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2015 Porsche Macan Review

The 2015 Porsche Macan sits in the top half of our luxury compact SUV rankings. It has sporty handling, a lavish cabin, and a great reliability rating, but high ownership costs hold it back.

Pros & Cons

  • Sports-car-like handling
  • Powerful engines
  • Luxurious interior
  • Great reliability rating
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Very high cost of ownership
  • Below-average fuel efficiency




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 9.4
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 Porsche Macan Overview

Is the 2015 Porsche Macan a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2015 Porsche Macan is a great used luxury compact SUV. With its potent turbo engines and dynamic handling, the Macan delivers one of the best driving experiences in the class. Inside, you'll find first-rate materials and intuitive technology. That said, the Macan isn't the best choice for shoppers who want loads of passenger and cargo space. Also, its fuel economy ratings are low for the segment.

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We’ve analyzed 16 Porsche Macan reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2015 Porsche Macan?

Based on about 220 listings for the 2015 Porsche Macan on our site, the average price is $45,000, which is above average for the class. Prices range from $35,900 to $58,700 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Porsche Macan Cost to Own?

The 2015 Porsche Macan's five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $34,410, or $6,882 per year. That's above average for a luxury compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Macan?

The 2019 Porsche Macan starts at $49,900 and comes with a number of improvements over the 2015 model. These include additional standard features like lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a 10.9-inch touch screen, navigation, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Porsche also refreshed the interior and exterior styling of the 2019 Macan. The 2015 Macan is a fine SUV, but considering the added features, we suggest picking the 2019 if your budget allows.

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There are several new luxury compact SUVs within the price range of the 2015 Macan. For example, the 2019 Audi Q5 and 2019 Acura RDX start at $42,950 and $37,400, respectively. The Q5 delivers athletic handling and lots of standard features, while the RDX boasts a spacious, upscale cabin with plenty of technology features, as well as an engaging ride.

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Which Model Year of the Porsche Macan Is Best?

The 2015 Macan marks the start of the current generation, and there have been a number of updates over the years. For 2016, the Macan gained standard tri-zone automatic climate control and an available surround-view parking camera, and the Turbo models received a heated steering wheel. The 2017 Macan received a new base trim with a 252-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a GTS trim with a 360-horsepower V6 engine, and more standard safety features like a rearview camera, lane departure warning, and parking sensors. Also for 2017, a Performance package and Apple CarPlay became available. The 2018 Macan so no major changes.

The 2016 Macan doesn't add much over the 2015 model, but the 2017 Macan is worth the cost if you’re looking for additional standard features, performance upgrades, and smartphone integration.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Porsche Macan?

The 2015 Porsche Macan has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Porsche Macan Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2015 Porsche Macan. The brake booster may have been damaged during the manufacturing process, which could increase the risk of a crash.

Before buying any vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Porsche Macan Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Porsche Macan comes in S and Turbo trims. Both have a similar list of features, including a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, 11 speakers, leather upholstery, and power-adjustable front seats.

The difference between these models is their respective engines. The S trim comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 340 horsepower, while the Turbo trim has a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 that produces 400 horsepower. We suggest the base trim because it has more than enough power to please most shoppers.

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What Does Porsche's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Porsche offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles 13 years old or less and with fewer than 124,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Porsche extends the original new-car warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. If the CPO vehicle is past its original new-car warranty term (four-years/50,000-miles), Porsche will cover the CPO vehicle for two years with unlimited mileage. Each CPO Porsche must pass a 111-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Porsche warranty page carefully.

Porsche’s CPO program is below average for a luxury carmaker, according to our research. Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Jaguar all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Macan?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2015 Porsche Macan. That’s common among luxury vehicles.

No active driver assistance features are standard. When the 2015 Macan was new, Porsche offered blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and a rearview camera. You may find a model with some or all of these features.

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2015 Porsche Macan Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Porsche Macan or 2015 Porsche Cayenne?

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne and the Macan are two luxury midsize SUVs that offer great reliability ratings, lavish interiors, and sporty performance. That said, the Cayenne has more rear passenger room and cargo space than the Macan. Plus, the Cayenne is available in a hybrid variant. You'll have to decide if the Cayenne’s added perks are worth the additional cost.

Which Is Better: 2015 Porsche Macan or 2015 Audi Q5?

The 2015 Audi Q5 is another sporty luxury compact SUV. It has engaging handling and, like the Macan, comes with standard all-wheel drive. The Q5’s cabin has plenty of adult-friendly seating and lots of standard features, and its projected ownership costs are lower than the Macan’s. Ultimately, the Macan is the better SUV. While the Q5’s engines are fine, they can’t compare with the Macan’s in terms of power. The Q5’s ride is firm, and its reliability rating is low. Skip the Q5 for the Macan, if it's in your budget.

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2015 Macan Performance

How Does the 2015 Porsche Macan Drive?

The 2015 Porsche Macan delivers one of the most enjoyable rides in the class. Its agile handling and sharp steering make it fun to drive, and its suspension does a good job of mitigating road bumps so that the ride remains comfortable. The Macan comes standard with all-wheel drive, which enhances road grip.

This Porsche comes standard with a 340-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. In this setup, the Macan has plenty of power and delivers quick acceleration. A more potent 400-horsepower twin-turbo V6 is available.

Does the 2015 Porsche Macan Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 Macan delivers 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, which is low for the luxury compact SUV class.

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2015 Macan Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Macan Seat?

The 2015 Macan has seating for up to five people. The cabin has lavish, soft-touch materials and comes with standard leather upholstery. Eight-way power-adjustable front seats are also standard. Heated and ventilated front seats are available, as are 14- and 18-way power-adjustable front seats.

The Macan’s front seats are comfortable and offer a good amount of passenger space. Average-sized passengers should have enough room in the rear seats, but head- and legroom are minimal for taller passengers back there.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Porsche Macan?

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the Macan’s rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

2015 Porsche Macan Features

The Macan's dashboard is flooded with various buttons and controls, but they’re logically arranged and user-friendly. The infotainment system comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen, 11 speakers, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available features include a 14-speaker Bose premium audio system, navigation, and a 16-speaker Burmester premium audio system.

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2015 Porsche Macan Dimensions

Porsche Macan Cargo Space

There's limited cargo space in the 2015 Macan. It comes with 17.7 cubic feet of room behind the rear seats and 53 cubic feet when the back row is folded down. Those are some of the lowest figures for the luxury compact SUV class.

2015 Macan Length and Weight

The 2015 Macan is more than 15 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,110 to 4,250 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Porsche Macan Built?

Porsche built the 2015 Macan in Germany.

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