Juliet McGuire reviews…the Porsche Macan

2018 was a really good year for Porsche with the Macan being the German brand’s number one seller. It first launched back in 2014 and since then we have seen over 400 00 units sold. That should give you a good indication of just how successful this compact SUV is.

To continue the success story, Porsche has given the Macan a mild update. This comes in the form of subtle changes up front which include revised LED headlamps with the four LED daytime running lamps being standard. The rear has changed a little more as to keep the Macan in line with the brand’s latest design DNA. The most significant being the tail lamp which is a bar that sits right across the rear. It looks pretty fantastic, I think.

There are new wheel designs up to 21-inches and the Macan is now offered in four new colours. And because the Macan is such a hit with the younger professionals, Porsche made sure that the cabin came fitted with all the latest tech. Including the 10.9-inch PCM touchscreen infotainment system. It takes the Macan to a new modern level, which is needed due to the many, many buttons on this centre console. Where every one else seems to be stripping down and going for the clean look, Porsche has opted to keep all of its buttons. It might look a bit busy, but they are easy to familiarise yourself with.

The two models on offer are the Macan and the Macan S. The GTS and Turbo are due here soon. The Macan, which is the most affordable Porsche you can own, features a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine which produces 180 kW of power and 370 Nm of torque. It can sprint to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. Performance is adequate but if it is more you desire, you can put it in to Sport mode and feel a quicker response from the throttle.  There are always paddle shifts for those who want that manual control.

But if it is even more power you are after, the Macan S will be the best bet for you. It boasts a 3.0 turbocharged V6 engine which produces 260 kW and 480 Nm. This will get you to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds. Both the Macan and Macan S come mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and are both all-wheel drive.

This beautiful car is not only practical but fun to drive as well. Some feel it is not worthy of wearing the Porsche badge as it doesn’t ooze that sport car appeal. Well, I disagree. It is a compact SUV that is sporty enough to keep any enthusiast happy. You could opt for a Mercedes-Benz GLC or a BMW X4, but if it were me, the Porsche badge is what would probably hold the most appeal.

PRICING OF THE PORSCHE MACAN

Macan: R849 000
Macan S: R1 099 000

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