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What We Got
We purchased a 2015 Porsche Macan S, the entry-level offering that sits below the Macan Turbo in the lineup. That name is a little misleading, however, as both Macans are powered by turbocharged engines. In our case, that was a 340-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 hooked to a seven-speed dual-clutch (PDK) transmission. It had a starting price of $49,900.
After sifting through an extensive options list, we settled on a few packages. We added the Carbon Fiber ($1,490), Infotainment ($2,990) and Premium ($2,590) packages along with a few stand-alone options like a Bose stereo ($1,400), 20-inch SportDesign wheels ($1,260) and Lane Change Assist ($690). Wheel center caps with the Porsche crest ($185), a heated multifunction sport steering wheel ($615) and rear window shades ($250) rounded out the options list. When the salesman slid the contract to us across the table, its bottom line read $62,365.
"In typical, default mode, the Macan eases off the line smoothly, then there's a surge of power that feels unending. Also, because the transmission shifts so smoothly and the gearing is optimized to maintain the engine's power, it feels all the more relentless." — Chris Walton
"I'm surprised that the stop-start system in our Macan 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.... Leaving from a stop, the engine comes to life with a noticeable chug that has me looking for the off switch almost instantly." — Ed Hellwig
"It's not typical for our hard-driving Editor-in-Chief Scott Oldham to break any fuel economy records, but during his recent 1,400-mile round-trip from Los Angeles to Park City, Utah, Chief Oldham guided our Macan to a new 'best fill' record of 23.9 mpg." — Kelly Hellwig
"In the process of trying to squeeze the last few gallons out of our Macan, I did get this (mind remaining distance) message on the instrument panel display. It was a bit disappointing since it replaced the 'miles to empty' countdown that gave me more specific numbers." — Ed Hellwig
"First of all, its driver seat is from the heavens. This is the way a driver seat should be shaped. If you work for a car company, stop what you're doing and make your seats like the Macan's. Trust me. You'll be a hero. But the Macan's extreme comfort doesn't come at the expense of fun. This car is engaging. You know you're driving. And you're enjoying it." — Scott Oldham
"What makes the Macan's seats so good is their fundamental shape. The bolsters are modest but effective. The backrest portion seems to land on a large portion of your back clear down to your lower back without any pressure points. Same goes with the bottom cushion and your butt and thighs." — Jason Kavanagh
"My Giant XTC hard tail is a fairly big mountain bike.... It's an XL-sized frame and it rolls on 29-inch wheels. Despite its dimensional bigness, it fits in the back of our Macan, but only just. The rear seats have to be down, of course, but I don't have to make any allowances with the front-seat position, especially on the driver side, because the tire clears it fully." — Dan Edmunds
"The Macan's sleek-looking roof line for the liftgate cuts down on the available amount of space if you want to pack things higher than the beltline. As an example, you can't easily fit four big storage bins behind the rear seats. The bottom ones will be fine, but the top ones will stick out too far and the hatch won't close.... If you need to go 'big' with cargo in your small luxury crossover SUV, other models like the Acura RDX and Volvo XC60 will probably work out better." — Brent Romans
"If I were planning to buy a Macan, I would care whether I could fit a rear-facing car seat in back and still sit in the front passenger seat in front of it.... By putting it in the outboard position, I've ensured that I still have a workable and comfortable driving position, which is also important.... I just fit in the front passenger seat. Said seat might be uncomfortably upright for some, but it's a nicely shaped, supportive seat, so I think I could manage a couple of hours in it." — Erin Riches
"In the Macan, as in other Porsches, there is a wonderful heft to the way the buttons click that evokes a serious machine rather than a toy or technological gadget. Although there may be a few too many (does each air direction really need its own button?), I enjoy the immediacy of wanting to do something and pressing a single button to accomplish it. No clicking a mouse, no pressing three illustrated "buttons" to go through sub-menus. Although it can be overwhelming at first learning where everything is, once you do, you can operate them without looking. Try that with an iDrive-like system or more comprehensive touchscreen." — James Riswick
Audio and Technology
