2019 Porsche Macan Review | Asian Car Guide
June 2, 2020

2019 Porsche Macan Review

2019 porsche macan

Porsche has given its Macan mid-sized sport utility vehicle (SUV) an extensive update.

But looking at it from the front, you might find it hard to tell if it is the new model or the old one, despite the redesigned grille, intake apertures and headlamps, which are now, LED units.

It is more obvious to see that this is the new model from the rear. The latest model now has a unified LED light segment spanning the entire backside, along with a 3D encased Porsche logo, just like its big brother the Cayenne.

This is the car that allowed Porsche to bite off a much larger chunk of the luxury car pie by being a sport utility vehicle (SUV) that slots in under the Cayenne (which debuted around 2002 and became very popular) in size, whilst also being the least expensive car in Porsche’s line-up.

2019 porsche macan interiorThe Macan debuted around 2014, and proceeded to surpass the Cayenne in sales numbers, possibly because a smaller and therefore sportier SUV better suited the requirements of Porsche admirers.

Two models kick off the model range updates – the Macan and Macan S, priced at $81,400 and $97,500 (plus on-road costs), respectively.

The more powerful and sporty Macan GTS and Macan Turbo will follow later this year.

A 10.9-inch infotainment display replaces the previous 7.0-inch unit, gaining not just clearer graphics, but also voice control and Apple CarPlay integration.

An optional Sports steering wheel, with the sport response dial that is part of the Sport Chrono Package, is new for the Macan range.

There is a raft of driver-assistance functions, such as adaptive cruise control with autonomous braking. At speeds of up to 65kmh, there is a semi-autonomous steering function that helps the driver stay in his lane.

The base model Macan has an improved version of its previous 2.0-litre turbo engine, while the Macan S adopts the Audi/Porsche/VW 3.0-litre single twin-scroll turbo V6.

Both have a tad more power and they both have the seven-speed double-clutch PDK gearbox with all-wheel drive. At the national Press launch only the S model was involved.

Responsible for the enhanced dynamics of the Macan S are bigger wheels and tyres, along with lighter and stronger suspension components.

It is powered by the turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine delivering 260kW of power and 480Nm torque to all four wheels through the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The benchmark zero to 100kmh time is now 5.1 seconds,  0.1 second faster than before. This does not sound like much on paper, but it is hard to come back from driving this car without a smile on your face.

There is a sporty feel and performance that has not only mostly eluded the rest of the SUV packs, but also some of the sports cars out there.

The Macan is the most successful Porsche model to date. In the four years since it was launched, more than 350,000 units have been sold.

Reasons for this success are that firstly it is an SUV, which of course is very popular now, but then that this particular SUV behaves very much like a Porsche-badged car would be expected to.

Owning this is much more practical than a sports car, for everyday purposes, because you now have the room to carry the cargo and extra people that a 911, Boxster or Cayman can’t.

In other words, owning a Macan is more practical for general everyday use and less self-indulgent and limited than owning a 911 makes you, but also very special in its own Porsche way.

With remarkable enhancements in design, comfort and driving dynamics, the new Porsche Macan is envisaged to be even better-received than the previous generation.

2019 porsche macan side and rearPorsche covers the Macan for the first three years with unlimited kilometres travelled. Service intervals for the Macan are every 12 months or 15,000km.There is no capped-price or fixed-price servicing offered.

The main competitors in this segment would be – the semi-familiar Audi SQ5 (has the same engine), BMW X3 M40i and BMW X4 M40i (more power, but less incisive), maybe the Alfa Stelvio, then Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, Porsche’s closest competitor.

Porsche Macan /Macan S Specifications:

  • Price: $81,400/97,500 plus on-road cost
  • Engine: 2.0-litre 4 cylinder turbo / 3.0-litre V6 twin-scroll turbo petrol
  • Transmission: 7 speed double-clutch PDK All-Wheel Drive
  • Power: 185kW at 5.000 – 6800 rpm / 260kW at 5,400 – 6,400 rpm
  • Torque: 370Nm at 1600 – 4500 rpm / 480Nm at 1,360 – 4,800 rpm
  • Economy: 8.9 / 9.6 L/100 km (combined),
  • Tank 75 Litres
  • Dimensions mm:  4,696(L) 2,098(W), 1,624(H), 2,807(wheelbase),
  • Carrying capacity: 500/1500L with 40/20/40 folds rear seats
  • Weight kg: 1,865
  • Warranty: 3 years/unlimited kms, 3 year 24 hr roadside assist