2021 Porsche Macan S SUV

MSRP $61,550

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2021 Porsche Macan S SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 15, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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With a sticker price of $60,200, the 2021 Porsche Macan S returns unchanged from last year. For 2021, we shall see Apple CarPlay as standard. Compared to the base Macan, the S model is relatively powerful with a peppy 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged engine. The engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive configuration. The handling is impressive and the SUV drives like delight on highways. The front looks bolder with LED headlamps and other unique elements.

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Pros

Powerful engine lineup

Impressive ride and handling

Premium interior materials

Responsive touch screen

Cons

Expensive pricing

Cramped rear seats

Limited cargo area

What's New?

Apple CarPlay is available as standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$61550

bodystyle

dr SUV

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$61,550 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Porsche Macan S SUV in Carmine Red color
Carmine Red

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

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Inside, you'll find ample room in the front row with a 10.9-inch touchscreen mounted on the elegant dashboard. There are multiple physical buttons on the driver's side for ease of control. The SUV stands tall on 19-inch alloy wheels and upgraded brakes, making it the best fit in terms of handling and braking. The SUV returns 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The Macan S competes with Audi SQ5, BMW X3 M40i, and Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

2021 Porsche Macan S SUV Features

The Macan S comes at an MSRP of $60,200, and this model is powered by a 348-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine, upgraded braking system, and 19-inch wheels. In addition to features from base trim, the Macan S offers optional electronically adjustable suspension, and an adaptive air suspension.

MODEL

Macan S

MSRP

$60,200

Key Features

Panoramic Sunroof

 

10.9’’ touch screen HD infotainment system

 

Porsche Communication Management (PCM)

 

Unique exterior layout

 

BOSE Audio System

 

19-inch alloy wheels

 

Quad tailpipes

 

Porsche Entry and drive

 

Keyless Entry

 

Ventilated and heated front seats

 

Three-zone Automatic Climate Control

 

LED Headlights

The Premium package that costs an extra $4,720 adds a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, and ignition, adaptive LED headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, heated seats, blind-spot monitor, and 12-speaker Bose audio system.

Priced at an extra cost of $7,100, the Premium Package Plus adds contents from the Premium package and additional features like ventilated front seats, 14-way power-adjustable sport seats, and surround-view camera system.

Which Trim should you buy?

We would recommend the Porsche Macan S over the base Macan any day. With the powerful Turbocharged V6 engine propelling 348 horses, the Macan S successfully fulfils all the desires of prospective buyers. We would urge you to add the Premium Package Plus that adds creature comforts like surround-view camera, ventilated front seats, and premium cushioned seating. 

2021 Porsche Macan S SUV Engine and Performance

Under the hood lies a 348-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, and this engine offers an amazing fun drive with a torque of 354 lb-ft. The transmission duty is carried out by a 7-speed automatic. The SUV takes 4.9 seconds to sprint zero to 60 mph. The V6 brings out immediate power for all the wheels. The acceleration figures match the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 and the BMW X3 M40i.

The Macan S offers impressive braking and handling; the car is light and gives strong feedback from the steering. The all-wheel-drive system provides plenty of traction. you'll find the transmission a bit tactless only while parking the SUV. 

Models

2021 Porsche Macan S

2021 Audi SQ5

2021 Mercedes AMG GLC 43 

2021 BMW X3 M40i

MSRP

$60,200

$52,900

$59,500

$55,900

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged V6

3.0L Intercooled TurboV6

3.0L Twin-Turbocharged V6

3.0L Twin-Turbocharged Inline-6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

7-speed automatic

8-speed Tiptronic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

348hp @ 5,400 rpm

349 hp @ 5,400 rpm

385hp @ 6,100 rpm

382hp @ 5,800 rpm

Torque

354 lb-ft @ 1,360 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 1,370 rpm

384 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm

365 lb-ft @1,520 rpm

0-60 MPH

4.9 secs

5.1 secs

4.7 secs

4.6 secs

Quarter Mile

N/A

13.5

13.4 secs

13.4 secs

Top Speed

157 MPH

155 MPH

N/A

155 MPH

The Porsche Macan S offers a top speed of 157 MPH, which is slightly higher than its competitors with similar engine options. The transmission is smooth while cruising on highways but feels a bit laggy in slow speed situations. 

