Here I am picking up the 2017 Porsche Macan for a weekend drive in Beirut. The Porsche Macan – which you all knew in the past with its variants such as the S, Turbo and GTS – will be joined in 2017 by a new base model (by Porsche standards) powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine sourced from the Volkswagen Group and part of a growing trend towards forced induction and small displacement. Porsche, by bringing the beloved brand to the masses with the new base model, newcomers will be welcomed for the first time into the brand. That’s surely one of Porsche’s strategies beyond the emissions.
When you look at the 2017 Macan, it is surely about performance and SUV practicality. It’s simply scaled down to more city-friendly dimensions versus the Cayenne. The exterior has the typical considerable set of front-end intakes, but has a nearer slope to its rear roof pillars. The rear end comes with LED taillights hardly interfering on the wraparound tailgate. So, basically only a skilled eye will be able to differentiate it from other Macan variants.
The engine is somehow taken from the Audi Q5. But the noticeable thing to say is that it is the most powerful in its category in terms of torque. Only the F-PACE and its diesel engine produce more torque.
When I jumped into the interior of the Macan I barely saw any differences. Aluminum scuff plates are fundamentally the only things missing, while the interior is ornamented in black trim and gets black gauges. Being the same as the rest of the Macan lineup, rear seat legroom isn’t great for regularly transporting, say, a family of five (probably fine for a family of four) and a trunk that fits a couple of medium-sized suitcases – and not for a long weekend trip. Standard features include bi-xenon headlights, eight-way power adjustable front seats, Alcantara trim, the newest version of the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system, and some electronic driver aids. Worthy options include air suspension and adjustable dampers.
On the Lebanese roads, highway, city or even mountains roads, the four-cylinder Macan is enjoyable to drive. The lighter weight on the front end increases its handling abilities, and it’s remarkably more responsive in tight curves. One more thing that I noticed is that the turbo four-cylinder engine coped by the DSG automated gearbox drives efficiently at a more comfortable pace versus other Macan variants.
Nothing more can be said about the 2017 Macan four-cylinders! I just loved it and didn’t want to return it back. It has good fuel economy, excellent seats and seating position, new infotainment screen, etc. My only concern remaining towards Porsche is the price tag. Although the entry base model should be affordable to many future buyers, it is still above the standard price bar in this segment. If you have the pennies, then the Macan is aimed at those who seek SUV functionality and sports car performance.
Rivals: Jaguar F-Pace, Audi Q5, BMW X3, BMW X4, Cadillac XT5, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Lincoln MKC, Volvo XC60
Pros: Acceleration, PDK gearbox, interior, infotainment system, fuel consumption
Cons: Still expensive price tag, rear legroom fits only two persons and not three persons
one word: equivalent
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, 252 hp @ 5,000-6,800 rpm, 370 Nm @ 1,600-4,500 rpm
AWD, 7-speed auto PDK
0-100 km/h: 6.2-6.4 sec (Chrono package), top speed: 229 km/h, fuel consumption: 10.4 L/100 km
Weight: 1,770 kg