2018 Porsche Macan
- The Porsche Macan returns unchanged for 2018
- Part of the first Macan generation introduced for 2015
- Quick acceleration regardless of engine choice
- Most athletic and engaging to drive SUV in its segment
- Surprisingly comfortable and composed ride
- Long list of options means you can customize every last detail
- Less rear-seat and cargo space than segment competitors
- Must pay for numerous stand-alone options to get full-featured cabin
2018 Porsche Macan pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Macan does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating8.0 / 10
No automaker is more skilled at making an amalgamation of a sports car and an SUV as Porsche. As a great example, check out the 2018 Porsche Macan. The Macan minimizes the compromise in trading performance and handling for utility. But how does it do it?
It starts with what's under the hood. Five fast-revving and powerful engine options, from 252 horsepower all the way to 440 hp, give the Macan plenty of performance. That's combined with a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system, a quick-shifting seven-speed transmission and a suspension that's calibrated more for a winding mountain road than for off-roading. Equipped properly, though, the Macan performs respectably well once the road gives way to dirt or gravel.
Mix in a high-quality interior and an understated yet handsome exterior and you end up with a compact luxury crossover that's the sportiest in its class. There are a couple downsides. From an interior volume perspective, the Macan isn't the roomiest pick you can make. And like every other new Porsche, the Macan can be optioned and equipped to your heart's desire, but that often results in an uncomfortably steep price. But if you want a small crossover that's a lot like a sports car, the Macan is the way to go.
Notably, we picked the 2018 Porsche Macan as one of Edmunds' Best Luxury SUVs for this year.
2018 Porsche Macan configurations
The 2018 Porsche Macan is a five-seat compact luxury SUV available in five trim levels that correspond to different engines: base, S, GTS, Turbo and Turbo with Performance Package. All come standard with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission as well as a respectable amount of standard features. Porsche adds a few more standard items as you move up in the range, but you'll likely need to visit the options list to get a Macan equipped the way you truly want.
The base model comes standard with features such as a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (252 hp, 273 lb-ft of torque), 18-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a lane departure warning system, a power liftgate, xenon headlights, automatic wipers, rear privacy glass, three-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, partial leather and simulated suede upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat and a cargo cover. Electronic features include the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) 7-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite and HD radios, two USB ports and a CD player.
The Macan S gains a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine (340 hp, 339 lb-ft), 19-inch wheels, more powerful brakes, different exterior trim types and dual twin-pipe exhaust ports.
The Macan GTS has a more powerful version of the S engine (360 hp, 369 lb-ft) plus a sport-tuned adaptive air suspension, 20-inch wheels, unique exterior design elements, a sport exhaust, adaptive headlights, front-seat memory functions and heated sport seats unique to the GTS.
The Macan Turbo builds on the Macan S with an even more powerful V6 engine (400 hp, 406 lb-ft), different 19-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, a heated steering wheel, upgraded front sport seats, full leather upholstery, a simulated suede headliner, a navigation system and a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system.
Finally, Porsche offers a Macan Turbo with Performance Package (440 hp, 442 lb-ft) trim that adds some engine tweaks for more power and an adaptive air suspension that features a lower ride height.
Most of the Turbo's extras are available on the other trims as part of the Macan's extensive options list. Although virtually all of those options are available as stand-alone items, there are two noteworthy packages that could make ordering or selecting a Macan a little simpler. The Premium package adds the adaptive headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, heated front and rear seats and the 14-speaker Bose system. The Premium Package Plus adds those items plus a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, and 14-way power front seats with ventilation and memory functions.
Other options include (and we do mean "include" because there are countless trim, color and material customization choices) LED headlights, different wheels from 18 to 21 inches, carbon-ceramic disc brakes, surround-view parking cameras, lane departure intervention, adaptive cruise control, noise-reducing privacy glass, roof rails, an adaptive suspension (PASM), the adaptive air suspension, a sport exhaust, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (brakes individual wheels around turns to improve handling) and the Sport Chrono package (an enhanced Sport Plus driving mode and launch control). Inside, you can get a rear side sunshades, extended leather interior trim, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, Porsche Connect smartphone apps and a 16-speaker Burmester sound system.
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Macan has received slight revisions, including more engine choices, and a new infotainment unit. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Macan.
Noise & vibration9.0
Ease of use9.0
Getting in/getting out9.0
Child safety seat accommodation
Audio & navigation
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Macan safety features:
- Lane Keep Assist
- Warns you if you're about to drift out of your lane via audible cue and steering correction.
- Lane Change Assist
- Lets you know when there's a car in your blind spots by activating a light in the side mirror.
