Crazy powerful twin-turbo V6. The 2020 Porsche Macan is available with three engine choices. The first two include single turbochargers, the third benefits from dual turbos.
The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that's good for 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. That's relatively slow for a Porsche model, and likely to be the engine you'd find in lease specials. More customers will opt for the quick spooling 3.0-liter turbo V6 with 348 hp.
For optimum power, the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine has an output of 434 hp. With its small footprint and relatively lightweight, this one is a true track star.
Regardless of engine choice, the Macan is fun to drive. It's agile with sharp and direct steering and a taut ride. Add-on features such as the adaptive dampers and air suspension only improve the experience.
The quality you expect. The Macan continues Porsche's unbroken string of the quality you'd expect in each of its models. It supplies a flowing, handsome look with high-quality materials evident throughout. As with other Porsche models, you'll find a near-endless roster of customization options.
Upgrades include various wood, aluminum, and carbon-fiber trim, as well as leather-wrapped surfaces such as the dashboard, center console, steering console, and even the under-seat storage. As for fit and finish, it is excellent.
Well equipped, but for a price. It's doubtful whether you'll find a minimally equipped Macan anywhere. Porsche builds many models customized to include many of the options customers want.
Even without the tempting upgrades, the Porsche Macan comes with many nifty features. These include a power liftgate, a 10.9-inch touchscreen, navigation, four USB ports, three-zone climate control, and power front seats.
The options list, in typical Porsche fashion, is massive. Available features include the Sports Chrono Package with adaptive dampers, an extra drive mode, and a lap timer, seat heaters, wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility, and a Burmeister audio system. When all is said and done, a base $52,000 Macan can give way to one costing more than $80,000.
Short on cargo space, safety. The Porsche Macan is a lot of fun to drive, but its nature results in a few compromises. It has seating for five passengers, but the rear seat is tight on space. We wouldn't recommend seating three in back outside of short trips. Cargo space is also lacking with just 17.6 cubic feet behind the rear seat. Some sedans offer nearly as much space in their trunks.
Furthermore, you won't find any standard active safety features outside of lane departure warning and front and rear parking sensors. As for crash testing, Porsche sells the Macan in low enough numbers that neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has tested this vehicle yet.
This isn't a family crossover, it's a polished performer with excellent handling. It should come as little surprise that back seat and cargo space get put on the back burner as a result.
Final thoughts. The 2020 Porsche Macan is a standout amongst small crossover SUVs. But you’ll pay the price too if you want to equip it to your heart's desire. We think any model that isn’t a four-cylinder is the way to go.
The Macan comes in priced lower than the Jaguar F-Pace, but higher than the BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. All three of these models are worth looking at.
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