2017 Porsche Macan GTS

#12
in Midsize SUVs
2017 MODEL

$67,200

8.4

Overall Rating

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Overview

The bottom rung Porsche marvel has established the German automaker as a household name in the crossover segment. With Porsche having a strong foothold in the market, every company seems to be upping their ante and that for a good reason too.

Endowed with a twin-turbo V6 the Macan manages to churn out 369 lb.-ft of torque whilst using the 360 horses available to it. Add a 7-speed Automatic Transmission to the mix and you have a pairing that compliments each other by picking it up where one lets down.

The GTS trim comes with its own perks that feature a revised engine and many additional features like adaptive dampers, firmer chassis, and larger front brakes. This trim bridges the gap between a Macan S and the Macan Turbo.

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Pros

Impressive acceleration

Utmost engaging and athletic SUV

Composed ride and is exceptionally comfortable

Excellent Interior quality

Cons

Lack of cargo space and rear seat area

Stand alone features are not standard but optional

Expensive base model price tag

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

$67200

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183

horsepower

360 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

369 lb.- @ 1650 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 ventilated disc brakes/14.2 ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

110.5 in.

length

185 in.

width

76.1 in.

height

63.4 in.

curb weight

4178 lbs.

ground clearance

9.1 in.

capacity

cargo volume

17.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

4409 lbs.

payload capacity

1444 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

157 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/19/23 mpg

highway range

425.5 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 GTS in Sapphire Blue Metallic color  2017 Porsche Macan GTS in Rhodium Silver Metallic color  2017 Porsche Macan GTS in Night Blue Metallic color  2017 Porsche Macan GTS in Carmine Red color  2017 Porsche Macan GTS in Black color
Sapphire Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Exterior

8.5

Engine

9.3

Interior

7.8

Fuel Economy

6.3

Features

10

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Porsche Macan GTS GTS

GTS

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$67,200

Configurations
GTS 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7AM)
Transmission: 7AM MPG: (17/19/23)

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial January 16, 2019

8.4

Overall Rating


10/10
Features

 

9.3/10
Engine

 

6.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.8/10
Interior

 

8.5/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The GTS trim comes with its own perks that feature a revised engine and many additional features like adaptive dampers, firmer chassis, and larger front brakes. This trim bridges the gap between a Macan S and the Macan Turbo.

Features

10/10

The GTS is a special sub trim and forms a standalone model in the trim line. The Porsche Macan GTS also follows the suit and comes loaded with special features like adaptive dampers, stronger and firmer chassis, beefed up braking system and loads of optional extra. So, in theory, you can build your own one-off Macan GTS.

The changes continue on the style front as well with a sporty exterior kit, half matte half gloss paint and an interior of soft-touch materials and leather.

Trim

Porsche Macan GTS

MSRP

$68,900

Key

Features

7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) with Auto Start Stop function

20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels in Black Satin

Six-piston aluminium monobloc fixed calipers at the front, single-piston floating calipers at the rear

Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive

Air Suspension incl. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)

Porsche Communication Management (PCM)

Bi-Xenon headlights in black including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS)

We Recommend

The Porsche Macan GTS is a standalone variant, hence, there are not other trims to choose from other the GTS.

Engine

9.3/10
“The GTS is no rocket on the open road. But it does feel stronger than the Macan S, and the standard variable sport exhaust emits a throaty warble when its Sport setting is active; without loud mode engaged, it sounds family-friendly and docile.” - Caranddriver

Engine and Transmission

The engine on duty on the Macan GTS is a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 paired to the signature Porsche tuned PDK 7-speed gearbox. The engine puts out 360 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The engine produces decent on-road performance but runs out of breath quickly when pushed hard. The turbo lag plays spoilsport too.

The gearbox, on the other hand, saves the Macan GTS from falling from grace by providing precise and swift gearshifts. There is no gear change that is not on point and it eliminates the shortcoming of the engine to the best of its capabilities.

Models

Porsche Macan GTS

Audi SQ5

BMW X3 M40i

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 4Matic

MSRP

$68,900

$54,300

$54,500

$56,250

Engine

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6 3.0 L

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6 3.0 L

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6 3.0 L

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6 3.0 L/183

Transmission

7-speed Porsche Doppel kupplung (PDK) with Auto Start Stop function

Eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission

8-speed Sport Automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes

AMG-enhanced 9G-TRONIC 9-speed

Horsepower

360hp @ 6,000 rpm

354hp @ 5,400 rpm

355hp @ 5,500 rpm

362hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque

369 lb.-ft. @ 1,650 rpm

369 lb.-ft. @ 1,370 rpm

369 lb.-ft. @ 1,520 rpm

384 lb.-ft. @ 2,500 rpm

Acceleration

The twin turbo unit suffers from lag initially but is adequately full of life after the initial build up. The acceleration is not ‘snap your neck’ fast but does make it feel as lively as a small hatchback which is actually good for an SUV.

