4 out of 5 4.0
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The driver's SUV

Porsche Macan (14 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £49,745 - £66,735
Used price £23,780 - £78,980
Fuel Economy 23.5 - 28.0 mpg
Road tax cost £210 - £490
Insurance group 35 - 50 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Brilliant all-rounder
  • Excellent handling and ride
  • High-quality cabin

CONS

  • High list price and PCP rates
  • Equally high running costs
  • Expensive factory options

Porsche Macan rivals

BMW
X4
3.5 out of 5 3.5

Written by Murray Scullion on

Is the Porsche Macan any good?

The Macan is an SUV that errs on the side of sport, living up to Porsche's immense history of building fantastic performance cars. We'd even go as far as saying this small-ish SUV is as good to drive as many out-and-out sports cars. So yes, it is very good.

Because the Macan's engines go from tepid to scorching, it has a good number of rivals vying for your monthly payment. They include the Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X4, Jaguar F-PaceRange Rover Velar and Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

Read the Porsche Macan verdict

What's it like inside?

Despite being the junior Porsche, it's as premium as you'd hope for. Soft touch furnishings, dashes of alcantara, and healthy amounts of personalisation options make the Macan a great place to spend time.

Being a very sporty-SUV, you sit in figure hugging seats. To the right of you, you'll find the latest infotainment system, complete with 10.9-inch touchscreen. Look down from there and there's a new row of touch sensitive dials. Even after poking around for a while, you'll do well to find any cheap or nasty feeling materials.

The rear has enough room for two adults, while the boot is wide and flat. This is very much the Porsche aimed at people with small families.

Read more on the Porsche Macan interior

What's it like to drive?

The Macan's biggest selling point is the way it drives. The steering is sharp and direct, while the suspension generally does a good job of absorbing bumps in the road.

Even the base model is a hoot to punt down your favourite B-road, while top-spec GTS cars will keep up with most supercars on British roads. Air suspension isn't standard on all models, but it makes a huge difference if you regularly travel down rubbish roads.

Power depends on which engine you choose (more below), but base cars are ample for those wanting a quick SUV, while 'S' and 'GTS' models are for those who want a seriously fast one.

Read more on how the Porsche Macan drives

What models and trims are available?

There are three Macans to choose from. The base model is simply referred to as Macan. Next up is 'S', and top-spec is GTS.

Base model cars make do with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder making 265hp. 'S' cars get a 2.9-litre V6 with 380hp, while 'GTS' cars have the same V6, but it makes 440hp. These top-spec cars also get air-suspension as standard.

There are so many optional packs that you can spec most things for most models. The biggest differences are the engines, which aren't interchangeable. For instance, if you want the most powerful Macan, you'll need to choose a 'GTS' spec car.

What else should I know?

The Macan range was updated in 2021 to include a new front nose and infotainment system.

There's an electric Macan due in 2023. It shares very little with this Macan other than the name.

Porsche Macan rivals

BMW
X4
3.5 out of 5 3.5