Car and Driver
“This is truly the SUV for those who swore they’d never be caught driving one.” Porsche has been making its larger Cayenne for 12 years now, but no auto-maker until now had created a luxury crossover that successfully combined five “conflicting” skills: sports-car-level speed and agility plus comfort, utility, and legitimate “off-road nerve.” The name “Macan” derives from an Indonesian word for tiger, and the allusion is apt: “This cat has claws and cunning.”
If utility is your main priority, “you might come away disappointed.” A fair amount of cargo space is sacrificed to the Macan’s sleek roofline, and the bigger Cayenne is actually $300 cheaper in a base model. But look at the Macan “as a highly versatile luxury sports car,” and “there’s simply nothing in the world that can compete.” The twin-turbocharged base engine is plenty powerful, but its 3.6-liter sibling can rocket the Macan to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
Able as it is, the Macan “needs to be pushed to be fun,” and it can only approach its limits on a racetrack. Buyers won’t care that the everyday driving experience doesn’t feel very special. Even though the top model’s price can touch $95,000, “Porsche will sell every single Macan it can build.”