Used 2015 Porsche Macan SUV
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Spirited performance even in base trim
- athletic and engaging to drive
- comfortable and quiet ride
- highly customizable.
- Expensive for its class
- less rear seat/cargo space than some rivals.
Just like the Cayenne before it, the 2015 Porsche Macan should be a hit with luxury crossover shoppers, as it offers similar performance in a smaller, sportier package.
Given the great success Porsche has had with its midsize Cayenne crossover SUV, it was just a matter of time before the company expanded the family with a compact crossover offering. But just because it's smaller and less expensive doesn't mean the 2015 Porsche Macan is any less worthy of that iconic crest-shaped hood emblem. Make no mistake, the new Macan comes packed with the speed, handling and engaging driving character one would rightfully expect from the maker of the 911 and Cayenne.
Although it shares some components with the 2015 Audi Q5, the 2015 Porsche Macan (pronounced "Ma-cahn") has its own engines, suspension design and, of course, styling. Furthermore, Porsche has engineered it to drive more like a rear-wheel-drive performance car than most premium-brand crossovers. The Macan's standard all-wheel-drive system normally directs most of the engine's power to the rear wheels, and that power is only redirected to the front wheels when needed to maintain traction.
That power is generated by one of two available V6 engines. For the Macan S, there's a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 rated at 340 horsepower. On the Macan Turbo, a turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 uncorks 400 hp, which is far and away the most power you'll find in a small luxury crossover SUV. Either way, you get a quick-shifting automated manual transmission as standard (Porsche's PDK), just like on the automaker's sports cars. Porsche has also readied the Macan with a sport-tuned suspension and optional features not often found in this class, such as grippy summer-rated performance tires, an adaptive suspension and a torque-vectoring rear differential -- all of which benefit its handling abilities around turns. There's also an optional air suspension that can be used to raise the Macan's ride height to 9.1 inches, thereby bolstering this crossover's capability on dirt trails.
Hardware like this doesn't come cheap, of course, so it shouldn't come as much surprise that the Macan costs more than other compact luxury crossover SUVs. And that's just the base price -- it's easy to boost the bottom line another 30 percent just on optional equipment. The Porsche's closest competitor is the 2015 Audi SQ5, which has a 354-hp supercharged V6 and a similar starting price to the Macan S. Meanwhile, the less costly 2015 BMW X3 is still pretty sporty and arguably a better value, plus it offers more cargo space with the rear seats in use. The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is another alternative, though its tighter rear quarters and smaller cargo capacity are notable drawbacks.
These are all fine choices. But if you desire the utmost performance from your small crossover luxury SUV, the 2015 Porsche Macan is your best bet in this crowd.
2015 Porsche Macan models
The 2015 Porsche Macan is a five-passenger compact crossover SUV available in base S and higher-performance Turbo trim levels.
Standard equipment on the S includes 19-inch wheels, a power liftgate, power/heated sideview mirrors, auto engine stop-start, active bi-xenon headlights, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, full power accessories, leather/simulated suede upholstery, eight-way power front seats with memory settings, 40/20/40-split-folding rear seats, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen and an 11-speaker audio system with CD player and an iPod/USB audio interface.
The Macan Turbo adds a more powerful engine, adaptive suspension dampers, unique 19-inch wheels, unique front/rear fascias, LED foglights, full leather upholstery, Alcantara headliner, aluminum accents, 18-way power front sport seats with memory settings, heated front seats, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system (also adds satellite radio and HD radio) and a navigation system.
Some of the features of the Turbo are available on the S as options. Other options (some of which are grouped into packages and are dependent on trim level) include 20- or 21-inch wheels, summer performance tires, variable torque vectoring (Porsche Torque Vectoring) for the rear wheels, an adaptive air suspension, body side skirts, skid plates, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors (with or without a rearview camera), auto-dimming mirrors, adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, and keyless ignition and entry. Inside, Porsche offers triple-zone climate control, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, full leather upholstery, 14-way or 18-way power front seats, ventilated front seats, smartphone app integration (Aha Radio), a 16-speaker Burmester audio system, voice-command functionality and adaptive cruise control. There's also a Sport Chrono package (featuring a dash-top stopwatch, a launch-control feature and selectable sport calibrations for the engine, suspension and transmission) and an "electronic logbook" that automatically records various driving data for subsequent analysis on your computer. Finally, Porsche offers a dizzying array of available color-matched and leather-swathed interior trim pieces.
