2019 Porsche Panamera vs. 2019 Dodge Charger

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Panamera and Charger 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’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.

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 doesn’t offer a night vision 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 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 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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’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’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/60,000).

Reliability

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 some of the engines in the Charger.

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.

Engine

The Panamera has more powerful engines than the Charger:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Panamera 3.0 turbo V6

330 HP

331 lbs.-ft.

Panamera 4S 2.9 turbo V6

440 HP

405 lbs.-ft.

Panamera GTS 4.0 turbo V8

453 HP

457 lbs.-ft.

Panamera 4 E-Hybrid 2.9 turbo V6

462 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Panamera Turbo 4.0 turbo V8

550 HP

567 lbs.-ft.

Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid 4.0 turbo V8

680 HP

626 lbs.-ft.

Charger 3.6 DOHC V6

292 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Charger 3.6 DOHC V6

300 HP

264 lbs.-ft.

Charger R/T 5.7 V8

370 HP

395 lbs.-ft.

Charger R/T Scat Pack/Daytona 392 6.4 V8

485 HP

475 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Panamera 4S 2.9 turbo V6 is faster than the Charger R/T Scat Pack/Daytona 392 6.4 V8:

 

Panamera

Charger

Zero to 60 MPH

3.8 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

12.6 sec

As tested in Motor Trend the Panamera Turbo 4.0 turbo V8 is faster than the Charger R/T Scat Pack/Daytona 392 6.4 V8:

 

Panamera

Charger

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

11.4 sec

12.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

121.2 MPH

113.8 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Panamera Turbo 4.0 turbo V8 is faster than the Charger R/T Scat Pack/Daytona 392 6.4 V8:

 

Panamera

Charger

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

11.4 sec

12.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

121.2 MPH

113.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Charger 3.6 V6 (300 HP) AWD (48 city/51 hwy vs. 18 city/27 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera RWD Auto with its standard turbo V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Charger R/T RWD 5.7 V8 (21 city/28 hwy vs. 16 city/25 hwy).

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The Charger 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 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 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 (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 (23.7 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Transmission

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 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Panamera’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Charger:

 

Panamera Base

Panamera

Charger SXT

Charger Daytona 392

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

16.5 inches

12.6 inches

15.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

16.1 inches

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

The Panamera’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Charger SXT are solid, not vented.

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 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Panamera stops shorter than the Charger:

 

Panamera

Charger

 

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

106 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Panamera has larger standard tires than the Charger (F:265/45R19 & R:295/40R19 vs. 215/65R17).

The Panamera’s standard 265/45R19 front and 295/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Charger SXT’s standard 65 series tires. The Panamera’s optional 275/35R21 front and 315/30R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Charger’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Panamera has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Charger SXT. The Panamera’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels on the Charger R/T.

Suspension and Handling

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 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.

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 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Panamera is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Charger.

The Panamera 4S handles at 1.01 G’s, while the Charger R/T Scat Pack pulls only .92 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Panamera Turbo executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Charger R/T Scat Pack (23.9 seconds @ .86 average G’s vs. 25.3 seconds @ .8 average G’s).

Chassis

The design of the Porsche Panamera amounts to more than styling. The Panamera offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .28 to .3 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the Charger (.304 to .335) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Panamera get better fuel mileage.

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 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 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Panamera has 3.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Charger (108 vs. 104.7).

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Panamera’s available rear seats recline. The Charger’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Panamera has a larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Charger (17.6 vs. 16.5 cubic feet).

The Panamera 4dr Hatchback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Charger (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 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 doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Servicing Ease

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.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional in the Charger, 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’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’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 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 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 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 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The Panamera’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Dodge charges extra for heated mirrors on the Charger.

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 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 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Porsche Panamera comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Dodge Charger isn’t available as a station wagon.

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