New for 2015The Porsche Macan is an all-new model introduced for 2015.
Vehicle OverviewThe Porsche Macan is a sporty two-row crossover that features a pair of twin-turbocharged V-6 engines, in what is one of the world’s sharpest handling SUVs. The Macan sits below the larger Cayenne in Porsche's two-SUV lineup.
SummaryThe 2015 Porsche Macan S is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that produces 340 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque, and sends power to all four of the wheels. The Macan S uses the excellent seven-speed PDK, found across the Porsche lineup, and achieves an EPA-estimated 17/23 mpg city/highway. The ultimate in smaller SUV performance from Porsche comes in the Macan Turbo, which employs a pair of turbochargers and a 3.6-liter V-6 to produce 400 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, which also used the PDK and is good for an EPA-estimated 17/23 mpg. Performance is outstanding, with the Macan S taking 5.2 seconds to reach 60 mph, or just 5.0 seconds with Sport Chrono, and the Turbo doing the same in 4.6 and 4.4 seconds, respectively.
Despite the Macan’s sporting mission, it strives to make sure passengers are comfortable, with heating/ventilation for the front seats, a heated steering wheel, heating for the rear seats, a seven-inch infotainment screen, Bose or Burmester premium sound systems, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic roof system, and thermally/noise insulated glass. Also included are a suite of modern safety features with lane change assist (blind spot monitor), lane keep assistance, park assist (distance sonar), and a surround view camera system with a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the Macan.
The 2015 Porsche Macan has not yet been tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.
What We ThinkThe 2015 Porsche Macan is a compact crossover that combines the seating position and packaging buyers want in an SUV, with the sportiness associated with the automaker. The base platform may be sourced from the Audi Q5, but the end product couldn’t be more different. A pair of twin-turbocharged dry-sump engines provide thrust, and plenty of it. In a Driven review of a 2015 Porsche Macan we said, “With 406 lb-ft of torque, the Turbo flies into the stratosphere, its body screwed down like a pickle jar. Attacking autobahn and country lanes alike, the Turbo seems bored by any curve not taken flat-out.”
In that same review we took the Macan through an off-road course where “the Macan’s hill descent control and 9.5 inches of air-lifted maximum ground clearance let it traipse over hills, obstacles, and 40-degree pitches with ease.” Very few Macans will ever venture off-road, so we also took it to a track. When pushed on a track, the Macan’s brakes were the first to wave the white flag, making the Carbon Ceramic brakes a must if you have miles of twisty pavement between you and the places you visit regularly. Like the popular Cayenne, the Macan is big business for Porsche, but one that doesn’t compromise the image of sports-car-builder.
- Feels better on the street than the track
- PDK and twin-turbo V-6 power
- Plenty of sport and luxury
You Won’t Like
- Standard brakes could use an upgrade if you're an aggressive driver
- Can get pricey with options
- No base model with better fuel economy
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