Porsche’s been making SUVs handle improbably well since the original Cayenne arrived in 2003, and the refreshed Macan is no different.
It’s really not changed a great deal under the skin. Porsche is coy about what’s been tweaked this time around, saying it’s mainly suspension calibration and new tyre designs.
The Macan already had one facelift a few years ago when the full-width light bar and new infotainment arrived. For 2021, it’s had another tweak, as Porsche plans to extend its life and overlap it with the next Macan, which will be wholly electric. Because of the current car’s elderly platform, you can’t spec the existing car as a hybrid, it’s petrol alone and petrol only.
The entry-level Macan remains a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol version, with 190kw (261hp) tune of the VW Golf GTI’s engine. All Macans arrive fitted with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox as standard (badged by Porsche as PDK), though note this isn’t as modern as the eight-speed PDK used in Porsche’s bigger four-doors.
There are two Macans beyond that, using Audi-sourced V6 petrol engines. There’s the Macan S (280kw or 375hp), and the Macan GTS (320kw or 435hp). That’s the same as the old Macan Turbo, which has been skimmed from the line-up. Perhaps because they’re all turbos.The Macan does without the 48-volt anti-roll active suspension tech of younger SUVs.
Up front, you’ve now got a much bigger touchscreen to use. It’s now 12.9 inches, possesses all the latest Porsche widgets and connectivity, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as wireless phone charging. Porsche’s now transplanted the Cayenne/Panamera glass console into the Macan.
Buyers who specify the GTS Sport package on the updated GTS derivative will benefit from 18-way power-adjustable front sports seats, Race-Tex and extended leather upholstery (with contrast stitching and GTS lettering in Python Green) and carbon-fibre interior trim.
Rear space is adult-friendly. Despite the Macan's clever styling (which hides its bulk with a slightly dipping roofline) it’s plenty roomy for a family, with a big boot out back too (500 litres) with all five seats up, and triple that in seats-down van mode. There is no seven-seat option, but no performance SUVs of this size offer that. It’d be one too many contradictions in one car.
South African deliveries of the updated Macan will commence in January 2022.
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