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The Top Gear car review: Porsche Macan
For:It's the sharpest SUV in the business
Against: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.