2015 Porsche Macan Review
Critics say the all-new Porsche Macan should be the first car you consider if you're looking for an SUV with sports car-like handling, potent engine options and a comfortable ride.
A twin-turbo V6 engine is standard in the 2015 Porsche Macan S, and test drivers applaud the excellent power it provides. The available Macan Turbo model is even more potent, they say, delivering refined power and spry acceleration that compares favorably with sports cars such as the Porsche 911. Reviewers find the Macan Turbo's responsive engine doesn't suffer from turbo lag. The standard seven-speed automatic (automated manual) transmission earns automotive writers' praise for its responsive and quick shifts. The 2015 Macan S is more powerful than most luxury compact SUVs, but it also earns some of the poorest fuel economy estimates in the class at 17/23 mpg city/highway. Reviewers are thrilled with the Macan's nimble handling, and some say it corners similarly to a sports car. They note that the Macan also offers a comfortable ride, as well as strong brakes and responsive steering.
The 2015 Porsche Macan's cabin includes numerous buttons, critics say, but they are arranged in a user-friendly fashion and are mostly intuitive following a bit of study. Automotive writers say the front seats are comfortable and supportive and the rear seats provide sufficient room for most adults, though taller back-seat passengers could do with a little more legroom. The Macan's cargo space is smaller than its rivals. Standard features on the all-new 2015 Porsche Macan include an 11-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, a USB port, heated side mirrors and dual-zone automatic climate control. Available features include navigation, a rearview camera, lane change and lane keep assist systems, adaptive cruise control and Porsche Car Connect, which allows you to use your smartphone to locate your vehicle, access vehicle information and contact Porsche in the event of a breakdown.
- "Just like the Cayenne before it, the 2015 Porsche Macan should be a hit with luxury crossover shoppers, as it offers similar performance in a smaller, sportier package." -- Edmunds
- "I truly like the Macan. If I were looking for a car in this class, the Macan would be my first choice." -- Jalopnik
- "The Macan is a niche product at a premium price, and it is definitely not for those customers choosing a crossover strictly on the basis of utility or practicality. Even for those seeking a status nameplate, the Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK, or even Range Rover Evoque are probably more suitable for those who simply want to impress their non-enthusiast, status-conscious friends. But for those who appreciate Porsche's performance heritage and mystique and want a compact crossover, the Macan sacrifices little in terms of driving enjoyment and the Porsche experience in exchange for a measure of utility." -- Motor Trend
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Other SUVs to Consider
The Audi SQ5 features a supercharged V6 engine that test drivers say delivers ample power. The Audi SQ5 also comes standard with all-wheel drive, and it’s a bit more powerful than the Macan S. Additionally, critics agree that all Q5 models feature a well-built cabin with top-notch materials.
Reviewers like the Infiniti QX50's sharp handling and powerful engine, and it costs significantly less than the Macan. Test drivers praise its opulent cabin that features high-quality materials and attractive styling. Additionally, the QX50 earns better fuel economy estimates than the Macan.
Details: 2015 Porsche Macan
The 2015 Porsche Macan seats five, has standard all-wheel drive and comes in Macan S or Macon Turbo trims. A twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission come with the Macan S, while the Macan Turbo features a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 engine. The Porsche Macan is an all-new model for 2015.