Mine Would Be Blue, Expensive - 2015 Porsche Macan S Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Porsche Macan: Mine Would Be Blue, Expensive

May 8, 2015

2015 Porsche Macan

I really like our 2015 Porsche Macan S. As in "configure-one-and-see-how-negatively-that-monthly-payment-would-affect-my-life" like it. The answer, as it turns out, is "very negative." But going through the process, I noticed that our long-termer isn't equipped the way I'd do it.

Here's how I'd have mine.

First off, the cars we order for the fleet are ordered for specific reasons that aren't "Magrath's tastes." We try to get them in colors that photograph well and with options that are either wildly popular or so new we need to live with them. We're also largely beholden to what's in stock. We'll order cars every so often, but if there's something on the lot that hits 99 percent of our requirements, but has wheels we don't like or a carbon-fiber pack, we're willing to live with that to get the test rolling.

So, while our Macan is really, really nice, here's what I'd do different:

  • Blue. It's $690 and worth every penny. They don't offer Lime Rock Green so blue is the second-best option.

  • No carbon fiber bits. The carbon fiber steering wheel is slippery and unattractive. Ditch it. Leather's fine.

  • RS Spyder wheels. We've got the 20-inch Sport Design wheels that are $400 cheaper than these cool RS Spyder wheels. The ride's not objectionable on 20s, so no need to change here.

  • 18-way adaptive sport seats. They cost all of the money, but I don't care.

  • Premium Package Plus. Another option that costs as much as a used Honda, but in SoCal, you need seat coolers. And in SoCal at night, you need a sunroof. And the fact that our Macan doesn't have keyless entry/start drives me batty. This package solves those very First World problems.

  • Delete model designation ($0). I know what I bought. Fewer badges mean fewer places for the rag to snag while washing.

  • Sport Exhaust with black tailpipes. More engine noise, more better, especially when I can adjust it.

  • Adaptive cruise control. We've discussed this before. I like ACC and if I'm letting anyone else drive it, I'll be happy it has automatic emergency braking.

  • Burmester stereo. We've got the $1,400 Bose setup and it sounds like a $1,400 Bose setup. It's fine. It could be better, $5,690 better. I want it better.

Now here's what I'd keep the same:

  • It's not a Turbo. I've spent considerable time with the Macan Turbo and, really, it's just not worth it for my kind of driving. If I lived in Texas and needed something to obliterate straight lines while counting cattle, I'd get the Turbo. I don't. I live in a place with consequential corners where, by the time you've gotten your money's worth out of the Turbo's additional acceleration, you're enjoying a lovely view of the ravine you're crashing down.

  • Infotainment package. Need it.

Here's what I'm on the fence with:

  • Thermally and Noise-Insulating Privacy Glass. It's only $990, but I've never experienced one with this. I hate to be hot and hate exterior noises, so this might be worth it.

  • Sport Chrono Package i.c.w. PCM. Cooler stopwatch on the dash and a Sport PLUS button. I think I need this. I probably don't. Sport PLUS!

Total out the door for me: $77,365. The Edmunds LT Macan is $62,365. The Macan's base price is up a couple grand from when we bought ours, though the way I'd want mine is still $25,000 more than base price. That explains why one isn't in my driveway right now.

To see the full build, click here and, if you're feelin' it, build your own and submit the code in the comments to show how you'd have one.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 18,560


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