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Both the Panamera and Charger SRT have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Panamera offers optional power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Charger SRT’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
The Panamera offers optional Porsche Active Safe, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Charger SRT doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.
The Panamera offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Panamera helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard and even aims one of the vehicle’s headlights in the direction of the person or object. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a night vision system.
The Panamera’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Panamera offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Charger SRT only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.
Both the Panamera and the Charger SRT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.
The Panamera comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Charger SRT’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
The Panamera’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the Charger SRT’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/60,000).
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Panamera have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Charger SRT.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 19th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 66 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 23rd.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche 10 places higher in reliability than Dodge.
As tested in Motor Trend the Panamera 4S 2.9 turbo V6 is faster than the Dodge Charger SRT:
Zero to 30 MPH
Zero to 60 MPH
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The Charger SRT must run its internal combustion engine to move.
Regenerative brakes improve the Panamera’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Panamera’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Charger SRT doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Panamera E Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Charger SRT (21.1 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Panamera’s standard fuel tank has 5.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Charger SRT (23.7 vs. 18.5 gallons).
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Porsche Panamera higher (3 to 5 out of 10) than the Dodge Charger SRT (1). This means the Panamera produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Charger SRT every 15,000 miles.
The Panamera offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.
For better stopping power the Panamera’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Charger SRT:
The Panamera offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.
The Panamera stops shorter than the Charger SRT:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction and acceleration, the Panamera has larger standard rear tires than the Charger SRT (295/40R19 vs. 275/40R20). The Panamera’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the Charger SRT (315/35R20 vs. 275/40R20).
The Panamera’s optional 275/35R21 front and 315/30R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Charger SRT’s 40 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Panamera offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Charger SRT’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The Panamera offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.
The Panamera offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Dodge doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Charger SRT.
The Panamera has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Panamera’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
The Panamera offers optional vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Panamera is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the track on the Charger SRT.
The Panamera’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.2% to 48.8%) than the Charger SRT’s (56.7% to 43.3%). This gives the Panamera more stable handling and braking.
The Panamera 4S handles at 1.01 G’s, while the Charger SRT Hellcat pulls only .93 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Panamera Turbo executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Charger SRT Hellcat (23.9 seconds @ .86 average G’s vs. 24.5 seconds @ .91 average G’s).
The Porsche Panamera may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 550 pounds less than the Dodge Charger SRT.
The front grille of the Panamera uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Panamera offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Panamera has 3.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Charger SRT (108 vs. 104.7).
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Panamera’s available rear seats recline. The Charger SRT’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Panamera has a larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Charger SRT (17.6 vs. 16.5 cubic feet).
The Panamera 4dr Hatchback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Charger SRT (18.3 vs. 16.5 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Panamera’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Panamera has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a power trunk.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Dodge. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in service department satisfaction. With a 93% lower rating, Dodge is ranked 30th.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Charger SRT, the Panamera offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The Panamera’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Charger SRT’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
The Panamera’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Charger SRT’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Panamera offers an optional rear wiper. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Panamera offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer headlight washers.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Panamera has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Panamera also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.
A power rear sunshade is optional in the Panamera to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.
Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the Panamera’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.
The Panamera offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Charger SRT doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Porsche Panamera comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Dodge Charger SRT isn’t available as a station wagon.
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