2015 Porsche Macan: Why You'll Want To Buy A Macan
September 16, 2014
Porsche has taken its sweet time fielding a small crossover luxury SUV. BMW's been doing it since 2004 with its X3, for example. So what does the new 2015 Porsche Macan offer that nobody else has thought of so far? It seems to me that it's a sense of spirit and fun.
The Macan is a crossover that's going to have you nailing the gas and switching over to the PDK transmission's manual shift mode to zip though the gears on a frequent basis. You'll drive around turns quicker than you really have to. You'll park it with a sense of pride. It's going to put a smile on your face.
I recently took our long-term Macan on one of my favored driving roads that you see in the pictures. With the possible exception of the Audi SQ5 (which I haven't driven), I doubt I would have bothered with any of the Macan's competitors.
It's important to point out that the Macan doesn't give you the stereotypical small Porsche driving experience. It's not a Boxster or 911. The Macan's steering, though quick, isn't all that lively in your hands. You don't get otherworldly feel and communication from the chassis. The turbocharged V6 engine has about as much aural personality as an air conditioning unit and feels quite ready to go to the next gear by 6,000 rpm. In that sense, maybe the Macan is a little disappointing. But rest assured, you're going to have a great time anyway.
On this drive, the Macan reminded me a little of what it's like piloting a Subaru WRX. There's an impressive amount of compliance to the suspension even with those big 20-inch wheels. You can drive along bumpy and curvy roads at a good clip and still feel in complete control. The V6 is thick with torque and power right in the middle of the rev range, which is just where you need it on roads like this. Drive around a tight turn and then hit the gas -- the all-wheel drive dishes out the power and helps fire the Macan straight out. Even the all-season tires, whose mediocre grip can make you think you mistakenly picked the Chastity Belt option package, are good enough for this kind of driving. Shiny side up, rubber side down, you know.
This Macan is surprisingly fun, like the movie Pacific Rim. If you are thinking about buying a small luxury crossover and really like to drive, the Macan is what you want.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,789miles