Impressive performance both on and off the road; unmistakable Porsche styling; sumptuous interior; customization options galore
Humble cargo and rear-passenger space; huge price jump from base S model to Turbo
The Macan is an all-new compact luxury crossover.
The Macan Turbo is undeniably alluring, but we think you get more Macan for your money with the base S. Go light on the options, and you'll have an awesome all-around package for under $60,000. Find a Porsche Macan for sale
The 2015 Porsche Macan S is offered in two trim levels: S and Turbo.
The Macan S ($50,895) comes standard with perks such as 19-inch wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, a power tailgate, a multifunction sport steering wheel with shift paddles, dual-zone automatic climate control, partial leather upholstery with synthetic suede accents, power front seats with memory, a 7-in touchscreen, and an 11-speaker sound system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Macan Turbo ($73,295) ups the ante with the exclusive 3.6-liter engine, Turbo-specific wheels and other exterior design features, an adaptive suspension, a synthetic suede headliner, heated front seats with additional power adjustments, a navigation system (embedded in the 7-in touchscreen), and a 14-speaker Bose sound system.
Many of the Turbo's added features are available on the base Macan, and both trims are eligible for an astounding array of options. There are wheels with a diameter as big as 21 in, an air suspension system, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (which subtly manipulates the rear brakes in corners for more precise handling), a panoramic sunroof, rear climate controls, parking sensors, a rearview camera, the Sport Chrono package (including a stopwatch, launch control and additional adjustable drive settings). And that's just a sampling. Porsche can also customize the Macan's interior for you with trim and color combinations seemingly limited only by your imagination.
In terms of cargo capacity, the Macan pays the price for its sleek, low-profile shape relative to the upright Q5. The area behind the rear seatbacks measures a relatively paltry 17.7 cu ft., though maximum capacity with those seatbacks folded down is a more respectable 53 cu ft.
Towing capacity, on the other hand, is downright impressive at 4,409 pounds when properly equipped. Try finding that kind of versatility in another compact luxury crossover.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
Audi SQ5 -- This special high-performance version of the Q5 gives the Macan S a run for its money thanks to a supercharged 354-hp V6, and it has more room inside than the Porsche.
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo -- The 3 Series GT hatchback isn't as pretty as the Macan, but it boasts a spacious back seat and a higher maximum cargo capacity.
Infiniti QX70 -- Don't let the QX70's advancing age turn you off; this is still a very capable luxury crossover with plenty of power and style to spare.