Apart from being such a large and heavy – therefore less prone to exit more traumatized from a frontal car crash – the Porsche Panamera comes with quite an impressive array of safety features in standard. Of course, it will probably never be tested at EuroNCAP or other crash testing organization, so we can only estimate how good (or bad) it would handle in a crash.
First of all, no less than eight standard airbags were scattered around the interior. Two frontal dual-stage airbags, two knee airbags (world's first), two side airbags for protecting the thorax and pelvic regions and last but not least two head-protecting curtain airbags which go from the front to the rear of the interior.
Second of all, the active safety features present are probably enough to keep the Panamera out of most accident situations, so that the passive safety features shouldn't even deploy. Apart from the anti-lock braking system, there's the Porsche Stability Management (PSM), which includes an automatic brake differential (ABD), anti-slip regulation (ASR) and engine drag torque control (MSR).
Still, don't feel safe? Well, there's not much else we can tell you besides the fact that the Panamera also has a rollover sensor like only some premium SUVs do. Pedestrians shouldn't fear this car at lower speeds either. Why is that? Well, the Panamera is also equipped with a pyrotechnically-assisted system that raises the rear portion of the engine hood in the event of a crash, which can help to reduce the risk of injury to any unfortunate individual to be run over by the car... Continue reading