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2019 Porsche Macan Performance Review

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Performance: 9.2

The 2019 Porsche Macan is a spirited and athletic handler with capable engine options. Among rival luxury compact SUVs, the Macan stands out for its agility and acceleration.

  • "The new engine provides plenty of performance and linear response but it’s not exactly inspiring. It sounds a bit strained as you rev it out, while the odd pop and crackle from the exhaust is mildly amusing but doesn’t inject any real character. On this evidence the Macan S is definitely the sports car of its segment, but it still isn’t a sports car in the traditional sense. We’ll admit we’re being picky. The Macan S drives extremely well, exhibits superb body control, and has consistently powerful and feelsome brakes (even the non-ceramics). We sampled another Macan without the air suspension, and while the ride is a shade less supple, it has a more natural, honest feel and seems to better control weight transfer, too. Suddenly the Macan feels lighter and more alive with barely a penalty in terms of refinement." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Macan is comfortable, easy to drive and practical." -- Jalopnik
  • As before, the 2019 Macan is best suited for blitzing backroads, not blasting over dirt and rocks. This year, Porsche has made tiny improvements to enhance the Macan's road-holding prowess. Fiddling with the design of a car's spring forks … might not seem like a big deal, but Porsche has managed to shave more than 3 pounds by making them out of aluminum instead of steel. Those weight savings have a knock-on effect, as Porsche says it further retuned the optional air suspension and stiffened the stabilizer bars. The result is simultaneously a more comfortable ride, better body control and more neutral handling – something you rarely associate with an SUV." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The base Macan has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It’s capable but not robust, making it a fine choice for city driving.

A turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 powers the Macan S, making 348 horsepower and 352 pound-feet of torque. It’s the same engine found in the larger Porsche Cayenne. The V6 engine fares better, but some critics note there is some turbo lag when taking off from a stop. Compared to other luxury crossover SUVs, the Macan S has brisk acceleration, capable of going from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds when equipped with the Sport Chrono package. The seven-speed automatic transmission paired with both engines earns praise for its well-timed shifts.

There are no EPA estimates for the 2019 Macan as of this writing.

  • "The 2019 Macan provides solid, instantaneous power and forthright acceleration throughout the rev range. We expect even more power from the inevitable GTS and Turbo models, but Porsche is refusing to give up any details about those at the moment. A turbocharged four-cylinder continues to be the engine fitted to the base Macan." -- Edmunds
  • It doesn't have the robust aural quality of the larger V6, nor does it have the same off-the-line urgency -- Porsche estimates a 6.3-second 0-60 time -- but for most suburban schleppers, the 2.0-liter's oomph should be sufficient." -- CNET
  • Compared to the base model – which we drove briefly – 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

Ride and Handling

This Porsche has a lively ride. Sharp steering and nimble handling give it agility that rivals some sports cars. At the same time, this crossover remains poised and comfortable, serenely gliding over bumps and holes in the road. It’s not a Land Rover, but it has some light off-road capability. All-wheel drive is standard, and an air suspension is available.

  • "And while sporty versions of competing SUVs can be made to handle remarkably well, from behind the wheel their high driver's perch often feels at odds with those abilities. The Macan has none of that awkwardness, instead imparting confidence as the driver explores its capabilities. Its athleticism just seems more natural." -- Car and Driver
  • "A lot of automakers make good, sporty SUVs these days, but not many can match the Macan's excellent on-road poise. It starts with great steering, nicely weighted and vastly communicative -- an experience not dissimilar from other Porsche products. There's an on-center lightness that's great for cruising down the highway, but also more than enough heft -- and more importantly, feedback -- through turns, making you want to push the Macan harder and harder into each hairpin bend." -- CNET
  • "The Macan is already one of the most engaging and entertaining SUVs you can buy. The 2019 Macan maintains, if not slightly raises, its agility while substantially improving ride quality. Not that the previous Macan was a back breaker, but it clearly transmitted its performance intentions, even on smooth pavement. The 2019 Porsche Macan S feels far more relaxed when left in Normal driving mode, particularly over the broken and pockmarked pavement covering the island of Mallorca. A combination of narrow, twisting roads and aggressive elevation changes would have challenged most SUVs, but the Macan proved confident and refined throughout the experience." -- Kelley Blue Book
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