2017 Porsche Macan

MSRP $47,500 - $54,400

Ranked #3 in Compact Suv

8.6

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2017 Porsche Macan Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 29, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2017 Porsche Macan may strike you to be smaller than the conventional SUVs but it definitely wouldn't give you a chance to complain about its muscular looks, extravagant performance, and massive cabin space in a less expensive price tag. Starting at a price of MSRP $47,500, the Porsche Macan now gets a new turbocharged engine apart from the other optional three engines running on point. Further changes include a new GTS Macan model, that should offer you a perfect combination of a sporty and agile driving demeanor.  Slotted below the Porsche Cayenne, the 2017 Macan goes up against the likes of the Mercedes Benz GLC-Class, the Audi Q5, and the BMW X4.

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Pros

Looks better than the rivals

Sporty and aggresive ride

Premium and upscale cabin space

Impressive acceleration figures

Cons

Stand alone features are optional

Expensive base model price tag

Absence of manual transmission

What's New?

New 4-cylinder turbocharged engine

New performance-oriented GTS trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$47500

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

142 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

252 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

273 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

7 speed automated manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

110.5 in.

length

184.3 in.

width

75.7 in.

height

63.9 in.

curb weight

3902 lbs.

ground clearance

7.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

53 cu ft.

towing capacity

4409 lbs.

payload capacity

1488 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

12.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

160 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/25 mpg

highway range

489.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$47,500 onwards

S$54,400 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Porsche Macan in Black color
Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.5

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.0

8.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.6

Overall Rating


The 2017 Porsche Macan SUV is not all that expensive from the 2020 Macan. In fact, Porsche has dropped the base trim prices down, as it now starts from an MSRP of $47,500. Often dubbed as a smaller version of Cayenne with a smaller engine, this Macan definitely puts up scorching performances when needed. Deriving its power from the new 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 engine linked to the standard 7-speed DCT, it is supremely efficient and impressive while moving around town.

The 2017 Porsche Macan obeys the driver obediently, thanks to the highly responsive steering, brakes, and powertrain, all working together in harmony. It might not be as peppy as Porsche's classic sports car lineup, but it surely is close. Coming onto the safety aspect, Porsche also adds in a couple more active and passive safety features as standard, acing in the segment on that front too.


9.5/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2017 Porsche Macan Features

9.5/10

The 2017 Porsche Macan is available in four trim levels, namely the base, S, GTS, and Turbo. prices for the same start from an MSRP of $47,500 for the base trim and go all the way up to $76,000 for the top-most Macan Turbo trim. Luxurious in its essence, Porsche surely delivers on the feature front of the 2017 Macan. The premium factor only takes a hike as you move up the trim table. All of the said trims are powered by turbocharged engine units but derived to different tunes of capacity.

Trim Macan Macan S Macan GTS Macan Turbo
MSRP $47,500 $54,400 $67,200 $76,000
Key Features 18-inch wheels All features of base Macan and- All features from Macan S and- All features from Macan GTS
  Bi-Xenon main headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) 19-inch wheels Sports tuned adaptive air suspension Roof lining in Alcantara
  Three-zone automatic climate control Different exterior trims Tinted LED taillights with adaptive brake lights 18-way adaptive and heated sport seats
  Porsche Communication Management (PCM) Dual twin-pipe exhaust ports Sports exhaust 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system
  Partial leather and simulated suede upholstery   BOSE Surround Sound System Navigation system added to PCM
  Apple CarPlay   20-inch wheels Full leather upholstery

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If we had to recommend the best trim of the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV, it would be the Macan GTS. The new trim on the block is everything you were looking for bundled in one compact sports SUV. For the premium price of MSRP $67,200, the Macan GTS is much more sportier than the rest of the trim lineup, courtesy of its sport-tuned adaptive suspension bits and the blisteringly impressive sports exhaust.

2017 Porsche Macan Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Even the "slowest" model is fast, with the new 4-cylinder Macan able to rush to 60 mph in just over 6 seconds - Kelley Blue Book

2017 Porsche Macan Engine and Transmission

The 2017 Porsche Macan offers you a choice of four turbocharged engine units. Holding a top speed of 142 mph, the 2.0L flat-four turbocharged engine of the 2017 Macan SUV generates 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Taking it up further by a notch is the S trim with the 3.0L turbocharged twin-turbo V6 engine producing 340 hp and achieving a top speed of 156 mph, and moreover inching a bit further is the Macan GTS trim with the similar 3.0L V6 engine with horsepower boosted up to 360 and the top speed to 159 mph.