"This isn't to say the Macan's Bose system is bad. It's not. Bose quality varies widely in the automotive world. The system in our former C7 Stingray was disappointing, for example. But the system in our Macan is nice enough. It's balanced and can get loud enough without distorting. That'll work for almost everyone. But audiophile it is not, regardless of what the Sound Options menu tells me." — Dan Frio
"I like Porsche's approach (to instrument panels). There's still an area to view navigation, entertainment and other information easily, but you also get good old-fashioned gauges that are more legible (and perhaps forever will be) than an LCD or TFT screen, especially in direct sunlight. That the Porsche display fits neatly within a circular instrument binnacle is a nice aesthetic choice that blends better than a typical color trip computer display placed between the speedo and tach." — James Riswick
"We picked the Macan up early the next day. The infotainment update and parking sensor replacement fell under warranty. Nine quarts of oil at $9.50 each seemed reasonable, but $2.50 to top off the windshield wiper fluid was hilariously lame." — Cameron Rogers
"Our car has a neat feature. If you leave it parked and locked, the alarm will randomly, frequently go off. For a long time. For no reason at all.... It's been about a week since the new part was installed and we've had no more random wake-up calls from a colicky Macan." — Mike Magrath
"Even casual observation shows critical thought and heavy expenditure in an area that sometimes isn't given such effort. Here, it's Porsche's careful management of every bit of air flowing into the Macan's nose. It's a convoluted path and there's a high volume of intake air being pushed around, yet this turbo engine isn't the slightest bit laggy. Impressive and expensive, no doubt." — Josh Jacquot
"The Macan might not be a Porsche sports car in the traditional sense, but for this vehicle segment it is fantastic." — Brent Romans
Maintenance & Repairs
The Macan asked for routine service in 10,000-mile intervals. And they weren't cheap. We spent over $400 at the 10K and more than $600 for the 20K. The total for regular maintenance was just under $1,100 for the year.
Numerous service campaigns had to be performed on the Macan. Each was addressed during routine visits: Replace the front parking aid sensor, update the PCM, adjust the front door gap, add protective film to the rear door sill, reprogram the PDK and reprogram the DME. We made a special trip (two, actually) to the dealer to remedy an oversensitive motion alarm. The fix involved replacing the overhead roof console.
Fuel Economy and Resale Value
Observed Fuel Economy:
EPA estimates for the Macan S are 19 mpg combined (17 city/23 highway). We averaged 17.3 mpg over 20,837 miles. Our best single tank was 23.9 mpg, and the farthest we traveled on a single tank was 422 miles.
Resale and Depreciation:
We purchased the Macan for $62,365. After one year and 20,837 miles, Edmunds' TMV® calculator valued the SUV at $49,411 based on a private-party sale. Our first step in the sales process is an offer to Edmunds employees. The Macan didn't make it beyond that. We sold it just a few days after hanging up the "For Sale" sign.
Pros: As close to a "sport" utility vehicle as you're ever going to find, top-notch interior materials, outstanding seats, responsive automatic transmission, refined ride quality even with 20-inch wheels and tires, 400-plus-mile range on a tank, strong resale value.
Cons: Routine maintenance averaged $500 per visit, limited rear passenger room, cargo area doesn't take kindly to taller items, rough stop-start system.
Bottom Line: The Porsche Macan combines the feel of a sports car with the body of an SUV better than anything else on the road. If you can deal with the limited space in back, and the steep sticker price, buy one. You won't be disappointed.
|Total Body Repair Costs:||None|
|Total Routine Maintenance Costs:||$1,085.49 (over 12 months)|
|Additional Maintenance Costs:||$30 to patch a tire|
|Warranty Repairs:||Replace front parking aid sensor, PCM update, adjust front door gap, add protective film to rear door sill, replace roof console, reprogram PDK, reprogram DME.|
|Scheduled Dealer Visits:||2|
|Unscheduled Dealer Visits:||2 to remedy an oversensitive motion alarm.|
|Days Out of Service:||1 overnight stay required for 20K service.|
|Breakdowns Stranding Driver:||None|
|Best Fuel Economy:||23.9 mpg|
|Worst Fuel Economy:||11.2 mpg|
|Average Fuel Economy:||17.3 mpg|
|True Market Value at service end:||$49,411 (private-party sale)|
|What it Sold for:||$49,411|
|Depreciation:||$12,954 (21% of paid price)|
|Final Odometer Reading:||20,837 miles|
Edmunds purchased this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.