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Active Safe
- Sounds an audible warning and applies brakes if necessary to prevent a potential frontal collision.
Porsche Macan vs. the competition
2018 Porsche Macan
2018 Audi Q5
Porsche Macan vs. Audi Q5
Even though the Macan and the Q5 are mechanically related, they represent very different takes on the small luxury SUV. The Audi is more traditional in its execution and offers a more comfortable ride, a quieter cabin and more cargo space. The Porsche, in contrast, is sportier and more fun to drive. Neither is particularly affordable, but the Macan has some optional features that are typically standard for this class.
Porsche Macan vs. BMW X3
The redesigned BMW X3 is no slouch compared to the Macan, especially in the powerful M40i version. Either vehicle will deliver performance that is well above expectations for a luxury SUV and provide a comfortable ride at the same time. The BMW is more technologically advanced, has a larger cargo area, and provides a little more value for your money. For maximum thrills, though, the Macan is still superior.
Porsche Macan vs. Jaguar F-Pace
The Jaguar F-Pace is bigger than the Macan, but its driving characteristics don't suffer much as a result. The powerful supercharged V6 makes up for the added mass, and it handles like a much smaller sporty vehicle. The F-Pace can hold quite a bit more cargo than the Macan, but the interior doesn't feel as upmarket and the infotainment system is outdated and prone to occasional hiccups. Think of the Jag as a more convenient alternative to the Macan.
2018 Porsche Macan for Sale
There are five versions of the 2018 Porsche Macan for sale in the United States, and they mainly vary only in engine and standard features. The standard Macan model is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Up next is the Macan S, powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. It produces 340 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque. The Macan GTS comes with a higher-tuned version of the S engine that produces 360 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The Macan Turbo is equipped with a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that produces 400 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the Macan Turbo with Performance Package utilizes an uprated version of the Turbo motor to produce a whopping 440 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque.
All versions of the Macan send power to all four wheels via Porsche's fantastic seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission called PDK. The all-wheel-drive system is calibrated to bias power to the rear wheels, ensuring sports-carlike handling, with the safety net of all-wheel drive when you need it. Combined with suspension calibrated for performance driving, the Macan is more luxury hot hatch than pure SUV.
Like all other Porsches, the Macan is highly customizable. In essence, once you know what aspect of the Macan you want to prioritize, you can configure it out as such. For example, if you want to tow, you can equip your Macan with a tow hitch receiver and an air suspension for ride leveling purposes. If you're a more traditional Porsche owner and value the most sporty handling possible, equip your Macan with 21-inch wheels on summer tires for grip, and the optional Sport Chrono package and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus. These options allow your Macan to activate launch control for the quickest acceleration.
Of course, what's the point of all this performance if you can't show it off? Here, Porsche gives potential owners a lot of freedom to choose exterior colors, interior colors and materials and, of course, performance and usability options. If a Macan is in your future, let Edmunds help you build the perfect one.
2018 Porsche Macan Overview
The 2018 Porsche Macan is offered in the following submodels: Macan SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), S 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7AM), GTS 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7AM), Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 7AM), Turbo w/Performance Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 7AM), and Sport Edition 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM).
What do people think of the 2018 Porsche Macan?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Porsche Macan and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Macan 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Macan.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Porsche Macan and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Macan featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
What's a good price for a New 2018 Porsche Macan?
2018 Porsche Macan Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 7AM)Available Inventory:
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2018 Porsche Macan S 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7AM)
The 2018 Porsche Macan S 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $56,970. The average price paid for a new 2018 Porsche Macan S 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7AM) is trending $100 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $100 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$56,870.
The average savings for the 2018 Porsche Macan S 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7AM) is0.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 5 2018 Porsche Macan S 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Porsche Macan 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
The 2018 Porsche Macan 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $48,850. The average price paid for a new 2018 Porsche Macan 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is trending $100 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $100 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$48,750.
The average savings for the 2018 Porsche Macan 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is0.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 40 2018 Porsche Macan 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Porsche Macan Sport Edition 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
The 2018 Porsche Macan Sport Edition 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $64,900. The average price paid for a new 2018 Porsche Macan Sport Edition 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is trending $100 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $100 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$64,800.
The average savings for the 2018 Porsche Macan Sport Edition 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is0.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 5 2018 Porsche Macan Sport Edition 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Porsche Macan GTS 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7AM)
The 2018 Porsche Macan GTS 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $69,950. The average price paid for a new 2018 Porsche Macan GTS 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7AM) is trending $100 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $100 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$69,850.
The average savings for the 2018 Porsche Macan GTS 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7AM) is0.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 1 2018 Porsche Macan GTS 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Porsche Macan?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.
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