Porsche Macan review

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Porsche Macan
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10 Oct 2015 22:00 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:29

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Unlike the majority of its rivals, the Porsche Macan is an SUV that is designed to keep its driver entertained on the road. In fact, it's aimed at the sort of families who have outgrown a Cayman but who don’t want to give up the Porsche badge and the driving enjoyment that goes with it. Think of it as the best of both worlds – an enjoyable yet reasonably practical SUV.

Since its introduction in 2014, the Macan has become a huge seller for Porsche, giving buyers who don't fancy a larger SUV like Porsche's own Cayenne a more niche choice in this crowded market.

Granted, it will cost more to buy than most rivals, but it will also be worth a lot more than those same rivals when the time comes to sell the car on.

Finally, of course, there’s the cachet of having the word 'Porsche' on the tailgate of your SUV. You might want to keep the fact that the Macan shares much of its internal parts with the previous-generation Audi Q5 quiet, though.

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Does the Macan do enough to justify its price tag and should you really consider one next to better-value rivals? Read on over the next few pages to get our in-depth impressions, along with our recommendations for trim levels and engines.

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There are 6 trims available for the Macan 4x4. Click to see details.See all versions
MACAN
Gets 18in alloy wheels, part-Alcantara seats, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, front and rear climate control, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and a powered tailgate. Also i...View trim
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Adds a sportier look compared with the standard Macan, but the main reason for buying this over the standard version is the better-performing 3.0-litre engine...View trim
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GTS
GTS models get even sportier exterior looks, including 20in wheels. Other upgrades are Porsche Active Suspension Management adaptive dampers, a sports exhaust, brushed aluminium interior trims and...View trim
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Although the Turbo models weirdly drop back to 19in wheels, they get more kit over the GTS, including upgraded electrically adjustable front seats with memory function and lumbar support, full leat...View trim
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Turbo Performance
At the top of the range sits the Turbo Performance Package. It’s mainly about higher performance, so you get the Sport Chrono Package with more focused driving modes and launch control, more power...View trim
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