All Macans have a 'Sport' button that sharpens the steering, gearchange, throttle response and – if you’ve specified PASM adaptive dampers or air suspension – the suspension as well. With Sport on, it’s clear that Porsche has made the Macan 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, 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 even 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, which 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.