Porsche Macan
(2014 - 2021)

  • Proper Porsche vibe
  • Class-leading performance
  • Excellent powertrains
  • Superb ride and handling
  • Pricier than other premium mid-sized performance SUVs
  • Expensive parts and potentially labour costs
  • Not a perfect reliability record
  • Quite the appetite for consumables
Overview

With seven years (and counting) on local terra firma, Porsche’s Macan was and remains the petrolheads’ choice of premium mid-sized SUVs and the black sheep of the Stuttgart stable in the eyes of some brand-loyal purists. As the saying goes: healthy.

Macan business has allowed Porsche to continue to make world-leading sportscars.

That said, the Macan has, from day one, asserted itself as the alpha performer of its segment, even if the complexion of its sole generation has changed somewhat since its local release.

It arrived in mid 2014 as a three-guise, all-six-cylinder range. You could have then-base ‘S’ grade as a torquey 190kW/580Nm 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel or with a more powerful 250kW/460Nm 3.0 V6 twin-turbo petrol V6 for around $85k-$87k, or opt for the top dog Turbo fitting a 3.6 biturbo V6 with Carrera S-matching 294kW, and 550Nm, at $123k. All all-wheel drive, all backed by seven-speed dual-clutch PDK gearboxes.

In early version, the petrol engines were Porsche’s, the diesel Audi sourced. The first 150 sold featured Porsche Sport Pack enhancements – larger wheels, Sport Chrono, et al – lifting pricing to $100k-$135k. Quick? Thus optioned, performance claims were 6.1, 5.2 and 4.6 seconds respectively for diesel S, petrol S and Turbo.

The Macan was pricier than key rivals and arguably worth it beyond badge cache. Its make-up was, Porsche claims, only 30 percent common with Audi Q5, with Stuttgart leveraging the remaining 70 per cent to hone a family hauler that felt and drove with true Porsche hallmarks and character. It was and remains praised by local media as being the driving enthusiasts’ choice, a proper ‘plus-sized hot hatch’ experience in SUV clothing. Poise, grip, balance, stopping power – Macan had it all.

Its fit-out matched the pricing, with all version leather trim, dual-zone climate control, seven-inch touchscreen infotainment with a 40GB hard drive system, eight airbags and powered tailgate. The Turbo adds self-levelling, height adjustable adaptive air suspension, which could be optioned on S versions. All versions got PASM damping smarts.

In 2016, the first GTS guise introduced a high-power 265kW/500Nm that wedged its performance pitch between S- and Turbo-level performance. For MY17, a base 2.0L turbo-four version, just called ‘Macan’, arrived bringing a Volkswagen/Audi Group-sourced 185kW/370Nm and a cheaper mid-$70k entry point.

Major under-bonnet changes came for MY19 in tandem with an elaborate facelift that effectively restyled Macan outside and in. Its sleeker exterior look kept in step with Porsche’s wider design trends and interior remodeling included new 10.9-inch infotainment with Apple and Android smartphone mirroring.

For MY19, gone were Porsche’s proprietary petrol sixes, replaced by a 260kW/480Nm single-turbo 3.0 V6 for the S and a wondrous 2.9L biturbo V6 – shared with Audi’s S and RS machinery – in the flagship Turbo offering a fulsome 324kW/550Nm. The same unit, albeit in a milder 280kW/520Nm, found its way under the GTS bonnet in 2020. Diesel power? Gone. Not just from Macan but from Porsche’s entire model portfolio.

Macans are great drives in varying degrees of heat, form satisfying to thrilling. They’re not the most spacious mid-sized SUVs, cosy up front and tight in the rear, and the button-frenzied control arrays haven’t aged well. A lot of usually fundamental safety gear, too, was optional. But as fun-filled family haulers go, it’s a real thoroughbred in its higher-spec variants.

