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New Porsche Taycan 4S 2021 review

This 4S is the most affordable version of the Taycan EV – and it’s the best yet.


Porsche’s Taycan Turbo S was something of a game changer when it arrived but, at nearly £140,000, that blistering performance and ability didn’t come cheap. Now we’ve tried the more affordable (that’s a relative term) £83,580 Taycan 4S in the UK, to see whether this entry-level EV is the one to go for.



We’ll cut straight to the chase; it most certainly is, and for many reasons. Firstly, as we’ve already said, it’s so much more affordable than any other version in the line-up – but this doesn’t come at the expense of how the model drives.


The beauty of an electric car is that it delivers its performance in a big hit thanks to instant torque. While the 4S is less potent than its bigger brothers, it still produces 563bhp and 650Nm of torque (when fitted with our test car’s £4,613 Performance Battery Plus, which delivers more power, torque and range). This means despite its chunky 2,220kg kerbweight, with four-wheel drive, it’ll still leap from 0-62mph in four seconds flat thanks to launch control.


The 4S steers with a natural hunger for corners. It exhibits a precision and lovely weight, with our car’s £1,650 rear-axle steering coming alive in Sport Plus mode to really sharpen agility. Grip is strong, and in most situations the car generally feels lighter than its true kerbweight; the £1,052 Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus system acts with the electric motors to help turn the car.



One important facet of this EV that needs a little more development is range. While a claimed 257 miles for this exact spec (including optional wheels) isn’t too bad, small mainstream SUVs costing less than half as much manage more. Although they don’t match the Taycan’s performance, range could still be better for the money – we saw a predicted 220 miles from a full battery in cold conditions.


The Taycan offers very impressive charging capability, though, accepting up to 270kW in Performance Battery Plus trim. With a feed of this power, it’ll take only 23 minutes to go from a five to an 80 per cent charge.




Porsche Taycan 4S Performance Battery Plus




Two electric motors, 93.4kWh battery




Single-speed automatic, four-wheel drive


4.0 seconds

Top speed:



257 miles



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