How well does the 2021 Porsche Macan S handle?

The Porsche Macan S is breezy to handle around the corners and at high speeds. It is still surprising that the Porsche SUV drives like a Sedan when put on full throttle. The steering feels responsive and does a great job in keeping the vehicle well placed with the road. Even the brakes provide linear and stable stopping power. 

The most exciting part of driving the Macan S is the comfort it offers on the go. The suspension system is well-damped and offers decent cushioning while driving through uneven roads. Equipped with Porsche's adaptive shock absorbers, the Macan S absorbs all the bumps comfortably. With properly equipped, the SUC is eligible to tow up to 4,409 pounds. 

2021 Porsche Macan S Braking Performance

Compared to the base Macan that comes powered by a four cylinder engine, the 2021 Macan S gets bigger front brake rotors along with six piston calipers. The SUV gets 19-inch wheels that makes it bolder and fit for some off-road trips. The braking system is phenomenal on the Macan S. 

Models

2021 Porsche Macan S

2021 Audi SQ5

2021 Mercedes AMG GLC 43 

2021 BMW X3 M40i

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.6

13.8

13.5

13.7

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.0

13.0

12.6

13.5

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,293

4,321

4,173

4,371

60-0 (feet)

110

119

111

114

The Macan s offers a braking distance of 110 feet, which is quite impressive for a SUV with a decent curb weight of 4293 pounds. The Porsche SUV manages to offer best in class braking performance compared to its competitors. 

2021 Porsche Macan S SUV Fuel Economy

The Macan S is somewhat average when it comes to fuel efficiency. The SUV returns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined, 18 mpg in the city, and 24 mpg on the highway. With an impressive 19.8 gallons of fuel tank, the Macan S is capable of travelling 356 miles in the city, and 455 miles on the highways. 

Models

2021 Porsche Macan S

2021 Audi SQ5

2021 Mercedes AMG GLC 43 

2021 BMW X3 M40i

MPG (City)

18

18

18

21

MPG (Highway)

23

23

24

27

MPG (Combined)

20

20

20

23

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

19.8 gallons

18.5 gallons

17.4 gallons

17.7 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

356/455/396 miles

333/425/370 miles

313/417/348 miles

371/477/407 miles

Comparatively, the BMW X3 M40i offers an impressive driving range with its 17.7 gallons of fuel tank. The BMW goes 371 miles in the city and 477 miles on the highway. Alsom, the fuel economy is better compared to all the SUVs in the grpup

2021 Porsche Macan S SUV Interior

The Macan S offers a typical Porsche-designed interior that is stylish and minimalistic. The cabin gets premium materials such as leather and soft plastic. Porsche has also offered an array of customization options such as different accents and dual-tone upholstery. Sitting in the Porsche Macan will make you feel like driving a sedan rather than an SUV. The steering and pedals look nicely placed and bring best-in-class comfort for the driver. 

The other places like the dashboard need a proper fix as the console is full of physical buttons and the aesthetics look a bit boring and retro. We found the interior a bit limited across the second row. Although there's plenty of headroom and legroom, the rear seat appears cramped. Also, the door openings are small and you need to struggle to get in and out at times. 

Models

2021 Porsche Macan S

2021 Audi SQ5

2021 Mercedes AMG GLC 43 

2021 BMW X3 M40i

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

41.7/57.7/41.0

37.8/57.3/40.8

41.1/57.6/40.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

39.3/56.5/37.8

38.5/56.5/37.3

39.1/56.0/36.4

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

17.6

25.1

17.6

28.7

Surprisingly, the Macan's 17.6-cubic-foot cargo area is quite cramped compared to other SUVs in the class. The 40/20/40-split rear seats go flat fold, and the cargo floor is low, which means it is easy to load stuff. Moreover, you will face a problem in putting taller stuff in the rear. The SUV lacks storage options and the limited quantity of cupholders is small in size. Some of the notable interior features include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Heated and electrically adjustable seats
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 14 speaker Bose surround sound system
  • Three-zone climate control air conditioning

