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
Before the results of our tireless research/arsing around on mountain roads, we ought to address that whole Q5-in-drag question. Porsche cheerily admits the Macan shares its underpinnings with Audi's middlemost SUV, but ‘underpinnings' is really all it shares. In fact, considering the VW Group's fastidious attitude to making all its brands play in the same parts bin, perhaps what's most interesting about the Macan is how little it has in common with the strait-laced Audi. Porsche says two-thirds of the Macan is original: in essence, only the Q5's aluminium frame remains. The Macan's interior is pure Porsche - many buttons, triple-barrel instrument cluster, steering wheel borrowed from the 918 Spyder, no less - as are its bodywork, suspension, transmission and, for the most part, engines.
Large engines. If you were quietly hoping the Macan might be the first Porsche you could drive to your local Penguin Huggers Anonymous meeting without having to park around the corner, tough luck for now. No parsimonious four-cylinders nor hybrids here (though both will arrive later), instead a range of three suitably sports-car-worthy six-cylinders, two petrol and one diesel. The latter Diesel S is an Audi-derived 3.0-litre turbo V6 clocked at 258bhp and 427lb ft, along with 45mpg and 160g/km of CO2. That'll cost you £43,300: for the same price you can have the base petrol Macan S, which uses a Porsche-specific 3.0 twin-turbo V6 with 340bhp. The petrol S will get from 0-62mph in 5.2secs, nine-tenths quicker than the diesel.