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Porsche Macan review

Cost & verdict
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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Porsche Macan 4x4 running costs

All Macan models are fairly expensive to buy next to key rivals, because Porsche doesn’t offer discounts. Resale values are among the best in class, though. Servicing and insurance costs are also slightly higher than those of other luxury SUVs and, with no diesel in the range, don't expect particularly great fuel economy from any of the engines; the 2.0-litre unit is claimed to be capable of up to 39.2mpg, but the best we saw was low to mid-30s. At least in our experience the V6 powered S isn't much thirstier on a motorway run, at least if you're gentle on the accelerator pedal that is.

The Macan’s CO2 emissions, while competitive given its performance, are high and, combined with costly list prices, bump up benefit-in-kind tax payments for company car users.

Porsche Macan 4x4 equipment

You get a fair bit for your money with the Macan, including 18in alloy wheels, a powered tailgate, cruise control, part-Alcantara seats (with eight-way electric adjustment on the driver’s side), three-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, sat-nav, Apple CarPlay, lane departure warning, power-folding door mirrors and automatic lights and wipers.

S trim doesn't really add any extra kit, just sportier styling, different wheels and the V6 engine under the bonnet. If you want more kit, you’ll have to delve into the very long options list.

2019 Porsche Macan infotainment

Porsche Macan 4x4 reliability

The Macan proved to be one of the most reliable luxury SUVs in our latest survey, outperforming all but the BMW X5. However, Porsche as a brand ranked in the lower half of the table, coming 23rd out of 31 manufacturers.

While the Macan's three-year guarantee might look average, it is at least an unlimited-mileage policy.

Porsche Macan 4x4 safety and security

All Macan models come with six airbags, including head and side airbags for the front passenger and driver, and curtain airbags that offer head protection to both front and rear occupants. They also have a tyre pressure monitoring system, hill hold assist (so you don’t roll backwards on a hill start) and the full range of electronic traction and stability aids.

In addition, there’s a system that senses if you’ve just had a collision but are still moving; it automatically activates the brakes to try to stop you from rolling into the path of another accident. Lane departure warning is standard, while lane-keeping assistance and blindspot monitors are on the options list.

Sadly, automatic emergency braking isn’t standard. Some city cars get this important feature, which can help prevent a front end collision with cars, pedestrians and even large animals, so it being optional on a luxury SUV is a disappointment.

An alarm and immobiliser are standard, and Thatcham Research awarded the Macan a high rating for prevention of theft and protection from break-ins.

 

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Verdict

All the pace and handling you'd want from a sporty SUV, but there are roomier options

  • Punchy performance
  • Superb handling for an SUV
  • High-quality interior
  • Not enough rear-seat space
  • Important safety kit optional
  • Expensive to buy and run
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Macan (2014 version)
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S (2014 version)
Adds a sportier look compared with the standard Macan, but the main reason for buying t...View trim
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GTS (2014 version)
GTS models get even sportier exterior looks, including 20in wheels. Other upgrades are...View trim
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Turbo (2014 version)
Although the Turbo models weirdly drop back to 19in wheels, they get more kit over the...View trim
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Turbo Performance (2014 version)
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