However, beating them all, is the top-of-the-line 2017 Macan Turbo variant, which when powered by a 3.6L twin-turbo V6 engine puts out a total of 400 horses and 406 lb-ft of torque. Sending all of this power to all the wheels, is an efficient 7-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox. The 7-speed automatic transmission has a lot to do with these high speeds because of its faster and accurate shifting ratios without any unnecessary revs or power loss.

Models

2017 Porsche Macan

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

2017 Audi Q5

2017 BMW X4

MSRP

$47,500

$39,150

$40,900

$45,550

Engine

2.0L turbocharged I4

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

Transmission

7-speed twin-clutch automatic

9-Speed shiftable Automatic

8-Speed shiftable Automatic

8-Speed shiftable Automatic

Drivetrain AWD RWD AWD AWD

Horsepower

252 hp @ 5000 RPM

241 hp @ 5500 RPM

220 hp @ 4450 RPM

240 hp @ 5000 RPM

Torque

273 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM

273 lb-ft @ 1300 RPM

258 lb-ft @ 1500 RPM

260 lb-ft @ 1450 RPM

Being the costliest among the rivals, the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV maintains its worth by housing the most powerful engine. It is followed by the Mercedes Benz GLC 300 with a similar torque of 273 pound-feet but lower horsepower of 241, which is evident enough in its acceleration times.

2017 Porsche Macan Acceleration

The 2017 Porsche Macan does the 0-60 MPH run in just 6.0 seconds, with the 2.0L turbo-four unit in place. Whereas, when you opt for the Macan Turbo, 0-60 MPH is achieved in just over 5 seconds. Even at high cruising speeds, the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV remains stable, and all the credit goes to its smooth and responsive acceleration mechanism.

Models

2017 Porsche Macan

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

2017 Audi Q5

2017 BMW X4

0-60 MPH

6.0 sec

6.3 sec

6.2 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter mile

13.6 sec

14.0 sec

13.5 sec

13.6 sec

The 7-speed automatic transmission adjusts itself according to the situation, whether it is on the freeway or the traffic, and accompanies the engine for full-throttle accelerations. The 2017 Macan also crosses the quarter-mile mark in just about 13.6 seconds. Over the quarter-mile, proceedings get a different face as the Audi manages to swoop in and cover the distance the fastest in just 13.5 seconds after recovering amazingly from its initial slow start.

2017 Porsche Macan Ride and Handling

When it comes to ride and handling dynamics, there is none that comes close to what the Porsche can offer in this aspect. Take the 2017 Macan for instance, which handles itself along the paved roads with such poise. As mentioned above, overtaking maneuvers are also one of Macan's party pieces, courtesy of the impressive 7-speed AT, and the perfectly responsive steering wheel, backed by the ungodly exhaust note. For 2017, Porsche Macan also offers a torque-vectoring system, which takes care of the power delivery to each wheel accurately.

2017 Porsche Macan Braking

The 2017 Porsche Macan has 14.2-inch front brake rotor discs and 13.2-inch rear ones. All of this combined with the 3902 lb heft, brings the Macan to a dead stop from 60MPH in just 120 ft. The large and strong brakes of the 2017 Macan SUV are backed up by the linear brake pedal that has a firm touch to it and it enhances the driver engagement, making it easy to operate.

Model

2017 Porsche Macan

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

2017 Audi Q5

2017 BMW X4

Brake Front (in.)

14.2

13.5

12.6

12.9

Brake Rear (in.)

13.0

12.6

11.8

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3902

3891

4090

4130

60-0 MPH (ft.)

120

115

117

123

Featuring the largest brakes, the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV isn't as impressive as you would have expected it to be. Clawing it's way back into the competition, the Mercedes Benz displays the best braking stats among the four by bringing the vehicle to a halt from 60 mph at just 115 feet.

2017 Porsche Macan Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2017 Porsche Macan, with the 2.0L turbo-four unit in place, delivers 20 MPG in the city and 25 miles to the gallon out on the highway. Whereas, when equipped with all the other turbocharged engines, the 2017 Macan delivers 17 MPG in the city and 23 miles to the gallon out on the highway. Housing the most powerful engine and having the best acceleration figures among the rivals, the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV is expected to be low on fuel efficiency and that's totally acceptable to us.

