Porsche Macan (2016-present)

Cross an SUV with a sportscar, and you end up with Porsche's Macan

Strengths & Weaknesses


Engaging steering and powerful engines make the Macan feel sporty
Spacious interior
Quiet and luxurious interior


Expensive to start off with
Adding equipment is costly too
The Macan is heavy

Porsche has switched from being a sportscar manufacturer to one that makes SUVs with a few sportscars on the side.

That's because the Macan and the larger Cayenne have been such a success. Both cars focus more on the sporty part of being an SUV (sport utility vehicle) but they do come with four wheel drive, which means that they can drive off-road: muddy fields shouldn't prove any obstacle.

The strength of the Macan is on the road, though, where it's more steady and precise than many conventional cars. It’s a joy to drive: agile in corners where it remains level rather than leaning. The steering is sharp and accurate, while there’s grip to spare in almost every circumstance that drivers will encounter.

The ride is firm, but not uncomfortable, especially if choosing the Comfort setting on the adaptive suspension, plus there’s an optional (but pricey) air suspension system that can adjust the ride height of the car – useful if you’re likely to use the Macan off-road.

The Macan also looks sporty, with hints of the 911 in its exterior styling, but there are some good-looking rivals (the Range Rover Evoque springs to mind) too. However, the other major differentiator compared to the competition is the interior. The Audi Q5 and BMW X3 both have impressive, stylish cabins, but the Macan takes its design from the Panamera saloon and larger Cayenne to upgrade premium to luxury. The array of buttons looks more Top Gun than Top Gear, but you find that they are useful and well-arranged once you've worked out what they do.

There is a slight compromise resulting from its sporty looks, in that some rivals might have more bootspace than the Macan – the Q5, X3 and Mercedes GLC are all more capacious – but 500 litres is still more than decent, while the space in the rear seats isn’t severely compromised, either.

Finally, an array of performance-oriented engines (and one built more for economy) means that there's nothing strange about this SUV wearing a Porsche badge.

Last Updated 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 07:30

Key facts 

36 months
Boot size: 
500 litres
Height : 
Tax (min to max): 
From G (£185) to K (£650 in first year and £295 thereafter)

Best Porsche Macan for... 

Porsche Macan S Diesel
A diesel engine in a Porsche would have been an anathema a few years ago, but this smooth, refined and powerful 258PS 3.0-litre unit offers power (0-62mph in 6.3 seconds), while 44.8mpg does nothing to undermine the Macan’s sporty character.
Porsche Macan S
The tried-and-tested 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine under the bonnet is quiet, but packs a hot hatch-beating punch when called upon – the 0-62mph sprint is dispatched in just 5.4 seconds – but also manages a reasonable 32.1mpg.
Porsche Macan Turbo
If you think the Macan S has a decent turn of pace, the Turbo version proves an even greater source of pleasure, as its 0-62mph time is a 911-rivalling 4.8 seconds – which is seriously rapid for a two-tonne SUV.
Porsche Macan
The base Macan is still a more-than-decent car, but a Porsche with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine is a little underwhelming compared to the rest of the range and this is unlikely to be the variant in great demand when second-hand.

Porsche Macan History 

  • April 2014 The first Porsche Macans go on sale

Understanding Porsche Macan car names 

  • Macan
  • Version
  • Version
    Unlike most other cars, you don't choose your engine separately from the trim level - which affects the level of standard equipment that you get. ThereInstead, there are different versions of the Macan, which come with a certain engine and standard options. These start with the basic Macan, followed by the more powerful and better-equipped Macan S, Macan S Diesel, Macan GTS and Macan Turbo.

