2018 Porsche Macan

MSRP $47,800 - $60,400

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2018 Porsche Macan Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 16, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2018 Porsche Macan is the brand's entry-level small luxury crossover, sitting below the larger Cayenne. For 2018, the Macan receives minor upgrades, like new interior and exterior color options, improved infotainment, and a new Sport Edition package. The powertrain in the Porsche Macan lineup remains the same, with a 252-hp turbo four-cylinder.

 The 4-cylinder base model is able to rush to 0-60 mph in just over 6 seconds and has an impressive towing capacity of 4,400-pounds. With a starting price of $47,800, the 2018 Macan goes up against the Jaguar F-Pace, Audi Q5, and the Mercedes GLC 300.

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Pros

Quick and swift acceleration

Comfortable and composed ride

Highly customizable

User friendly infotainment system

Cons

Below average rear seat and cargo space

A full featured cabin adds extra cost

Less cargo space than some competitors

Sub-par fuel economy

What's New?

No major changes in 2018


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$47800

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 w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

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

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

426.6 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$47,800 onwards

S$55,400 onwards

Sport Edition$60,400 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 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

8.5

Engine and Performance

8.7

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

9.9

Exterior

8.5

Safety

9.9

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.4

Overall Rating


"The 2018 Porsche Macan is the performance pick among compact crossovers because of course it is." - The Car Connection

The Macan receives minor updates for 2018, including new interior and exterior color options, enhanced infotainment, and a new Sport Edition trim. For 2018, the Macan lineup is unchanged, with a 252-horsepower turbo four-banger and two twin-turbo V-6 engines producing 340 hp (in the S) or 360 hp (in the R) (in the GTS). All-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission are still standard.

The 2018 Macan starts at a base price of around $ 47,800 and goes all the way to $60,400 for the Macan Sport Edition. The Macan’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $34,500, or $6,900 per year.


8.5/10
Features

8.7/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.9/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety


2018 Porsche Macan Features

8.5/10

The 2018 Porsche Macan is available in 3 trim levels: the base, S, sport edition. An All-Wheel Drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission are standard across the trims.

All-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission are standard, as are a decent number of features. As you progress through the Macan lineup, a few additional standard features are added.

Trims Macan Macan S Macan Sport Edition
MSRP $ 47,800 $ 55,400 $60,400
Key Features 18-inch Macan wheels All Features of Macan, plus: Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)
  Four-piston aluminum monobloc fixed calipers at the front, single-piston floating calipers at the rear. 18-inch Macan S wheels. Driveline Traction Control 
  Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive. Six-piston aluminum monobloc fixed calipers at the front, single-piston floating calipers at the rear. auto dimming day-night rear view mirror
  Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).   Adaptive Headlights
  Porsche Communication Management (PCM).    
  SPORT button.    

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Although even the base trim comes equipped with a decent amount of standard features and moving higher up the trim adds even more features, but to truly make Macan your own you’ll have to go through Macan’s extensive options list. The options list brings Macan’s top trim’s features as add-ons to the base trims, as well as adds countless trim, color, and material customization choices.

The Macan gets fancier as you move up the trim levels, but it also gets expensive. While the base level starts at $48,000, the top level starts at $ 87,000. And that price is without any customization! Keeping the performance to price ratio in mind, the Macan S seems like a nice buy. It has more power and capability than most would ever need, while still being docile enough for everyday drives. It also has access to a long list of options out of which the Premium Package Plus best suits the Macan S.

2018 Porsche Macan Engine and Performance

8.7/10

All Macans use a 7-speed PDK automatic transmission and are all-wheel drive. For better fuel efficiency, they have an auto start/stop system that switches off the engine at traffic stops. Start-ups can be abrupt, and thankfully the system is defeatable” – Kelley Blue Books

2018 Porsche Macan Engine and Transmission

For the various trim levels, the Macan uses different engines. The entry-level model is the first Macan to include a four-cylinder engine. On paper, this engine appears to be underpowered, but it has enough power to drive the Macan from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds.

 

2018 Porsche Macan engine bay

The V6 engine is used in all other versions. A 3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 powers the S and GTS models, while a bigger 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 powers the Turbo and Turbo with Performance Package. AWD and a 7-speed PDK automatic transmission come standard on all engines.

Model

2018 Porsche Macan 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 2018 Audi Q5 2018 Mercedes GLC 300
MSRP $ 47,800 $ 42,065 $ 41,500

$ 40,050

Engine

2.0 Liter Turbocharged Inline 4 2.0 Liter Turbocharged Inline 4 2.0 Liter TFSI Inline 4 2.0 Liter turbo Inline 4
Transmission 7 Speed Automatic 8 Speed Automatic 7 Speed Dual Clutch Automatic

9 Speed G-Tronic Automatic

Power

252 hp @ 5000 rpm 247 hp @ 5500 rpm 252 hp @ 5000 rpm 241 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque 273 ft-lbs. @ 1600 rpm 269 lb-ft @ 1,200 rpm 273 ft-lbs. @ 1600 rpm

273 ft-lbs. @ 1300 rpm

Because the Macan is more of a sports car than an SUV, it's no surprise that each engine meets or outperforms practically every class competition in terms of acceleration and power. The Q5 has the same power as the Macan's base engine, but when you upgrade to a higher engine, the Macan takes the lead.