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What goes wrong
  • Some owners have reported that the parking sensors are extremely sensitive.
  • There are quite a few reports that the rear wiper can chatter or scrape noisily on the glass and even operating it can be quite fiddly. Although this is pretty easily fixed with upgraded wiper blades and you do get used to the wiper operation.
  • There are a few reports that the exterior mirror electronics can malfunction, either failing to adjust or in some cases, adjusting themselves incorrectly.
  • Macan’s fitted with a panoramic roof can develop rattles. The actual roof operation can become problematic, either not opening or closing on demand.
  • It’s important to know the Macan has featured an extensive range of various engines and specific transmissions all with their own unique reliability characteristics but across the range, engine oil leaks are becoming common.
  • However, we are finding the regularity of oil leaks are decreasing with each new generation of engine. Porsche are constantly evolving and ever improving their engines and platforms.
  • Transfer case problems are regarded as common. This transfer case issue has resulted in Porsche extending the warranty on it.
  • Depending on the year, spec and generation of Macan, various electrical & mechanical issues like fuel pumps & coolant leaks can occur.
  • The diesel engined Macan can suffer from the same DPF and EGR problems as other modern diesels, but generally no more frequently than most other modern European cars.
  • It is important to remember is that in the likely event that something will go wrong, it’s going to be expensive.
  • Because the Macan is a performance SUV, they require expensive tyres which generally are softer and can wear out quickly. The brakes fitted to the Macan are large and can be more expensive to replace.
  • The front suspension control arms are now considered a consumable & need replacing at around 40-50,000km.”
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Model range, pricing & features

Macan

  • Price when new: $76,610 - $84,800
  • Price used: $71,000 - $129,000

The Macan base model was introduced as part of a 2017 update, and with the inclusion of a four-cylinder engine, designed to attract a lower price and easier entry point into the Macan range. The base model carried over much of the features offered with the Macan S, which was previously the base model of the range. While the Macan features a comprehensive list of features across the range, the entire range has the ability to be personalised with a variety of optional extras, packages and accessories, so ensure you get a run down of the specific car you are looking at.

Standard features included:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • Roof mounted rear spoiler
  • Five-link front suspension system
  • Front and rear anti-roll bars
  • Porsche Active Suspension Management
  • 8 Airbags – dual driver and passenger front, knee and side airbags; and full-length curtain airbags
  • Seatbelts – lap/sash, height adjustable, load limiting with pre-tensioners
  • ISOFIX child anchors
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Brake assist (BA)
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
  • Electronic stability program (ESP)
  • Lane departure warning
  • Collision warning
  • Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system
  • Traction control
  • Bi-xenon headlights with coming home/leaving function
  • Front fog lights
  • Auto headlights
  • Auto rain sensing wipers
  • Auto stop/start
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Hill hold
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Reversing camera
  • Park Assist
  • Central locking
  • Alarm system
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric windows: auto up/down for all windows
  • Three zone climate control with rear air vents
  • Ambient temperature display
  • Dust and pollen filter
  • Chrome Interior Door Handles
  • Scuff plates on door sill
  • Sports leather seats with alcantara
  • 8-way electric driver’s seat
  • Driver’s seat memory
  • Leather multifunction steering wheel
  • Power adjustable steering wheel
  • Trip computer
  • 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Porsche Communication Management system (PCM)
  • 11-speaker audio system
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • MP3 compatible CD player
  • Bluetooth
  • AUX and USB input
  • Satellite navigation
  • 40GB Hard drive
  • Front and rear cup holders
  • Front and rear bottle holders
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • 60:40 rear seat split
  • Cargo cover
  • 12-volt power outlet

MY19 updates:

  • LED headlights
  • 10.9-inch infotainment screen with Porsche Connect
  • Navigation plus
  • Apple CarPlay
  • SIM card slot
  • 4G module
  • Wireless hotspot
  • 14-way comfort seats and memory
  • Auto-dimming mirrors
  • Surround-view camera

S

  • Price when new: $86,700 - $105,800
  • Price used: $86,700 - $105,800

The Macan S was the base model (until 2017, with the introduction of the base Macan model). It features a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine. As with the rest of the Macan range, the S received MY17 and MY19 updates, as well as a power and torque lift to the twin-turbo V6 engine in 2019.

