2015 Porsche Macan: I'd Buy One
September 24, 2014
A small luxury crossover SUV isn't something that normally evokes a lot of passion. But our 2015 Porsche Macan S has quickly become one of my favorite vehicles in our long-term fleet.
I'll admit I was rather ambivalent when news first started coming about the Macan. I might have said something to the effect of, "Another small luxury crossover joining the bandwagon, and this one with the bones of the Audi Q5? Meh." But I'll give credit to Porsche as it's really worked some magic here. The Macan might not be a Porsche sports car in the traditional sense, but for this vehicle segment it's fantastic.
A lot of that does have to with the Macan's sporty personality. It never feels like a crossover when I'm driving it. It's more like Porsche's just built an all-wheel drive hatchback. The turbocharged V6's acceleration is addictive (as witnessed by our poor fuel economy) and the PDK transmission works so well that I don't wish for a manual transmission at all. It's fun to zip and dart around turns even if I'm just driving around town. The Macan looks cool inside and out, too.
As a complement to that, the Macan is also very practical for somebody like me. The backseat is suitable for my two small children (school taxi!) and the luggage area, while certainly compromised, is still useful enough for most daily chores. And with all-wheel drive, I could mount up some winter tires and have an excellent winter sports vehicle.
On a more personal level, I also like how the Macan so far seems to be less glamorized (and/or stigmatized) than Porsche's other vehicles. A lot of times when driving a new 911 I feel like I should be 20 years older and have 20 times more money in the bank. The Macan, though, seems more real world. My father-in-law even commented that I "look pretty good in it" when he saw me pull up to his house.
I'm not in the market for a small luxury crossover, but if I were this is the one I'd buy. Yeah, shocker: "Automotive journalist likes the Porsche best." I know. But I suspect the Macan will be a lot of other people's favorite, too.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor