2015 Porsche Macan S: Rough Start/Stop System
February 27, 2015
I'm surprised that the start/stop system in our 2015 Porsche Macan S isn't smoother, mostly because everything else in this performance SUV is excessively precise. From the sharp-shifting transmission to the buttons on the steering wheel, most everything works with a click or a snap.
The start/stop system isn't quite so slick. Leaving from a stop, the engine comes to life with a noticeable chug that has me looking for the off switch almost instantly. I'm not sure why it's not as smooth as some of the other systems in our other long-termers, some of which I don't mind leaving on.
Maybe it's the engine's considerable power, or a desire by the engineers to make it feel like it's working instead of blending in to the background. Whatever the reason, I find myself using the system less and less the more I drive the Macan. We'll see if this ends up affecting its final mileage number when the year is up. I suspect it will.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 13,213 miles