after driving bmw's for the last 25 years, decided to try a Macan S. What a great decision I made....smile.......... Powerful and my Macan S 2017 is a sports car acting machine outdoing most of the bmw's I have owned..........with the possible exception of my 3 series M convertible. It is a truly great combination of practicality and driving excitement. This is a Porsche, no doubt about it, from the sound of the engine to going around 35mph corners at 70...........its a Porsche! The ride and noise in the cabin are muted and comfortable, bumps are a little harsh, but the other attributes of the vehicle are well worth the small aggravation of the semi stiff ride. After all this is not a Lexus RX. Cabin is done very well with great materials and is big enough for me, 6'3", 260lbs. I am not sure what I would do to improve this vehicle, not anything I can come up with right now. 5 stars for sure...........................yippee!!!! UPDATE: 6mo owning the vehicle, 7000 miles. double down on all statements previous. nothing about the vehicle that I can complain about. it is really a blast to drive, so much in fact I find myself taking the long way to almost everywhere I go and going for joyrides very often. I have not had my first ticket yet as I am a careful driver, but the car is so responsive it is hard to drive the speed limits. Whatever speed you are going seems to slow. Get one or test drive one, until you do, you can not possibly know what I know. It is driving heaven. UPDATE, one year later.......... all review items remain at same high levels. I find myself driving places I don't need to go just to be driving. This is truly a great vehicle and it seems priced correctly for the quality and image that you get driving a Porsche. I am very pleased with this vehicle and it will be hard to drive anything else after this experience.
17,000 miles in a year and I have three other cars
written on 11-28-2016
S 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7AM)
I have a 997.1, a Box S and a high mileage BMW X5. I bought this vehicle as a present for myself after finishing my last Chemo treatment... I've owned Porsche's for over forty years, numerous types including, 911's, 996's, 997's, boxster s, Cayenne and even a 914 in my younger days. The Macan is by far the best balanced SUV-sports car for the money you can find. Mine is not highly optioned. The engine is responsive in all ranges, the braking smooth and intuitive and the handling sublime; that's without any of the pricey suspension options. The base stereo is just fine and I consider myself an audiophile, the added sunroof and lane change assist were my add's along with the premium package.... $59.6k. The Macan has been a pleasure on long drives down the Big Sur coast or through the high Sierras... and the base seats are a lot more comfortable than my 997. The one thing you have to be careful about is the quickness of this car to go from 70 to 95 in a heart beat... its that fast.
if you just want a good SUV, get the new Audi Q5. But - if you want a drivers car - get a Macan. Yes - 2 very similar cars on the outside - though on the Macan, the 4-whhel drive gives preference to the REAR WHEELS, and the Audi to the Front wheels. The Audi is built in Mexico with great German engineering, but the Macan is build in Germany. The only thing that really upsets me is that both the Speedometer and Digital Speedometer are NOT close to being accurate. At cars 75mph, real speed is 72mph, even at 30mph, real speed is only 28. So if you know this (and that my dealers said this is 'normal' and within specs) - what's the problem - well - if the speedo is off by 10% as an example - when you hit 50,000 miles in 4-years and your warrantee is no longer any good - BUT you have only traveled 38,000 miles - what to do? Oh yes - from what I discovered, the "$830 Porsche Connect" is about totally worthless! Otherwise, thoroughly enjoying my Macan.
Moved up from Audi S6 to Macan S. Great driver very good acceleration, handling and braking. However it's at least 5 years behind Audi for technology. Actually discovered after picking up the vehicle - has no voice control. Apple car play requires phone to be ard wired to special plug. Very little control over car features. If you want a great driving SUV this is top of the list - but be warned a Chevy Cruze actually is more technical advanced for connectivity.