Porsche Macan: the Top Gear verdict
As Porsche announces new 4cyl Macan engine, read TG's definitive verdict on the SUV/sportscar
Posted: 25 Apr 2014
Porsche didn't have to make such sweeping proclamations. If you live anywhere near London's minted commuter belt, you'd have heard the communal cheer when Porsche first announced it would build a little brother to the Cayenne. Before anyone outside Stuttgart had so much as fired the engine of a Macan, Porsche's order books were full: order your Macan in the UK today, and it won't arrive until 2015. Even if Porsche had engineered its small SUV from leftover bits of tractor, and marketed it with the slogan "Basically We Just Stuck Our Badge On The Front Of An Audi Q5 And Went Down The Pub", the Macan would still have sold in droves.
But that isn't really how Porsche does things. Porsche sets itself lofty targets and generally succeeds in hitting them. So is the Macan both cereal and milkshake? The ultimate one-car garage or a confused mishmash? We commandeered a) a range-topping Macan Turbo, b) a small mountain range in eastern Germany and c) TG's entire petrol budget for 2014, and set off in search of answers.