June 17, 2014
What Did We Get?
A white 2015 Porsche Macan S. It's Porsche's newest SUV. Measuring just over 110 inches between the wheels and 184.3 inches overall, the compact Macan slots below the Cayenne in both size and price. Main competitors for the Macan include the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti QX70 and Mercedes-Benz GLK.
The Macan S is the base model. It comes with a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V6 rated at 340 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, dubbed "PDK" in Porsche-speak, is standard, along with all-wheel drive. For those who want more than 340 hp in their urban grocery getter, there's the Macan Turbo. It features a larger 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 rated at 400 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque.
What Options Does It Have?
As with all Porsches, the Macan's options list is extensive. We exercised some restraint, which means we only spent an extra $11,470. That's on top of the base price of a Macan S, which stands at $49,900. Yes, the Macan starts at less than $50K, but the chances of finding a Macan with no options is zero. Plus, there's that little issue of the unavoidable destination fee of $995.
For our $11 grand and change we got a couple packages and a handful of stand-alone options. The $2,990 Infotainment package adds a 7-inch TFT display with navigation, a 40GB hard drive and the increasingly less useful CD/DVD player. It also includes a satellite radio tuner, HD radio and various apps like AHA radio. The $2,590 Premium package adds heated seats front and rear, park assist radar front and rear, auto-dimming mirrors and the Porsche Dynamic Lighting System. That's a fancy name for adaptive headlights and washer nozzles.
In the high-dollar stand-alone category we added things like the 20-inch SportDesign Wheels ($1,260), a Bose Premium audio system ($1,400) and a carbon-fiber interior package ($1,490). Lesser options include Lane Change Assist ($690), a heated multifunction sport steering wheel with carbon-fiber trim ($615), rear window shades ($250) and, of course, Porsche crest center caps for the wheels ($185).
Final tally: $62,365.
Why Did We Get It?
It's the second coming of the end of the world. Purists feared that the Cayenne was going to destroy Porsche after all. Instead, it likely saved the company from extinction.
If Porsche managed to squeeze everything that's good about the Cayenne into the more manageable Macan, then it will likely have the same level of success, if not more.
The real question with the Macan is whether it's a tall sports car or a shrunken SUV. Those hoping for the former might be pleasantly surprised, while buyers hoping for the latter might find it lacking in utility. We have 12 months to find out where the Macan stands and which camp will like it better.
Check our Long-Term Road Test Page often for new updates as we put the 2015 Porsche Macan S through its paces over the next 12 months and 20,000 miles.
Edmunds purchased this vehicle for purposes of evaluation.