2016 Porsche Macan ReviewJuly 31, 2016
The Porsche Macan is the most driver-focused SUV yet. Porsche claims the Macan is “the first compact SUV that’s also a sports car”.
The entry-level Porsche Macan will get the 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine which features a turbocharger with two bar of boost pressure, charge-air cooling, direct injection and variable valve timing. Power is said to be 252 hp from 5,000 to 6,800 rpm with torque of 370 Nm available between 1,600 rpm and 4,500 rpm. The 335bhp petrol Macan S is faster, but it does its best work at higher revs. The Turbo has a 394bhp 3.6-litre engine, and the ferocity of its power delivery makes it feel more sports car than SUV.
Fuel consumption Macan: Urban in l/100 km (mpg) 8.6 (32.8) – 8.4 (33.6); Extra urban in l/100 km (mpg) 6.6 (42.8) – 6.4 (44.1); Combined in l/100 km (mpg) 7,4 (38.2) – 7,2 (39.2); CO2 emissions in g/km 172 – 167.
The new Macan is equipped with the 7-speed PDK transmission, which changes gear in fractions of a second with no interruption in the flow of power. The advantage is that, whenever a particular gear is engaged, the next gear is already preselected. As the clutch of the engaged gear opens, the clutch of the target gear closes simultaneously. The effect is a sporty, dynamic and agile driving feel. The principle of PDK is that, whenever a particular gear is engaged, the next gear is already preselected. As a result, gear changes take place within milliseconds.
Automatic mode is optimised for fuel economy. This means that PDK is able to offer not only a sporty, agile driving feel, but also increased efficiency.
The dynamic performance of the new Macan is thanks in part to the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive system. It comprises an electronic and map-controlled multi-plate clutch, the automatic brake differential and anti-slip regulation. The electronically controlled multiplate clutch regulates the distribution of drive force between the rear axle and the front axle.
The interior is ergonomic and multifunctional, and typical of a sports car. The driving experience inside the Macan can be intensified even further with features such as the new version of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) – your control centre for audio, telephone and navigation functions. Thanks to mobile phone preparation, you can connect to it straightforwardly via Bluetooth®. In response to hand movement, the integral proximity sensor activates the screen to display the relevant menu contents, which you can then operate intuitively using multi-touch gestures. Other options to help you face the challenges of life include the navigation module, the Connect Plus module, seat heating in the front and rear, and perhaps even one of our child seats and loadspace management systems.
The instrument panel, with its cluster of three dials, is always in view – just like in a classic sports car. In the centre: the rev counter. To the right: the 4.8-inch colour screen. This displays a range of useful information as well as a host of new functions introduced with the latest version of Porsche Communication Management. The multifunction three-spoke sports steering wheel is inspired by the design of the 918 Spyder – and an established motorsport principle: keep your hands on the wheel. Two manually operated and ergonomically positioned gearshift paddles enable fast and sporty gear changes.
The steel spring suspension is standard in all Macan models. Not only does it fulfill exacting requirements for performance and driving pleasure, it contributes to enhanced driving dynamics, lower fuel consumption and increased ride comfort.
The steering has been engineered for sporty and immediate handling. It also contributes to low fuel consumption. As there is no hydraulic system constantly drawing power, energy is consumed only when the steering is turned.
The large luggage compartment of the new Macan models is prepared for a wide variety of uses and boasts a capacity of 500 litres. The rear bench seat folds down with a ratio of 40 : 20 : 40. With the seats fully folded, the available capacity increases to 1,500 litres.
The Macan – built for an intensive life in which the thirst for experience and thrills and spills are ever-present, and in which new challenges are a permanent driving force. Built for a life that refuses to be hemmed in by conventions and feels all the more authentic for it.
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