- Brilliant all-rounder
- Very fast
- Great handling
- High-quality cabin
- Expensive options
- High list price
- Running costs
This is the all-new Porsche Macan – a car which the German firm hopes will enable it to capitalise on the resounding success of the larger Cayenne off-roader.
What the company promises is the quintessential SUV – or Sports Utility Vehicle – and that’s exactly what the Macan (pronounced ‘Mac-aan’) delivers. It’s a storming sports car in its own right, yet manages to provide the utility aspect with its generous boot and genuine off-road ability.
It’s set to be a very popular car, and testament to that is the fact that at the time of writing, and ahead of the car’s April on-sale date, Porsche has already taken 50,000 orders. If you walk into a dealership today and pay a deposit, you’ll have to wait 12 months for delivery. These cars are built to order, and thanks to the huge amount of optional extras on offer it’s unlikely you’ll find many cars of identical specification.
Three engines, great handling
There’s a choice of three engines on offer from launch. Performance aficionados will hanker after the Turbo, which is capable of covering 0-62mph in just 4.6 seconds if you’ve picked the optional Sports Chrono pack.
If that’s a little bit too extreme, you also have the option of a smaller 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine in the Macan S. This one doesn’t gain much in the way of running costs though, so seems slightly out of place for the UK market.
Those after a more long-range cruiser will want to investigate the excellent Macan S Diesel, which also uses a 3.0-litre V6 but returns far better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. It’s still not the final word in cheap motoring – this is a Porsche, after all – but it represents a major step in the right direction.
We’re expecting a four-cylinder diesel engine and a hybrid version to join the range soon, so if you’re looking for lower-still ownership costs then it may be worth waiting.
Equipment and extras
The list of standard equipment for Macan S and S Diesel models is fairly long, and the significantly more expensive Turbo version gets loads more on top.
We doubt you’ll find many standard cars though. The long list of optional extras is something pretty much every Macan buyer is going to investigate. Pick your paint, your interior material and colour, your alloys – then it’s on to labour-saving safety systems like blind spot detection and lane-keeping assist. Like listening to music? You’ll need an audio system upgrade, sir.
If you’re a keen driver wanting to have some fun on a back-road, the torque vectoring system is a sensible addition.
Air Suspension is another thing worthy of serious thought – it will not only adapt to the conditions but you can set it to a sporty set-up or even drop the rear of the car to make it easier to load.
Of course, driving enthusiasts are also likely to spec the Sport Chrono pack to ensure they’ve got the fastest car.
There isn’t a lot around that you could consider a true rival to the Macan. While Audi’s SQ5 is a consideration, it’s not in the same league when it comes to outright performance. Ditto anything from the Land Rover stable or BMW’s range of crossovers. In Turbo form it’s priced to take on super-saloons too, but has its own attributes which set it apart from that crowd.
So for now, read on for our comprehensive Porsche Macan review to see why it’s in a class of its own.