When we road tested the range-topping Porsche Taycan Turbo S in 2020, we concluded that we had just appraised the first truly world-class EV we’d ever come across. Now we know that the car stands out even more clearly in near-entry-level form as it does dressed up to the max.
It’s a mark of how quickly the market for zero-emissions cars is developing that there are now a handful of other electric cars (Mercedes EQS, BMW iX, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6) that justify that sort of billing, albeit at quite different price points and in their different ways. But the fact that the entry-level Taycan earns the same recommendation as its 751bhp range-mate, standing out even more clearly as a £75,000 driver’s car in 2022 as its £140,000 sibling did in 2020, is no mean compliment.
This remains the defining electric car of its age for interested drivers. It has outstanding dynamic appeal and involvement, which a direct rival has yet to even approach let alone surpass; a perfectly judged, just-so balance of deployable performance, ready handling poise, size, weight, electric range and associated usability; and it stands up for outright driver appeal even compared to the best combustion-engined competition, something critics wouldn’t expect any EV to do.
The Porsche Taycan is still the champion of the luxury EV market – the car to break down barriers, challenge perceptions and change minds, more than any other – and it’s never better than at its simplest, rear-driven best.