What Car? says...
Unlike most SUVs, the Porsche Macan is designed to appeal to keen drivers. In fact, it's aimed at buyers who've outgrown a Cayman but don’t want to give up the Porsche badge or the driving enjoyment that goes with it. Think of it as the best of both worlds – a car that's fun but also practical.
Since its introduction the best part of a decade ago, the Porsche Macan has become a huge seller for its maker. It's a smaller and more affordable option than the Stuttgart brand's other SUV, the Porsche Cayenne.
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Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
The entry-level Porsche Macan and the Macan T are powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine with 261bhp. The T can officially do 0-60mph slightly quicker (5.8sec vs 6.0sec), but that's purely because it has a launch control function (part of the Sports Chrono Pack) fitted as standard. On the move, both build speed at the same rate and are quick enough for most buyers.
Whichever engine you choose, you get a brilliant seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox (called PDK) as standard, although you can take manual control using the paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.
Suspension and ride comfort
The suspension set-up varies depending on which version you go for, but the Macan is a relatively sporty choice in all its guises. In short, don't expect ride comfort that will rival a Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
For those who plan to take their Macan off the beaten track, there's an 'off road' button. When you press it, the car adjusts its traction control settings and gearbox (and sets the air suspension, if fitted, to its highest ride height) for optimal off-road handling. Hill-descent control is also standard, so the Macan can maintain a steady speed down steep, muddy hills. The Land Rover Discovery Sport is still far more capable off the beaten track, though.
Noise and vibration
For all its sportiness, the Macan is a pretty relaxing cruiser. The engines are hushed on the motorway and wind noise is well suppressed. That said, there is noticeable tyre roar at higher speeds – especially with 21in alloys – and on certain road surfaces you’ll also hear some suspension noise.
On the open road, the automatic gearbox is very slick, delivering near-imperceptible changes at precisely the right moment, although it can be a bit jerky at parking speeds. The well-judged brake pedal helps make the Macan easy to drive smoothly and contributes to its upmarket feel.
- Yes. Although Porsche finished a lacklustre 25th out of 30 brands in our most recent What Car? Reliability Survey (2021), the Macan was one of its better performing models. It was the most reliable luxury SUV aged up to five years old, with an impressive 97.9% score.Read more here
- The Porsche Macan currently relies on petrol engines with outputs of between 261bhp and 434bhp, but the next-generation Macan will be a fully electric car. The electric Macan is due to go on sale in 2023 and will be sold alongside the current model. There is no hybrid engine option. Read more about the Macan’s engines here
- The Porsche Macan sounds and feels much more special if you go for one of the models with a six-cylinder engine, rather than the entry-level, four-cylinder car. We’re particularly keen on the GTS, but if you can’t stretch to that, the cheaper S is a very good alternative.Read more here
- There’s a big price jump from the Porsche Macan S to the GTS, but then it does bring a lot of desirable extras, including 18-way powered seats with adjustable lumbar support, a sports exhaust, adaptive dampers, air suspension and a lowered ride height that improves handling. The GTS also produces 434bhp to the S’s 375bhp. Read more here
- All Porsche Macans have a 10.9in infotainment touchscreen that responds quickly to prods and is well positioned. That said, it’s still more distracting to use while driving than the dial-operated iDrive system you get in the BMW X3. Read more here
- The Porsche Macan’s boot is comparable with those of most rivals, offering 500 litres of space, which is enough to take eight carry-on suitcases. The rival Audi Q5 goes one better – literally – swallowing nine cases. Read more here
|RRP price range||£51,040 - £68,170|
|Number of trims (see all)||4|
|Number of engines (see all)||3|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||25 - 28|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£3,624 / £4,891|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£7,248 / £9,783|