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
Talking of snow, we tested the Macan on ice, mud, fresh powder and everything in between. It handled the lot, and even survived a quick wade through a knee-deep river, albeit not without a gurgling, anguished howl from something deep within the engine, followed by much hissing from the radiators for a good half-hour thereafter. Conclusion: the Macan won't reach the places a Defender or Land Cruiser might, but its off-road abilities will be more than enough to get you and your progeny to your designated glamping spot at next summer's trendiest organic arts 'n' crafts festival.
So has Porsche done it, managed to make a SUV that's also a sports car? Comparatively, yes. The Macan is massively fast, improbably grippy and beautifully built. It's the quickest, sportiest SUV in history, more mechanical and hands-on than the Range Rover Sport and Evoque, more focused of purpose than the fast 4x4s of BMW and Audi.