2017 Porsche Macan

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2017 MODEL
$47,500 - $54,400 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

The Porsche Macan may strike to you to be smaller than the conventional SUVs but it definitely wouldn't give you a chance to complain with its muscular looks, extravagant performance and massive spaciousness in a less expensive price tag. You can call Macan a small version of Cayenne with a smaller engine.

Starting at a price of $47500, the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV offers you a perfect combination of quick and agile driving. Putting up scorching performances when needed and also being comfortable to move around the town, the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV obeys the driver obediently, thanks to the highly responsive steering, brake, chassis and powertrain ; all working together in harmony. It might not be as peppy as Porsche's classic sports car, but it surely is close.

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Pros

Impressive acceleration irrespective of engine choice

Utmost engaging and athletic SUV in its class

Offers a composed ride and is exceptionally comfortable

Interior quality, especially that of the cabin, is excellent

Cons

Lack of cargo space and rear seat area

Stand alone features are not standard but optional

Expensive base model price tag might be a concern

Absence of manual transmission can be felt

What's New?

New base trim with 4-Cylinder turbocharged engine

New performance-oriented GTS trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$47500

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

169 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu. in.

horsepower

252 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

273 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13 in. ventilated disc brakes/14.2 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

110.5 in.

length

184.3 in.

width

76.1 in.

height

63.9 in.

curb weight

3902 lbs.

ground clearance

7.8 in.

capacity

cargo volume

17.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

9830 lbs.

payload capacity

1488 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

12.9 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.6 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

160 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/25 mpg

highway range

495 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Porsche Macan in Black color  2017 Porsche Macan in Carmine Red color  2017 Porsche Macan in Carrara White Metallic color  2017 Porsche Macan in Jet Black Metallic color  2017 Porsche Macan in Mahogany Metallic color  2017 Porsche Macan in Night Blue Metallic color  2017 Porsche Macan in Palladium Metallic color  2017 Porsche Macan in Rhodium Silver Metallic color
Black

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Ratings

Features

8.3

Engine

9.1

Fuel Economy

6.4

Interior

6.0

Exterior

9.0

Driving

8.9

Comfort

8.6

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Porsche Macan Base

Base

power
252 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
22 combined

$47,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $47,500 MSRP (20/22/25) 252 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
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7-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Porsche Macan S

S

power
340 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$54,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $54,400 MSRP (17/19/23) 340 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
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7-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 24, 2018

8.0

Overall Rating


8.3/10
Features

 

9.1/10
Engine

 

6.4/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.0/10
Interior

 

9.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The 2017 Porsche Macan SUV derives its power from the 2-liter turbocharged inline-4 cylinder engine linked to the standard 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

2017 Porsche Macan Features

8.3/10

Trim

Macan

Macan S

Macan GTS

Macan Turbo

MSRP

$47,500

$54,400

$67,200

$76,000

Key

Features

  • Side window trims in aluminum
  • Bi-Xenon main headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS)
  • LED main headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus)
  • Porsche Communication Management (PCM)
  • Navigation module
  • Connect Plus including Porsche Car Connect
  • Smartphone storage compartment
  • Apple CarPlay
  • LTE telephone module with SIM card reader
  • Wireless Internet access2), online navigation
  • Comprehensive Porsche Connect services
  • Same as Macan
  • All features from Macan S 
  • Side window trims in black (high-gloss)
  • Tinted LED taillights with adaptive brake lights
  • Brushed aluminum interior package
  • BOSE Surround Sound System
  • All features from Macan GTS
  • Roof lining in Alcantara

All the trims of the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV except for the S and GTS trim feature the standard 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 engine while the S and GTS gets a 3 liter turbocharged twin-turbo V6 engine. The 7-speed automatic transmission along with all-wheel drive is standard for all the trims.

We recommend

If we had to recommend the best trim of the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV, it would be the Macan S. it is fast and fun to drive and the reasonable price range makes total sense, give the balanced performance among all in its class. Along with the Macan S, you get Bi-Xenon dynamic headlights coupled with daytime running lights and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a 10-speaker sound system. You can also go the optional features like colored instrument dials, carbon fiber door trim pieces and a panoramic roof, leathered dashboard, suede front, and rear seats can be really tempting.

