+ One of the best-driving SUVs
+ High-quality interior
+ Decent infotainment system
- There are more practical SUVs
- No diesel or PHEV options
- Lots of options despite the price
Verdict: The Porsche Macan is probably the most fun you can have in an SUV on the right road, plus has a lovely cabin with an impressive infotainment system. You can have that premium feel for less money elsewhere, though, and you'll get more space for your money too.
2022 Porsche Macan: walking around it
The Porsche Macan is instantly recognisable as a Porsche. Place your hand over the bottom half of a picture of a Macan and suddenly it becomes a Cayman – OK, if you squint a bit.
Of course, this is an SUV, so that Cayman rides atop a taller body which at the front features a deep bumper with various air intakes. Above you'll see a clamshell bonnet, raked-back headlights and a flowing roofline that gives the Macan a sporty look amongst other SUVs.
The way the Macan looks doesn't change much across its three models – the Macan, Macan S and GTS. All get large alloy wheels, but in different styles and long options lists that can get very expensive very quickly.
The easiest way to tell the difference between them is the badge on the back, although the GTS also features more black accents on the outside and black alloy wheels as standard rather than silver.
These things are subjective, but to our eyes, the Macan is easier on the eye than alternatives such as the Audi Q5 Sportback, BMW X4 or Mercedes GLC Coupe.
2022 Porsche Macan: sitting inside it
The Porsche Macan's interior is one of the Best-built of any premium family SUV. It's pretty dark in terms of its general design, so if you like wow-factor then a GLC Coupe might be more up for street, but everything your touch and feel inside the Macan is extremely sturdy.
Sadly, despite the Macan's punchy price, you don't even get leather seats as standard – they cost at least £1000 more. You can pay around twice that for extended leather, which means more of it on the doors and dashboard for the ultimate premium feel.
Moving from the Macan to the Macan S you get different dash trim and sportier (but still fabric) seats as standard, while the GTS also gets a different dash look, plus part-fabric, part-leather sports seats.
Beyond this, Porsche's seemingly endless options list allows you to choose between things like 15 different seat colours, countless trim inlays, embossed badges on the seats and different air vent surrounds. This level of personalisation is better than Audi, BMW or Mercedes offer.
2022 Porsche Macan: using the tech
All Macans comes with a widescreen 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the centre of the dash. It has a razor-sharp screen and responds very quickly to inputs, plus looks great. A BMW's iDrive system with its rotary dial operation is still easier to use while driving, though.
If you can't get on with Porsche's menu structure, which is easy to understand, you can also make it all look and work like your smartphone, because Apple CarPlay and Android Auto both come as standard.
Porsche favours analogue dials rather than a full digital set and there's nothing wrong with the Macan's which are very clear and feel sporty in an old-school way. You do still get a small digital screen to the righthand side of the large central dial that'll display trip and status info.
2022 Porsche Macan: getting stuff in it
The Macan isn't the most spacious premium family SUV of this size and price, due to its sporty design.
Adults in the front seats won't have too many problems with the headroom or shoulder room, and the driver gets a nice driving position that feels sportier than the average family SUV.
However, the back seats are tight for adults for head a knee room, plus you'll struggle to seat three adults across the rear seats comfortably on a long journey. The rear door openings are also fairly tight for fitting bulky child seats through.
The Macan's boot is slightly smaller than an X4 or Q5 Sportback's on paper and the same size as a GLC Coupe's. Ultimately, the Q5's is the best, but all will serve a family pretty well despite their sporty sloping rooflines.
In reality, you won't really see much difference between them day-to-day and the Macan's standard 40:20:40 folding rear seats are a handy feature.
2022 Porsche Macan: driving it
The Macan comes in three flavours, starting with the turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol Macan that has 265hp and will crack 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds.
Next up is the Macan S, which has a twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 petrol with 380hp and a faster sprint time of 4.8 seconds. Finally, the Macan GTS has the same engine as the S, but wicked-up to 440hp allowing 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds instead.
All Macan's have all-wheel-drive but will run in rear-wheel-drive mode most of the time to save fuel. Every model also gets a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox
Even the entry-level Macan feels special to drive, but the faster S and GTS really are about as fun as SUVs get. They steer wonderfully well like all Porsches, feel extremely eager to turn into corners and grip extremely hard throughout them. The Macan is one of the few SUVs that feels nicely playful with its electronic aids off too.
You might think the Macan is therefore stiff and noisy to drive the rest of the time, but it even manages to soak up lumps and bumps at low speeds in town and glide along motorways keeping its passengers relaxed in a hushed cabin. Only the GTS gets adaptive air suspension as standard.
So it's a real shame that despite paying a handsome sum for the Macan, no model gets lane-keep tech or adaptive cruise control as standard. These things are standard in cheap small cars like the Toyota Yaris these days, so having to spend thousands extra to get them here seems pretty stingy.
2022 Porsche Macan: paying for it
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Next to the Audi Q5 Sportback, BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe, the Porsche Macan looks expensive. It starts at just under £50,000 and tops out at £66,000 for the GTS. Of course, most Porsche owners end up spending thousands more on options too.
Despite these punchy prices, you'll have to spend on options to get your Macan specced up to the same level as the cars from Audi, BMW and Mercedes.
The Macan also doesn't come with the option of diesel or Plug-in hybrid models, instead coming with a choice of three very potent, but also very thirsty petrol engines, so you'll spend more running a Macan too.
You won't see notably better reliability, either. Porsche places a similar mid-table in terms of reliability in the latest surveys alongside its competitors like Audi, BMW and Mercedes.
Where you will save a bit of cash is on finance, because the Macan has extremely strong residual values, which will help keep those monthly payments down.
2022 Porsche Macan: comparing it
The Audi Q5 Sportback has a similarly high-quality interior and a great infotainment system but offers more space for adults in the back and a bigger boot too. The Macan is much more fun to drive if that's what you value, mind.
The BMW X4 isn't as easy on the eye as the Macan and again not quite as agile on a country road either. It does have more space and all-things-considered, a better infotainment system.
Finally, the Mercedes GLC Coupe's interior has the wow factor in the showroom, but not quite the same build-quality as the Macan when you press and prod buttons and switches inside. It's far less concerned with going around corners quickly too but is more spacious for passengers.
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Q: How much does a Porsche Macan cost?
A: The Porsche Macan starts at just under £50,000 and tops out at £66,000 for the GTS. Of course, most Porsche owners end up spending thousands more on options too.
Q: Is the Porsche Macan worth the money?
A: The Porsche Macan looks pricey when buying with cash next to its rivals, but its residual values are so good that it is often cheaper on finance, so this could be the best way to buy one.
Q: Which is better Cayenne or Macan?
A: The Macan and Cayenne are both the best SUVs to drive in their classes. The Cayenne is usefully larger, so if you have a family to cart around then it's the one to go for. If you don't, you won't be left wanting for performance or quality.
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