2020 Porsche Macan

Performance


MSRP
$50,900
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2020 Porsche Macan Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 8.9

The 2020 Porsche Macan has phenomenal overall performance, owing mostly to its athletic handling. There are three capable engines to choose from, though some critics wish for more authoritative power from the range-topping Macan Turbo. Fuel economy is low for the class.

  • "The 2020 Porsche Macan is a delight, a wonderful blend of SUV and sports car. It’s one of the sportiest SUVs available, and it’s an engaging drive from the instant you fire up its turbocharged engine. Even the 'slowest' model, the base Macan, is fast." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Porsche Macan is … one of the best arguments for accepting crossovers as performance vehicles. We've been consistently impressed with how well Porsche has translated its engaging driving dynamics into the Macan." -- Edmunds
  • "A quick stab of the throttle puts the optional torque-vectoring system to work, shuffling power side to side to help the rear end rotate. You can drive this thing like a 911 Carrera all day long and it absolutely will not mind. Nor will it ever let you down." -- CNET

Acceleration and Power

The Porsche Macan comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, which is below average for the class.

The Macan S comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine that puts out 348 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is rated at 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The Macan Turbo has a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that produces 434 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

The Macan's turbo-four and turbo-V6 engines deliver a good amount of power for everyday driving, with the latter producing swifter acceleration. While the twin-turbocharged V6 is the most powerful of the lot, not all critics were impressed with its performance. The Macan Turbo is fast, but some critics note that the immediate throttle response should be better.

  • "We've driven the twin-turbo 2.9 in other Volkswagen Group applications. And while it's smooth and powerful, it doesn't have a lot of personality. … It hasn't quite delivered the emotion we expect from fancy trims (like the Turbo) that promise extra excitement for your money." -- Edmunds
  • "… the new engine delivers its power lower in the rev range, and with more urgency. … Yet there's something about this engine that feels... weak. I'm not talking about the amount of power on offer, more the overall experience. When I stomp on the throttle, I don't get the slam-you-into-your-seat feeling I expect from a Turbo-badged Porsche. The engine note, which is augmented and piped into the cabin, lacks drama." -- CNET
  • The V-6's additional shove is most noticeable when pulling away from a stop or when matting the pedal. When you're cruising along and ask for additional acceleration, the V-6 takes a moment to spool up its turbo and as a result doesn't feel all that much livelier than the blown four. The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (Porsche's PDK) is ultra-responsive and quick-shifting, yet also well-mannered in low-speed maneuvers. It remains arguably the best transmission of its type." -- Car and Driver (2019)

Handling and Braking

The all-wheel-drive Porsche Macan has deft handling, responsive steering, and impressive road grip. Ride quality is comfortable over most surfaces.

  • "You get plenty of feedback through both the steering and seat of your pants, meaning it's easy to carry lots of speed through tight corners, simply because you've got a great sense of your grip at road level." -- CNET
  • "Porsche's all-wheel-drive system maximizes traction, and there’s enough cornering grip in the Macan to strain neck muscles. At the same time, Porsche’s compact SUV has a vault-like chassis and a comfortably smooth ride. Toss the Macan into corners and let the fun begin." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "You notice the improvements in ride quality and steering precision within the first few miles. … The steering is as clear and deftly weighted a helm as you'll find on any SUV, allowing you to place the little Porsche accurately in corners with little more than a roll of the wrists." -- Motor Trend (2019)
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