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2019 Porsche Macan: First Drive Review

A little while ago, I flew to Edinburgh to sample the updated 2019 Porsche Macan before it goes on sale here in the U.S. Here are my takeaways after a spirited jaunt through the Scottish Highlands with the 4-cylinder Macan.

2019 Porsche Macan rear 3/4


The Porsche Macan went on sale in the U.S. for the 2015 model year as a new entry-level model for Porsche, slotting below higher-dollar options like the Cayenne and the Panamera. Naturally, the Macan has gone on to become Porsche’s best-selling vehicle, and base, S, GTS and Turbo variants are all offered. The updated Macan I sampled in Scotland was of the base variety. When it goes on sale, the humblest 2019 Macan will have a starting price of just over $50,000, but will still offer Porsche DNA through and through. Keep in mind, though, that despite this relatively reasonable starting price, the Macan’s MSRP climbs quickly once you start adding options, and as with most Porsche vehicles, there are many ways to personalize.

2019 Porsche Macan front fascia

Exterior Changes

The Macan sees a few aesthetic and packaging changes for 2019. These include standard LED headlights, a wraparound rear taillight, a larger infotainment screen and a few new colors. None of these changes really serve to alter the driving experience, at least not when it comes to the base model.

2019 Porsche Macan rear tailgate

Under the Hood

The 4-cylinder Macan makes 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque from its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Fuel economy figures haven’t been announced yet for the 2019 model, but as the engine remains unchanged, expect the 20 miles per gallon in the city, 25 mpg in the city and 22 mpg in combined driving figures form the 2018 model to hold true.

2019 Porsche Macan interior

The Drive

Our driving route for the new Macan took us into the Scottish Highlands, an area made famous by its green and orange hues, steep mossy cliffs and meandering streams and waterfalls. Its pretty much always raining or about to rain in Scotland, and a blanket of low-hanging clouds formed a ceiling above us as we darted along the narrow, winding roads of the region

2019 Porsche Macan steering wheel

While the 4-cylinder Macan isn’t especially powerful, it was still enjoyable to drive. It wouldn’t be fair to call this the “slowest” Macan, but rather the “least fast,” as the turbo four still hustles the Macan from 0-to-60 miles per hour in a reasonably quick 6.3 seconds, or 6.1 seconds if the vehicle is fitted with the optional Sport Chrono package. The base Macan offers the same level of quality and refinement offered throughout the rest of the Macan lineup, making it great for anyone looking to get into first-time Porsche ownership. It’s also a great value for someone who craves luxury over speed and performance, as it can be optioned with most of the model line’s premium features while still holding onto the relatively efficient 4-cylinder turbo engine.

2019 Porsche Macan side profile


No matter how you slice it, the Macan offers an attractive design inside and out, exceptional build quality and ergonomics, and the handling characteristics you’d expect from a company responsible for the 911.

2019 Porsche Macan rear tail light

The updated 2019 Porsche Macan goes on sale in the summer of 2019.

2019 Porsche Macan in the  Scottish highlands

To gain access to this information, Autotrader attended an event sponsored by the vehicle’s manufacturer.

Chris O’Neill grew up in the Rust Belt and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked in the auto industry for awhile, helping Germans design cars for Americans. Follow him on Instagram: @MountainWestCarSpotter.

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Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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