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Gear Lust – The Porsche Macan SUV

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Passenger space

Porsche Macan seatsAll models have an 8-way adjustable driver’s seat and 6-way adjustable passenger seat, and they’re quite comfy even for people over 6 feet. Unfortunately, you’ll have to spend extra for the optional 14-way adjustable seats.

There’s plenty of headroom in the front too, although the driver’s footwell is a little cramped, especially if you have large feet.

The rear legroom and headroom are a bit limited for passengers over 6 feet. Thanks to the sizable lump in the rear floor, there isn’t much room for the center passenger’s feet.

Handling

Porsche Macan handlingThe Porsche Macan hardly leans in tight corners but its firmer setup tends to highlights bumps in the road. Its somewhat fidgety suspension is a small price to pay for excellent handling.

The SUV’s raised seating position gives you a clear view of the road, but its large door mirrors create considerable blind spots at rotundas and junctions. Parking is made easier thanks to its front and rear parking sensors. You can get a 360-degree camera, but you’ll have to pay extra for it.

At faster speeds, you’ll hardly hear any wind or tire noise. The automatic transmission is such a joy to use and delivers smooth, near-instant shifts at speed. However, it’s a bit sluggish at slow speeds and can jerk slightly as you pull away. Then again, this is common with dual-clutch transmissions.

Performance and fuel economy

Porsche Macan diesel

The Macan comes in a diesel variant and three gasoline engines. The standard 2.0-liter gas engine performs best in city driving. It’s not quite as smooth as the larger 6-cylinder gasoline variants but it’s quieter than the diesel model.

Porsche says the 2.0-liter engine runs at 38.7mpg, but it’s closer to 30mpg in normal driving.

The 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder diesel is much better for longer distances. It has enough power to easily overtake slow-moving traffic yet still yield around 35mpg in normal driving, versus Porsche’s 44.8mpg claim. It’s also the best model to use if you need to regularly tow a trailer or drive off-road.

High-performance S and GTS variants turn the Macan into something more like a sports car, but they’re still no match the 400hp Turbo model when it comes to sheer speed. It’ll roar from 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds and run at a top speed below 170mph.

Take note that these variants are much more expensive and won’t hit more than 20mpg in regular driving. All models come with a dual-clutch automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.

So how much do you have to spend to drive an SUV with the Porsche name and performance? As of this writing, the cheapest Porsche Macan variant costs $47,800. The high-end Turbo model is priced upwards of $77,200.

Is the Porsche Macan worth it? If you have the money to spend, then yes. It has some minor drawbacks, but this SUV is a pleasure to drive.

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