The Porsche Macan is the most affordable Porsche-crested vehicle you can buy, but don’t discount its performance and fun-factor.
Everyone is talking about the upcoming Porsche Taycan EV, but that model wouldn’t exist without models like the Porsche Macan. Along with the Cayenne and to a certain extent de Boxster, the Macan is the cash cow at Porsche. It brings in the coin which can then be used to develop cars like the Taycan and the absurd yet justifiable number of Porsche 911 models.
Redesigned last year, the new Porsche Macan features a redesigned interior that’s more digital with a large center touchscreen and a few exterior improvements such as a new design for the LED headlights and a continuous LED strip comprising the rear taillights. In terms of size the Macan is roughly the same and offers just over 500 litres of cargo space in the back with all seats in place.
Two engines currently power the new Macan with a Turbo version expected late this year or early next year. The base Macan is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque while our Macan S tester came with a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 making 348 horsepower and 352 pound-feet of torque.
As was the case with the previous Macan, the gap between the base four-cylinder engine and the V6 is significant. It brings the Macan from a luxury compact SUV that’s nothing too special in terms of performance to a real straight-line rocket that jumps to 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds.
The sound isn’t bad at all either. It’s agressive without being overbearing or unnatural. As you take corners and get a feel for the new Macan, you quickly realize how “Porsche” it truly is. It feels connected to the road in kind of the same way a 911 feels connected to the road. I’m not saying it’s a 911 so please hold off on the hate mail, I’m just saying that it feels so dialed-in and solid like all Porsche’s do. Obviously it can’t follow a 718 or 911 around a track, but you can take a Macan S to the track and have fun. I’m not sure you can say the same about a GLC or an X3. Maybe the respective AMG and M versions.
In any case, Porsche models always feel different from their direct competitors in a good way. The Macan is no different. It feels more exclusive, sounds more exclusive, and handles more exclusive. The price does come along with that exclusive feeling, however, but it’s not as bad a discrepancy as you find with other Porsche models and their competitors.
For example, the Porsche Macan S starts at $63,600. Direct competitors like the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 and BMW X3M start at $62,500 and $62,950 respectively. Granted the interest rate on financing at the time of this writing is 6.75 % which means you will pay more per month than with either the BMW or the Mercedes-AMG. Moreover, Porsche options can add up like no other automaker, so ultimately your Porsche Macan S will be more expensive than the competition, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy one.
Why You Should Buy a 2020 Porsche Macan
1. Drives like a true Porsche. Tight and direct handling, fast accelerations (0 to 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds) and a sharp, solid feel that you won’t find in a BMW X3 or Mercedes-Benz GLC. Those two are fine, but the Macan is on a different level in terms of feeling and anybody who likes to drive will love it.
2. The interior feels luxurious and modern. The new Macan doesn’t get the fully digital centre console and the buttons on the centre divider remain physical buttons and not digital buttons like in the new Cayenne, but it still looks great and high-end.
3. The Porsche infotainment system, despite what you may have read, remains the easiest one to live with and deal with on a daily basis of any luxury automaker.
4. The sound of the Macan S is perfect. Not too loud, it never gets annoying while still adding to the overall driving pleasure.
5. Miami Blue, baby!
6. Back to how the Macan S drives, we can’t skip talking about the remarkable PDK automatic gearbox. Put the Macan S into its sportiest driving mode, and the gearbox gives you the fastest shifts you will find in this price range. Put it back into normal daily driving modes, and it’s refined and adds to the comfort. It always knows what it’s doing.
Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2020 Porsche Macan
1. It’s not as spacious as you may want your compact luxury SUV to be. The cargo area is on the smaller side and so is the rear passenger area. You can’t fit a child’s seat back there without moving the seat forward to install it and teenagers will start to feel cramped.
2. Porsche doesn’t mess around when it comes to options. You want Apple CarPlay and heated seats up front? You have to get the Premium package at $3,390 or pay $ 600 for the seats. Keyless entry is $910. Just Apple CarPlay is $410. Sure, this means that you can personalize your Macan to your exact specs, but there are things that shouldn’t be optional on a $60k vehicle and the items listed above are certainly prime examples.
The new Porsche Macan has the most personality and most soul of any compact luxury SUV. That does come with a price, but if you’re careful on the options and don’t need to finance, the price difference is more than made up for by the better quality and more enjoyable driving experience of the 2020 Macan. In other words, it’s worth it.