In the Indonesian language, Macan means tiger. What a fitting designation for Porsche’s first foray into compact crossover SUV territory. Based upon the Audi Q5 and introduced for 2015, Macan brings Porsche’s brand of high-level motoring to a segment that’s often viewed as bland. Competing against such premium crossovers as the BMW X3, the Macan promises dazzling acceleration, exceptional agility, and impeccably precise steering. It’s a Porsche, after all.
What's New for 2016
Not much has changed for the 2016 model year. Tri-zone climate control is now standard, and a rear-seat entertainment system is available. Lock/unlock buttons on the doors have been reversed, and front-seat headrest covers are redesigned.
Choosing Your Porsche Macan
To develop the Macan, designers borrowed and adapted a number of design elements from Porsche sports cars, highlighted by a wraparound hood and gently sloping roof. In the Macan S, front and rear seats are trimmed in leather and Alcantara, and a Piano Black interior package is standard. The Macan Turbo gets brushed aluminum and smooth-finished leather seat upholstery. The sizable trunk holds 17.7 cubic feet of luggage. Bi-xenon headlights have dynamic leveling. Integrated foglamps and LED taillights are installed. Front occupants have knee airbags, and full-length side-curtain airbags with rollover sensing.
Macan S holds a twin-turbo 3-liter V6 engine developing 340 horsepower, driving a seven-speed double-clutch transmission. Active all-wheel drive is standard, with an electronically controlled, multi-plate clutch. A Macan S can accelerate to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds (5 even with the optional Sport Chrono package). That acceleration figure dips to 4.6 and 4.4 seconds, respectively, with the Macan Turbo, whose 3.6-liter V6 generates 400 horsepower. With either engine, expect to get about 17 mpg in city driving and 23 mpg on the highway (19 mpg combined), according to EPA estimates.
Two trim levels are offered: Macan S and Macan Turbo.
Considering the eye-popping price of the 400-horsepower Turbo, most buyers are sure to settle for the Macan S, with its still-bountiful 340 horses. Either way, you’ll probably pay full MSRP, since vehicles of this sort have waiting lists.