The Porsche Macan went on sale for the 2015 model year and has quickly become the brand’s best-selling vehicle. Lighter, nimbler and more compact than the Cayenne, the Macan is a true mix of SUV and sports car characteristics, and is a great option for anyone longing for a Cayman, but also needing the practicality of four doors and cargo space.
Though it shares its platform with the Audi Q5, the 2020 Porsche Macan has been significantly reworked in order to differentiate it from its more mainstream cousin, and everything from its interior to its engines to its driving and handling characteristics are decidedly Porsche.
What’s New for 2020?
High-performance Turbo and GTS trims have been added for 2020. Also, wireless charging has been introduced as an option. See the 2020 Porsche Macan models for sale near you
What We Like
- Great interior
- Loads of options for personalization
- Excellent handling
- Sports-car-like performance
- Fun new colors
What We Don’t
- Adding options means the sticker price increases quickly
- Rear passenger and cargo room is tight
The Macan comes standard with all-wheel drive (AWD) and one transmission option: a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. The base Macan uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder putting out 249 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, good for a 0-to-60 mph time of 6.1 seconds. Step up to the beefier Macan S, which gets a revised engine. It’s still a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, but drops one turbocharger, making it what Porsche refers to as a “mono-turbo” setup rather than a twin-turbo. Power is up slightly, as the Macan S now puts out 348 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. 0-to-60 mph takes 5.1 seconds.
The Macan GTS and Turbo models have been added to the lineup, both of which are powered by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6. The GTS makes 375 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and the range-topping Turbo makes 434 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. The GTS hustles from 0-to-60 mph in 4.7 seconds and the Turbo gets there in just 4.3 seconds.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in base 4-cylinder form, the Macan returns 19 miles per gallon in the city, 23 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in combined driving. These figures shrink slightly in the Macan S, dropping to 18 mpg city/23 mpg hwy/20 mpg combined. We expect the GTS and Turbo models to have fuel economy similar to the Macan S, but they don’t have official EPA fuel economy ratings yet as of this writing.
Standard Features & Options
The Macan has traditionally been offered in four trim levels: base, S, GTS and Turbo.
The base Macan ($50,900) comes with 18-in wheels, a 10-speaker sound system and a new 10.9-in infotainment screen running the latest version of the Porsche Communications Management System. Additional features include front and rear parking assist, Bluetooth connectivity, a sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, a power rear lift gate, autoleveling self-cleaning LED headlights, leather and Alcantara, and 8-way power-adjustable seats.
Adding the Premium Package ($3,110) to the base trim adds heated front and rear seats, Bose 14-speaker audio, Apple CarPlay and adaptive headlights. Upgrade even further to the Premium Package Plus ($6,500) and you’ll be treated to a panoramic roof, remote start, 14-way power front seats with memory settings and ventilated front seats, plus all of the features of the Premium Package.
The Macan S ($59,400) comes standard with 19-in wheels, memory seats, adaptive headlights and rain-sensing windshield wipers to go with its more powerful turbocharged V6 engine.
The Macan GTS ($71,300) is similar to the S model but adds a more powerful twin-turbo V6 engine and a sporty appearance package inside and out which includes black exterior accents, 20-in wheels and red brake calipers on the outside plus brushed aluminum accents and Alcantara used throughout the interior.
The Macan Turbo ($83,600) adds a twin-turbo V6 engine and adaptive suspension plus 18-way power front seats, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an Alcantara headliner and 14-speaker Bose premium audio.
Porsche prides itself on allowing for endless personalization and customization of its vehicles from the factory, and most of the unique features offered on upper trims can be specified on lower-end iterations of the Macan as well. Everything from 21-in wheels to air suspension, to a torque vectoring system to the Sport Chrono Package — which comes with a stopwatch, launch-control and additional drive settings — is available as an additional option on even the 4-cylinder Macan. When it comes down to it, if you’re willing to order one directly from the factory, you can have your Macan just about any way you want it.
While it’s short on cargo volume, offering just 17.7 cu ft. behind the rear seats, the Macan delivers when it comes to towing capacity, offering an impressive 4,409 pounds when properly equipped.
The Macan comes with all of the safety features you’d expect on a modern vehicle along with a (federally mandated) backup camera and a litany of airbags. The Macan also comes with lane-departure warning and front and rear parking sensors. While many mainstream vehicles make a full suite of active safety features standard across the lineup, getting many of these features on a Macan requires buyers to check costly options boxes when it comes to items like automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist. The Macan has not been crash-tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Behind the Wheel
Regardless of what flavor you’re sampling, the Macan offers exceptional build quality and a true sports-car experience, despite the fact that it rides a little higher and is shaped a little differently than a vehicle like, say, the Cayman. The 10.9-in infotainment screen is certainly modern and serves as the centerpiece to an all-around attractive center stack, which, in true Porsche fashion, is heavy on buttons while also maintaining a clean, sleek appearance. From the basic 4-cylinder all the way up to the Turbo, everything inside the Macan is high-grade. Back seat passengers may find themselves a little cramped though, as the Macan sacrifices room in its second row in favor of a roomy cockpit up front.
Despite its SUV shape, the Macan is surprisingly Porsche when it comes to on-road driving. We’ve found the Macan to be confidence-inspiring at high speeds, and without question, it’s one of the most athletic crossovers on the market. Options like air suspension and a configurable sport exhaust are enticing, but even without them, the Macan offers a driving experience unlike that of any other luxury SUV. One thing we don’t recommend skimping on is safety, and getting all of the latest tech requires around $4,000 worth of options.
When it comes to picking a powertrain, the Macan S is probably as much power as most buyers need. With a 0-to-60 mph time of right around 5.0 seconds, hammering the pedal on a Macan S can be downright scary, leading us to wonder how anyone could yearn for a more powerful trim, but Porsche makes one available regardless in the form of the rip-roaring GTS and Turbo models. Across the lineup, the Macan’s dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission and AWD system do not disappoint.
Other Cars to Consider
2020 Audi SQ5 — The performance-oriented SQ5 comes with a supercharged 354-hp V6 and serves to bridge the gap between basic versions of the Q5, the Macan and the Macan S. If space is what you’re after, you’ll find more in the SQ5 than you will in a Macan.
2020 Jaguar F-Pace — Jaguar’s compact SUV undercuts the Macan where it matters most: price. The most powerful variant, the S AWD model, comes with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 making 380 hp, and is roughly $5,000 less expensive than a comparably equipped Macan.
Used Porsche Cayenne — A used Cayenne from the 2015-2018 model years will offer more room and more power than a comparable Macan while costing about the same.
While the Macan Turbo is obviously the MVP of the group, every trim level in the Macan lineup is worthy of all-star consideration. With the Macan, Porsche has managed to create a high-riding, AWD-equipped compact SUV worthy of the Porsche name. If deep down you want a sports car, but can’t justify the sacrifices with regard to practicality and passenger space, you’ll likely find a lot to love about the 2020 Porsche Macan. Find a Porsche Macan for sale