2017 PORSCHE MACAN: COMPACT, MID-SIZE SUV IS A STANDOUT

The result is a fast, comfortable, superb handling SUV that offers performance-style attributes such as excellent acceleration, sports car type handling, quick cornering, quite effective brakes and quick response steering. In short, the Macan is a rather expensive, but remarkable to own and drive SUV that’s very deserving of the Porsche name.”

“Each generation sees an evolutionary process that adds more performance, engineering, and stylistic upgrades.” 

Auto Review By Veeno Dewan

The Porsche Macan has been around for a few years now and has done very well as a mid –size SUV that’s a more affordable alternative to the very successful, and larger Porsche Cayenne. In fact, there is a Macan for every type of customer and performance driver it seems. There is the existing six-cylinder Macan S, GTS and Turbo and now there is a new four-cylinder engines version that offers an affordable alternative. Each generation sees an evolutionary process that adds more performance, engineering, and stylistic upgrades.  The Macan comes standard with   a long list of standard features including: ParkAssist with rear camera, heated steering wheel, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, lane departure warning, three-zone climate control, garage door opener, rear side airbags, heated and retractable outside mirrors and Alcantra leather seats, lane departure warning,   back-up camera, a Sport button, 18-inch wheels, eight-way driver’s side electric seat, Porsche’s dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters. The Macan does 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds.

Pricing wise, the four-cylinder Macan has a starting price of $52,700m The Macan S comes in at $59,200, the Macan GTS at $73,100 and the formidable Macan Turbo at $85,800. Of course, very few if any Porsche buyers order their vehicle as standard and the options list for the Macan is extensive, featuring such goodies as 21-inch wheels, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, adaptive sports seats, sport exhaust and air suspension, just to name a few goodies.

The engine in the new four-cylinder Macan is an Audi-sourced 2.0-litre twin turbo, direct injection inline unit with 252 hp and 273 lb/ft of torque.  Longitudinally mounted, it puts out horsepower between 5,000 and 6,800. It is stronger than its heavy competition such as the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and Range Rover Sport. There are also Sport and Sport Plus modes on the Macan that adjust throttle response and shift points for more performance. All-wheel-drive is standard in Canada via a Tiptronic eight-speed automatic only, and it has a full-time all-wheel-drive system with traction control and a self-locking center differential.

The interior is completely Porsche, with high–grade materials, fit and finish. There is a perfect driving position achieved using the standard eight-way power seats that are very comfortable.  The center stack features a myriad of buttons but is very easy to use and navigate. A heated steering wheel is also standard equipment, along with three-zone climate control, a reverse camera with front and rear park assist, and Lane Departure Warning

The temptation to slam your right foot down on empty roads is mighty inviting. However opt for sport mode and the shift points for the eight-speed Tiptronic become more urgent, and help keeps the engine at maximum efficiency. If you must, you can shift the Tiptronic manually with the paddle type levers. The as- standard reversing camera and ParkAssist front and the rear system makes maneuvering and parking in tight areas a breeze. Also, the standard auto/stop start system allows the Porsche to automatically shut off the engine and restart at traffic lights to save fuel. The result is a fast, comfortable, superb handling SUV that offers performance-style attributes such as excellent acceleration, sports car type handling, quick cornering, quite effective brakes and quick response steering. In short, the Macan is a rather expensive, but remarkable to own and drive SUV that’s very deserving of the Porsche name.

2017 Porsche Macan 2.0 Priced from $52,700 plus options and delivery