2017 Porsche Macan Engine

9.1/10
"Like its bigger brother the Cayenne, the 2017 Macan is among the sportiest SUVs. It is a Porsche, after all, even if it's in the form of a sport-utility vehicle. Even the "slowest" model is fast, with the new 4-cylinder Macan able to rush to 60 mph in just over 6 seconds. The Macan S and GTS shave another second off that time, while the range-topping Macan Turbo goes 0-60 mph in as little as 4.4 seconds." - Kelley Blue Book

Engine and Transmission

Holding a top-speed of 142 mph, the 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine of the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV generates a horsepower of 252 and torque of 273 pound-feet. taking it up further by a notch is the S trim with the 3-liter turbocharged twin-turbo V6 engine producing 340 horsepower and achieving a top speed of 156 mph and beating them all is the GTS trim with the similar 3-liter V6 engine with a horsepower boosted up to 360 and the top speed of 159 mph. 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

Porsche Macan

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Audi Q5 Premium

BMW X4 xDrive 28i

MSRP

$47,500

$39,150

$40,900

$45,550

Engine

2.0L I4

2.0L inline-4 turbo w/Direct Injection

2.0L TFSI Inline 4-Cylinder

2.0L TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder

Transmission

7-speed automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

252 hp

241 hp

220 hp

240 hp

Torque

273 lb-ft

273 lb-ft

258 lb-ft

258 lb-ft

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. The Audi Q5 Premium and the BMW X4 xDrive 28i share an equal torque of 258 pound-feet by the latter has a higher horsepower of 240 than the former's 220.

Acceleration

Even at high cruising speeds, the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV and all the credit go to its smooth and responsive acceleration mechanism. 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.

Models

Porsche Macan

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Audi Q5 Premium

BMW X4 xDrive 28i

0-60 MPH

5.1 sec

6.3 sec

5.9 sec

6.0 sec

Quarter mile

13.6 sec

14.0 sec

13.5 sec

13.6 sec

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.0

7.3

8.0

7.6

Backing the powerful engine performance, the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV maintains to leave behind the rivals with its excellent acceleration as well. It has the best figures for reaching the 60 MPH mark from a halt in just 5.1 seconds. It is followed by the Audi and the BMW with only a millisecond separating them, 5.9 seconds and 6 seconds respectively. The Mercedes Benz turns out to be the slowest in its initial acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 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. The 2017 Porsche Macan SUV and the BMW share the same timing after falling behind than the Audi by a millisecond and hit the quarter-mile mark in 13.6 seconds. Lastly, the Mercedes still continues to suffer and is the slowest in covering the quarter mile and takes 14 seconds to do it.

The 2017 Porsche Macan SUV and the Audi Q5 have the most emission ratings of 8 while the least emitting is the Mercedes Benz.

Ride and Handling

The power and the quickness of the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV would be all in vain if it wasn't for its all-rounded presence on the road. The ride quality is carefully controlled and very smooth. You wouldn't the bumps from the road and the wonderful suspension handles it before it can reach the cabin. The low center of gravity contributes to its better road grip and gives a stable and planted feel while making corners. The steering is extremely accurate and highly responsive in spite of being a little lighter.

Braking

The large and strong brakes of the 2017 Porsche 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 fun to operate.

Model

Porsche Macan

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Audi Q5 Premium

BMW X4 xDrive 28i

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

3892

4200

4130

60-0 MPH (ft.)

120

115

117

123

Clawing its way back into the competition, the Mercedes Benz displays the best braking stats among the four by bringing the vehicle at halt from 60 mph at just 115 feet. The Audi doesn't fall behind by much in spite of being the heaviest and stops the vehicle at a distance of 117 feet. Featuring the largest brakes, the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV isn't as impressive as you would have expected it to be in the braking department as it comes from 60 to 0 mph by covering 120 feet. And finally, the BMW is the one suffering in this aspect with the longest distance of 123 feet.

Towing Capacity

The2017 Porsche Macan SUV on behalf of having the strongest engine of them all has the best towing capacity and can manage to pull around 4409 pounds of weight. The Audi lacks behind by only a few pounds while the Mercedes has the least capacity of 3500 pounds.

Model

Porsche Macan

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Audi Q5 Premium

BMW X4 xDrive 28i

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

4409

3500

4400

N/A

2017 Porsche Macan Fuel Economy

6.4/10

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 on our part.

Model

Porsche Macan

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Audi Q5 Premium

BMW X4 xDrive 28i

MPG (city)

17

22

20

20

MPG (highway)

25

28

27

27

MPG (combined)

22

24

22

23

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. The Audi and the BMW share an equal economy of 20 mpg in the cities and 27 mpg in the highways but the latter is 1 mpg better than the former in combined. With similar combine efficiency of 22 mpg with the Audi, the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV is the least efficient among the four with the low 17 mpg in cities and 25 mpg in highways.

