The 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo combines the high-voltage performance of the company’s electrifying Taycan sedan with the stylish practicality of a station wagon. The long-roof version has electric powertrains that range from the entry-level 469-hp S and 562-hp 4S up to the 616-hp Turbo and 750-hp Turbo S variants. The latter have blisteringly quick acceleration, but even the less powerful models are peppy, and they all have the driving behavior of a sports car. Every Cross Turismo has ultra-fast-charging capabilities and we expect their estimated range to exceed 220 miles on a full charge. Its cabin mirrors the high-class and high-tech space inside its sedan counterpart, but the wagon provides additional passenger room and increased cargo space. Along with extra ground clearance and a unique Off-Road Design package, the 2021 Taycan Cross Turismo offers a distinct aesthetic and more diverse abilities than the sedan.
What’s New for 2021?
Porsche introduces a Taycan station wagon, called Cross Turismo, for the 2021 model year. The wagon variant is essentially the same car with some unique body panels, a longer roof, and more interior and cargo space. However, unlike the sedan, the Cross Turismo is only available with all-wheel drive and the Taycan’s larger battery pack. It also has a higher standard ride height and can be equipped with an Off-Road Design package that adds special wheels and other visual enhancements.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The Cross Turismo lineup aligns with the regular Taycan, except that there’s no rear-wheel-drive model and prices for the wagon are slightly more expensive than the sedan. With that said, we’d recommend the Cross Turismo 4S model, which features a 562-hp powertrain. As with all models, it comes standard with all-wheel drive and an adjustable air suspension. The long-roof Taycan goes on sale this summer and comes with a free three years of Electrify America charging.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Naturally, the Taycan Cross Turismo is motivated exclusively by electricity and shares a chassis and other components with its sedan counterpart. However, the wagon is only offered with all-wheel drive. Power is supplied by two electric motors with total outputs ranging between 469 and 750 horses, depending on the trim level. One of the most interesting elements of the Taycan is its two-speed transmission on the rear axle, a first for an EV. In our testing, it helped the Taycan Turbo S rocket to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds, making it one of the quickest cars we’ve ever tested. What’s more, unlike normal EVs, which get slower as their battery charge depletes, the Taycan provides consistent performance. Our first drive of the 469-hp Taycan Cross Turismo 4 showed off its expedient acceleration, agile handling, and reassuring brakes.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
When we first speculated about the Taycan Cross Turismo, we predicted it would have a driving range that would exceed 300 miles. However, that was before the EPA released its range ratings for the Taycan sedan, which is currently listed as 227 miles with the larger 83.7-kWh battery, which is what every wagon uses. We tested the Turbo S sedan on our 75-mph highway route, as well as the less powerful 4S version, and found that the Porsche EVs were more efficient in the real world than their government ratings suggest. Since the Cross Turismo will share the sedan’s 800-volt architecture, we expect the wagon will have a similar, albeit slightly shorter, all-electric range and the ability to charge its battery from 5 to 80 percent in as little as 22.5 minutes.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The official MPGe rating for the Taycan Cross Turismo hasn’t been released yet, but we estimated it’ll be 76 combined. Once we can run one on our 75-mph fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we can evaluate its real-world MPGe.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
While there are hints of Porsche’s sports-car history inside its electric sedan—namely a start button on the left side of the steering wheel—there’s also a host of modern high-tech elements, such as a digital gauge cluster. The Taycan Cross Turismo has a full roster of luxury amenities and an extensive list of personalization options. As with the sedan, the wagon offers a standard four-seat configuration or an optional five-seat setup, with the latter adding a small center seat in the back row. Thanks in part to a standard panoramic sunroof as well as a higher roofline, the Cross Turismo offers slightly more headroom in the front and significantly more in the rear seats than the sedan. In addition to the Taycan’s front trunk and useful interior cubby storage, the wagon provides more rear cargo space than its sedan sibling.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Taycan’s interior tech translates to the long-roof model. That means a curved digital gauge cluster, a 10.3-inch touchscreen housed in the middle of the dashboard, and a vertically mounted 8.4-inch touchscreen integrated into the center console. Porsche also offers a 10.3-inch passenger-side touchscreen as well as other desirable features, such as Apple CarPlay compatibility, built-in navigation, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The electrified station wagon also offers the same assortment of standard and optional driver-assistance technology as the regular Taycan, including automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist. For more information about the Taycan Cross Turismo’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Available adaptive cruise control
- Available blind-spot monitoring
- Available night vision
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Based on the coverage that Porsche provides for the Taycan’s electrical components, we expect the Cross Turismo to inherit the same policies. The company’s protection periods are competitive with those of other luxury automakers, and its high-voltage battery warranty ranks as one of the best on the market.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Electrical components covered for eight years or 100,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance