2017 Porsche Macan Expert Review

4.2 Overall Score
Performance 4.7 Comfort 4.2 Styling 4.5 Value 4.2

Editor's Overview

Porsche’s 2017 Macan is a small SUV blessed with the German automaker's invigorating driving dynamics. Better viewed as a tall, all-wheel-drive hatch than rugged off-roader, the Macan is aimed at those seeking SUV functionality and sports-car performance. At roughly $50,000, price of entry is above rivals like the Jaguar F-Pace and Audi Q5.

You'll Like The 2017 Porsche Macan If...

If you want a small luxury SUV with the Porsche's renowned performance, the Macan is the little brother to the Cayenne that you've been awaiting. As the least expensive Porsche, the Macan is also one sweet ticket into the prestigious brand.

You May Not Like The 2017 Porsche Macan If...

Though a sub-$50,000 starting price is a deal for a Porsche, it's still a stretch for an entry-level SUV. If you want a bargain-performance SUV, look to the oft-overlooked Infiniti QX50. If you can compromise on the performance aspect, the Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Macan's Audi Q5 cousin are great alternatives.

What's New

The 2017 Macan lineup doubles with the performance-oriented GTS that slots between the Macan S and Macan Turbo, while a new base model arrives with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. New standard features include lane-departure warning and front/rear parking assist with rearview camera. Apple CarPlay compatibility also becomes available.

Interior Features

The Macan has a 2-row, 5-passenger configuration. Porsches have long offered a variety of color combinations, and this one's standard upholstery is leather or suede-like Alcantara. The front seats engulf you and range from standard 8-way power-adjust comfort versions to 18-way sport variants. The array of buttons surrounding the gear shifter could rival those in an airplane cockpit. The view out is IMAX wide. Second-row legroom is stingy, however. In back, the 17.7-cubic-foot cargo floor expands to 53 cubic feet by dropping the 40/20/40-split/folding 2nd-row seatbacks. That compares poorly to SUV competitors like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

Exterior Features

Profiled to look a bit like a 3/4-scale Cayenne, the 2017 Macan's tidier proportions are more akin to a tall hatchback than a compact SUV. It's not snap-recognizable as a Porsche, either. All trims of the Macan boast bi-xenon headlights and fog lights, while the GTS and Turbo models have unique, more aggressive front fascias. GTS models have a matte-black finish on the side blades and a more dynamic color scheme. They also sit 10mm lower than Turbo models. The Macan Turbo, meanwhile, can be identified via its front spoiler lip and squared-off quad exhaust outlets.

Driving Impressions

Like its bigger brother the Cayenne, the 2017 Macan is among the sportiest SUVs. It is a Porsche, after all, even if it's in the form of a sport-utility vehicle. Even the "slowest" model is fast, with the new 4-cylinder Macan able to rush to 60 mph in just over 6 seconds. The Macan S and GTS shave another second off that time, while the range-topping Macan Turbo goes 0-60 mph in as little as 4.4 seconds. Not all that long ago, that was 911 territory. Like any other Porsche, velocity is only part of the formula. Road-hugging grip, a brilliant 7-speed PDK automatic transmission and the sensory growl of the exhaust make the Macan a Porsche through and through. The always-on AWD system optimizes traction in both wet and dry conditions, while an off-road button optimizes the Macan for lighter off-highway adventures by varying torque distribution and throttle response.

Pricing Notes

With the new 4-cylinder Macan, price of entry into the lineup -- and the Porsche brand -- has dropped to $48,550, Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). That's nearly $5,000 less than last year's Macan S, which now starts at $55,450. The 2017 Macan GTS opens over $68,000, and the Macan Turbo jumps to over $77,000. At these prices, the Macan is among the priciest of the compact-luxury vehicles. The Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC and BMW X3 start several thousand below a base Macan, as does the new Jaguar F-Pace, which aims to give the Macan its most serious competition yet. Another new kid on the block, the Maserati Levante, starts over $70,000. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. The Macan's resale value is expected to be great. In fact, last year's model won the Best Resale Value Award in its class.

Notable Equipment

The new 2017 Macan base model cost thousands less than the Macan S (the former starter) but still comes nicely equipped. On hand are tri-zone climate control, lane-departure warning system, rearview camera with front and rear parking assist, power-folding side mirrors, power-operated liftgate, and 18-inch wheels. A fresh infotainment system is highlighted by a 7-inch multi-touch screen with AM/FM/HD/satellite radio with CD/DVD player, USB/aux inputs and Bluetooth connectivity. In addition to a more powerful V6 engine, Macan S model also have rain-sensing windshield wipers and tinted and thermally insulated glass.

Notable Options

More powerful still, GTS models have 20-inch wheels, suspension setting and other performance upgrades, while the top-line Macan Turbo boasts navigation, Bose audio, Alcantara roof lining, adaptive seats and active suspension. Option packages range from a sweet Burmester audiophile system to a panoramic roof, and Porsche Connect Plus module with wireless Internet access, Google Earth integration and Apple CarPlay, plus a rear-entertainment system and heated/ventilated front seats. Customization options abound, as do performance upgrades that include Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, $8,150 carbon-ceramic brakes and the recommendable Sport Chrono Package with Sport Plus mode, launch control and dash-mounted analog/digital stopwatch.

Favorite Features

80-PERCENT 911, 20-PERCENT CAYENNE, 100-PERCENT PORSCHE
Porsche’s Style VP Michael Mauer bristles at the suggestion that the Macan is a baby Cayenne. He sees it more as “a big brother to the Porsche 911.” One lap around an enclosed track proves Mr. Mauer is not prone to hyperbole.

7-SPEED PDK AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
While many tout their car’s horsepower and torque, performance potential is a moot point if the transmission can’t effectively manage the output. Porsche’s 7-speed dual-clutch automatic has no such issue, using the first clutch to hold the selected gear while the second clutch stands ready to instantaneously engage the next.

Under the Hood

The new base model is the first Macan to use a 4-cylinder, a turbocharged 2.0-liter that makes 252 horsepower, enough to zip this performance SUV from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds (or 6.1 with the Sport Chrono package). At just over 3,900 pounds, this is also the lightest Macan. All others use a twin-turbo V6 engine -- a 3.0-liter in S and GTS models and a larger 3.6-liter in the Turbo. All Macans use a 7-speed PDK automatic transmission and are all-wheel drive. For better fuel efficiency, they have an auto start/stop system that switches off the engine at traffic stops. Start-ups can be abrupt, and thankfully the system is defeatable. A V6 Macan can tow up to 4,409 pounds.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (Macan)
252 horsepower @ 5,000-6,800 rpm
273 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/25 mpg

3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (Macan S)
340 horsepower @ 5,500-6,500 rpm
339 lb-ft of torque @ 1,450-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 mpg

3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (Macan GTS)
360 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
369 lb-ft of torque @ 1,450-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 mpg

3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (Macan Turbo)
400 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
406 lb-ft of torque @ 1,350-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 mpg

Editors' Notes

The 2017 Porsche Macan is a small SUV blessed with the German luxury automaker's invigorating driving dynamics. Better viewed as a tall, all-wheel-drive (AWD) hatch than rugged off-roader, the Macan is aimed at those seeking SUV functionality and sports-car performance. While there is a slew of rivals in the burgeoning compact-luxury SUV segment, the Macan is among the few that can back up its performance claims. With a new, sub-$50,000 4-cylinder base version, Porsche will surely attract even more buyers facing temptation from the likes of the all-new Jaguar F-Pace and the Maserati Levante. But with prices that can zoom past $80,000 for a Turbo model, the Macan remains a pricey proposition.

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Owner Reviews

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Feels like a luxury car but goes off-road with ease.

The Porsche Macan has needed no repairs other than the first 2 scheduled maintenance events. The Macan is spectacularly fun to drive. It has very fast pickup, which is multiplied when in sport mode. At first, the beautiful red leather cockpit-like interior was almost overwhelming to operate (it required a 45 minute session with the dealer to learn all the interior functions ), but within a week, I had it all down. In spite of the fact that the Macan is clearly designed as a luxury car, it has surpassed my expectations in off-road situations. I do not “baby” my vehicle. My Macan has been back-woods “camping” more times than I can count, and performs beautifully in mud, snow, ice and heavy rain! When I first purchased the Macan, I was not sure if I should have purchased an “s” or turbo version of the car however, the base Macan was and still is a perfect choice for me!

- Molly A

Macan review-previous Cayenne owner

The interior is classic Porsche with numerous buttons and switches on the center console. Seats are very comfortable with multiple points of adjustment. Cargo area is deceptively good. Bose stereo system is excellent. Engine is spritely in normal mode but with a mild occasional lag. Brakes are interesting compared to the Cayenne...soft with initial press then a quick grab. Steering of course is excellent. (I am a former Cayenne and 911 base owner)

- Thomas H

Porsche macan gts, very beautiful and comfortable.

I love this car, I feel it is the perfect size for everyday use, very easy to park. It is extremely comfortable, feels safe, very beautiful and well finished, the only things I would change about it would be the high price of maintenance and that uses a lot gas.

- Barbara T