2017 Porsche Macan Interior

6.0/10

"The Macan has an exceptionally well-crafted cabin, with materials that have an upscale look and feel to them. The dashboard layout clearly mirrors many other modern Porsche designs, with triple dials for the instruments, a flat dash top and a center console that looks as if it belongs in a Learjet." - Edmunds

Seating and comfort

The interior space is where the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV suffers the most due to the lack of space for the back seat passengers. Also, the standard of interior fittings isn't up to the mark.

Model

Porsche Macan

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Audi Q5 Premium

BMW X4 xDrive 28i

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

All the four competitors share an equal passenger capacity of five.

In terms of the front passengers, the BMW has the most headroom while the Mercedes lacks in that aspect. The Audi boasts the spacious legroom while the BMW suffers now.

As for the rear passengers, the Audi enjoys a spacious headroom and legroom while the BMW falls behind with the least headroom and legroom.

Interior Features

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

Infotainment

The infotainment system of the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV is very responsive and easy to use. 12-volt power outlets are spread out throughout the cabin for better passenger experience.

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

Cargo Capacity

Practicality isn't a great suit for the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV due to its small cargo holding capacity and lack of interior storage as well.

Model

Porsche Macan

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Audi Q5 Premium

BMW X4 xDrive 28i

Cargo Volume to seat 2 (ft.3)

17.7

19.4

29.1

17.7

Cargo Volume to seat 1 (ft.3)

53.0

56.5

57.3

49.4

With the rear seats up, the Audi houses the most spacious cargo volumes of 29.1 cubic feet while the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV and the BMW share the lowest of 17.7 cubic feet.

When the rear seats are folded, the Audi still maintains it pole position with 57.3 cubic feet and the BMW still falls behind with 49.4 cubic feet. The 2017 Porsche Macan SUV manages to do a little better than BMW by housing 53 cubic feet of cargo volume.

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. It's not snap-recognizable as a Porsche, either. All trims of the Macan boast bi-xenon headlights and fog lights, while the GTS and Turbo models have unique, more aggressive front fascias." - Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

The 2017 Porsche Macan SUV falls on the small side of the SUV class and has fairly average dimensions.

Model

Porsche Macan

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Audi Q5 Premium

BMW X4 xDrive 28i

Curb weight (lbs.)

3902

3892

4200

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

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

2017 Porsche Macan Safety

Safety Features

Although the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV comes with a lot of safety technology, most of them are optional and not standard.

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Back-Up Camera

2017 Porsche Macan Competition

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 vs Porsche Macan 

The Mercedes Benz GLC 300 is a highly competent crossover and feature luxurious interiors standard to its class. It comes with a lot of standard safety technology like crosswind assist, collision prevention and adaptive suspension. The interiors are very quiet and calmingly comfortable in spite of housing a 2-liter four-cylinder engine coupled with 9-speed automatic transmission and all wheel driving system. In comparison to the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV, the Mercedes has a slightly less powerful engine and poor acceleration but it impresses with its braking and fuel economy and cargo space as well.

Audi Q5 Premium vs Porsche Macan 

The handsomely styled Audi Q5 is all about its quiet and comfortable ride amalgamated with its premium looks. It drives on all four wheels receiving power from the 8-speed automatic transmission connected to the 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The well finished cabin houses the 7-inch touch screen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can also opt for the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 8.3-inch touchscreen display and it features a power Liftgate and automated emergency braking as well. When compared to the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV, the engine performance is very less but has fairly equal acceleration, its braking is better as well and so is the fuel economy and cargo space.

BMW X4 xDrive 28i vs Porsche Macan 

The fast and low roofed BMW X4 xDrive 28i is quick because of its two engine choices between the turbocharged 4-cylinder and the turbocharged 6-cylinder. it feels more athletic on the road and you get a sense of agility, thanks to the stiff chassis. Safety features like low speed automated emergency braking and forward collision warning are standard. Up against the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV, it lacks behind in engine performance, acceleration, braking, and cargo space as well but has a slightly better fuel economy.

2017 Porsche Macan Final Verdict

The 2017 Porsche Macan SUV is on the unorthodox end of the SUV class as its sportier and quicker but lacks in practicality. It performs well up against its rivals and doesn't demean the Porsche legacy. The standard features can be increased rather than making them optional. With these little bits and tweaks, the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV is a go-go.