2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Owner Review

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Porsche Taycan

4S 2020

9.6/10not logged13 votes

Genuine Porsche with some stupid flaws

Even as a man, who does innovation for a living, I can barely digest some stuff on my Taycan 4S. But at the same time, I love this car so much that I cannot imagine a switch to Tesla or anything else. 

08 May 2023

Porsche Taycan Pros and Cons

  • Design. I don't care they say it's a subjective topic. Taycan is one of the sleekest cars ever. The design is gorgeous. Clean, elegant, yet sportive and aggressive. People give this car the gaze I have never experienced in any other vehicle. Even Ferrari looks like a child's drawing compared to Taycan flawless curves. 

  • Driving experience. It is a pleasure to drive this car. Do you hear me? A pleasure. I am driving the latest BMW M5 Competition alongside, and I am telling you, driving Tycan is the experience you don't forget. The car is precise and responsive; it is also communicative. Again. No joke. I love it. And the Porsche Sound is the best EV sound out there. Period. 

  • Range. Tesla is better. Let's be honest. But I don't care. Supposing it's cold outside, the range for a fully charged battery drops to 400 kilometers. In summer, it easily exceeds 500 km. The range decreases rapidly if you floor the pedal and go like 150 km/h on a highway. But on a single charge, combining highway and ordinary road plus some city driving, you can make 350+ km. And that is enough for my daily needs. 

  • Two-speed gearbox and acceleration. I will be honest with you. I have never really understood the acceleration orgy. There are millions of videos on YouTube where people shout their voices out in reaction to EV acceleration. Surprise. The electric motor has an immediate onset of power and brutal efficiency. That gives you instant energy whenever you need it, which makes the car very safe. Yes, safe. If you can handle the EGO, you can control the power and get safely out of many dangerous situation

  • Cockpit layout and design. It is fine. The layout is just ok, and the design is as well. I feel cozy inside; the driving position is almost perfect, and the fact that some minor control elements hide behind the steering wheel wreath is nothing to worry about. 

  • Rearview camera. I suspect that back In the year 2000, VW Group ordered 500 million parking cameras with a resolution of 480 x 320 px and refused to place a new order since the original cameras were out of stock. Bad luck for us; they still sit there. So Taycan rearview camera is so shitty you can sometimes hardly recognize the objects behind the car. And the fact they added a washer next to the camera cannot ease the disappointment. 

  • The safety features and so-called auto pilot. Ridiculous. Only the lane change system works just fine. Active lane-keeping is a piece of crap. Adaptive cruise control is just a bit better. Even setting up and controlling the cruise control is complicated and stupid. If you need your Taycan to keep you precisely in the middle of the lane, it often can't do it properly. The saddest thing is that the same crap safety package software and hardware are transferred from VW to Audi to Porsche. 

  • Parking sensors. Do you remember those early days of parking sensors that beeped somewhat randomly instead of operating based on the proximity to the obstacle? In many ways, the Taycan sensors behave the same way. Compared to my M5 sensors and surround view, those Porsche's little bastards seem like a joke. Maybe the same guy responsible for the rearview cameras is in charge of parking sensors, either. 

  • Infotainment. Is in one word mockery. It is slow and buggy. The graphic, even after 2022 mega update, feels embarrassing. Auto-connecting smartphones are nothing less than a pain in the ass, and switching from one driver's profile to another is virtually impossible. The simple stuff doesn't work here seamlessly. Don't get me wrong. You can control and operate your car, but I believe in Porsche, it should be pleasant. And right now it is not. 

  • Build quality. I currently have about 15,000 miles on it and unfortunately it confirms to me that Porsche is not a car company that can produce a perfect interior. The larger plastic pieces are starting to pull away slightly in some places and the seats creak slightly when buckled. 

Considered buying

BMW i4


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The Attractions:

I mean, this car rocks. It rides so easily. It feels so light. It is so quiet. No wonder it is the car of the year in many countries. 

I mean, this car rocks. Feels light like a gokart.

The Dealbreakers:

I can't say the car is emotionless, but it doesn't make me smile when driving it. Technically, it is perfect, including the cameras, sensors, and safety features. But, I wanted an ultimate driving EV machine. And that is Taycan. And Taycan only. 

Owner Review

Genuine Porsche with some stupid flaws

When I decided to go electric, I did not see many other options than Porsche. I have tested a lot of Teslas, but I don't like them from the mechanical point of view. Yes, they are a fantastic piece of software, but the hardware is rather average, and the driving experience is simply dull.

I literally drove the Taycan for 3 kilometers and immediately knew that if something should be our first EV, the Taycan was the one. So here I am, owning 2,3 tons battery-powered Porsche with air suspension, which makes this fatty, surprisingly comfortable vehicle. But don't get confused.

Even if this athlete looks like a supercar, it feels heavy. In many ways, it feels like a tank. No joke. Let me explain. If you have ever driven 911, you know that even as a sports coupe, it feels heavy and is much harder to drive compared to e.g., M cars from BMW.

You can easily slide with M5 after a few months of ownership, but you need years of training to play with 911 similarly. BUT, It is not a bad thing. It is part of Porsche's DNA, and basically, it is what Porsche cars are. And I love them for that, hence the Taycan 4S. 

Would I buy it again?

Yes, I would. Well. I did. Even it is not perfect in many ways. It is a genuine Porsche. It got that vibe; it has that driving capabilities. It makes you smile when you drive it. And that is the reason I love it. 

Long-term average consumption

Long-term average consumption: 24 Wh/km

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