Standard features included:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • Roof mounted rear spoiler
  • Five-link front suspension system
  • Front and rear anti-roll bars
  • Porsche Active Suspension Management
  • 8 Airbags – dual driver and passenger front, knee and side airbags; and full-length curtain airbags
  • Seatbelts – lap/sash, height adjustable, load limiting with pre-tensioners
  • ISOFIX child anchors
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Brake assist (BA)
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
  • Electronic stability program (ESP)
  • Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system
  • Traction control
  • Bi-xenon headlights with coming home/leaving function
  • Front fog lights
  • Auto headlights
  • Auto rain sensing wipers
  • Auto stop/start
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Hill hold
  • Park Assist
  • Central locking
  • Alarm system
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors: heated, folding and auto dimming
  • Electric windows: auto up/down for all windows
  • Dual zone climate control with rear air vents
  • Ambient temperature display
  • Dust and pollen filter
  • Chrome Interior Door Handles
  • Scuff plates on door sill
  • Sports leather seats
  • 8-way electric driver’s seat
  • Leather multifunction steering wheel
  • Power adjustable steering wheel
  • Trip computer
  • 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Porsche Communication Management system (PCM)
  • 11-speaker audio system
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • MP3 compatible CD player
  • Bluetooth
  • AUX and USB input
  • Satellite navigation
  • 40GB Hard drive
  • Front and rear cup holders
  • Front and rear bottle holders
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • 60:40 rear seat split
  • Cargo cover
  • 12-volt power outlet

MY17 updates:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Collision warning
  • Three zone climate control with rear air vents
  • Reversing camera
  • Driver’s seat memory

MY19 updates:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Larger 75-litre fuel tank
  • LED headlights
  • 10.9-inch infotainment screen with Porsche Connect
  • Navigation plus
  • Apple CarPlay
  • SIM card slot
  • 4G module
  • Wireless hotspot
  • 14-way comfort seats and memory
  • Auto-dimming mirrors
  • Surround-view camera

S Diesel

  • Price when new: $84,900 - $95,300
  • Price used: $57,000 - $105,000

The “S Diesel” was available until the 2018 update, when Porsche began discontinuing diesel power units across its entire model offering (a similar culling occurred in the Panamera range). The model featured the exact same features as the “S” model, with the only difference being a diesel engine.

Standard features included:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • Roof mounted rear spoiler
  • Five-link front suspension system
  • Front and rear anti-roll bars
  • Porsche Active Suspension Management
  • 8 Airbags – dual driver and passenger front, knee and side airbags; and full-length curtain airbags
  • Seatbelts – lap/sash, height adjustable, load limiting with pre-tensioners
  • ISOFIX child anchors
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Brake assist (BA)
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
  • Electronic stability program (ESP)
  • Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system
  • Traction control
  • Bi-xenon headlights with coming home/leaving function
  • Front fog lights
  • Auto headlights
  • Auto rain sensing wipers
  • Auto stop/start
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Hill hold
  • Park Assist
  • Central locking
  • Alarm system
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors: heated, folding and auto dimming
  • Electric windows: auto up/down for all windows
  • Dual zone climate control with rear air vents
  • Ambient temperature display
  • Dust and pollen filter
  • Chrome Interior Door Handles
  • Scuff plates on door sill
  • Sports leather seats
  • 8-way electric driver’s seat
  • Leather multifunction steering wheel
  • Power adjustable steering wheel
  • Trip computer
  • 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Porsche Communication Management system (PCM)
  • 11-speaker audio system
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • MP3 compatible CD player
  • Bluetooth
  • AUX and USB input
  • Satellite navigation
  • 40GB Hard drive
  • Front and rear cup holders
  • Front and rear bottle holders
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • 60:40 rear seat split
  • Cargo cover
  • 12-volt power outlet

MY17 updates:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Collision warning
  • Three zone climate control with rear air vents
  • Reversing camera
  • Driver’s seat memory

GTS

  • Price when new: $109,700 - $129,800
  • Price used: $78,000 - $170,000

The GTS model, introduced into the MY16 range slots between the S and the Turbo. Apart from the upgraded alloy wheels (20-inch in the GTS vs 19-inch for the base and S models), the GTS received mostly cosmetic additions to the package which included “GTS” badging and embroidery. The main difference to the GTS model is the uprated 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 over the “S” model, which was also given a further power and torque increase with the MY20 model.