2018 Porsche Macan Acceleration

The base model goes from zero to sixty in 6.3 seconds, while the top engine crosses the 60 mph mark in just 4.4 seconds. Each trim level of the Macan has a distinct engine, and each engine provides varied acceleration and power that fits Porsche's persona. All engines are linked to Porsche's Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that delivers quick and smooth changes.

Model 2018 Porsche Macan 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 2018 Audi Q5 2018 Mercedes GLC 300
0-60 MPH 6.3 sec 6.4 sec 5.9 sec 6.3 sec
Quarter mile 13.4 sec @ 99.1 mph 13.8 sec @ 99.6 mph 13.5 sec @ 94.6 mph 15.2 sec @ 89.6 mph
Engine 2.0 Liter Turbocharged Inline 4 2.0 Liter Turbocharged Inline 4 2.0 Liter TFSI Inline 4 2.0 Liter turbo Inline 4

The Audi Q5 is quicker than the base engine of Macan, but the higher engines blow away the competition with their immense power. This performance comes at a price, though. Along with being the most powerful and agile compact SUV, Macan is also the thirstiest, putting up some of the worst numbers when it comes to fuel economy.

2018 Porsche Macan Ride and Handling

Although the Macan looks like an SUV, it drives like a sports car. The drivability and handling of the 2018 Porsche Macan are on par with its performance. The steering is precise and responsive, especially in tight bends. Although the steering feedback is superior than that of rival SUVs, a little more driver feedback would greatly improve the driving experience.

Adaptive suspension dampers are standard on the Macan Turbo. The optional air suspension can seem floaty at times, but it does a good job smoothing out bumps. Even at top speeds, the Macan Turbo is quiet, with hardly audible wind noise and a heavily muted exhaust note.

2018 Porsche Macan Braking

Despite its reduced weight and larger brake pads than the competition, the Macan takes 120 feet to come to a complete stop from 60 mph. The Macan's braking abilities appear to be below average for its class when compared to the Q5 and GLC 300.

Model 2018 Porsche Macan 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 2018 Audi Q5 2018 Mercedes GLC 300
Brake pads front (in) 13.6 12.8 13.3 13.5
Brake pads Rear (in) 13.0 12.8 13.0 12.6
Curb weight (lbs) 3902 3880 4045 3891
60-0 MPH 120 ft 121 ft 112 ft 112 ft

The Macan accelerates and picks up quickly, but it has a hard time coming to a stop. For a car of its size, the brake pedal feels light and supple. Even all-season tyres didn't provide enough traction to improve panic braking performance.

2018 Porsche Macan Towing Capacity

When the 2018 Porsche Macan is equipped with the optional Towing package, it gets a trailer receiver without a tow ball that tops out at 4,409 pounds of braked trailer weight. Although these numbers aren’t jaw-dropping, and rivals like the Jaguar F-Pace are much better at towing, a 4,409 pounds of towing capacity is exceptional when you compare it to other Porsches.

Model 2018 Porsche Macan 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 2018 Audi Q5 2018 Mercedes GLC 300
Towing Capacity (lbs.) 4,409 5,290 4,400 3,500

The towing package adds a trailer receiver but does not add a trailer brake controller. If you want to add this much-needed feature to your Porsche, there are always aftermarket options.

2018 Porsche Macan Fuel Economy

5.0/10

Gas mileage is the Macan’s Achilles’ heel (at least for those who care about such things). Four-cylinder models get just 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, while V6 models get 17 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway. Both engines are less fuel-efficient than most class rivals ” – US News

The fuel economy is not one of Macan’s strong suits. While it delivers great acceleration and luxury, it lags behind the competition in terms of mileage. The class average seems to hover near the 24 mpg combined, but the 2018 Porsche Macan settles for 22. Fuel economy may not be a deciding factor for someone who can actually afford a Porsche, but still, Macan is one thirsty beast!

Model 2018 Porsche Macan 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 2018 Audi Q5 2018 Mercedes GLC 300
mpg city 20 22 23 22
mpg highway 25 27 27 28
mpg combined 22 24 25 24

Porsche did try to improve the fuel economy by equipping Macan’s front grille with a shutter door. The door closes during low speeds when cooling requirements are low to improve Macan’s aerodynamics. At higher speeds, the door opens to cool down the engine. This is done to improve the fuel economy, we can only imagine how disappointing the numbers would have been if Porsche hadn’t added this advantage!