Performance & mpg
The Macan S is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 340 hp and 339 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automated manual transmission (PDK) sends the power to all four wheels. At our test track, a Macan S sprinted to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds. This is quicker than most other compact luxury crossover SUVs. Automatic engine stop-start is standard.
The Macan Turbo is ably propelled by a bigger turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 engine with 400 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. The Turbo also has the seven-speed transmission and all-wheel drive. Again with our instrumented testing, we recorded a launch-controlled 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds, which makes the Macan Turbo the undisputed quickest compact crossover you can buy.
The Macan's EPA estimates rate the two engines' fuel economy identically at 19 mpg combined (17 city/23 highway). Driven over Edmunds' 120-mile evaluation route, the base S returned 20 mpg and the Turbo managed a respectable 22 mpg. Our seat-of-the-pants reasoning for the higher-output Macan eking out slightly better mileage is that the engine didn't have to work as hard to maintain the same pace.
Hauling your Cayman to track days with your Macan seems feasible, too. Properly equipped, the Macan is rated to tow up to 5,291 pounds.
The 2015 Macan comes standard with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a knee airbag for each front passenger. Optional safety features include front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, frontal collision warning and mitigation system (with automatic braking), blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning and keeping assist.
In simulated panic stops from 60 mph, Edmunds recorded distances of 121 and 120 feet for the Macan S and Macan Turbo, respectively. Both of these test vehicles were equipped with all-season tires (not high-performance summer tires), which contributed to the average distances for compact crossovers.
The turbo 3.0-liter V6 in the base 2015 Porsche Macan S pulls with plenty of gusto, and the lightning-quick shifts from the PDK transmission don't hurt a bit. Adding to the grin factor is the aggressive but not overbearing exhaust note. Predictably, the 400-hp Turbo model feels quicker and livelier, but we find it hard to justify the price when the base Macan S is already so rewarding and quick.
The Macan's steering doesn't communicate about what the front tires are doing nearly as well as what you get from a 911 or Cayman, but this crossover is still a blast to drive around turns. Grip is plentiful, and the Macan changes direction with confidence and poise. The all-wheel drive also lets you put down the power easily. If you want the full effect and don't require all-season tires, we would highly recommend the summer tires for their added grip.
Thankfully, this impressive handling capability doesn't translate to a stiff-legged ride over bumps and ruts. Indeed, the Macan is quite comfortable and quiet over just about any road surface, something that cannot be said of all similarly athletic SUVs at any price. We even prefer the base suspension setup over the optional air suspension. It's that good.
The Macan's cabin reflects modern Porsche design themes with triple dials for the instruments, a flat dash top and a center console that looks as if it belongs in a Learjet. Although there are many buttons in here, it doesn't take long to acclimate to them thanks to a logical system-grouped layout. This is also an exceptionally well-crafted cabin, and the interior materials have an upscale look and feel.
The cockpit-style layout provides a seating position well suited to spirited driving, and the steering wheel takes inspiration from the company's exotic 918 Spyder sports car. And, as we've come to expect from Porsche, even the base seats are exceptionally well contoured and afford long-haul comfort as well as reassuring side-to-side support for more spirited roads. There's a price to pay, however, for this overtly sporty ambience, as the Macan gives away some cargo and rear passenger space to its rivals. With the rear seats in use, the Macan's cargo capacity is 17.7 cubic feet, about 10 cubes shy of the SQ5 and X3. Fold them down and you'll have 53.0 cubes, a little less than those two rivals but still better than what you'll get in an Evoque.
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Porsche considers its 2015 Macan a new kind of compact SUV: the first truly sporty model in the class. Various other luxury brands might suggest otherwise, but there's no doubting Porsche's efforts to provide the Macan with sporting credentials.
It offers a choice of two powerful engines along with a silhouette that's lower and sleeker than those of its rival SUVs. It also has a muscularity that's clearly inspired by both its bigger Porsche Cayenne brother and the sporty 911 coupe, too.
Porsche also says that the Macan's suspension has been developed to provide the driving experience of a sports car. It's a bold claim given that the company's 911 is considered the quintessential sports car. But then again, who better to create the sportiest SUV on record?
What Does the Macan Compete With?
The Macan's closest rivals are the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Land Rover's Range Rover Evoque. At 184.3 inches long, the Macan is slightly longer than both the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, and considerably longer than the Range Rover Evoque. In terms of wheelbase, however, the Q5, X3 and Macan are almost identical in size, while the Evoque comes in about half a foot shorter between the wheels.
