2015 Porsche Macan: Checking the Oil
September 5, 2014
More and more cars are dumping the tried-and-true dipstick, and our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S is one of them.
As is the case with all modern Porsches, there's no need to open the hood of a Macan to check its engine oil level. Instead, you just flick a few buttons from the driver seat and read the colorful graphic on the crossover's instrument cluster.
For some this is gratuitous engineering. They like the simple, mechanical interface of the dipstick that has served car owners reliably for over 100 years. But it's hard to argue with the convenience of this technology. No more hovering over a hot engine and putting your hands on the greasy bits. No more checking the oil only when the car is parked. No more forgetting to do it at the gas station.
I'm a bit wishy-washy on this one. Checking the engine oil the old fashioned way has never bothered me, and I religiously execute the ritual every other Sunday on my wife's GMC Acadia. But there's no denying the advantages of this new technology, which is eventually going to reach cars of all segments and price points.
Today I'm all for it. And it's clear our Porsche Macan hasn't used any oil over its first few thousand miles.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 3,654 miles