Our 2023 Porsche Macan Review

By Libby Foster
Our 2023 Porsche Macan Review
The Porsche Macan is made to appeal to experienced drivers, unlike other SUVs. In actuality, it's designed for customers who have outgrown a Cayman but don't want to part with the Porsche name or the fun of driving a Porsche. Consider it the best of all worlds: a vehicle that is entertaining and useful at the same time. Porsche has sold a tonne of the Porsche Macan since it first appeared roughly ten years ago. It is a less expensive and more compact alternative to the Porsche Cayenne, the other SUV from the Stuttgart brand.

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Porsche Macan Drive 

A 2.0-litre petrol engine with 261 horsepower powers the standard Porsche Macan and the Macan T. Officially, the T can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 6.2 seconds as opposed to 6.4 seconds, but this is solely because it comes standard with a launch control feature from the Sports Chrono Pack. Both vehicles have enough low-down power when moving, building speed at the same rate and being swift enough for the majority of drivers.

If you're a true power freak, you should choose the Macan S or GTS. The S has 375 bhp while the GTS has 434 bhp; both are powered by a 2.9-litre V6. By using launch control, the GTS manages to reach 62 mph in an astounding 4.3 seconds from a complete stop. The Macan has an appropriate sports SUV pace thanks to the V6 engines, which are significantly more powerful than the 2.0-litre.

Whichever engine you select, a fantastic seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (referred to as PDK) is included. Nevertheless, you can also switch to manual mode by utilising the paddles positioned behind the steering wheel.

Porsche Macan Interior 

It's simple to customise your driving position in the Porsche Macan thanks to its eight-way electrically adjustable driver's seat and height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel. The driving posture is more comfortable than in the Audi Q5 and the seat may be adjusted to give you a pseudo-sports-car feel. Of course, if you want a commanding perspective, you can jack up the seat.

A 10.9-inch touchscreen and a 10-speaker, 150-watt sound system are standard on all Macan models. Furthermore featured are a DAB radio, Bluetooth, and a sat-nav. A disappointment is that Android Auto isn't supported, along with several internet services and smartphone mirroring for Apple CarPlay (so you can use your iPhone's apps on the screen). As an alternative, a 14-speaker Bose stereo is offered.

Porsche Macan

When touched, the screen reacts promptly and with clarity. However, the operating system requires some getting used to due to the abundance of choices, and some of the smaller icons can be challenging to press precisely while driving. Rotary dial-controlled systems, like the iDrive system in the BMW X3, are, in our opinion, safer and easier to use.

Porsche produces some of the best interiors available, and the Macan is no exception. Although the Audi Q5 is right up there too, the materials seem quite high-quality and are well-assembled all around.

Porsche Macan Space 

Even very tall drivers won't feel at all cramped in the front of the Porsche Macan, despite its svelte appearance. Just in front of the armrest, there are two fixed cupholders, and there are two USB-C connections in a cubby under the armrest. It's the ideal location for storing your phone, and you can choose a wireless charging smartphone holder.

The Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 both offer more rear legroom than the Macan does. A third passenger seated in the middle will need to straddle a large transmission tunnel in the floor, and lanky travellers may find their knees brushing the seat in front. Although there is adequate headroom in the outer seats, six-footers will still fit there comfortably. There is also plenty of storage space and a few cupholders in the centre armrest.

Loading the Macan is simple because the boot floor sits flush with the load lip. Although other competitors, such as the Q5 and X3, can accommodate a little bit more luggage, the Macan's load bay is a practical square form, you will be able to fit eight carry-on suitcases underneath the parcel shelf.

Our Verdict 

Above all, sports SUVs need to be enjoyable, and the Porsche Macan more than meets this need. At the flip of a switch, it can transform from a cosy cruiser to a back road monster, especially when fitted with air suspension. Although there are more roomy alternatives, the interior quality also stands out, and the safety features are somewhat underwhelming. Although the GTS is the model we'd most like to purchase, the Macan T is a fantastic all-arounder.

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