Several years ago, Porsche was looking for a way to expand its market. Casting about for solutions, the company had many options on the table. Even though the world is inundated with three-box saloons, building another was a viable option…safe and proven. In the end, a decision was made to move into the luxury hatchback realm. At the time, there were few contenders in the market. Since the first Panamera rolled off the assembly line, the Tesla Model S and Audi A7 have joined the ranks, though. Despite the added competition, the Panamera is able to stand out. Larger than the A7 and far more luxurious than the Model S, the Panamera is a valid contender when put up against the Audi A8, BMW 7-series, and Mercedes-Benz S-class.