All Macans have a Sport button that sharpens the steering, gearchange, accelerator response and – if you’ve specified air suspension or PASM adaptive dampers – the suspension. With Sport on, it’s clear that Porsche has made the Macan one of the best-handling SUV you can buy. Even when judged against the most dynamically proficient cars in the class, such as the Jaguar F-Pace, the Macan shines, feeling utterly planted and keen to turn in to bends, with confidence-inspiring steering and good body control. Bear in mind that it’s all relative, though; while a Macan is great for a tall SUV, any notion that it handles like a sports car – or a well-set-up saloon, for that matter – is erroneous.
If you plan on taking the Macan off the Tarmac, then you’ll be pleased to know that it has a standard Off-Road button, regardless of model, that adjusts the traction control settings and gearbox (and sets air suspension to its highest ride height if you’ve added it) for optimal off-road handling. Hill descent control is also standard, so the car will maintain a steady speed down steep, muddy hills.