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Porsche Macan (2014–)

Last updated 10 October 2018

Sublime handling even on rough British roads. Impressive performance from all engines. Excellent build quality. Practical family car. Now WLTP compliant.
Currently restricted to a 2.0 litre 245HP VAG EA888 engine and 7-speed DQ510 longitudinal DSG.
Updated 2 October 2018

New WLTP compliant Porsche Macan shown at Paris Motor Show. 4,696mm long x 1,923mm wide x 1,624mm high on 2,807mm wheelbase. 2.0 litre 4-cylinder EA888 engine developing 245HP and 370Nm torque....

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You might think the Porsche Macan is just a cash-in but there is a lot more to it than marketing.  For starters, it is a proper Porsche, with sports car handling provided by a physics defying body control, which gives huge amounts of grip and poise that contradicts the Macan's tall and upright styling. As a car for covering distance on British country roads it is sublime.

It’s practical too – as you would hope an SUV to be. It might not be the best in class, lagging behind rivals like the BMW X3, but there is enough space in the rear for adults to sit in comfort. The boot is a good size at 500 litres, plus it is a sensible shape and has no load lip so, despite being fairly high off the floor, it’s not too hard to get things in and out.

From the driver’s seat the Macan feels like a 911, with a very similar dashboard layout. It is beautifully finished too, with top-quality materials including plush, soft-touch leather and satin chrome details. But, like with other Porsche models, there is a confusing mess of buttons around the gear selector and on the centre stack, which can take a bit of getting used to.

The engine range includes a special-order only 2.0-litre petrol, although the performance doesn't really kick off until you reach the 3.0-litre, 258PS V6 in the S Diesel. This gets the Macan from 0-62mph in a hot-hatch worrying 6.3 seconds, thanks to a meaty 580Nm of torque, yet it offers reasonable claimed fuel economy of 44.8mpg.

The diesel is joined by a 3.0-litre V6 petrol that is quicker to 62mph, but noticeably less efficient. There is also a range-topping 3.6-litre V6 in the Turbo which offers seriously impressive pace, but at a high price and with distinctly unimpressive fuel economy. Still – 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds is not to be sniffed at.

All models come with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (which Porsche calls PDK) and all-wheel drive as standard, but despite off-road technologies like hill descent control the Macan is far more at home on the road. In fact, it is the best-handling SUV money can buy. It might be pricier than rivals, but if you like driving and your budget stretches far enough it is very easy to recommend. 

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