A Sports Utility Vehicle in every sense
- Brilliant all-rounder
- Excellent handling
- Comfortable ride
- Very fast
- High-quality cabin
- High list price
- Equally high running costs
- Expensive options
Following the huge success of the Cayenne, Porsche introduced the smaller Macan to appease the hordes of buyers wanting a premium SUV in a more compact package.
It’s an SUV in every sense of the word – it’s a genuinely spacious family car – but lives up to the Sport billing, taking advantage of the firm’s immense history of building fantastic performance cars. The Macan certainly doesn’t drive like most family SUVs.
Rivals for the Macan include the Mercedes-Benz GLC, which also offers a variety of powertrains, the BMW X4, Jaguar F-Pace and Range Rover Velar. Sports Utility Vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, and the Macan is one of the more striking.
What’s more, while the Macan is a storming sports car on one hand, its generous boot and genuine off-road ability make it a contender for being one of the very best all-rounders out there.
Strong engines and fine handling
Performance fans are well catered for with the Macan, but there’s a good cross-section of engines available to suit a variety of buyers’ needs.
The range kicks off with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol, but a silky-smooth 3.0-litre V6 Macan S Diesel was also available if you’ve got an eye on economy and something that’s better suited to long-distance cruising. However, this was dropped from the range in early 2018.
If you want faster Macan models, there are 3.0-litre V6 Macan S and GTS models, as well as 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 Turbo at the top of the range, with the option of upgrading further to the Performance Package.
All Macans demonstrate that a raised ride height doesn’t necessarily mean it handles like an off-roader should. The Macan offers sweet handling that belies its size.
Equipment and extras
All cars come with a healthy standard kit list, but as is the way with Porsche, it’s exceptionally easy to add extra equipment from the options list.
The long list of optional extras is something every Macan buyer is going to investigate. Pick your paint, your interior material and colour, your alloy wheels – then it’s on to labour-saving safety systems like blindspot 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 the boot.
Of course, driving enthusiasts are also likely to spec the Sport Chrono Pack to ensure they’ve got the fastest car.
What this demonstrates, though, is how tempting it can be to add extra kit to your Macan, and the options list here only scratches the surface. You can personalise so many aspects with extra bits of kit that it could be easy to almost double the cost of the car.
The Parkers Verdict
Owning a Porsche Macan will be a special thing for most buyers, such is its breadth of talent. However, it’ll also satisfy owners as a genuinely talented family car with good interior space, a quality feel and big boot.
If you want to take it on a track, it’ll entertain, and if you want to take it off-road, it’ll get you further than a lot of other cars of this type. But for most it’ll remain on road which is where it’s especially talented.
The only black marks are the expensive list price and associated running costs, but with a Porsche badge on the front, that comes with the territory.
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