2019 Porsche Macan – A compact SUV with a Big Personality
The Porsche Macan is a compact SUV which promotes the Porsche reputation for creating some of the best driving, and road handling, cars on the market. The Macan is the perfect blend of SUV practicality, and the power and performance, of a 911. It's a driver's SUV, which will surprise anyone thinking it's a dull, bulky, slow SUV. It will even give most sports cars a good run for their money, around twisty bends.
The Macan first rolled off the production line back in 2014 and quickly became one of the most popular, best selling Porsche cars in the UK. The Macan delivered in almost every area and surprised all with its versatility and class-leading handling abilities. Porsche have given the Macan a mini-facelift with a new engine line-up and only subtle changes inside and out. Adding small improvements to what was already, a superb car.
The Macan leans more towards being a sporty road car than a full-blown SUV, which I believe is why it has so much appeal. It's available in three trim levels; starting with the Macan, then moving to the mid-range Macan S and finally the top-spec Macan Turbo. The base model Macan comes with a reasonable amount of kit as standard with more added, as you move through the trim levels. Porsche, as always, has a seemingly endless list of optional extras available, to personalise your Macan, but it can get expensive.
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Engine, Power and Performance
The Porsche Macan is now solely powered by a selection of petrol engines. Gone is the diesel engine and as yet, no word on a hybrid variation. As you would expect from a company famed for building fast sports cars, the performance of the Macan is impressive, no matter which version/engine you choose. All engines are mated to Porsche's seven-speed, dual-clutch, automatic transmission (PDK), which helps to channel power to the Porsche Traction Management AWD system.
The entry-level 'Macan' features a 2-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine, which develops 245hp and 370Nm of torque. This makes it capable of hitting 0-62mph in 6.7secs and climb to a top speed of 139mph.
Next up, is the mid-range 'Macan S' which comes with a 3-litre, turbocharged, V6 engine, developing 349hp and 480Nm of torque. It will get from 0-62mph in just 5.3secs and go on to a top speed of 157mph.
Last but not least, is the new top of the range 'Macan Turbo' which is fitted with a new 2.9-litre, twin-turbocharged, V6 engine. It will hit 0-62mph in an impressive 4.5secs and top out at 167mph. All this, thanks to the 434hp and 550Nm of torque, which the new engine generates.
The sublime AWD system, combined with electro-mechanical, power-assisted steering, helps make the Macan arguably the markets best-handling compact SUV and would embarrass many sports cars. The level of grip, stability and performance is quite breathtaking, regardless of the weather or road conditions.
Interior Quality and Technology
As expected, the inside of the Macan has high-quality materials and excellent build quality. Porsche has kept the dashboard design relatively simple and easy to use, which I prefer. There is a mixture of manual buttons for controlling basic operations like climate control and air-con, and the rest are through the touchscreen pad.
The driving position is superb. The clever design of the cockpit and seating position means you feel lower down, more like being in a sports car, not an SUV. Upfront, the driver's seat features 8-way electrical adjustment. The passenger seat is 6-way manually adjustable, and both seats come with 4-way manually adjustable headrests.
Each Macan comes with a new 10.9-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system with features such as Apple CarPlay. However, Android Auto is not included. You get the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, which includes online navigation (sat-nav) and voice control. There is also a standard ten-speaker sound system, which can be upgraded to a Bose surround sound system or even a top of the range Burmester. Other standard features include; a three-zone, automatic climate control system, with separate temperature setting and controls for the driver, front passenger and rear passengers. There are various other standard features and lots of optional extras available, to make the inside of your Porsche feel special.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The Macan is surprisingly spacious in the front, even for the tallest of occupants, including leg and headroom. In the back, however, it's a slightly different case. Tall passengers will find their knees brushing the back of the front seats, and the foot space for the central passenger is compromised, by the large transmission tunnels running centrally through the Macan.
There are various storage cubbies throughout the cabin, including door pockets front and back, cupholders front and back, a decent-sized glovebox and generous central cubby found under the front armrest.
The boot is spacious, not the largest in class range but not small either. The fairly square-shape makes loading suitcases easier, as will the standard powered tailgate, across all Macan models. It has a capacity of 500-litres and will rise to 1500-litres once the rear seats are folded down.
The Porsche Macan comes with a large selection of standard safety features and assists such as; Lane Departure Warning, Cruise Control including speed limiter and ParkAssist front and rear which includes parking sensors. There's a range of electronic stability and traction systems, to ensure the best levels of safety at all times, along with a multi-collision braking system. Porsche offer a variety of optional safety packages which includes; blindspot monitoring and autonomous emergency braking (AEB). All of these features helped the Macan achieve a top 5-star score at the Euro NCAP safety tests.
The Porsche Macan is a wonderful compact SUV and a joy to drive. It is slightly more expensive than most of its rival in class, but for me, it's well worth the money as you get one of the best driving and handling SUVs on the market. If you're in the market for a compact SUV and you like the thrill of driving, get down to your local dealer and take one for a test drive, you won't be disappointed.