I take another look into the rear seats. The idea is to see what getting in feels like, especially without hitting my head. The gently sloping lines of the roof and the rear side windows remind me spontaneously of a 911.
Surprise: in spite of being 1.88 m tall (6,17”) and having a cap on my head, I sit in the back in a deep, but very comfortable position. There’s some space between the top of my head and the glass roof.
Legs and feet get enough space. One reason for this is the so-called "foot garage". It was created by a recess in the battery pack, as the development engineers around let me know.
The Taycan is a five seat, fastback sedan, roughly the size of the Panamera. Based on its size and form factor, this can really be considered the first really direct competitor to Tesla’s Model S. I slid my five-foot-eleven inch frame into the right rear seat behind similarly tall Robert Sorakanich from Road&Track and had plenty of leg room. Despite having to wear a racing helmet I had plenty of head room once inside although getting through the door opening was a bit awkward as usual in such circumstances.
It's a Four-Seater Sedan for a Reason, and Not Simply an Electrified Panamera
Meier says the sedan configuration was chosen because the Taycan needs to sell in high enough volumes to meet worldwide regulatory requirements that a sports-car could never achieve. But Porsche was determined not to lead with a SUV because it wanted its first EV to be as dynamic as possible.
However, it's not simply an electrified Panamera. The Taycan is a size-class smaller, with aggressively sloped hood- and rooflines. In fact, sitting in the passenger seat, the hood appeared to plunge faster than that of the new mid-engine Corvette we sat in recently. And the Taycan has a trunk versus the Panamera's hatchback because the space required to package the hinges on a hatch would've either negatively impacted rear visibility or raised the roofline.
Rear-seat legroom in the Taycan is quite generous, although the top of this six-foot-five evaluator's head was just brushing the optional glass roof in the car we rode in; Meier says that the rear-seat headroom is about an inch less than the Panamera's. Part of its rear-seat spaciousness was enabled by strategically removing two of the battery pack's 33 individual modules from the area where rear passengers' feet reside, dropping the floor there more than three inches. As passengers slide their feet further under the front seats, though, they'll notice a steep ramp back up to the floor height found in the rest of the cabin.