2017 Porsche Macan Review - Asian Car Guide
January 24, 2018




2017 Porsche Macan Review

2017 Porsche Macan Review

2017 Porsche Macan Road Test and Review…

Over recent years SUV’s have become increasingly more popular, so all car makers turned attention to catering for this demand.

Porsche started with the Cayenne in 2002, which had great success, then extended to the compact SUV sector with the Macan, debuting in 2014.

Porsche’s sister company Audi’s Q5 was a base to proceed from, but Porsche developers modified virtually everything about it to fulfil their own vision and image of what their brand stands for and should offer.

The smaller SUV has proved to be Porsche’s biggest selling car, and combined SUV sales made up about two thirds of total Porsche sales in 2016, with Macan about 1.4 times Cayenne sales.

2017 Porsche Macan Review

This is possibly because the Macan is cheaper, but also being smaller and lighter it’s more sporty, so closer to the Porsche image, offering more everyday practicality than a 2 seat, cramped sports car, but giving the real performance you would want a Porsche car to have.

Some rivals would be an AMG Mercedes GLC, Jaguar F-Pace, or BMW X3.

This compact SUV inherits the stylised and athletic Cayenne bodyline but is somewhat smaller (about 16cm in length, 8cm height).

The design is muscular and dynamic with front fascia strongly influenced by the 911, this aluminium wrap around extending beyond the sides to blend into the wide wheel arches.

Porsche‘s Macan differs from its sports cars by having the engine in front, and of course seating 4 people and having good cargo space.

It is also probably safer in a crash.

From outside little distinguishes the base Macan from others in the range, but all feature active four-wheel drive and turbocharging.

They all also progress from the single turbo 2 Litre 4 cylinder basic ‘Macan’ model, to 3 Litre double turbo V6 ‘S’ (petrol or diesel) and same motor tweaked for better performance ‘GTS’, to 3.6 Litre V6 top of range ‘Turbo’ model, (with optional Performance Package).

The Macan’ s side profile is distinguished by shallow raked A-pillars extending into a low roofline connecting with the rear windscreen to create a coupe like effect.

An outstanding feature of the new Macan is 3D LED tail lamps, giving a distinctive profile at night.

Inside, the Macan differs from other SUVs with lower slung driving position, familiar from the 911 range.

The interior layout just feels special with richness in materials used, accentuated even further by tasteful chrome highlights.

The three spoke steering wheel Porsche says was inspired by the flagship 918 supercar feels good with its comfortable diameter providing excellent grip.

Whilst interior build quality is unquestioned, maybe the cockpit style layout centre console could intimidate, with its large bank of buttons that operate many vehicle functions, but it means only having to push one button, less eyes-off-the- road time, instead of wading through display menus.

The 7-inch screen shows standard-fitted reversing camera video and controls music from no less than 11 speakers.

The rear of the Macan is reasonably spacious, 500 litres available with seats up, expanding to useful 1,500 litres with 40:20:40 split-folded rear seats down, with power-operated tailgate.

The Macan has good off-road ability (untested by us), with greater ground clearance and approach/departure angles than Audi’s Q5, and an Off-Road mode.

The Macan Turbo Performance Package model outputs decent 324kW power and 600Nm torque from 1,500rpm.

Courtesy of turbo charging, power is efficiently and usefully spread throughout the lightning fast seven speed PDK dual clutch auto gearbox range.

Century sprint is 4.6 sec, 0.2 seconds faster than the basic Turbo, which considering weight of 1925kg is pretty impressive.

The car feels most alive in Sports mode where throttle and steering are sharpened while fixed rate dampers are unaffected.

2017 Porsche Macan ReviewThrough bends the Macan feels every bit as involving as other products in the Porsche range.

Steering is sharp and accurate and the SUV willingly flows smoothly from bend to bend with terrific grip.

Firm suspension means there is remarkably little body roll negotiating bends, and despite this damping is dutifully controlled and comfortable.

There is really a lot to admire about this car, incredibly comfortable and refined, ample power to match its functionality is hard to ignore.

At $143,500 plus on road cost, the Macan Turbo Performance Package is a special breed to raise eyebrows and turn heads offering buyers a sort of cheeky differentiation both satisfying and boastful while constantly reminding you just what an impressive feat of engineering this mean machine really is.