What's the used Porsche Macan 4x4 like?
The SUV is a naturally tall and heavy species – the antithesis of the light, nimble sports car. As a result, building a successful sports SUV is tricky, although not impossible as demonstrated by the marvellous Porsche Macan.
The larger Porsche Cayenne hinted that it was doable, of course, even if its sheer size and bulk held it back from being an out-and-out driver’s car. The smaller and lighter Macan, based as it is on the mechanical underpinnings of the splendid Audi Q5, then truly confirmed it. For the Porsche enthusiast who’d outgrown their two-seat Porsche Cayman, this was the next logical step. In the areas where Porsches traditionally shine, this Macan shines bright like a diamond.
There’s a range of punchy engines – no Macan is left wanting for speed – starting with a lively 249bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and encompassing a delicious 335bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 unit in the S, before stepping up to the tweaked and even quicker GTS and finally on to the range-topping 394bhp 3.6-litre Turbo version. Buyers with half an eye on economy can even opt for a surprisingly good 3.0-litre diesel that's potent enough to rocket the Macan from 0-62mph in just 6.3sec, yet abstemious with regards to fuel consumption.
As far as handling goes, the Macan sits among the best of the sports SUV breed, with accurate and well-weighted steering and plenty of grip. It rides well, too, and even the sportiest versions are reasonably refined.
Inside is an interior that lives up to the Porsche badge, with plenty of high-quality materials. It’s plush, rich and luxurious. The switchgear is chunky and nicely finished, the leathers are attractive and the fascia is very handsomely trimmed. The driving position is spot-on, too, and the infotainment system and its controls are all of a high order.
If the Macan has one flaw, it’s the surprising shortage of space for rear passengers, especially for their legs. In fact, sit behind a tall driver and there’s leg room fit only for the very smallest of small children.
If that one major obstacle doesn’t put you off the Macan, now might be a good time to seek out a used version. It’s been around since 2014, so there are now quite a few examples on the used car market, although, you won't be able to find a diesel model registered after 2018 since that model was curtailed then as part a rationalisation of the engine range.
In 2019, the Macan received a major facelift that updated the looks with a new full-width rear light bar, new bumpers and some new colours. Inside there's a bigger 10.9in infotainment system and there have been some tweaks under the bonnet, too. From here onwards there was a 242bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine, a 349bhp Macan S, and a mighty 434bhp Turbo model.
The Macan received more attention in 2021, with another minor facelift. The latest one introduced tweaked exterior styling and a reworked interior with the aim of keeping the Macan competitive against rivals.
Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Porsche Macan 4x4?
Many Porsche Macans will have been used as family SUVs, subjected to the give and take of supermarket car parks and urban rat runs. It may also have been used enthusiastically by drivers anxious to make haste through motorway and A-road traffic. Check the bodywork for scuffs picked up in the urban part of that predicament and make sure those expensive alloy wheels haven’t picked up too much damage from kerbs. Check the interior and the operation of the rear seats, because these will have been used to accommodate shopping and other family-related paraphernalia.
What are the most common problems with a used Porsche Macan 4x4?
Reports of consistent problems with the Macan are few, although some owners have had issues with non-engine electrics. There was a recall in the US to fix faulty fuel pumps, although this is not known to trouble European models. Others have reported engine warning lights coming on and some servicing work needed on the engine control units, but most problems have been fixed under warranty and within a week.
A faulty fuel connector could potentially allow fuel to leak out of examples made between 24 January 2014 and 26 October 2015. Speak with your Porsche dealer to find out if your car is affected and requires remedial work.
A problem with the brake servo on some cars built from 27 January 2014 and 10 April 2014 and could result in reduced assistance under light braking. A dealer will be able to let you know if your car is involved in this recall and will be able to check the servo for you, and even replace it free of charge if damage is found.
Front passenger airbag
The front passenger airbags of a small number of Macans constructed from 4 March 2014 and 20 October 2015 may not deploy in a collision, due to a faulty seat occupancy detector. Find out if your car is affected by speaking to your dealer, because a new sensor will need to be fitted.
Is a used Porsche Macan 4x4 reliable?