Model

2017 Porsche Macan

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

2017 Audi Q5

2017 BMW X4

MPG (city)

20

22

20

20

MPG (highway)

25

28

27

27

MPG (combined)

22

24

22

23

Fuel Capacity 19.8 gallons 17.4 gallons 19.8 gallons 17.7 gallons

Nevertheless, despite the lower MPG numbers posted, the Macan has a segment-best 19.8-gallon fuel tank, which allows it to stretch out to 495 miles on the go. Topping the fuel economy charts and recovering from its earlier loss, the Mercedes Benz has the best ratings of 22 MPG in the cities, 28 MPG in the highways, and 24 MPG combined, courtesy of its low-powered engines.

2017 Porsche Macan Interior

9.0/10

The Macan has an exceptionally well-crafted cabin, with materials that have an upscale look and feel to them - Edmunds

The interior space is where the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV suffers the most due to the lack of rear space for the back seat passengers. Embroidered in leather upholstery, the seats are plush and extremely comfortable. Moreover, apart from the heating and ventilation function being offered as standard, all of the seats are 8-way power-adjustable. Moving up the trim lineup will also get you Alcantara seats, and 18-way adjustable heated sport seats.

Also, the standard of interior fittings is the best in the business. The luxury fittings are coupled with sporty elements quite tastefully. Despite the aggressive demeanor, the interior oozes out practicality as per your needs. All four competitors share an equal passenger capacity of five. As for the seating capacity at hand, Audi boasts the bigger cabin room, amongst others.

Model

2017 Porsche Macan

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

2017 Audi Q5

2017 BMW X4

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

37.8/57.3/40.8

39.4/57.7/41.0

40.0/57.2/40.4

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

38.5/56.5/37.3

39.0/56.4/37.4

37.4/56.0/34.8

Some of the interior features on offer are-

  • 8-way manually adjustable driver and passenger seat
  • Folding center armrest
  • Rear ventilation ducts with fan control
  • Split-folding rear seatback
  • Tilt and telescopic electric power steering
  • External temperature display
  • Interior air filtration
  • Three-zone climate control
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors

2017 Porsche Macan Infotainment

The 2017 Porsche Macan comes with a standard 7-inch infotainment system, which at best is supremely responsive and easy to use. Backed by the Porsche Communication Management system, it also has access to Internet feeds through the Aha Radio. Further connections in the form of 12-volt power outlets are spread out throughout the cabin for a better passenger experience. And for all the audiophiles out there, Porsche impresses us with either a premium 545-watt 14-speaker Bose surround sound system or an even more premium 1000 watt Burmester system with 16 speakers.

Some of the infotainment features on offer are-

  • 500 watts stereo output
  • 8 total speakers
  • USB connection with external media control
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • Satellite radio
  • AM/FM stereo

2017 Porsche Macan Cargo Capacity-

The 2017 Porsche Macan with the rear seats folded down has a cargo capacity of 17.7 cu. ft. This is because of the smaller cabin room of the Macan when compared to the rest of the segment. Apart from the usual cargo room, there are a ton of other storage options too inside the cabin. nevertheless, the 17.7 cu. ft of cargo might seem short but is good enough for fitting in a couple of suitcases for your average weekend getaways.

Model

2017 Porsche Macan

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

2017 Audi Q5

2017 BMW X4

Cargo capacity

17.7 cu. ft

18.3 cu. ft

29.1 cu. ft

17.7 cu. ft

Audi wins in this regard too, with it having the biggest cabin space. 29.1 cu. ft of cargo is rather similar to ones produced by the full-size segment SUVs.

2017 Porsche Macan Exterior

9.0/10
Profiled to look a bit like a 3/4-scale Cayenne, the 2017 Macan's tidier proportions are more akin to a tall hatchback than a compact SUV - Kelley Blue Book

The 2017 Porsche Macan SUV is one of the most desirable SUVs in the class, courtesy of its annoyingly good exterior looks. Slotted in between the Cayenne and the Cayman, the Macan also has the ripped muscular silhouette that the rest of the SUVs from the Porsche lineup have. Nevertheless, having said that, the sole difference between the bigger Cayenne and the Macan is the toned-down dimensions.