Other cars like the GLC 43 4matic and the X3 M40i does manage to score better off the line performance by putting up times of 4.8 sec and 4.6 sec respectively against the 5.0 sec of the Porsche Macan GTS.

Models

Porsche Macan GTS

Audi SQ5

BMW X3 M40i

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 4Matic

0-60 MPH

5.0 sec

5.1 sec

4.6 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter mile

13.6 sec @ 102 mph

13.7 sec @ 102 mph

13.4 sec @ 102 mph

13.4 sec @ 104mph

Engine

3.0L

3.0L

3.0L

3.0L

Emission

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

9.3

8.4

7.7

8.8

Ride and Handling

The Macan GTS might not appear to be a thoroughbred Porsche but it sure behaves like one the moment you get behind the wheel. The amount of grip is unheard of from an SUV, especially when rallying around corners. The reduces ground height does provide extra stability to the vehicle.

Sure, it’s no 911 or any other low slung sports car for that matter but it surely belittles any other car in the same segment in terms of overall driving dynamics. There is no doubt in making out why the Macan sells in big numbers.

Braking

Owing to the jacked up brakes setup featuring 14.2 inches discs in the front and 13.0 inches discs at the rear, the Macan GTS is able to halt from 70 mph in 159 feet. Although, technically the car is a lifted all-wheel-drive hatchback the extra weight and height do hamper its braking ability.

The Audi SQ5 leads the pack with a stopping distance of 148 feet. Both the Benz and Beemer stop at a distance of 158 and 154 feet respectively. This puts the Macan GTS at the bottom end of the spectrum in terms of braking

Model

Porsche Macan GTS

Audi SQ5

BMW X3 M40i

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 4Matic

Brake Front (in.)

14.2

13.8

13.7

14.2

Brake Rear (in.)

13.0

13.0

13.5

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4178

4398

4277

4145

70-0 MPH (ft.)

159

148

158

154

Fuel Economy

6.3/10

Dismal fuel economy has always been a complaint from these compact SUVs. They’re not exactly meant to be taken off the road and fall short of on-road performance as well. The Porsche Macan GTS is no different with a combined fuel economy of 20 mpg.

Model

Porsche Macan GTS

Audi SQ5

BMW X3 M40i

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 4Matic

MPG (city)

17

19

20

18

MPG (highway)

23

24

27

24

MPG (combined)

20

21

23

21

The Macan GTS is actually the least fuel efficient vehicle in the segment. All the other rivals better the Macan by at least 1-3 mpg. The Beemer takes the cake on this front whilst the Audi and Merc are tied for the second spot.

Interior

7.8/10

Although the Macan is sorted under the SUV moniker it most certainly does not hold true to its badge in terms of space and practicality. There is barely enough seating of 2 adults and kids. There is no compromise on the materials of the seat and comfort though. The front seats feature great leg support and bolstering, enough to keep you happy on long journeys.

Model

Porsche Macan GTS

Audi SQ5

BMW X3 M40i

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 4Matic

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

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

N/A

40.2/57.7/41.0

41.1/57.6/40.3

41.9/57.3/40.8

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

N/A

37.7/56.5/37.8

38.5/56.0/36.4

38.5/56.3/37.3

Although the interior stats from the Macan GTS aren’t in yet and we strongly advise you against expecting any wonders. All the other cars in the segment feature almost similar interior specs with a difference of fewer than 0.5 inches amongst them.

Infotainment

A 7.0-inch display is common on all Porsche Macan GTS. The MMI is textbook Porsche, very similar to what you’d find on other Porsches. It’s intuitive, easy to operate and built solid which is what you’d expect out of vehicle sporting a Porsche badge. The gearbox panel is lined with a number of push buttons ranging from the three different drive modes, off-road specific mode and other toggle buttons.

The overall quality and function of the MMI serve its purpose well. It is one of those rare systems that are fairly straightforward without any sort of gimmicky menus that are the trend these days.

Interior Features

There is a modest list of features on the Macan GTS. Some of the key features are,

  • Alcantara upholstery
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • Power adjusted seats
  • Thermally insulated windows
  • Power side view mirrors
  • 7-inch infotainment system

Cargo Capacity

Being a compact SUV/crossover, the Macan GTS compromises a lot on space and practicality. The moment you open up the boot, you realize the true extent of the issue. A puny 17.7 ft cargo volume behind the 2nd row is bound to deter you from calling it an SUV.