In our most recent What Car? Reliability Survey, the Macan impressively ranked first out of 11 cars in the luxury SUV class. As a brand, Porsche only came 19th out of 32 manufacturers, though.
What used Porsche Macan 4x4 will I get for my budget?
Both fortunately and unfortunately, Porsche Macans retain value well, hence you'll still need to pay quite a bit for even an early example. A figure of around £20,000 to £25,000 is the current starting point for a good, average to high-mileage Macan, bought privately or from an independent dealer. This will get you a 2014 or 2015 car with a full service history, and will most probably be the diesel version.
Up the ante to between £30,000 and £35,000 and you’ll snap up a good 2016 or 2017 car, of either the petrol or diesel variety, with a full history and reasonable mileage, while £36,000-£45,000 will get you into a 2018 or 2019 car as well as earlier examples of the super-quick Turbo models, all bought from an independent or franchised dealer and with a full history. Expect to pay upwards of £45,000 for a post-facelift 2020 car.
For a 2022 Macan, have at least £55,000 to spend. Finally, 2023 cars near a £60,000 used starting price.
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How much does it cost to run a Porsche Macan 4x4?
It’s the 3.0-litre diesel that’ll cost you the least to fuel, with a claimed average fuel consumption of 46.3mpg, recorded under the older NEDC testing regime. In our own True MPG tests, which echo real-world driving conditions, we actually returned an astonishing figure of 40.7mpg – exceptional for a heavyweight SUV and very close to the government's claimed figure. Naturally enough, the petrols don’t do so well, with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder car recording the next best claimed figure of 39.2mpg under the more generous NEDC tests. Expect to see around 32.1mpg from the S model and 29.1mpg from the turbo.
The latest post-facelift were all rated again under the later, tougher and more realistic WLTP regime that saw figures tumble. The 2.0 version claims an average 28.2mpg; S models consume 25.7mpg, while the most powerful turbo drops to 24.8mpg.
The diesel and smaller 2.0-litre petrol models aren't too bad for greenhouse gasses, emitting 161g/km and 185g/km of CO2, respectively, but everything else generates rather more. The S version chucks out 204g/km, while the top-of-the-range turbo emits the most at 224g/km.
All Macans cost in excess of £40,000 new, so those registered after April 2017 will attract an additional annual road tax premium. Those registered before that date all have fairly high CO2 emissions, so will be costly to tax, too. The current rate for petrol and diesel cars is £165 per year. The supplementary luxury car tax is currently £355 per year (for years two to five of the car's life).
Insurance groups range from 37 to 46, so there isn't a Macan that proves cheap to insure.
Servicing costs will be high, too, as will the price of spare parts. Servicing is required every two years or 20,000 miles.
Which used Porsche Macan 4x4 should I buy?
The entry-level 249bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine is shared with the other Volkswagen Group products, including the Audi Q5, although in the Porsche Macan it’s teamed with Porsche’s own seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The 335bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine in the Macan S is our favourite of the petrols. It’s punchy and refined, and revs progressively to its peaky redline. The GTS model has a slightly more potent version of the 3.0-litre V6 from the Macan S. It’s a little quicker, but can’t match the rabidly fast Turbo, which is blisteringly quick – think hardcore sports car rather than SUV – and yet still easy to mooch about in around town, being smooth-revving and refined.
The S Diesel feels very refined and quick. It’s also very smooth, with Porsche’s seven-speed PDK gearbox working wonders. If you’re after the best mix of performance and economy, it’s the one to go for. It went off sale in 2018, but used examples now represent the cheapest way into Macan ownership.
Our favourite Porsche Macan 3.0 Diesel S
What alternatives should I consider to a used Porsche Macan 4x4?
The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 is a ridiculously fast luxury SUV, with a sweet-sounding engine. It’s practical, too, with plenty of room inside. However, it’s not as good to drive as the Macan, despite its speed, and it’s also extremely thirsty.
A 2014-2022 Range Rover Sport is a quiet cruiser, with a classy and roomy interior and a comfortable ride. It offers seven seats – something the Macan can’t match – but it’s not as well made and neither is it as good to drive, especially if you’re an enthusiastic driver.