2018 Porsche Macan Interior

9.9/10

The Macan Turbo comes standard with adaptive suspension dampers, and our test vehicle was outfitted with the optional air suspension, too. The air suspension can feel floaty at times but does a nice job smoothing out bumps” – Edmunds

2018 Porsche Macan Seating and Comfort

The 2018 Porsche Macan may be the cheapest vehicle in Porsche's lineup, but the quality was not compromised in any manner. The inside has a sleek look thanks to the aluminum edges and dynamic control layout. Even the base trim is made from high-quality materials.

2018 Porsche Macan dashboard

To withstand Macan's high speeds, the seats are well-bolstered. The instrumentation is straightforward and straightforward, although the rev counter is in the middle, as it is in Porsche sports cars (which the Macan is essential). You'll also have to get used to Porsche's tradition of having the key on the left side of the steering wheel.

Model 2018 Porsche Macan 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 2018 Audi Q5 2018 Mercedes GLC 300
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front – Head/Shoulder/Leg (in.) 39.4/-/33.1 37.8/57.7/40.3 41.7/57.7/41.0 41.9/57.3/40.8
Second – Head/Shoulder/Leg (In.) 36.3/-/32.3 37.5/55.8/37.2 39.3/56.5/37.8 38.5/56.5/37.3

The 2018 Porsche Macan can accommodate 5 people. Leather and Alcantara front seats are standard in all trims. The driving position is slightly elevated, which improves the visibility which is a bit diminished by the thick roof pillars. The front seats are 8-way power adjustable and include thick bolsters to offer excellent support. If you still want more, 14 and 18-way adjustable seats are available, too.

2018 Porsche Macan front and rear seats

The second row feels a bit tight. It is perfect for two mid-size adults or three children. The headroom is no problem thanks to Porsche’s coupe-like roof flow. The problem for the taller passengers in the backseat would be the legroom. Porsche reduced their wheelbase by 3.5 inches in 2015, and since then it seems like legroom in the backseat is what paid the price.

Interior Features

The standard features include:

  • Ambient lighting
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Rearview camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane departure warning

Apart from these, the optional features include:

  • Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Adaptive cruise control with full stop-start functionality
  • Dynamic headlights (which swivel to provide better lighting around corners)
  • Surround-view camera
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane change assist.

2018 Porsche Macan Infotainment

At first glance, the vast number of buttons surrounding the touchscreen appear confusing, but a few minutes with the system is all that it takes to become familiar with their operation. The 7-inch touch screen is responsive and receives a makeover for the 2018 and now supports multi-touch. Although Macan offers Apple CarPlay for easy connectivity with iPhones, Android users would have to settle for classic connection options as Android Auto is not available.

2018 Porsche Macan infotainment system

The standard system includes:

  • Porsche Communication Management interface
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Two USB ports
  • 11 GB of internal jukebox storage
  • Two SD card slots
  • Satellite radio
  • HD Radio
  • Ten speakers

For those who appreciate the quality of music a bit more than others have the option of upgrading to:

  • Burmester or Bose surround sound system
  • Six-disc CD/DVD changer
  • Rear-seat entertainment system

2018 Porsche Macan Cargo

There was a lot of thought that went into redesigning the 2018 Porsche Macan inside and out. Sadly, cargo space was neglected. With the rear seats up, Macan only offers 17 cubic feet of storage, which is too low for its class. Folding the 40/20/40 split rear seats increases the space to 53 cubic feet. It’s not less but other rivals do much better here.

Model 2018 Porsche Macan 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 2018 Audi Q5 2018 Mercedes GLC 300
Volume (ft.cube)(w/Rear seats fold) 53.0 64.0 57.3 57.0
Loading Capacity (lbs.) 14,88 900 13,44 16,00
Towing Capacity (lbs.) 44,09 52,91 44,00 35,00

The split-folding rear seats allow you to fold down just a section for extra cargo room while still seating more than one passenger. The seats, however, don’t lie completely flat. The cargo area has tie-down loops, which is a nice addition, and they easily lie flat when not in use.

2018 Porsche Macan Exterior

8.5/10

 The Macan's curved snout, low roofline, and quick backlight recall the larger Cayenne and Panamera. The Macan's front end, with its headlights, side strakes, and front bumper, screams Porsche. The Macan is a quick and powerful machine with a butch and bold appearance to match.

The front fascia on the GTS and Turbo grades is distinctive and muscular. The GTS features a matte-black finish on the side blades, as well as a more dynamic colour scheme and a 10 mm lower ground clearance, giving it a sportier appearance. The Macan Turbo is distinguished by its front spoiler lip and squared-off quad exhaust outlets.

