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The Top Gear car review: Porsche Macan

Overall verdict
For stunning breadth of ability underlined by sporting nous, no small SUV gets close


It's the sharpest SUV in the business


Be warned, it's one of the smallest, too


What is it?

The Macan is the most popular Porsche in the UK. It’s an SUV with a desirable badge, how could it not be a success? Thing is, the Macan has always overdelivered in just about every department. It’ll go further off-road than most owners will ever ask, it’ll hammer down a twisting road with more skill than most drivers would have the nerve to test, and it’ll seat five in front of a class-leadingly big boot. Porsche got the Macan right first time.

So its mid-life update is wisely subtle. On the outside there are new headlights peering through a reprofiled bonnet, tweaked door mirrors and some lairier paint hues. The only exterior change you’ll actually notice, however, is the full-width rear light bar, which apes the look of the new 911. (And Panamera. And Cayenne. And Taycan… yep, the Germans know a motoring fashion trend when they see one.)

Inside, there’s a much more significant makeover. The air vents have been relegated lower down the order, to make way for a bigger touchscreen featuring a much more feature-packed interface inherited from pricier Porsches. However, the engineers have pulled up short of pinching the entire Cayenne’s interior, so banks of physical buttons remain instead of touch-sensitive glass panes.

Engines have also been thoroughly overhauled for the new Macan. First off, there’s no longer a Macan Diesel. Porsche has dropped diesel entirely from its range, which might seem odd given it fuelled the most popular Macan on UK shores.

Assuming its position as the entry-level Macan is a new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol version, priced a whisker under £47,000, badged simply ‘Macan’ and running a Porsche-honed version of the VW Golf GTI’s engine. All Macans arrive fitted to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox as standard (badged by Porsche as PDK), though note this isn’t as modern as the eight-speed PDK used in Porsche’s bigger four-doors.

There are three Macans beyond that, all using Audi-sourced V6 petrol engines. There’s the Macan S (£49k, 350bhp), the Macan GTS (£59k, 375bhp) and Macan Turbo (£68k, 435bhp). The latter is as close as the Macan gets to taking on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and Mercedes-AMG GLC63 in the small super-SUV stakes, though is someway off their power claims.

And no use waiting for a more powerful one. There’ll be no Turbo S, and there’ll likely be no quicker internal combustion-engined Macan ever. Porsche has dropped diesel from the Macan, and by the time the next-gen version arrives, it looks like it’ll drop petrol too, its smaller SUV touted to go electric-only. Yikes.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
Turbo 5dr PDK
4.5s 224g/km 440 £68,530
The cheapest
5dr PDK
6.7s 185g/km 34.9 245 £46,913
The greenest
5dr PDK
6.7s 185g/km 34.9 245 £46,913