Porsche Macan Engines 

The base Macan has a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged unit that is shared with numerous cars in the Volkswagen Group. Although revised for use in the Macan, it is essentially the same engine used in its Audi Q5 rival. Power has been uprated to 252PS (compared to 225PS in the Q5), making it capable of 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds (half a second faster than the Q5), or 6.5 seconds when the optional Sport Chrono package is added. Fuel consumption also improves, though, compared to its close relative, with 38.7mpg on the official combined cycle: CO2 emissions are 171g/km.
The Macan S employs a 340PS 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that feels as quick as the potency of the engine suggests, despite the weight of the car. So 0-62mph is accomplished in 5.4 seconds (5.2 seconds with Sport Chrono) and the on-road performance does feel as prodigious as the time suggests. The 32.1mpg fuel consumption isn’t desperately bad, either, plus the 207g/km CO2 emissions aren’t as bad as you’d expect from a two-tonne, petrol-fuelled SUV.
The Macan GTS uses the same engine as the S, but power is uprated to 360PS, which trims the 0-62mph sprint by 0.2 seconds, while fuel economy and CO2 emissions remain unchanged.
The sensible choice for buyers looking to take ownership of a Macan is the S Diesel, which employs a 3.0-litre V6 oilburning unit producing 258bhp to return a 6.3-second 0-62mph time. No slouch, the diesel Macan is still relatively quick, while the engine itself is quiet and refined, as befits one fitted to a luxury vehicle. As you’d expect, fuel economy is a significant improvement over petrol versions, rising to 44.8mpg, while CO2 emissions are just 161g/km.
The range-topping Macan Turbo uses a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine generating 400PS, which enables it to match serious sports cars from Porsche’s model line-up: a 0-62mph time of 4.8 seconds (4.6 with the Sport Chrono package), which is comparable with some 911 and Cayman variants.


Fuel economy


Acceleration (0-62mph)

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Macan S






Macan GTS






Macan Turbo






Macan S Diesel 






Porsche Macan Trims 

The range of standard-fit equipment isn’t limited but, as with most Porsches, much of the equipment is optional.
So every Macan comes with all-wheel drive, a PDK dual-clutch gearbox, a multi-function sports steering wheel with paddleshifters, electric tailgate, alloy wheels and an audio system – although the last two in this list vary depending on the version of the car you buy. Standard headlights are Halogen, with bi-xenon alternatives on the Turbo (or as an option on other variants), while all tail-lights are LEDs.
Inside, the interior is swathed in leather, while standard eight-way adjustable seats are upholstered in Alcantara, upgraded to adaptive sports seats on the Turbo. Two-zone climate control is available on all models.
In terms of infotainment, the base CDR Plus audio system uses a 7-inch colour touchscreen, with USB interface for smartphone connectivity. The Turbo features an additional Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system (an option on other versions), which adds navigation and a 40GB hard drive. Optional audio systems include one from Bose (with 14 speakers and a total output of 545 watts), or a top-of-the-range Burmester system with 16 speakers and a 1,000-watt output.
In terms of connectivity, the PCM enables online services to be accessed, or there’s a Porsche Car Connect option that makes it possible to access information and control vehicle functions remotely using a smartphone.
Also optional are a number of driver assistance systems, including lane assist, plus adaptive cruise control with active safety features that uses radar to help avoid rear-end collisions.

Porsche Macan Reliability and warranty 

The Macan wasn’t included in the 2016 Driver Power survey (the only Porsche model listed was the last-generation 911), but the German brand was placed seventh overall. Its reliability rating wasn’t as high, but with the low number of actual cars that participants reported on, that should not be taken as gospel. Indeed, in other similar surveys, with enough qualifying models, Porsche usually has a good showing, with reports of robust, durable products.
The Macan also uses a number of parts that are shared with other Volkswagen Group products, so there should be no real surprises.
The standard Porsche warranty is 36 months on all new vehicles.

Used Porsche Macan 

The Macan has been on sale for just over two years at time of writing and although used examples aren’t common, there are a number starting to filter on to the market. The good news for owners is that they seem to be holding their value very well. It’s not an exact science – thanks to the variations on the original price, due to buyers specifying different options – but a plethora of S Diesel examples are commanding prices in excess of the basic purchase price, despite having more than 20,000 miles on the clock.
Of course, while this is good news for owners, it’s not so good news for prospective used buyers, as the fact that prices are holding up suggests that there are few bargains out there. It might even be preferable to buy new – but don’t expect any deals there, either.