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Macan S gets the modern Porsche’s infotainment system. In every manner, the infotainment is intuitive and offers a clear and customizable interface. Even the vice recognition works seamlessly. You can use voice control to set the destination in the in-built navigation system. Porsche has offered Apple CarPlay as standard but did not bother to add Android Auto for this year. Some of the outstanding infotainment features include:

  • 10.9-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • WiFi hotspot
  • Bluetooth
  • Four USB ports
  • 10-speaker stereo
  • Satellite radio

2021 Porsche Macan S SUV Exterior

Porsche Macan received a complete overhaul in 2019, and the 2021 model comes with the least exterior changes. The recent upgrade allowed Macan to confront its competitors. The Macan S comes with a sporty design compared to the base model. The SUV looks a bit curvy than the Cayenne, as speculated by several enthusiasts. 

The front fascia gets wide air intakes along with a bolder grille. The hood has a downward design that gives it an aerodynamic character. The grille is surrounded by 3D LED headlights that look spectacular with good illumination. The high riding SUV gets a spoiler in the rear with dual-exhaust tips, adding more sporty character to this Porsche SUV. 

Models

2021 Porsche Macan S

2021 Audi SQ5

2021 Mercedes AMG GLC 43 

2021 BMW X3 M40i

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,293 

4,321

4,191 

4,317 

Length (in)

184.9

183.9

183.5

186.1

Width (in)

76.2

74.5

76.0

74.7

Height (in)

64.0

65.3

64.0

66.0

Ground Clearance (in)

8.0

8.2

5.0

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

110.5

111.2

113.1

112.8

The Macan S has a wheelbase of 110.5 inches that gives it an aerodynamic design layout and ensures comfort while traveling through uneven tracks. Just like the BMW X3 M40i, the Macan S offers a ground clearance of 8 inches. This allows the Porsche to maneuver delightedly in tight spaces. 

Some of the notable exterior features include:

  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Porsche Entry & Drive
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic Headlamps
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Driver Blindspot Mirror
  • Panoramic sunroof

2021 Porsche Macan S SUV Safety

The 2021 Macan S has not been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Even the Insurance Institute for Highway has not rated the SUV. Well, the premium SUV does come with some advanced safety features that make it a safer car. The standard advanced safety features include a rearview camera, Front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning. The notable safety features for 2021 Macan S include:

  • Anti-lock Braking System 
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System 
  • Parking aid
  • Lane keep assist
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Automated emergency braking (Optional)
  • Adaptive cruise control (Optional)

2021 Porsche Macan S SUV Competition

2021 Porsche Macan S vs. 2021 Audi SQ5

The 2021 Audi SQ5 is priced at $52,900, which is $8K less than the $60,200 priced 2021 Macan S SUV. The SQ5 is a blend of luxury and power altogether and just because of its impressive performance, it goes against the Macan S. Also, when it comes to cabin comfort and quality, the 2021 Macan S overshadows the SQ5 by a huge margin. On the other hand, the Audi SQ5 is quite spacious than the Macan S.

2021 Porsche Macan S vs. 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 is priced at $59,500, which is slightly lesser than the Macan S's price, i.e., $60,200. The GLC 43 offers similar interior space, features, and curb weight. With a better motor under the hood, the GLC 43 offers better performance than the Porsche Macan S. All in all, the choice between the two remains with you.

2021 Porsche Macan S vs. 2021 BMW X3 M40i

With an MSRP of $55,900, the 2021 BMW X3 M40i retails at a lower price than the 2021 Porsche Macan S. The BMW X3 is a better pick against the Macan S as it offers better power, torque, and interior space. The X3 M40i sprints 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, making it faster than the Macan S. The Porsche also feels short on rear space and trunk space compared to the BMW. 

2021 Porsche Macan S SUV Final Verdict

When shopping for a luxury performance SUV, the Porsche Macan S is one of the rare SUVs that offer practicality along with an array of features. The ride quality offered by the Macan S is just fabulous. Unlike the Macan, the Macan S is powerful and sporty. It gets a top-notch interior along with elegant design lines. The Macan S is relatively smaller and offers fewer safety features compared to SUVs like BMW X3 M40i and Audi SQ5. That said, with a slightly lesser sticker price, the rivals offer better handling, space, and fuel economy.