2020 Porsche Panamera vs. 2019 Aston Martin Rapide

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Panamera are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Aston Martin Rapide doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Panamera offers available whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Rapide doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 Rapide 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 Rapide doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Porsche Panamera has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Rapide doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

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 Rapide 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 Rapide 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 Rapide only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Panamera’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Rapide doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Panamera has standard Porsche Connect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Rapide doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Panamera and the Rapide have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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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 Rapide’s 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The Panamera’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Rapide’s (12 vs. 10 years).

There are over 5 times as many Porsche dealers as there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Panamera’s warranty.

Engine

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The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid’s standard 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid produces 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 465) than the Rapide’s 5.9 DOHC V12. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid produces 97 more horsepower (677 vs. 580) and 161 lbs.-ft. more torque (626 vs. 465) than the Rapide’s 5.9 DOHC V12.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Panamera E-Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Rapide:

MPGe

Panamera E-Hybrid

2.9 turbo V6 Hybrid

48 city/54 hwy

4.0 turbo V8 Hybrid

46 city/51 hwy

MPG

Rapide

5.9 DOHC V12

14 city/21 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Rapide:

MPG

Panamera

RWD

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

2.9 turbo V6 Hybrid

21 city/24 hwy

2.9 turbo V6

18 city/26 hwy

GTS 4.0 turbo V8

16 city/23 hwy

Turbo 4.0 turbo V8

18 city/25 hwy

4.0 turbo V8 Hybrid

19 city/22 hwy

Rapide

RWD

5.9 DOHC V12

14 city/21 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera Sport Turismo running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Rapide:

MPG

Panamera Sport Turismo

RWD

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

2.9 turbo V6 Hybrid

21 city/24 hwy

2.9 turbo V6

18 city/26 hwy

GTS 4.0 turbo V8

15 city/22 hwy

Turbo 4.0 turbo V8

18 city/23 hwy

4.0 turbo V8 Hybrid

19 city/22 hwy

Rapide

RWD

5.9 DOHC V12

14 city/21 hwy

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 14 miles. The Rapide must run its internal combustion engine to move.

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Panamera Turbo/GTS’ fuel efficiency. The Rapide doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Regenerative brakes improve the Panamera’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it (mild regeneration on non-hybrids). The Rapide 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 Rapide doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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

The Panamera’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Rapide doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Panamera Turbo

Panamera opt.

Rapide

Front Rotors

16.1 inches

16.5 inches

15.7 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

16.1 inches

14.2 inches

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 Rapide doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Panamera has larger front standard tires than the Rapide (F:265/45R19 & R:295/40R19 vs. F:245/40R20 & R:295/35R20). The Panamera’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rapide (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. F:245/40R20 & R:295/35R20).

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 Rapide’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Panamera offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Rapide’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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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 Rapide 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. Aston Martin doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Rapide.

The Panamera has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Rapide doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Panamera is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Rapide.

The Panamera Turbo handles at 1.00 G’s, while the Rapide pulls only .93 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Panamera Turbo executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Rapide (23.9 seconds @ .86 average G’s vs. 24.8 seconds @ .77 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Panamera w/Rear Axle Steering’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the Rapide’s (37.4 feet vs. 41 feet). The Panamera Executive’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Rapide’s (40.7 feet vs. 41 feet).

Chassis

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The Porsche Panamera may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Aston Martin Rapide.

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 Rapide 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 Rapide doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Panamera 4dr Hatchback a Large car, while the Rapide is rated a Subcompact.

The Panamera offers optional seating for 5 passengers; the Rapide can only carry 4.

The Panamera has 25 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rapide (108 vs. 83).

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Panamera has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Rapide with its rear seat up (17.6 vs. 13.9 cubic feet). The Panamera has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Rapide with its rear seat folded (47.3 vs. 36.3 cubic feet).

The Panamera Sport Turismo has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Rapide with its rear seat up (18.3 vs. 13.9 cubic feet). The Panamera Sport Turismo has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Rapide with its rear seat folded (49 vs. 36.3 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Panamera’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rapide doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Panamera. The Rapide doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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 Rapide doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Servicing Ease

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A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Panamera to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes and vehicle inspection based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Aston Martin doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Rapide.

Ergonomics

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The Panamera’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Rapide doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Panamera’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Rapide does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Panamera offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Rapide doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Keyless Drive standard on the Panamera allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (optional Comfort Access will also allow unlocking the doors and trunk without taking your keys out). The Aston Martin Rapide doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Panamera offers an optional rear wiper. The Rapide 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 Rapide doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Panamera detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Rapide doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Panamera has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Rapide 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.

The Panamera’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Rapide’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the Panamera (except Sport Turismo) and power rear side window sunshades are optional in the Panamera to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Rapide doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The Panamera has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rapide offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

On extremely cold winter days, the Panamera’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Rapide doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Panamera offers optional massaging front and rear seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Rapide.

The Panamera’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Rapide doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Panamera offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Rapide doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

With standard voice command, the Panamera offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Rapide doesn’t offer a voice control system.

The Panamera Sport Turismo offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Rapide doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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

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