Saturday, 15 August 2020

2020 Porsche Macan Review


2020 Porsche Macan


The 2020 Porsche Macan sits on the small side of the compact-luxury SUV segment, but it is a definitive counterpoint to the thinking that all utility vehicles are boring to drive. 

Excellent performance and unflappable poise, without compromising its day-to-day livability, have helped earn the Porsche several comparison-test victories in our testing over the years. 

2020 Porsche Macan

The Macan features two available engines—a standard 248-hp turbocharged four-cylinder in the base model and an optional 348-hp turbocharged V-6 in the Macan S—as well as a standard seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. 

While some of its competitors are more affordable and practical, the 2020 Macan stands out as a proper driver's machine the way in which Porsche excels.

2020 Porsche Macan

What's New for 2020?

The GTS returns to the lineup for 2020. Its twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 makes 375 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. 

Apple CarPlay, available as part of the Premium package or as a standalone option, gains wireless connectivity, while wireless device charging has been added to the designated Smartphone Compartment option.

2020 Porsche Macan Specs, Review, Price, Trims | Sewickley Porsche
2020 Porsche Macan

Pricing and Which One to Buy

  •  Base: $52,250
  •  S: $60,750
  • GTS: $72,650

    Given the Macan's athletic character, we'd skip the base model and go straight for the V-6–powered Macan S, which brings a meaningful bump in performance. 

    Standard features include a 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 10-speaker audio system, and LED headlights. 

    2020 Porsche Macan

    We'd also splurge a little for the optional Premium package to get its heated front and rear seats, auto-dimming mirrors, adaptive headlights, Apple CarPlay, and an upgraded 14-speaker audio system, as well as for the Sport Chrono package for its driver-adjustable drive modes and launch-control feature. 

    Additional amenities and numerous customization options can tack on thousands to a Macan's bottom line, making it wise to know your budget before diving into the option sheet.

    Porsche Macan GTS 2020 review | Autocar
    2020 Porsche Macan

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    We have yet to test the turbocharged four-cylinder that powers the base Macan, but we have strapped our test gear to the 2019 Macan S with its updated 348-hp twin-turbo V-6. 

    It does an impressive zero-to-60-mph time of 4.7 seconds, which is not only slightly quicker than before but also speedier than the times posted by both the Audi SQ5 and the Jaguar F-Pace S. 

    It's objectively unnecessary for an SUV to launch off the line as quickly as the Macan does, but that doesn't stop us from enjoying the ride. The GTS is back, with 375 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. 

    2020 Porsche Macan

    Porsche estimates it will go from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 162 mph. Quickness is important in a crossover with sporting intentions, but I wouldn't be nearly as impressed with the Macan if it weren't for its all-around competence on the road that makes it feel more like a sports sedan. 

    The ride is wonderfully smooth and carefully controlled, and it's rare for a jolt from the road to make its way into the cabin. The Macan's tenacious attitude in corners makes it feel stable and planted. 

    The steering is a tad lighter than in Porsche's sports cars, but it's still super accurate and pleasantly tactile.

    2020 Porsche Macan

    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

    The Macan's EPA ratings are very similar to those of its competitors, although a few rivals have better numbers on the highway. 

    The base Macan carries estimates of 19 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, with the S model rated 1 mpg less around town.

    2020 Porsche Macan

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    The Macan's standard interior fittings are a disappointment in a crossover of this price and provenance, and it's expensive to outfit one in a manner that befits the Porsche crest. 

    There's also less space for back-seat passengers in the Macan than in most competitors. The Macan's power-adjustable seats for the driver and front-seat passenger, while comfortable, are the only pieces of standard interior equipment that feel luxurious. 

    It's possible to have the whole interior draped in leather, which would partly address the issue, but the $2330 that Porsche asks for just covering the center console in cowhide feels like price gouging, even for Porsche.

    A puny cargo hold and small interior cubbies make the Macan one of the least practical vehicles in this segment. But when has buying a Porsche ever been a rational choice? 

    We fit six carry-on bags in the cargo bay and 16 with the rear seats folded, which should be enough for most people.

    2020 Porsche Macan Interior | Macan Dimensions | Hendrick Porsche
    2020 Porsche Macan

    2020 Porsche Macan

    2020 Porsche Macan

    Infotainment and Connectivity

    Porsche's infotainment system can be had with all manner of high-tech features, including the new-for-2020 wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity and wireless device charging. 

    But, as with nearly everything on the Macan's equipment list, enjoying those features will cost you. USB ports and 12-volt outlets are sprinkled throughout the cabin, so driver and passengers alike should be able to keep their devices fully charged. 

    With the standard mobile Wi-Fi package onboard, the family data plan might be able to escape a road trip unscathed, too.

    2020 Porsche Macan

    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

    The Macan hasn't been tested by either crash-test agency (nor has any other Porsche currently on sale, for that matter). The Macan can be had with a wide array of driver-assistance technology, but almost none of it is standard. 

    Key safety features include:

    • Standard lane-departure warning
    • Available automated emergency braking
    • Available adaptive cruise control

    • 2020 Porsche Macan

      Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

      Porsche's warranty coverage is good but not great. The F-Pace and the Cadillac XT5 offer greater coverage in certain areas.

      • Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
      • Power-train warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
      • Complimentary maintenance covers 1 year or 10,000 miles.

      • 2020 Porsche Macan


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