he 2017 Porsche Macan is a supreme all-rounder with excellent interior space and utility and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The four cylinder car is priced below 20,000 dinars which is a fantastic buy.
I didn’t know what to expect when I took this Macan out for a spin. Dynamically it’s ahead of the Audi Q5. It can achieve zero – 100kph in 4.4 seconds (the Audi SQ5 takes 5.2 seconds). It also has a turbocharged 2.0 liter inline 4-cylinder that puts out 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Porsche offers a torque-vectoring system, with an electronically locking differential across the rear axle that gives precise control over power delivery. Though it may not be as powerful as the GT3, it certainly drives like a Porsche.
At first glance, the Macan promises both Porsche performance and SUV practicality. Styled like the bigger Porsche Cayenne, it is however scaled down to more urban friendly dimensions. The rear end is clean and spare with LED taillights and a wrap-around tail gate.
Luxury and Utility
Inside, this car screams sports luxury. It’s beautiful. The car I tested came with red and black leather interiors which looked beautiful. Utility-wise, you’ll find that the Macan behaves like a useful family wagon capable of carrying up to five passengers—though four would be more comfortable.
I very much enjoyed driving this car, I found the raised driving position—high but not too high, combined with sports car performance, to my liking. Though I drove around Manama, and not on a racetrack, the Macan performed with plenty of power.
The Macan’s rear bench splits so that a slim middle section folds independently to create an armrest. All three sections fold down to expand the cargo space and to render the Macan a two-seater, in true Porsche style. With the rear seat up, there’s 17.7 cubic feet of space; seats folded, it’s 53 cubic feet.
And if you like off-roading, well then you’re in for a treat. The Macan has 7.8 inches of ground clearance, which rises to just over 9 inches with the optional air suspension, great for off-roading.
So why would you choose a Macan instead of the larger Cayenne? Well, If you like driving the Cayenne, you’ll love the Macan’s lighter weight and lower center of gravity. And, there’s sufficient space to stow luggage. It makes more sense for many people who don’t require so much interior space than buying a bigger Cayenne or Range Rover Sport.
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The author of this article, Nick Cooksey, in addition to being publisher of Arabian Magazines and Gulf Insider Media, is a jury panel member of the Middle East Car of the Year (MECOTY).