2020 Porsche Panamera vs. 2020 BMW 530e

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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 BMW 530e doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Panamera and 530e 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 530e’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 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 530e doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Panamera and the 530e have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, night vision systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche 15th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche fourth in reliability. BMW is ranked 17th.

Engine

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The Panamera’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 82 more horsepower (330 vs. 248) and 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (330 vs. 310) than the 530e’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid. The Panamera 4S’ standard 2.9 turbo V6 produces 192 more horsepower (440 vs. 248) and 95 lbs.-ft. more torque (405 vs. 310) than the 530e’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid. The Panamera GTS’ standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 205 more horsepower (453 vs. 248) and 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (457 vs. 310) than the 530e’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid’s standard 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid produces 209 more horsepower (457 vs. 248) and 206 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 310) than the 530e’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid produces 429 more horsepower (677 vs. 248) and 316 lbs.-ft. more torque (626 vs. 310) than the 530e’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Panamera 4S is faster than the BMW 530e:

Panamera

530e

Zero to 60 MPH

3.8 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

111.3 MPH

95.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Panamera Turbo/GTS’ fuel efficiency. The 530e doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Panamera E Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 9 gallons more fuel capacity than the 530e (21.1 vs. 12.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Panamera’s standard fuel tank has 11.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the 530e (23.7 vs. 12.1 gallons).

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 530e doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Panamera’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 530e:

Panamera Base

Panamera 4S

Panamera E-Hybrid/GTS

Panamera Turbo

Panamera opt.

530e

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

14.2 inches

15.4 inches

16.1 inches

16.5 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

14.4 inches

15 inches

16.1 inches

13 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 530e doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Panamera stops much shorter than the 530e:

Panamera

530e

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Panamera has larger standard tires than the 530e (F:265/45R19 & R:295/40R19 vs. 245/45R18). The Panamera’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 530e (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. 245/45R18).

The Panamera’s standard 295/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 530e’s standard 45 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 530e’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Panamera has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the 530e. The Panamera offers optional 21-inch wheels.

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 530e 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. BMW doesn’t offer an active suspension on the 530e.

The Panamera has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The 530e doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Panamera is 2.4 inches wider in the front and .5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 530e.

The Panamera 4S handles at 1.01 G’s, while the 530e pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Panamera Turbo executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.7 seconds quicker than the 530e (23.9 seconds @ .86 average G’s vs. 26.6 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Panamera w/Rear Axle Steering’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the 530e’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Chassis

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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 530e 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 530e is rated a Mid-size.

The Panamera has 9.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 530e (108 vs. 98.8).

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Panamera’s available rear seats recline. The 530e’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 530e (17.6 vs. 14.5 cubic feet).

The Panamera Sport Turismo has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the 530e (18.3 vs. 14.5 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Panamera’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The 530e doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 46% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

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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 530e does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Panamera offers an optional rear wiper. The 530e 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 530e doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the Panamera’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The 530e doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

Both the Panamera and the 530e offer optional massaging front seats. The Panamera also offers optional massaging rear seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging rear seats aren’t available in the 530e.

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 530e 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 BMW 530e isn’t available as a station wagon.

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