That the Macan and the Q5 are so close in size is no accident. Both brands are owned by Volkswagen, so the two vehicles share some common parts underneath. Porsche is quick to point out that 75 percent of the Macan's parts are new or revised. The key difference between the two is the fact that Porsche engineered the Macan to provide a sportier drive, but not at the expense of practicality. It offers as much cabin space as the Q5, almost as big a cargo area and a generous array of convenience features as standard.
Although both the Macan and the Audi Q5 provide all-wheel drive, the systems are of differing designs and the Porsche's is set up to provide the characteristics of a sporty rear-wheel-drive car. It does this by channeling nearly all of the engine's power to the rear wheels unless wheel slip is detected, in which case more torque will be sent to the front wheels as required.
How Does It Measure Up?
When it comes to power and performance, the Macan has no peers in its class. It offers a choice of two V6 engines, both of which are turbocharged even though only the top model is called the Macan Turbo.
In the base Macan S, the twin-turbo V6 displaces 3.0 liters and is rated at 335 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. The Macan Turbo gets a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 that bumps output to 394 hp and 369 lb-ft. Both engines are equipped with a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. Porsche has yet to publish EPA numbers for the Macan.
With a base price of $50,895, the Macan S is considerably more expensive than the $44,400 Audi Q5 or the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque that starts at $42,000.
Is This Really the Sports Car of SUVs?
As promised, Porsche's baby SUV delivers one of the most dynamic drives of this breed, but at least as important is that it provides this with real civility. Its ride quality is comfortable over bumpy roads, particularly if the adjustable air suspension is fitted. It's quiet at speed, too, an ambience that stems from a well-crafted cabin constructed from upscale materials.
Minuses include slightly clunky gearchanges at lower speeds when it's in Sport mode. We also noticed that at very high speeds, there's some wind noise around the front pillars.
The base Macan S pulls with pleasingly consistent vigor, its engine's smoothness heightened by the slick-shifting transmission whose gearchanges are best confirmed by the subtle but satisfying "blats" from the Porsche's twin exhausts. It's a strong, capable setup, but the Turbo is noticeably livelier in terms of its feel and sound. According to Porsche, the Macan S accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, while the Turbo needs only 4.6 seconds to reach the same speed.
Overall, it's a better drive than the less expensive Range Rover Evoque, while keen drivers will find it more engaging than Audi's slightly cheaper Q5. That said, the Macan is no substitute for a real sports car even with the bigger engine and most aggressive suspension setup.
How Does the Interior Look and Feel?
If you're familiar with modern Porsche interior design, the Macan won't surprise you with its look and feel. While not identical to the larger Cayenne, the Macan features the same triple-dial instrumentation, flat-topped dashboard and a strikingly busy-looking center console. It looks busy because it carries as many as 36 buttons and controls if fully optioned. It doesn't take long to understand their functions because they're logically laid out, but stabbing the right one at speed can be a challenge.
Porsche says it wanted sports car sensations from this compact SUV and has provided a cockpit to match. The tachometer is the most dominant gauge in the instrument panel and the seating position is well-suited to spirited driving. Not many are likely to notice, but its steering wheel design was inspired by Porsche's exotic 918 Spyder sports car.
Despite the sporting nature of the cockpit, the overwhelming impression is of a well-made, convenient and reasonably spacious interior. The rear seats are a bit on the tight side and the cargo space isn't vast, but such is the case with most of the Macan's competitors.
Has It Created a New Category?
As impressive as it is, the Macan isn't quite as groundbreaking as Porsche would like you to believe. It feels more capable than most of its competitors in terms of performance, but we expected that. After all, the larger Porsche Cayenne is already an impressive performer when it comes to SUVs, so it stands to reason that a smaller version of it would be even better.
That said, there's nothing holding the Macan back from becoming a dominant force in its segment. It has the looks, the performance and the luxurious feel that luxury buyers are looking for, along with enough practicality to make it useful as a daily driver. It probably won't deliver great mileage and its backseats are a little tight, but if those are holding you back, this isn't the SUV for you.
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Used 2015 Porsche Macan SUV Overview
The Used 2015 Porsche Macan SUV is offered in the following styles: S 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7AM), and Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 7AM). The Used 2015 Porsche Macan SUV comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 7-speed automated manual. The Used 2015 Porsche Macan SUV comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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- The Used 2015 Porsche Macan SUV S is priced between $33,995 and$41,998 with odometer readings between 19738 and82223 miles.
- The Used 2015 Porsche Macan SUV Turbo is priced between $36,715 and$49,998 with odometer readings between 34060 and89028 miles.
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