2016 Porsche Macan review: The enthusiast's SUV

Introduction

Porsche’s Macan might be loosely based on the Audi Q5, but it feels every bit a Porsche from the driver’s seat. The range covers pretty much all bases, though the 3.0-litre V6 diesel is the natural entry point in the line-up, even if there’s also a 2.0-litre turbo petrol option on the price list. Buy that Diesel S or, if you’re not a diesel fan, the 3.0-litre V6 turbo in the Macan S, while the GTS is a spec and performance adjusted bridge to the lunatic Turbo model. If that’s not still enough you can have the Macan Turbo with a ‘Performance Pack’ producing 440hp. Yes, it's a family-friendly SUV…     

 

Body Style: Compact SUV Seats: 5 MRP from £43,553-£68,073 

 

Did you know? Much of the way the Macan handles is largely down to input from Porsche’s own Walter Röhrl.  

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict 8.0 / 10

The Macan is Porsche’s second foray into the SUV marketplace, and while smaller than the Cayenne above it, the opportunity for the firm is even greater. The Macan might have some Audi Q5 DNA in its makings, but it’s an entirely convincing Porsche on absolutely every level. Indeed, that makes it the most sporting compact SUV by some margin, and the Turbo model is quick and capable enough to keep Porsche’s proper sports car offerings honest on the track - and arguabl...