totally ready to go fast on winding roads.

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The Taycan 4 is the only Cross Turismo that starts with a five-figure MSRP, coming in at $ 92,250 including $ 1,350 for the destination. The price goes up quickly when you start adding the good stuff, of course, and a well-optioned car like my Cherry Metallic tester comes in at around $ 120,000. (Check out the second Porsche Design second watch on the dashboard, by the way, which is a $ 2,440 option.)

I realize that a $ 92,950 car is hardly good value for money, especially when other more practical electric vehicles can be bought for much less money. But Porsche isn’t exactly worried about that, as sales of the Taycan have already started off strong. On the other hand, the 4 Cross Turismo is kind of worth when you compare it to other Taycan models. Fast, crisp, comfortable, stylish and damn efficient, the 4 Cross Turismo is all the Taycan you’ll ever need.

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