All the rivals in the segment have better cargo capacity than the Macan GTS. The BMW X3 M40i features the best in class cargo capacity of 28.7 ft behind the 2nd row.

Model

Porsche Macan GTS

Audi SQ5

BMW X3 M40i

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 4Matic

Cargo Volume with 2nd row up (ft.3)

17.7

26.8

28.7

19.4

Cargo Volume with 2nd row folded (ft.3)

53

60.4

62.7

56.5

Towing Capacity

One would think it would be unnatural to ask these beefed up hatchbacks to tow heavy loads, but you wouldn’t be more wrong. Towing capacity of 4,400 lbs on the Porsche Macan GTS betters even some of the mid sized SUVs. But, not many would like to tow things behind their Porsches, would they?

On paper with rivals, the Porsche fairs similar to all its other rivals except the GLC 43 AMG which able to tow only 3,500 lbs which puts its on the last place in the table.

Model

Porsche Macan GTS

Audi SQ5

BMW X3 M40i

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 4Matic

Maximum Towing Capacity

4,400 lbs.

4,400 lbs

4,400 lbs.

3,500 lbs.

Exterior

8.5/10

The Porsche Macan GTS employs some clever weight reduction techniques to make it one the lighter SUVs in the segment at 4178 lbs. With a width of 76.1, it also one of the widest in the segment. Overall, the Porsche Macan GTS appears to be a well-balanced vehicle.

The AMG GLC 43 4matic is the only lighter SUV in the segment while the X3 M40i is the only longer vehicle in the segment.

Model

Porsche Macan GTS

Audi SQ5

BMW X3 M40i

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 4Matic

Curb weight (lbs.)

4178

4398

4277

4145

Length(in)

185

183.9

186.1

183.5

Width(in)

76.1

74.5

74.7

74.4

Height(in)

63.4

65.3

66.0

64.1

Ground clearance (in)

7.2

8.2

8

6.7

Wheelbase (in)

110.5

111.2

112.8

113.1

Track width (in) F/R

65.2/65.0

63.9/63.6

63.0/63.6

64.5/65.2

Exterior Features

  • Half matte body paint
  • Blacked out alloy wheels
  • Blacked out instrument cluster
  • Six-piston red colored brake calipers
  • Flared wheel arches
  • Quad exhaust

Wheels

A set of 20 inch Spyder wheels are standard on the Porsche Macan GTS. The tires are wider and offer more grip than a regular Macan.

Safety

Being a car from the Porsche stable, the car has to live up to its name in terms of safety and there absolutely no compromises on the safety front on the Macan GTS. Although it hasn’t been tested by any crash test agencies yet but you can expect it to pass the tests with flying colors.

Safety Features

  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Rear Side Air Bag
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Auto-Leveling Headlights
  • Lane Departure Warning

Competition

Audi SQ5

The Audi SQ5 shares a lot of underpinning with the Porsche Macan GTS with the former actually being based on a newer platform. The SQ5 features a potent 354 hp engine that propels the car at dizzying speeds. However, in reality it is a very soft and gentle car. There is definitely more effort gone towards making it comfort centric rather than sporty

It wins on driver comfort but leaves a lot to be desired for the passengers. It’s not too big on the inside than the dimensionally smaller Macan. So, all in all, even though it's supposed to be a sports car, it still behaves and drive like a comfort oriented vehicle.

BMW X3 M40i

The BMW X3 M40i is another supposed sports suv that’s trying to make some ground. It was certainly late to the party but is anything but a slouch. The interiors are top notch, especially the BMW signature MMI system. The car is fairly tech loaded as standard which definitely helps it grabs some brownie points.

However, handling still favors the Macan GTS. The BMW is nowhere near the driving dynamics of the GTS. Be it a straight line or twisty corners, the Macan wins it hands down in this comparison.

Mercedes Benz AMG GLC 43 4matic

On paper, the AMG GLC 43 has some pretty solid performance stats. It is more powerful and practical than the Macan GTS. On top of that, it is more than $10k cheaper than as well. The steering response and driving dynamics might not be as quick and sharp as the Macan’s but there’s still plenty of feedback.

The Macan’s old platform shows its age against the GLC 43 AMG. It misses out on a lot equipment that are standard on the Merc as well. As much surprising as it is, the Merc turns out to be a better compact SUV than the Macan GTS

Final Verdict

An unclaimed segment that seems not to be in rationality but more or less inspired by the desperation to do something new, the Porsche Macan GTS towers over its brethren with ease. Tuned as close to the 911 as possible the Macan GTS best car in a segment that wasn’t really needed. Offering compromised driving dynamics of a sports car and low on utility that is not associated with a crossover, this is purely a daily driver to flex on the roads.

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