• Here’s What It’s Like to Live With the Taycan In Real Life

Switching to an EV requires some adapting, which has its ups and downs

People have been raving about the Porsche Taycan ever since it debuted. Car journos and vloggers launched controlled it, drifted it, and drove it on the track, screaming in pleasure from behind the wheel.

Being a Porsche, the Taycan must deliver heavily on the performance front, which it does, regardless of trim and powertrain configuration. But what’s it like to live on a daily basis with Porsche’s first-ever EV? After all, excellent daily-driver traits are quintessential for Porsche, so how does the Taycan fare in this department?

Here's What It's Like to Live With the Taycan In Real Life
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Mind you, not all Taycan customers are going for the absolute brutes that are the Turbo and the Turbo S. Harry Metcalfe of Harry’s Garage, for example, says he’d go for the 4S, which starts at around £83,000 in the U.K. or roughly $110,000.

That’s considerably cheaper than a Turbo or a Turbo S but it’s not slouch either, not even when fitted with the 79.2-kWh battery pack which gets you 522 horsepower (fitting in the 93.4-kWh battery unlocks 563 horses). 0-60 mph takes just 3.8 seconds in the Taycan 4S, but what’s it like when driven like any other car out there?

Here's What It's Like to Live With the Taycan In Real Life
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We know from our past experience with the Taycan that it’s not the most easy to steer car around crowded urban areas. In fact, you’re looking at a rather long vehicle that’s also pretty wide and low and except for what you’re fed by the parking sensors and cameras, there’s little visibility around.

Daily usability in a Taycan (as with every EV in general) relies heavily on the charging network. You might not always be able to find a free charging spot and when you do find one, it might be not working or it might not charge at full capacity.

Here's What It's Like to Live With the Taycan In Real Life
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Even without these issues, you still have to take into consideration the actual time spent at the charging station and what range you’ll get until the next charge.

More on these aspects in the video below.

2020 Porsche Taycan specifications
2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Porsche Taycan 4S Porsche Taycan 4S Performance Plus
Electric motors power 616 horsepower (670 horsepower with overboost) 616 horsepower (750 horsepower with overboost) 530 horsepower 571 horsepower
Battery 93 kWh 93 kWh 79.2 kWh 93.4 kWh
0-60 mph 3 seconds 2.6 seconds 4.0 seconds 4.0 seconds
Top Speed 161 mph 161 mph 155 mph 155 mph
Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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