Model 2018 Porsche Macan 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 2018 Audi Q5 2018 Mercedes GLC 300
curb weight(lbs) 3,902 3880 4,045 3891
Lenght(in) 184.9 186.3 183.6 183.3
Width(in)(w/o mirror) 75.7 81.5 74.5 74.4
Height(in) 63.9 65.0 65.3 64.5
Ground clearance(in) 7.8 8.4 8.2 8.3
Wheel base(in) 110.5 113.2 111.0 113.1
Track width(in) F/R 65.2/65.0 64.6/65.1 63.6/63.3 63.9/63.7

Some other standard features include:

  • power-folding side mirrors
  • power-operated liftgate
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers and tinted and thermally insulated glass in Macan S
  • 20-inch wheels, suspension setting and other performance upgrades in Macan GTS

2018 Porsche Macan Safety

9.9/10

Standard equipment includes a rear camera, parking sensors, forward collision warning, and automatic braking. Optional features include a crisp surround-view system, lane departure intervention, and adaptive cruise. ” – Edmunds

The 2018 Porsche Macan has not yet been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Although it is a safe bet based on the previous Macans’ crash tests and the added safety features this year that the 2018 Porsche Macan will do equally well, if not better.

Recommended available features includeThe standard safety features available in 2018 Porsche Macan include:

  • A rearview camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Adaptive cruise control with full stop-start functionality
  • Dynamic headlights (which swivel to provide better lighting around corners)
  • A surround-view camera
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane change assist.

 

2018 Porsche Macan Competition

2018 Porsche Macan vs 2018 Jaguar F-Pace

When it comes to redefining an SUV's capabilities, the Jaguar F-Pace is on par with the Macan. Because of its gripping performance, driving an F-Pace instills confidence in the driver. Although the Jaguar F-Pace offers a variety of powerful engine options, the Macan's engines outshine them. The F-Pace is a good car, but the Macan is simply superior.

2018 Jaguar F-Pace

The diesel engine, on the other hand, is the F-Pace's in the hole. This is a first for a small SUV. A diesel engine provides superior fuel economy, putting the Macan's already poor economy to shame. The interiors of the F-Pace are also a little more premium and spacious than those of the Macan. Overall, Porsche is the stronger performer, but if the cost is factored in, the F-Pace is a better option.

2018 Porsche Macan vs 2018 Audi Q5

Because both the Porsche Macan and the Audi Q5 are Volkswagen offspring, it's no wonder that they're the closest competitors. The Q5 boasts more cargo room and tech features than the Macan, which is more powerful and customizable. Although the Macan outperforms the Q5 in terms of power and acceleration, the Q5 isn't as far behind as some of its rivals.

2018 Audi Q5

Another factor that works to Q5's advantage is its price. The Q5 is over $ 6,300 less expensive than the Macan. So, if acquiring the most powerful and fun-to-drive SUV is your top goal, the Macan is the way to go. However, if you're willing to give up a little power in exchange for a better overall vehicle, the Audi Q5 is the ideal choice.

2018 Porsche Macan vs 2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300

The Mercedes-Benz GLC lacks Macan’s agility but provides impressive comfort at a much lower price. the extruding look of the Macan proves to be deceiving as, its interior is not so roomy, whereas the GLC 300 is quite roomier than the Macan though its exterior dimensions are lesser than the Macan.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Still, at the end of the day, power and performance are what matters for the price paid. So spending a few extra bucks for a better performance and power makes the 2018 Porsche Macan, a better choice if one can compromise with its less roomy space and cargo.

2018 Porsche Macan Final Verdict

Style, luxury, comfort, and breath-taking speed are just a few of the qualities that come to mind when describing the 2018 Porsche Macan. It puts in a strong performance that is complemented by its luxurious interiors. A few flaws, such as the lack of Android Auto or a small number of safety features, maybe overlooked because just a few vehicles can match the Macan's agility and interior quality.

The Porsche Macan is the most costly small SUV available. A fully outfitted Macan can cost up to $ 90,000, over $ 8,500 more than the class average! Fortunately, there are less expensive but equally effective alternatives on the market. If you don't mind sacrificing speed and power, Porsche's corporate cousin, the Audi Q5, is a superb alternative. Both have excellent interior quality, but the Q5 outperforms the other in terms of cargo space and safety features.


2018 Porsche Macan FAQs

How much does the 2018 Porsche Macan cost?

The 2018 Macan has a starting price of roughly $ 47,800 and can go up to $60,400.

How much can the 2018 Porsche Macan tow?

The 2018 Porsche Macan offers an impressive 4,400-pound towing capacity.

What are the engine options available on the 2018 Porsche Macan?

For 2018, the Porsche Macan lineup retains the same powertrains, with a 252-hp turbo four-cylinder and two twin-turbo V-6 engines producing 340 hp (in the S) or 360 hp (in the GTS) (in the GTS).

 

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