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Porsche Macan Performance

Reviewers are thrilled with the 2016 Porsche Macan's performance, noting that its base engine has ample power and its incredibly nimble handling offers one of the most engaging driving experiences in the class. Additionally, they're pleased with its comfortable ride. The Macan's fuel economy estimates are low for a luxury compact SUV, but on par with the estimates of performance-oriented rivals.

  • "In the compact luxury crossover segment, the Porsche Macan is the fastest and most rewarding vehicle available." -- Edmunds
  • "You may be looking at the world's sharpest-handling SUV. …" -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
  • "Even its name -- the Indonesian word for ‘tiger’ -- is appropriate for the way the vehicle eagerly devours the curves when pushed. Yes, there are other high-performance compact crossovers on the market, but none with the Macan's level of performance or single-minded dedication to driving enjoyment. For the time being, it's a totally unique product in the compact premium crossover market." -- Motor Trend (2015)
  • "Compared to cars like the GLK, Evoque, and Q5, it's the ‘sportiest’ offering in the segment. I wouldn't call it a sports car, though." -- Jalopnik (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The base 2016 Porsche Macan is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 340 horsepower. The Macan Turbo comes with a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower. Both models come standard with a seven-speed automated manual transmission (PDK). The base 2016 Macan gets an EPA-estimated 17/23 mpg city/highway. While those estimates are on the low end for the class, they're on par with the estimates of other performance-oriented rivals.

Test drivers say the Macan's base engine provides quick, effortless acceleration that draws comparisons to that of sports cars. They add that although the larger available engine produces even greater power, base models have more than enough strength to satisfy most drivers. According to auto writers, the Macan's fast-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission is one of the best in the class.

  • "The turbo 3.0-liter V6 in the base 2016 Porsche Macan S pulls with plenty of gusto, and the lightning-quick shifts from the PDK transmission make for a lively driving experience as well. The 400-hp Turbo model is definitely livelier, but it is a bit hard to justify the price when the base Macan S is already so rewarding, and we learned as much during our year-long test of a 2015 Macan S." -- Edmunds
  • "The power upgrade from S to Turbo is obvious on the track or the road -- the Turbo just has more oomph out of corners. It's head-snapping when you floor it, as opposed to just quick. And as angry as we are at Porsche for abandoning the clutch-operated manual in its new line, we'll concede the PDK suits the Macan as well as any vehicle." -- AutoWeek (2015)
  • "The one and only gearbox is a crisp-shifting, paddle-controlled seven-speed dual-clutch automatic." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "The engine in the Turbo, with 400 horsepower and 406 pound feet of torque, is an absolute Leviathan. Power is immediate with basically no turbo lag. Combine that with Porsche's PDK, which is still the best gearbox out there, and you have a combination that is at home on track and in Sport Plus is brutal. The Macan S and its 340 horsepower is definitely slower than the Turbo, but it's still a strong combo." -- Jalopnik (2015)

Handling and Braking

Auto writers commend the 2016 Porsche Macan for its exceptionally sharp handling, which they note makes it one of the best performers in the class. They're also impressed that the Macan's agile handling doesn’t compromise its ride comfort. Additionally, a few reviewers say its brakes are strong and its steering is accurate. The Macan comes standard with all-wheel drive and an off-road mode that adjusts settings to maximize traction in off-road conditions. An air suspension system that adds 1.6 inches of ground clearance is also available.

  • "The Macan also possesses nimble handling characteristics that will put a smile on your face as you wind your way along a twisting road. While it's not as nimble as Porsche's two-door sports cars, the Macan is certainly more engaging than other rivals or even its bigger brother, the Cayenne. Also impressive is the ride quality, which doesn't seem to suffer much despite the focused performance." -- Edmunds
  • "A 14.3:1 steering ratio compares to 15.9:1 for the Q5. And even accounting for the Macan's extra-burly power, its precisely tuned, finely weighted electromechanical steering and body control seemed its biggest physical edge over its Audi cousin." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
  • "The brakes provide a firm pedal with stopping power strictly proportional to applied pressure. Likewise, the springs, the anti-roll bars, and the dampers check body rock and roll." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "Despite the winter rubber limiting grip and producing more understeer than desired, the S proved predictable, fun, and plenty quick, its PTV Plus showing a grin-inducing propensity for rotating the rear under acceleration. Moreover, the brakes - front 13.8-inch discs with six-piston calipers, rear 13.0-inch discs with single-piston calipers - delivered ample stopping force, PTM effortlessly put down power, and the steering provided commendable linearity, albeit with minimal feel." -- Motor Trend (2015)
Review Last Updated: 7/2/15

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