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Porsche Macan

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Summary


The Porsche Macan is a mid-size premium SUV that sits below the Cayenne in the company’s SUV range. It was launched back in 2014, having its latest facelift in Autumn 2021. The Macan shares its basic platform with the original Audi Q5 (2008), but with extensive modifcations by Porsche.

The Macan is available with a selection of turbocharged petrol engines (not just the Macan Turbo model). A 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine was previously available, but was discontinued in the wake of parent company Volkswagen’s infamous Dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal.

The Porsche Macan range has received strongly positive reviews from across the UK motoring media, although the top-spec Turbo model tends to score a bit lower than other models in the range. It is highly praised for its driving dynamics, while also being refined and comfortable. The main criticisms have been that (like any Porsche) it tends to be expensive once you start adding too many optional extras, and that many of those extra-cost options are standard on plenty of cheaper cars.

In a 2020 What Car? survey of the 50 most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the petrol-engined versions of the Porsche Macan ranked equal 47th. Diesel versions didn’t make the top 50.

A facelifted version of the current Macan arrived in the UK in Autumn 2021, with an updated interior and some minor cosmetic changes. The next-generation Porsche Macan is likely to be unveiled in 2022, which will only be available as an all-electric model.

As of March 2022, the Porsche Macan has an Expert Rating of 79%, based on 35 reviews collected from UK media sources.

Macan highlights

  • Sports car performance
  • Refined and comfortable cabin
  • Sleek exterior
  • Good quality infotainment
  • Excellent driving position

Macan lowlights

  • High running costs
  • Top-of-the-range models very expensive
  • Some optional features should be standard
  • Other SUV rivals are more practical
  • Heavy weight hinders agility

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol
Price: From £48,970 on-road

Launched: Spring 2014
Last updated: Autumn 2021
Update due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

The Porsche Macan was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2014 and awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2020 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of March 2022, the Porsche Macan has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Security rating


Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Pass

Date: 2019

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Porsche Macan has received

2020

  • What Car? Awards – Best Sports SUV

2014

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Compact SUV

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Porsche MacanThe Porsche Macan has received very positive media reviews, although the top-spec Turbo tends to score lower than other models in the range.