Perfect in its niche of a compact SUV/crossover: luxurious, spacious, powerful, comfortable, maneuverable. Ideal for those who love style, and do not want to drive what everyone else is driving. Ideal for those who do not like/need sedans or low profile sports cars, but are not ready to settle for a huge SUV. That's when Macan comes in place! Compact SUV is exactly what it is, but add here 340 hp (for base model Macan S), smooth ride, amazing maneuverability, interior comfort and at least two packages - and you will enjoy it without paying $100,000. Almost 1.5 times less! A little problem is that people do mistake it for a $100,000 car, which is flattering but not needed.
We traded my wife's Cayenne Diesel for Macan S as our kids are older now and our youngest will now drive in a year. I loved driving it so much that I bribed her to take my 2014 BMW 535iX mSport and a promise that she can pick a luxury sedan when the BMW's lease comes up in 5 months.
The Macan S is now my daily driver into Manhattan and it's a pleasure to drive. It's pretty comfortable, extremely tight and fun to drive. I got the White Ash interior package which is very unique and extremely high-end looking. Just feels like a million bucks when driving. The only knock on it is the base stereo is not very good (I overlooked it because I liked the White Ash interior so much and didn't want to wait 3 months).
The S is plenty of power with 340 hp. Turns heads and just... so much fun to drive.
For me, this is one of those beautiful looking cars with Porsche's classic design elements and luxury embedded. Performance is the soul of this car with amazing braking & acceleration.
Pros: Luxurious, sound of the exhaust pipes, performance, good options which cover most of the use-cases & requirements, leather seats, panoramic roof, PDLS(this is a worth feature)
Cons: the infotainment system looks pretty old though when compared to Audi/BMW. Expensive options which adds significant cost to the final price. Mileage is not great(340hp V6 engine). Rear seats leg room is not super great.
If you are in the market for a fun SUV to drive with responsive handling and luxury appeal, don't look any further. This truly is 911 in a SUV package.
If you are looking for a spacious SUV with lots of space and drive is not a big factor for you, you will be happy looking elsewhere.
Drives like a boxster with more room and more power! Same great 7-speed PDK transmission as the boxster with smooth shifting that is difficult to feel. Mileage is about 22 mpg overall so far, so the factory mileage obviously depends on the driver and the conditions. This is mostly suburban driving but I believe the smooth engine turn-off and turn-on when you stop/go is part of the solid mileage for this 4100 lb, 340 HP car. My wife's car and she loves the ride and ease of driving and the handling. It just goes where and when you want total smoothness. The standard ride package is excellent so we did not get the sport package. Love the backup camera and the map display.