In addition to the S:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels in satin black
  • GTS badging on the rear and side skirts, along with 20-inch
  • Leather interior
  • GTS sports seats, trimmed in leather and alcantara.
  • GTS badging on the seats
  • Porsche Connect system with Apple CarPlay integration

MY19 updates:

  • LED headlights
  • 10.9-inch infotainment screen with Porsche Connect
  • Navigation plus
  • Apple CarPlay
  • SIM card slot
  • 4G module
  • Wireless hotspot
  • 14-way comfort seats and memory
  • Auto-dimming mirrors
  • Surround-view camera

Turbo

  • Price when new: $122,400 - $147,000
  • Price used: $65,000 - $169,000

The Turbo is the flagship of the Macan range and comes with additions such as: 20-inch alloy wheels, air suspension, automatic/self levelling suspension. tyre pressure monitoring system, keyless entry and drive, push button start and a 14-speaker audio system. The biggest addition is the higher output twin-turbo V6 fitted to the Turbo model making more power and torque than the “S” and “GTS” models. The MY20 model received further power and torque upgrades to the engine.

In addition to the S and GTS:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Air suspension
  • Automatic/self levelling suspension
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Keyless entry and drive
  • Push button start
  • 14-speaker audio system

MY19 updates:

  • 21-inch alloy wheels
  • Larger 75-litre fuel tank
  • LED headlights
  • 10.9-inch infotainment screen with Porsche Connect
  • Navigation plus
  • Apple CarPlay
  • SIM card slot
  • 4G module
  • Wireless hotspot
  • 14-way comfort seats and memory
  • Auto-dimming mirrors
  • Surround-view camera
  • Dynamic cornering lights
  • Dynamic headlights
  • Active high beam control
  • Automatic tailgate
  • Auto/Intelligent speed limiter
  • Alcantara headlining
  • AIR quality sensor
  • Adaptive Sports Seats 18 WAY + Memory
    Digital amplifier
Should you buy it?

Buying a Macan potentially has more to do with the specific Macan you may be looking at rather than buying a Macan in general.

There’s no denying the Macan, even after a few years and many thousands of kilometres is still a superb SUV and it does tick so many boxes.

But, it is absolutely critical that the Macan you’re looking at has a full and thorough service history and has been owned by someone that has cared for it like a beloved pet or favourite child.

The potential problem with the Macan is that due to it being a more affordable and popular Porsche, there is quite a high chance that you may unfortunately stumble onto an example that has been owned by someone that can only just afford the repayments, and therefore, has had to cut corners in regards to maintenance.

If this is the case, you could end up buying quite the money pit.

But find just the right example with a perfect history that doesn’t put too much of a stretch on your finances, and yes, you should buy one.

The Porsche Macan might just be the perfect SUV, just have a few thousand dollars set aside, just in case.

Warranty & servicing

Warranty:
3 years/unlimited kilometres

Servicing:
Every 12 months or 15,000km

Tech specs

Engines:

  • 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol – Macan
  • 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol – Macan S
  • 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel – Macan S Diesel
  • 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol – Macan GTS
  • 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol – Macan Turbo

Power:

  • 185kW (2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol) – Macan
  • 250kW (3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol) – Macan S
  • 260kW (3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol) – Macan S (MY19 onwards)
  • 190kW (3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel) – Macan S Diesel
  • 265kW (3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol) – Macan GTS
  • 280kW (3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol) – Macan GTS (MY20 onwards)
  • 294kW (3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol) – Macan Turbo
  • 324kW (3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol) – Macan Turbo (MY20 onwards)

Torque:

  • 370Nm (2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol) – Macan
  • 460Nm (3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol) – Macan S
  • 480Nm (3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol) – Macan S (MY19 onwards)
  • 580Nm (3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel) – Macan S Diesel
  • 500Nm (3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol) – Macan GTS
  • 520Nm (3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol) – Macan GTS (MY20 onwards)
  • 550Nm (3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol) – Macan Turbo

Transmission:

  • 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission (PDK), all-wheel drive (AWD)

Body style:

  • 5-door SUV

Length:

  • 4681mm – Macan, Macan S, Macan S Diesel, GTS
  • 4699mm – Turbo

Width:

  • 1923mm

Height:

  • 1624mm

Kerb weight:

  • 1865–1925 kg

Fuel consumption:

  • 6.1 – 10L/100km
Disclaimer

Information correct as of November 26, 2021.

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