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
As is the standard PDK transmission. Porsche had some early wobbles with its double-clutch gearbox - specifically those daft push-me-pull-you steering-wheel buttons - but the Macan's seven-speed PDK might just be the best two-pedal transmission in the business, changing gear instantly and with satisfying crispness, the paddles behind the steering wheel (left for down, right for up, as it should be) engaging with a pleasingly hefty deadweight. There's no manual option available at all. Even if there were, you wouldn't bother.
And if we're talking impressive technical achievements, TopGear would humbly suggest a promotion for the engineer behind the Macan's AWD set-up. There's been a tendency in recent years for manufacturers to fit their off-road offerings with AWD systems that are, if worthy of the term at all, very much evenings-and-weekend: natively front-wheel drive, only pushing power to the rear wheels as a very last resort.