For 2017, the front end remains the same as the previous iterations, with the same bigger front-end intakes, and the prominent character lines flowing through the sides toward the aged rear end. Although, despite it being aged, the rear end with the sleek taillamps is an iconic Porsche treat. Standard on the Macan is the 17-inch alloys, whereas as you go up the trim ladder, the sizes do increase along with a change in wheel patterns.

Coming to the dimensions, despite having fairly adequate dimensions, the 2017 Macan falls on the compact side of the SUV class. 

The only thing the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV tops the table is with its width and also it is the second longest among the four. The Mercedes Benz has the least ground clearance and the most wheelbase length. The Audi Q5 is the heaviest, tallest, and shares the least wheelbase with the Porsche Macan. The BMW is the longest of the four, along with being the least wide, shortest and has the most ground clearance.

Exterior Features

  • Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic light system
  • Carbon fiber side blades
  • Noise isolating and thermally protected privacy glass
  • Panoramic roof system
  • Auto-dimming mirrors
  • Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers
  • Rear defogger and rear spoiler
  • Rear power Liftgate door
  • Daytime running lights

Model

2017 Porsche Macan

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

2017 Audi Q5

2017 BMW X4

Curb weight (lbs.)

3902

3891

4090

4130

Length(in)

184.3

183.3

182.6

184.5

Width(in)

76.1

74.4

74.7

74.1

Height(in)

63.9

64.5

65.2

63.9

Ground clearance (in)

7.8

5.9

7.9

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

110.5

113.1

110.5

110.6

Track width (in) F/R

65.2/65.0

63.9/63.7

63.7/63.5

62.8/63.4

2017 Porsche Macan Safety

9.0/10

Judging a sports proficient SUV in terms of the safety it provides, might not seem the best idea. As even the crash-test agencies have yet not put the 2017 Porsche Macan through the wall. So neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS ratings are available. Nevertheless, for 2017, Porsche has definitely upped their game in terms of safety prowess, with the latest driver-assistance features available. Apart from the standard safety features available on point, the other available features in this list include-

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Lane Departure Warning system
  • Forward Collision Warning system
  • Adaptive cruise control system
  • Blind-spot warning system

2017 Porsche Macan Competition

2017 Porsche Macan vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

The highly competent 2017 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 has forever been the go-to SUV in this segment. Backed by a luxurious yet practical interior unlike the Porsche Macan, it also houses the best-in-class driver-assistance features like crosswind assist, collision prevention, and adaptive suspension.

Comparing the two, the Porsche Macan feels more athletic on the road and you get a sense of agility, thanks to the stiff chassis, whereas the Merc offers a comfortable ride throughout. Although, as and when the GLC 300 loses out on the powertrain front, it gains upon the fuel efficiency front.

2017 Porsche Macan vs 2017 Audi Q5

Right off the bat, we can say that the 2017 Porsche Macan is the better-looking SUV out of the two. While the Macan is more aggressive and agile with its sports-tuned suspension bits and sports exhaust, the Q5, on the other hand, is more comfortable and subtle while considering riding dynamics.

The Q5 drives on all four wheels receiving power from the 8-speed automatic transmission connected to the 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which is not only powerful enough but aids in good MPG figures too. The 2017 Q5 is also the most spacious SUV of the lot.

2017 Porsche Macan Final Verdict

The 2017 Porsche Macan is everything you might want in a super aggressive and agile midsize luxury SUV. With its sporty demeanor, courtesy of the sports exhaust and sporty suspension unit, the Macan is aces on the performance front, but it loses out to the rest of the competition in terms of interior cabin space and fuel efficiency. That said, practicality does not take a backseat with the Macan completely, but for the price of $47,500, it is adequate enough.


2017 Porsche Macan FAQs

How fast is the 2017 Porsche Macan from 0-60 MPH?

The 2017 Porsche Macan with the turbocharged engine in play, does the 0-60 MPH sprint in just 5.1 seconds, all the while completing the standing quarter-mile run in just 13.6 seconds.

What takes care of the audio duties in the 2017 Macan?

The 2017 Porsche Macan comes with a premium 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio unit.

Where is the Porsche Macan built?

The Porsche Macan is built and assembled in Leipzig, Germany.

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